• Welcome to Music at Diamond Canyon 2019-2020!  

    Choir Club is off to an amazing start with so many kids this year that I had to split them into 2 groups with grades 5 & 6 practicing on Mondays and grades 3 & 4 practicing on Wednesdays! Please turn in the registration form asap. 

    Constitution Day Assembly 9/17 at 9 am 
    Wear Red--PreK, grades 1,3, 5 & 7 
    Wear Blue--K and grades 2,4, 6 & 8
    Choir members wear white shirts. 

    Diamondbacks Game Fri, 9/27
    Diamond Canyon Choirs will be performing the Star Spangled Banner at game again the Padres. Prices for seats are $22, $29, & $37 depending upon where you choose to sit and $5 of every ticket sold comes back to our DC music program.  Flyers and time schedule are coming next week. This is the website to order tickets:
    https://fevo.me/deervalley 
    They have changed the website from last year; just scroll down to find Diamond Canyon School, click the link, and it will give you the 3 prices. Select your tickets. They want to group schools together more, so a few days before the game, they'll send out seat assignments based upon the purchased tickets for each school.

    DC Is Drumming
    I love giving the students hands on music activities to reinforce concepts. We do that through games, songs and instrument playing.  One way to help them better understand rhythmic concepts is through instrument playing, particularly drumming.  I have created a Donors Choose project to add 2 more drums to our current set, so there are more opportunities to play solos.  Each grade level uses the drums at various points in the year that fits their objectives at that time.  If you'd like to donate to the project, click on the following link: https://donorschoo.se/e/7oB0iu8cyZ
    If you type LIFTOFF in the promo code, a corporate donor will match your funds up to $50; we only have a few more days for the promo.  We have already received some funds!! Thanks to those who have donated!

    Grade 1
    Focus is pitch matching and steady beat. We are learning echo songs like No More Pie, My Aunt Came Back, and Down By the Bay as well as exploring steady beat on barred instruments and through movement activities with Johnny Works with One Hammer.  

    Grade 2 
    Focus is on pitch matching with more individual independence through echo songs/chant like Ricky Ticky Tomba and Bill Grogan's Goat, and call and response songs, like Pizza, Pizza Daddy-O.  They are experiencing steady beat through new mallet techniques as well as understanding different rhythms through movement games like Jump Jim Along.  

    Grade 3 
    Focus is on singing songs with beat motions in English and other languages, like Obwisana and Kye Kye Kule. We have been playing many clapping games like Tideo and Long-Legged Sailor, as well as learning how to sing in small groups to create harmony through the song, Make New Friends.  I started measuring the students for their violin sizes.  

    Grade 4 
    They sang Sarasponda, a nonsense syllable song, with a tricky rhythm stick pattern and learned Chumbara and created their own 4-beat repeated rhythm pattern in small groups to perform for the class.  Students learned the names of the parts of the clarinet and practiced assembling the instrument.  In the upcoming weeks, we'll squeak and squawk through initial sounds on the instrument as well as learn how to place their fingers correctly to play beginning notes.  

    Grade 5
    Focus is on rhythm.   We have been learning to read rhythms with rhythm syllables that include sixteenth notes. Students are experiencing combinations of quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes on the Tubano drums. They sang Sarasponda with a tricky rhythm stick pattern and learned Chumbara and created their own 4-beat repeated rhythm pattern in small groups to perform for the class.  We'll learn a singing game and practice writing rhythms with popsicle sticks.

    Grade 6 
    Focus is on learning to read rhythms using number counting that include sixteenth notes. Students are experiencing combinations of quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes on the Tubano drums. They have also learned a Polynesian echo song called Tongo and an American game song called Chicken on the Fence Post.  They'll decode the rhythm to Chicken on the Fence Post using popsicle sticks.  

    Middle School Choir
    This ensemble impressed me yesterday by singing in 3-part harmony on the chorus of their song, Stand in the Light! We started practicing singing in a circle to improve their listening, tuning, and independence. They have learned a canon in Latin called Jubilate Deo. We started working on Fall Concert songs, including Little Shop of Horrors. We have started learning how to read a song by sight and they are getting more confident with stepwise note reading.  They are improving everyday!!

    Please contact me if you have questions.
    Mrs. Lisa Mansfield