Pleasant Valley
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DEEP BREATHING AND ‘DO RE MI’ FOR RIVERDALE 5TH GRADE MUSICIANS

Riverdale Heights 5th graders are taking their music skills to the next level by learning about the value of deep breathing and solfège!  Music teacher Mr. Connell started Wednesday’s class by having students lay down and observe their diaphragm rise and fall.  They did exercises involving count breathing, where the singers had to breath in for four seconds and then hiss out for eight, 12, and 16 seconds to work on breath control.  Following their warm up, it was time to review their new lessons on solfège, which is used to teach pitch and scale work.  Students echoed Mr. Connell, keeping his pitch and mimicking his solfège had motions, and even completed a few challenges around different scales.  We love seeing so many amazing musicians in the making!

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