Fourth Grade – Slovakia


Hej Sokoly!

Hej, Sokoly!

V dobrom aj v zlom budeš moja,

rany tie sa s tebou zhoja.

Keď je slnko, keď je zima,

ty si moja domovina.


Hej, hej, hej, hej, sokoly,

z výšky hľadia na to všetko, čo nás bolí.

Zvoň, zvoň, zvoň nad krajinou,

rozliehaj sa letom, zimou.


Hej, hej, hej, hej, sokoly,

z výšky hľadia na to všetko, čo nás bolí.

Zvoň, zvoň, zvoň nad krajinou,

rozliehaj sa, zvoň, zvoň, zvoň!


Láska moja, kraj môj drahý,

tu sme boli chlapci malí.

Raz ma nájdeš pod tou hlinou,

letia vtáci nad krajinou.


Hej, des tam, de čorni vody,

siv na koňa kozak molody

Plače moloda divčina

jide kozak z Ukrajiny.

Hey, falcons!

You’ll always be mine – in both good times and bad,

The wounds will heal together with you

Whether it’s sunny, whether it’s cold,

you are my motherland.


Hey, hey, hey, hey, falcons,

they see everything that hurts us from above .

Ring, ring, ring the bells above the country,

Let the sound spread around in [both] summer and winter.


Hey, hey, hey, hey, falcons,

they see everything that hurts us from above .

Ring, ring, ring the bells above the country,

Let the sound spread around – ring, ring, ring the bells!


My love, my dear land,

we were little boys around here before.

Once you will find me [buried] below that dirt,

with birds flying above the land.


Hey, somewhere where the black waters are

(Hey, dyes tam, dye chorni vody,)

Young Cossack sat up on a horse.

(siv na konya Kozak molody.)

A young girl is crying

(Platche moloda dyivchina,)

Cossack is leaving Ukraine.

(yide Kozak z Ukrayiny.)

Hej Sokoly! (pronounciation)


Hey Sokoly! (slow)


Hey Sokoly!


The New World Symphony

1920_The Orchestra Sings_Student Guide


Link to The Orchestra Sings Recordings

Fifth Grade – Kenya






Oh, come eat some food,

Good fishing, Onchimbo bird.

Oh, come eat some food,

Good fishing, Onchimbo bird.


Eat fish from the stream,

Good fishing, Onchimbo bird.

Eat fish from the stream,

Good fishing, Onchimbo bird.




Jambo Bwana


Translation of Jambo Bwana lyrics

Jambo – Hi
Jambo bwana – Hi sir
Habari gani? – How are you?
Mzuri sana – Very fine
Wageni mwakaribishwa – Visitors are welcome
Kenya yetu – Our (country) Kenya
Hakuna matata – (there are) no worries

Kenya nchi nzuri – Kenya is a nice country
Nchi ya maajabu – A beautiful country
Nchi yenye amani – A peaceful country

Kenya yetu – Our country
Kenya wote – All Kenyans

Jambo Bwana (Accomaniment)


Jamba Bwana (School Instruments)

Raag Yaman


Last week we explored creating our own melodies, using an Indian raga, called Yaman.  Many of the children at Forest Park seem to have access to piano keyboards at home.  Use this diagram to help you find the notes “F” and “C.”  Play them over and over again with your left hand while you play in Yaman with your right hand.  Remember that F and C are you most restful notes while E and B express the most tension because they want to go to F and C.

Hear Dr. Bob play Yaman on the clarinet here!

Think Like a Composer


Thinking Like a Composer: Soundtrap Compositions– These lessons are designed to get the children “thinking like a composer” by composing their own pieces with the cross-platform music program, called, Soundtrap.


  1. Go to  There are educational and personal versions of this program.  Make sure that you attempt to login to the educational version.
  2. Click on Login and set up an account as discussed above:

Login with Google:


Below, you will see you home page.  This shows the compositions that you are working on and it is where you and/or your students will need to delete the pieces, when finished, to make room for new songs.   Click on the button, labeled “Enter Studio,” to begin working on a new composition:


Below you will see the options recommended to you by Soundtrap.  Students like to play with the templates, but the real work begins by either choosing the “Blank Page” of clicking away the options, by clicking on “X.”


Then, click on the purple circle, with the eighth notes to see the loops that are available to your or your student’s account.

Your students will have lots of fun listening to these loops and dragging them into the studio and try them out in their compositions.


Click on “Add New Track” and choose the microphone to use the computer’s mic to record a voice, acoustic instrument, etc.


Picture7You may also use the computer’s keyboard as a piano keyboard.  A touch screen computer makes using the built-in piano keyboard much easier to work with.

There is much more to explore in this program and you and your students will discover them by trial and error.  A class of fifth graders makes an excellent research team!Picture6

This is one of the first activities for the year and should last at least two full weeks (four classes), followed by presentations and student self-assessments, as mentioned above.  Every student is required to fill out the following survey after this activity is completed at the beginning of the year (pre-assessment) and at the end of the year (post-assessment):




I have recorders available that third and fourth grade students can purchase for only $3.00 a piece.  I haven’t enough to sell to their siblings, so please purchase recorders only for the students from those classes.  I also will be keeping recorders in the classroom for students who forget to bring their instruments to school.

Third Graders will also be participating in a very exciting project called The Carnegie Hall – Oregon Symphony Link Up Concert.  All third and fourth grade students will be singing and playing recorder with the OREGON SYMPHONY! – More information will follow as I receive it.

Forest Park Band Expectations

Playing a musical instrument can be fun and rewarding, but it does require a bit of discipline to be able to go beyond just playing Hot Cross Buns to being able to read music and participate in a music ensemble.  Every student will get a minimum of 30 minutes per week of instruction on his/her instrument at Forest Park Elementary.  This is not very much time.  Certainly, if a student only plays their instrument during class, s/he will NOT know how to play it even after a year of coming to class; and attempting to playing the instrument will be frustrating.  Daily practice is vital for learning to perform on any musical instrument.  The better we get at playing an instrument the more fun it is!


All band students will use the book,   Standard of Excellence Level 1, for their particular instrument. These may be purchased through Amazon or from a local music store for less than $10.


The instrumental classes will provide clear instructions so that students will know what to practice during the rest of the week.  It is recommended that every student practice at least 30 minutes per day.

I also highly recommend each student taking private lessons on their instruments as time and money will allow. All of the best musicians I have met received many private lessons as a child.  Individual instruction far surpasses class instruction because the private teachers are experts on the specific instrument the students are playing and they are listening and solving technical problems for just one student at a time.  Let me know if you need help finding a good private teacher.