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Aubrey Virakone

VirakoAA@pwcs.edu
703-590-1558



June 8, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

It is the end of the school year and I am so sad to say goodbye!  Please check out my video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKy2mmigdtc

Fifth graders going to middle school next year:  You can now join band! Please watch this really great video demonstrating all the instruments.  https://safeYouTube.net/w/VhJJ 

Please make sure to keep music in your life all summer long!  You can come back to this page and participate in any of the activities! You are still welcome to send me an email of what you are doing musically or to just say hi!  Even though I will not be at Enterprise, I am still here for YOU!

Have a lovely summer!

Mrs. Virakone





May 26, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

Please check out the choice board in the document container below.  Choose 2 activities each week to do for your Monday and Wednesday music activities.  Please share with me what you have done to earn 10 points for your house.  You can email me a picture of what you are doing or you could create a video on Flipgrid.  Please email me if you need your Flipgrid class website link and password.

You are also welcome to go back do past activities, too.

Don't forget, 4th quarter grades are an average of the first 3 quarters.  If you would like to try to improve your 4th quarter grade, please contact me to let me know which assignments you would like to redo.

 

Take care!

Mrs. Virakone


May 20, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

I hope you all have been having a great week so far!

Kindergarten, First, and Second graders

We are going to continue with talking about instruments by watching this read aloud of the Remarkable Farkle McBride. https://safeYouTube.net/w/G0WF  Let me know which instrument you would choose if you were Farkle.

That book is about the instruments of the orchestra.  Now check out this website about a vegetable orchestra! http://vegetableorchestra.org/ This was mentioned in the podcast from Monday.  Tell me three different vegetables that were used as an instrument and how they were played.

 

Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders

Keep working on your Fake Facebook profiles!  Check my post from May 11 for all the details.  Please email me or Ms. Flench if you have any questions.





May 18, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

I hope you all had a great weekend!


Kindergarten, First, and Second graders

Please go to the Music Podcast for Kids website https://www.themusicpodcastforkids.com/podcast/episode/44050e2c/music-spotlight-goofy-instruments-1 or where you or your parents get their podcasts, and listen to Music Spotlight: Goofy Instruments #1.

If you have chores you could listen to this podcast while doing them.  Or if you like to sit and listen to music, check out this podcast instead!

When you’re done, you can watch this person play a theremin https://safeYouTube.net/w/3s4D

Let me know what you thought of the podcast.  Had you heard of a theremin before?  How does the sound make you feel?

 

Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders

Keep working on your Fake Facebook profiles!  Check my post from May 11 for all the details.  Please email me or Ms. Flench if you have any questions.



May 13, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

I hope you all have been having a great week!

Kindergarten, First, and Second graders

Check out The Music Podcast for Kids “The Percussion Family” episode.  You can find it at this link https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-music-podcast-for-kids/e/68590941?autoplay=true or wherever your family usually downloads Podcasts.  We have made our own instruments at home and all of the ones shared with me so far have been percussion instruments, so I thought we could learn more about the percussion family.

When you are done listening, please tell me what are the three categories of the percussion family they talk about?  What percussion instruments have we played in music class?  How did you do on the listening challenge?

 

Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders

Keep working on your Fake Facebook profiles!  Check my post from May 11 for all the details.  Please email me or Ms. Flench if you have any questions.


May 11, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

I hope you all had a nice weekend and are ready to back to music activities!


Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders

Please watch this read aloud of Bello the Cello.

After you watch, tell me about the book.  What other instruments were mentioned besides the cello?  Which was your favorite instrument?  What songs have I shared with you so far during distance learning that have included a cello?

 

Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders

We will be collaborating with Ms. Flench to create a Facebook profile for a composer of your choice.  Please watch my videos with  my presentation on composers and musical periods and to get more information on this project.  Please see the attachments below with the presentation and Facebook Profile.  You can write your answers down on a separate piece of paper or you can print the profile and fill it out.  I will type up your final project.  We will be working on this for the next two weeks, but don’t worry, if you finish early there will be other activities you can work on to go with the project.

 

Composers and Periods

Facebook project



May 6, 2020

 

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

 Let’s use those same songs from Monday and try a new activity.

 Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders

Choose a favorite composition from the ones listed below and create instrumental or vocal accompaniment to go with it.  You can watch my video from April 29 on how to create instruments at home if you don’t already have one.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y-Q4ekNrlg

 

 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders

Choose your song from below and then find a song by the same composer.  Compare and contrast those songs.  What instruments do they use?  Are they fast or slow?  Loud or quiet?  Is one longer than the other?  What kind of emotions do they each make you feel?

 

 Air on G String by Johann Sebastian Bach https://safeYouTube.net/w/dxsA

 Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart https://safeYouTube.net/w/KAsA

 Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven https://safeYouTube.net/w/5btA

 Songs My Mother Taught Me by Antonin Dvořák https://safeYouTube.net/w/HKtA

 Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 by Frédéric Chopin https://safeYouTube.net/w/xpuA

 The Planets by Gustav Holst https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmk5frp6-3Q&list=PL4E1C4D296295F7A0

 Take Five by Dave Brubeck https://safeYouTube.net/w/ZiuA

 Ornithology by Charlie Parker https://safeYouTube.net/w/HhtA

 Morning Passages by Philip Glass https://safeYouTube.net/w/1WsA

 Imperial March by John Williams https://safeYouTube.net/w/I2sA

 

 Virginia Music Standards of Learning

K.4 Play a variety of pitched and nonpitched instruments alone and with others. K.5 Perform rhythm patterns. K.8 Student will create music.

1.4 Student will play a variety of pitched and nonpitched instruments. 1.5 Student will perform rhythm patterns. 1.9 Student will create music.

2.3 Play a variety of pitched and nonpitched instruments alone and with others. 2.4 Perform rhythmic patterns. 2.6 Create music.

3.11 Students will analyze music. 3.12 Student will evaluate and critique music by describing music compositions and performances.

 4.10 The student will analyze music.

 5.11 Student will analyze music



May 4, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

Please choose from one of the compositions below and choose your activity:

 

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders

Create a movement or a dance to go with the song.  Will it be a solo or group performance?

Create a work of art that reflects how this music makes you feel.

 

3rd, 4th, and 5th graders

Write a story or poem that is inspired by this music.

Write a reflection on what this music means to you.

 

Music selections

Air on G String by Johann Sebastian Bach https://safeYouTube.net/w/dxsA

 

Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart https://safeYouTube.net/w/KAsA

 

Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven https://safeYouTube.net/w/5btA

 

Songs My Mother Taught Me by Antonin Dvořák https://safeYouTube.net/w/HKtA

 

Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 by Frédéric Chopin https://safeYouTube.net/w/xpuA

 

The Planets by Gustav Holst https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmk5frp6-3Q&list=PL4E1C4D296295F7A0

 

Take Five by Dave Brubeck https://safeYouTube.net/w/ZiuA

 

Ornithology by Charlie Parker https://safeYouTube.net/w/HhtA

 

Morning Passages by Philip Glass https://safeYouTube.net/w/1WsA

 

Imperial March by John Williams https://safeYouTube.net/w/I2sA



Virginia Music SOL
K.7 Student will  respond to music with movement.  K.13  Student will express personal feelings evoked by a musical  experience.
1.8 The student will respond to music with movement.1.17 The student will describe personal ideas and emotions invoked by music.
2.5 The student will respond to music with movement.  2.13 Student will explai how music expresses ideas, experiences, and feelings.
3.8 The student will explore historical an cultural aspects of music.
4.7 The student will explore historical and cultural aspects of music.
5.7  The student will explore historical and cultural aspects of music.


April 29, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

For Wednesday, I would like you to choose one of the songs I listed on Monday and create accompaniment to go with it.  Please watch this video to learn more about creating accompaniment.

Virginia music SOLS:

K.4 Play a variety of pitched and nonpitched instruments alone and with others. K.5 Perform rhythm patterns. K.8 Create music.

1.4 Student will play a variety of pitched and nonpitched instruments. 1.5 Student will perform rhythm patterns. 1.9 Student will create music.

2.3 Play a variety of pitched and nonpitched instruments alone and with others. 2.4 Perform rhythmic patterns. 2.6 Create music. 2.10 Analyze music.

3.3 Play instruments alone and with others. 3.4 Perform rhythm patterns. 3.7 Students will create music.

4.3 Play instruments alone and with others. 4.4 Perform rhythm patterns. 4.6 Create music.

5.3 Play instruments alone and with others. 5.4 Perform complex rhythms. 5.6 Create music.





April 27, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

 

We are keeping with our patriotic theme this week.  You will choose a song from the selections below.

 

My Country Tis of Thee by Samuel F. Smith 

America the Beautiful music by Samuel A. Ward and lyrics by Katherine Lee Bates 

The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key 

The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa 

This is My Country by Al Jacobs 

You’re a Grand Old Flag by George M. Cohan 

God Bless America by Irving Berlin 

 

Kindergarten, First, and Second Graders, choose any of the following activities: 

Explain why you think this piece of music shows a love and/or respect for our country.

Compare and contrast 2 or more selections; this can include what voices and/or instruments are heard, how fast or slow the music is, how loud or soft, etc.

Create a dance or movement that would show how the music makes you feel.

Draw or paint a picture, or series of pictures, that represent one of the pieces of music.

Take photos or make a video of images that would represent the music or your own feelings of patriotism.

 

 

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders, choose any of the following activities:

Explain why you think this piece of music shows a love and/or respect for our country.

Research information about the composer, possibly to include what was the inspiration for writing this piece of music.

Compare and contrast 2 or more selections; this can include what voices and/or instruments are heard, how fast or slow the music is, how loud or soft, etc.

Write a poem or create new lyrics to an existing song that reflect your patriotism.

Find out when in America’s history this piece of music was written and then research what historical events were happening and what famous people were living during that same time period.

 

You can email me what song and activity you did or you can present it on Flipgrid.

 

Virginia music SOLS:

K.7 Respond to music with movement. K.9 Explore historical and cultural aspects of music. K.12 Analyze music. K.13 Express personal feelings evoked by a musical experience.

1.8 Student will respond to music with movement. 1.10 Student will explore the historical and cultural aspects of music. 1.13 Student will analyze music. 1.16 Student will explain purposes of music in various settings. 1.17 Student will describe personal ideas and emotions invoked by music.

2.5 Respond with movement to music. 2.7 Explore historical and cultural aspects of music. 2.9 Identify relationships between music and other fields. 2.10 Analyze music. 2.13 Explain how music expresses ideas, experiences, and feelings.

3.7 Students will create music. 3.8 Students will explore historical and cultural aspects of music. 3.11 Students will analyze music. 3.12 Student will evaluate and critique music by describing music compositions and performances. 3.15 Student will explain personal motivations for making music.

4.6 Create music. 4.7 The student will explore historical and cultural aspects of music. 4.9 Compare relationships between music and other fields. 4.10 Analyze music

5.6 Student will create music. 5.7 Student will explore historical and cultural aspects of music. 5.11 Student will analyze music. 5.17 Student will examine factors that may inspire musicians to perform or compose.

April 21 and 22, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!!

Two of the songs from the PDF on Monday were not hyperlinked. Please make sure to take a listen to them.

Air Force Song https://safeYouTube.net/w/t1u7

Semper Paratus https://safeYouTube.net/w/B2u7

Here are your activities for Wednesday.  We are continuing our military theme for the week by discussing John Philip Sousa and music jobs in the military.  Please watch this short documentary about John Philip Sousa and then share with me something you learned or thought was interesting. https://safeYouTube.net/w/uiB7

Please find your grade below with additional activities.  These activities can be submitted to me through email or on Flipgrid.

K and 1st – Choose a couple of marches from this John Philip Sousa playlist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxleNf2mjfg&list=PLA7no0L9zTk5QnKpwAcWV4jjhkCMsLuEt

Keep a steady beat to the march by clapping, snapping, patting your knees, or even marching around.  You can share a video of you doing this on Flipgrid.

2nd and 3rd – You will go to the Navy Band website and choose one large music ensemble and one chamber music ensemble.  Explore the page and let me know what instruments are in the ensemble and what kind of music they play.  First, watch my video on how to explore the website. https://youtu.be/a0Tg4PPaQbc

Here is the link to the Navy Band website https://www.navyband.navy.mil/

4th and 5th - Choose a military band from the list on Department of Defense website, explore their website, and answer my questions below.  First, watch this video to see how to explore the different websites. https://youtu.be/Wwlo73KVcL4

Here is the Department of Defense website

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/story/Article/1633695/guide-to-us-military-bands-and-music/

Questions

1. Which group did you choose?

2. What instruments are played in the group?

3.  Besides the United States, what is another country they have performed in?

4. Share some history about the group.

5. Can you think of other music related jobs you could do in the military besides playing an instrument?

You  can submit your answers via email or on Flipgrid.

April 20, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

Since it is Military Connected Students Week and Month of the Military Child, I have a PowerPoint for you all to look through that I received from another teacher.  It shares with you a little bit of history about the different branches of the military and their songs! Yes, even the military has songs.  Music is everywhere!

Please send me a short response to the PowerPoint. Some ideas for your response could be:  What did you like?  What did you learn? Which song was your favorite?  Do you have a family member in the military?

You could write the response and email it to me.  It does not have to be more than 1 sentence. Or you could send me a video response on Flipgrid.

I know I have mentioned Flipgrid quite a few times, but some parents have shared with me they are a little busy to learn another technology. I COMPLETELY understand!  I have created a demo on how to use Flipgrid for each child's grade level.  If you have more than one child at Enterprise, you really only need to watch one demonstration to know what to do. :)

Kindergarten Flipgrid Demonstration

First grade Flipgrid Demonstration
Second grade Flipgrid Demonstration
Third grade Flipgrid Demonstration
Fourth grade Flipgrid Demonstration
Fifth grade Flipgrid Demonstration

Day 7 of the 30 Day Song Challenge:  Your favorite patriotic song.  Remember, a patriotic song is a song about our country. Something that helps show great pride in our country.  The military anthems could all be considered patriotic songs because it is showing pride in our military.  The song I have chosen is Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa.

You can share with me your day 7 or any other day's song choice.  Just scroll down to see what they other days have been. You can email it to me or talk about it on Flipgrid.

Remember! Any music activity you do and send to me will earn you 10 points for your house!

April 15, 2020

It’s Math Month!  Did you know you can find math in music?  Check for your grade under the tabs to see what kind of musical math activities you can do!

We also have our Song of the Day CHALLENGE!

Day 6 is a song that makes you happy!  I love Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing from the movie Sing!

You can check out the previous songs below.




April 14, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

I hope you all are keeping safe and staying healthy.  Please don't forget to check out my Flipgrid websites I emailed your parents.  I have gotten a few already and would love to see more!  Each time you share with me your completed music activity, you will earn 10 points for your house! Yeah!!

Day 5 of the 30 Day Song Challenge.  Share a song you like to dance to.  My song is Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper.  What's yours?  Email me or share on Flipgrid.  Just a reminder:
Day 4 was a song that needs to be played loud.
Day 3 was a song that reminds you of summer.
Day 2 was a song you like with a number in the title.
Day 1 was a song you like with a color in the title. 


April 3, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

You  should have received my message on the HUB regarding access to Flipgrid.  If you have any questions on how to access it, please email me and let me know.

Day 4 of the 30 Day Song Challenge.  Share a song that needs to be played loud.  Now, please no judgement from my older students, but I have been home with a 3 year old and a 1 year old for the past 3 weeks.  As soon as I read this song choice I immediately thought of Dino Bus from Badanamu. It's so good! I think it's because I like how it sounds very percussive and the syncopated rhythms.  Let me know what your song choice is either over on Flipgrid or email me!
Day 3 was a song that reminds you of summer.
Day 2 was a song you like with a number in the title.
Day 1 was a song you like with a color in the title. 
You can scroll down to see all of my picks.

Have a safe Spring Break!


April 1, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

Day 3 of the 30 Day Song Challenge. Please share a song that reminds you of summer.  Mine is Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts.
Day 2 was a song you like with a number in the title.
Day 1 was a song you like with a color in the title.  You can scroll  down to see my picks.

This week I have been working on Flipgrids for the grade levels to make it easier to share what you have been doing musically. I hope to have everything finished and will send out links on the HUB tomorrow.  You will be able to share any of the activities you've been working on this week and during Spring Break.


March 31, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

Day 2 of the 30 Day Song Challenge.  Please share a song you like with a number in the title.  Mine is Three is the Magic Number from School House Rocks.  I like the Blind Melon Version of this song.
Day 1 of the song challenge as a song you like with a color in the title.


March 30, 2020

Hello Enterprise Rockets!

Please make sure to scroll down to the document to container to find activities for your grade.  Please email me anything you complete. It could be a video or a document. You are also always welcome to just email to say hello.

I also thought it would be fun to do a 30 day song challenge.  Today is day one.  Please share a song you like with a color in the title.  My song is Black Bird by the Beatles.


March 25, 2020

 

You will find lesson plans and activities in the document container below.  Click on the grade you or your student is in and select the folder for the week of March 30th. 

 

  • Kindergarten SOL K.12 Analyze music. Continuing with opposites in music, go around your house and listen for what is loud and quiet. Have an adult or older sibling help you write them down.

     

  • First grade SOL 1.9 Create music. Just like we did in class with our favorite foods, create rhythms using spring words! You can use my activity sheets by cutting and gluing the pictures or make up your own.

     

  • Second grade SOL 2.2 Sing a repertoire of songs. SOL 2.7 Explore historical and cultural aspects of music. Please review “You’re a Grand Old Flag”.

     

  • Third grade SOL 3.11 Students will analyze music.Watch the read aloud of The Remarkable Farkle McBride to further our discussion on the instruments that make up an ensemble and learn more about a conductor.

     

  • Fourth grade SOL 4.10 Students will analyze music. Check out the Instrument Families file as a refresher, then watch the read aloud of The Remarkable Farkle McBride to hear the instruments in action. Remember, piano can be part of the strings or percussion families.

     

  • Fifth grade SOL 5.11 Students will analyze music. Check out the Instrument Families file as a refresher, then watch the read aloud of The Remarkable Farkle McBride to hear the instruments in action. Remember, piano can be part of the strings or percussion families.

 

We will also continue with Women’s History month and learning about Clara Schumann.  Please check out the Facebook profile I created.  You can also find recordings of her music on YouTube.

 

Please feel free to email me back to let me know what you thought of Clara Schumann or to update me on your progress with the activities. I miss you all so much.




 March 23, 2020

Hello Enterprise Elementary Rockets! I miss you all so much! I hope you and your families are well during this extended school closure. I will be posting activities and other information regularly on this page. I will also be communicating with students and parents through The Hub ("Parent view" and "Student view"). Please feel free to contact me at VirakoAA@pwcs.edu if you have any questions or concerns or just to say "Hi!" 

 

Here are some great websites and activities to check out in the meantime:

NY Philharmonic Kidszone: https://www.nyphilkids.org/
PBS Kids Music: 
https://pbskids.org/games/music/
Classics for Kids: 
https://www.classicsforkids.com/
San Francisco Symphony Kids: 
http://www.sfskids.org/