Lift ev’ry voice and sing ‘Til earth and heaven ring Ring with the harmonies of Liberty Let our rejoicing rise High as the list’ning skies Let it resound loud as the rolling sea Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us Facing the rising sun of our new day begun Let us march on ’til victory is won
Stony the road we trod Bitter the chastening rod Felt in the days when hope unborn had died Yet with a steady beat Have not our weary feet Come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come over a way that with tears has been watered We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered Out from the gloomy past ‘Til now we stand at last Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast
God of our weary years God of our silent tears Thou who has brought us thus far on the way Thou who has by Thy might Led us into the light Keep us forever in the path, we pray Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee Shadowed beneath Thy hand May we forever stand True to our God True to our native land
Let’s try an experiment! I tried invite all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to my project, entitled, “This Land Is Your Land,” but I was limited to inviting only 40 students. If you received an invitation from me on Soundtrap, please accept it and try using to following lyrics to add a track of you singing along. I could save several recording of the same song with 40 different students again and again and then mix them all together in a different program. If you haven’t been invited yet, try using this link: https://www.soundtrap.com/studio/assignment/zgFVWR9KRJ28Qv9kmflJpw/Let’s give it a try and see what happens. Here are the lyrics:
Grades 3-5 will be working with the program Soundtrap to create their own songs throughout the year. This way, all future music classes will help students get new ideas for their songs. The program only allows for a number of “seats” in the class at a time. I have paid for enough seats for two classes at a time. Every student will be able to access Soundtrap during all of their recorded and live music lessons. Third and fourth grade students will continue to have access after their scheduled class until the following day. Both fifth grade classes will have access all weekend. The schedule for long-term access is as follows:
Let’s begin this year right by you giving me input about your favorite songs by filling out the survey, linked to this page. Your choices may be matched with the Words of the Month and will get sung A LOT over the school year. Information about the music your family likes could help us choose great music for the school’s International Festival. The link is below and below that is a list of this year’s Words of the Month, so you can use this survey to tell me about songs that address the ideas behind these words:
It was so strange to be working together and then suddenly having to stay home and change all of our plans. The third and fourth grade field trip to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall has been cancelled this year, but we will have the option to do the very same program, The Orchestra Sings, next year. The materials we were using to prepare for this program are available at forestparkmusic.blog.
Meanwhile, I will be making music activities available for all grades through Seesaw (K-2nd Grades) and Google Classroom (3rd-5th Grades). You will see me leading the activities videoed in my favorite room in the house, the Music/Yoga Studio. Third and fourth graders will mostly be working in Sountrap while the K-3rd graders will be doing other activities and sharing what they do with their computers’ cameras and microphones. These activities will be lots of fun and you won’t want to miss any of them.
We are experimenting with these ways of sharing music and sound and I’m looking forward to seeing how you all respond to what I will be putting out there on the Internet for you. Our goal is to have fun playing with sound and movement. I’m looking forward to the pure joy of seeing and hearing your recordings.