4th and 5th Grades

4th and 5th Graders continue building on music literacy concepts, music vocabulary, singing melodies and call and response songs, composing rhythms, improvisation, and performance protocol. Students also expand on singing with clear diction and using different voices (head voice versus chest voice) while singing. 4th Graders have Instrumental Music with Ms. Alice, and Vocal Music with Ms. Jamie. Students will also work as individuals and together as an ensemble in playing instruments including the recorder and violin.

Rockstar by A Great Big World

There’s a girl in the backyard bangin’ on her drum
Sittin’ in a junk pile laughing at the sun
Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I just wanna be a rockstar.”

There’s a boy in the backseat singin’ to the song
Playin’ on the radio, knowing he’s the one
Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I just wanna be a rockstar.”

Singin’, “ah ha ha, I was born to be a rockstar!”

There’s a girl in the tree top looking at the stars
Waiting for a touchdown comin’ in from Mars
Thinkin’, “Is there anybody out there?”

There’s a boy thinking of her playin’ his guitar
Searching for the answer buried in his heart
Thinkin’, “Ah, ha ha, is there anybody out there?”

Singin’, “Ah, ha ha, is there anybody out there?”

If there’s a meaning can you show me a sign?
The more I look it just gets harder to find
The world is spinnin’ and I wanna know why

And we’re all getting older wishin’ we were young
Hangin’ on the memory of what we would become
Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I was born to be a rockstar.”

Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I just wanna be a rockstar.”
Singin’, “Ah ha ha, I was born to be a rockstar!”

If there’s a meaning can you show me a sign?
The more I look it just gets harder to find
The world is spinnin’ and I wanna know why

And maybe we will never figure it out
I got a feelin’ that’s what life’s all about
I’m learning anything is possible now

Take a ticket and get off the line [8x]
Singing, “Ah ha ha I just wanna be a rockstar.” [4x]

Flashlight by Jessie J

When tomorrow comes
I’ll be on my own
Feeling frightened of
The things that I don’t know
When tomorrow comes
Tomorrow comes
Tomorrow comesAnd though the road is long
I look up to the sky
And in the dark I found, lost hope that I won’t fly
And I sing along, I sing along, and I sing alongI got all I need when I got you and I
I look around me, and see a sweet life
I’m stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
Kick start my heart when you shine it in my eyes
Can’t lie, it’s a sweet life
Stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
‘Cause you’re my flashlight (flashlight)
You’re my flashlight (flashlight), you’re my flashlightOohI see the shadows long beneath the mountain top
I’m not afraid when the rain won’t stop
‘Cause you light the way
You light the way,
You light the wayI got all I need when I got you and I
I look around me, and see a sweet life
I’m stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
Kick start my heart when you shine it in my eyes
Can’t lie, it’s a sweet life
Stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
(Light, light, light, you’re my flashlight)
Light, light, you’re my flashlight
Light, light, light, light, light, oh
(Light light light you’re my flashlight)
You’re my flash, ohI got all I need when I got you and I
I look around me, and see a sweet life
I’m stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
You’re getting me, getting me, through the night
Kick start my heart when you shine it in my eyes
Can’t lie, it’s a sweet life
Stuck in the dark but you’re my flashlight
(You’re my flashlight)
You’re getting me, getting me through the night
‘Cause you’re my flashlight
‘Cause you’re my flashlight
You’re my flashlightOoh ooh
Ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooh oh ohYou’re my flashlight
Light, light
You’re my flashlight
Light light ye-yeah(Light light light
You’re my flashlight
Light light)You’re my flashlightNeon Lights (to the song by Demi Lovato)

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Verse
Be still, my heart ’cause you’re here right now, you’re here right now,
right now
Shining like stars ’cause you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful, right now
You’re all I see in all these places
You’re all I see in all these faces
So let’s glow in the dark and spark the lights, the lights

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Hook
Neon lights
Neon lights
Neon lights
Like neon lights, oh
Like neon lights, oh

Verse
Be still, my heart ’cause you’re here right now, you’re here right now, right now
Shining like stars ’cause you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful, right now
You’re all I see in all these places
You’re all I see in all these faces
So let’s glow in the dark and spark the lights, the lights

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Chorus
Hey now when you look up at the sky
We’ll be shootin’ stars just passin’ by
You’ll be shining bright with me tonight
We’ll be burnin’ up like neon lights

Hook
Neon lights
Neon lights
Neon lights
Like neon lights, oh
Like neon lights, oh

Verse*
Be still, my heart ’cause you’re here right now, you’re here right now, right now
Shining like stars ’cause you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful, right now
You’re all I see in all these places
You’re all I see in all these faces

Outro
Like neon lights, oh
Like neon lights, oh
Be still, my heart ’cause you’re here right now

Ode to Joy

Recorder and Violin Fingerings


We celebrated Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th Birthday on the night of the Winter Arts Festival by performing his famous piece, “Ode to Joy”! 

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“Freedom” (Lyrics rewritten by Ms. Alice)

1st Verse
Tryna rain, tryna rain on the thunder
Tell the storm I’m new
I’ma walk, I’ma march on the regular
Painting white flags blue
Please forgive me, I’ve been running
Running blind in truth
I’ma rain, I’ma rain on this bitter love
Tell the sweet I’m new
Bridge
I’m telling these tears, “Go and fall away, fall away”
May the last one burn into flames
Chorus
Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose!
Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
Cause I need freedom too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot away
Hey! I’ma keep running
Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves
2nd Verse
I’ma wade, I’ma wave through the waters
Tell the tide, “Don’t move”
I’ma riot, I’ma riot through your borders
Call me bulletproof
Please forgive me, I’ve been runnin’
Runnin’ blind in truth
I’ma wade, I’ma wave through your shallow love
Tell the deep I’m new
Bridge
I’m telling these tears, “Go and fall away, fall away”
May the last one burn into flames
Chorus
Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose!
Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
Cause I need freedom too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot away
Hey! I’ma keep running
Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves
Rap
Everyday, I meditate for practice
Channel 9 news tell me I’m movin’ backwards
Eight blocks left, death is around the corner
Seven misleadin’ statements ’bout my persona
Six headlights wavin’ in my direction
Five-O askin’ me what’s in my possession
Yeah, I keep runnin’, jump in the aqueducts
Fire hydrants and hazardous
Smoke alarms on the back of us
But mama, don’t cry for me, ride for me
Try for me, live for me
Breathe for me, sing for me
Honestly guidin’ me
I could be more than I gotta be
Stole from me, lied to me, nation hypocrisy
Code on me, drive on me
Wicked, my spirit inspired me
Like yeah, open correctional gates in higher desert
Yeah, open our mind as we cast away oppression
Yeah, open the streets and watch our beliefs
And when they carve my name inside the concrete
I hope it forever reads
Chorus
Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move!
Freedom, cut me loose!
Freedom! Freedom! Where are you?
Cause I need freedom too!
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot away
Hey! I’ma keep running
Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves


The Greatest

1st Verse
Uh-oh, running out of breath, but I
Oh, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, running now, I close my eyes
Well, oh, I got stamina
And uh-oh, I see another mountain to climb
But I, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, I need another lover, be mine
Cause I, I, I got stamina

Bridge
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no

Chorus
I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive
I’m free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive
The greatest, the greatest alive

2nd Verse
Well, uh-oh, running out of breath, but I
Oh, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, running now, I close my eyes
But, oh, I got stamina
And oh yeah, running to the waves below
But I, I got stamina
And oh yeah, I’m running and I’ve just enough
And uh-oh, I got stamina

Bridge
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no

Chorus
I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive
I’m free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive
The greatest, the greatest alive

Hook
Oh-oh, I got stamina
Oh-oh, I got stamina
Oh-oh, I got stamina
Oh-oh, I got stamina

Rap
Hey, I am the truth
Hey, I am the wisdom of the fallen
I’m the youth
Hey, I am the greatest
Hey, this is the proof
Hey, I work hard, play hard, pay dues, hey
I transform with pressure
I’m hands-on with effort
I fell twice before my bounce back was special
Letdowns will get you,
And the critics will test you
But the strong will survive,
Another scar may bless you, ah

Bridge
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, I won’t give up
Don’t give up, no no no

Chorus
I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive
I’m free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive
The greatest, the greatest alive

Outro
The greatest, the greatest alive (4x)


Where is the Love (Black Eyed Peas)

What’s wrong with the world, mama
People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that’ll bring you trauma

Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin’
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK

But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate, yeah

Madness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y’all, y’all

People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach?
Or would you turn the other cheek?

Everybody, body help us
Send some guidance and some love
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love) [2x]
Where is the love, the love, the love

It just ain’t the same, old ways have changed
New days are strange, is the world insane?
If love and peace are so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don’t belong?

Nations droppin’ bombs
Chemical gasses fillin’ lungs of little ones
With ongoin’ sufferin’ as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin’ really gone

So I could ask myself really what is goin’ wrong
In this world that we livin’ in people keep on givin’ in
Makin’ wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin’ each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin’ on but the reason’s undercover

The truth is kept secret, it’s swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where’s the love, y’all, come on (I don’t know)
Where’s the truth, y’all, come on (I don’t know)
Where’s the love, y’all

People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach?
Or would you turn the other cheek?

Everybody, body help us
Send some guidance and some love
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)? [6x]
Where is the love, the love, the love?

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I’m gettin’ older, y’all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin’
Selfishness got us followin’ the wrong direction

Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema

Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity

That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ down
There’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
Gotta keep my faith alive ’til love is found
Now ask yourself

Where is the love? [4x]

Everybody, body, help us
Send some guidance and some love
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love?

Sing with me y’all:
One world, one world (We only got)
One world, one world (That’s all we got)
One world, one world
And something’s wrong with it (Yeah)
Something’s wrong with it (Yeah)
Something’s wrong with the wo-wo-world, yeah
We only got
(One world, one world)
That’s all we got
(One world, one world)


Where is the Love Playing Guide:

Bass Line: 5x

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VLN & VLA: Bass Line Pizzicato (2x)
CLO: Solo (2x)


CHORUS: 2x


VLN & VLA: Bass Line Pizzicato (2x) → F (hold until cutoff)
CLO: Solo (2x) →  F (hold until cutoff)



Need Freedom
(performed by Jussie Smollett)

1st Verse
Too many guns on the streets
In my heart, I can’t take it no, oh
Like Stevie said, “Love’s in need”
My heart cries out for Orlando
Philando, Alton, Sandra, Mike Brown
Garner, Trayvon, Whyyy?
Too many people gone too soon
2nd Verse
Tell me how this happened
Where did we go wrong?
Say we stay together if we choose to walk alone
Blood covers our streets
Hatred fills our home
Gotta get this message out before we’re dead and goneBridge
We gotta make it better
Something’s gotta change
The world needs your voice just to make it through the rain
When I think of what’s goin’ on in this world
Ohh it gets me to see my sister not breathe
My sister, my brother here with me
Chorus
Need freedom
Our world is cryin’, no more silence, with guns and violence
Need freedom
I can’t keep dyin’, we’re way too quiet, no more silence
Need freedom
Stop this evil, free my people, we’re all equal
Need freedom
Our world get’s brighter, keep on tryin’, keep on fightin’ for freedom
Post-Chorus
As I sit and think about
All that’s goin’ on
My soul just cries out
Can you tell me please?
3rd Verse
Tell me who’s to blame
For causing all this pain
The one’s we call to help us turn
They kills us everyday
See war is not the answer
And love is what we need
Take the chains off, break the bondage
Set my people free
Bridge
We gotta make it better
Something’s gotta change
The world needs your voice just to make it through the rain
When I think of what’s goin’ on in this world
Ohh it gets me to see my sister not breathe
My sister, my brother here with me
Chorus
Need freedom
Our world is cryin’, no more silence, with guns and violence
Need freedom
I can’t keep dyin’, we’re way too quiet, no more silence
Need freedom
Stop this evil, free my people, we’re all equal
Need freedom
Our world get’s brighter, keep on tryin’, keep on fightin’ for freedom
Chorus
Need freedom
The world is cryin’, no more silence, with guns and violence
Need freedom
I can’t keep dyin’, we’re way too quiet, no more silence
Need freedom
Stop this evil, free my people, we’re all equal
Need freedom
Our world get’s brighter, keep on tryin’, keep on fightin’ for freedom

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We Are Here
Originally by Alicia Keys, Rewritten by Alice Tsui & Iinitty Lawrence

Chorus
We are here, We are here for all of us, We are here for all of us
That’s why we are here, why we are here, We are here

1st Verse
Everybody is so mad
Tryna get something we ain’t never had
Let’s start with you and me,
So real but it’s gotta be
And while we struggle to pay our rent
We gon’ pray for the innocent
‘Cause right now it don’t make sense,
Right now it don’t make sense

2nd Verse
Let’s talk about health care
Let’s talk about the homeless
Let’s talk about, let’s talk about each deal
‘Cause right now it is real
Let’s talk about, let’s talk about Africa,
In a mass hysteria, yeah
Our souls are brought together so that we could love each other, brother,

Chorus
We are here, We are here for all of us, We are here for all of us
That’s why we are here, why we are here, We are here

3rd Verse
Corrupt cops are at the stem,
But yet crime is a problem
He wanna shine, they wanna kill him
Help make the world a better place
How we gonna save the nation,
With no support for education
Cause right now it don’t make sense,
Right now it don’t make sense

4th Verse
Let’s talk about our part,
My heart touch your heart
Let’s talk about, let’s talk about living
Had enough of dying, not what we all about
Let’s do more giving, do more forgiving, yeah
Our souls were brought together
So that we could love each other, sister

Chorus
We are here, We are here for all of us, We are here for all of us
That’s why we are here, why we are here, We are here


Masterpiece
Originally by Jessie J, As arranged by Alice Tsui

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Remember the Name

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