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It’s Rory’s Birthday! (The Week of Feb. 3, 2014)

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Greetings, Rockstars!

This past week was my special friend Rory’s birthday.  Rory is a snail and he loves to make new friends.

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But Rory lives in Austin, so we had to take a little musical field-trip.  We got to Austin singing “Driving In My Car” and played with different tempos.  We move slowly (Adagio) when going through quiet neighborhoods or near schools; we move quickly (Allegro) when we are on feeder roads and we move super fast (Presto) when we’re on the highway.

Once in Austin, we met Rory who really loves decorations, so we played “Blow the Balloon” and we practiced blowing out on each note of a major scale (do, re, mi, fa… etc.).  We also sang a call and response song called “I am a Birthday Cake”, a song sharing the same melody as “I am a Pizza”.

We got to sing Happy Birthday together and Rory reminded us how important it is to share.  Which is hard for him because that cake was so delicious he was tempted to eat it all by himself!

Students also got to try their hand with the “Xylopipes”.  Which is slightly different from the xylophone because xylophones use solid pieces of metal slats and, of course the pipes are hollow and circular.

Thank You so much for being engaged in your child’s musical development!

Best,

Mister Bradley

PS. I found this adorable video of a young child discovering music making on the xylopipes. It’s very cute!