Thursday, February 7, 2013

Music Informance

Austin had his “informance” for music class yesterday.  I think it is what the school has started doing in place of having an actual performance after school.  Honestly, I’m not sure what I prefer.  The informance is just in the music classroom, just his class, and the teacher just has them demonstrate what she is teaching them.

They sing some songs:

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This one was something about pizza and punching.

And then she also has them demonstrate techniques she uses to teach them about music:

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For this demonstration, Austin put random notes up on the smartboard and the kids had to sing the corresponding “do re mi” song he made up.

We ended it all with a group dance.  Austin is not a huge fan of music.  He scowled through most of the performance.  On the other hand, Ellie enjoyed it.  As the teacher was explaining that music is one of the few disciplines that uses both the right and left side of your brain at the same time because you use emotion to play the music and logic to count it out.  Ellie piped up with “What is emotion?”.  When they put up different rhythms on the smartboard to clap out she shot up her hand so the teacher would call on her to answer it.  (We clap out rhythms in her piano lessons).  So, although we enjoyed it, especially Ellie, Austin was less than enthused. 

Shockingly, at the end of the class he still had about an hour of school left but was given the option to come home with us or wait out the rest of school.  He opted to stay because he didn’t want to miss Geography.  And I picked him up after school as a “treat” and he enlightened me with his geography facts the whole way home (and then some).  It was like two “informances” in one day.

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