Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Silly, smiling faces at camp this week!!
 We have had an exciting few days of camp!  Our theme this week is Fun with Fractions Exploring the Physics of Sound!  There's so much that can be done with Fractions mathematically & musically!  We are learning how fractions are used in our daily life activities.  Today our Jr. Camp Counselor, Peyton helped us with our measurements as we created our own SLIME following a specific recipe that included many fractions.  Our Mystery Musician Guests gave us cool facts about fractions in music too!
 Ollie Patterson, professional saxophone player explained to us how sound travels through waves and he shared with us the many formulae, patterns and fractions involved in different genres of music.  In the picture below, he is helping us with the rhythm pattern in Bossa Nova music and then he played the Jazz Standard "The Girl from Impanema" as an example.  Some of the kids actually recognized the tune!!

 On Monday, Gil Baskerville taught us how to make beats and actually write songs using his keyboard work station.  He let us choose different patterns, instrument sounds and genres to make our own song!  We made up a R&B/ Pop style song about Math & Music!

Mr. Josh has been teaching us about sound, pitch and rhythm all week as we prepare a group performance with the boomwhackers.  Boomwhackers are really cool teaching tools which help children visualize the physics of sound.  
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