- The new quarter is underway and we have some very exciting lessons and activities planned for the next nine weeks.
- Will be learning proper mallet technique in preparation for lessons using our Orff instruments. We will be using these instruments frequently in the coming weeks. Repairs are still needed, so if you'd like to contribute, click here. These instruments are pitched and therefore will be covering the pitched instrument requirement for 3rd and 4th grades. We will not be learning the recorder this year. I am sure many of you are relieved. 😅
- Will be working on musical notation and other theory during the second quarter. Please ask your child what they're learning in music or feel free to contact me and help them with any practicing they may have been asked to do. With these skills comes the opportunity for more assessments. Any graded skills will be sent to you prior to any testing for review.
- Will be learning circle-based folk movements. These are wonderful for listening for phrasing in music. While the movements are taught based on counting the steps for each part, the students begin to feel the changes
This quarter is also filled with many wonderful opportunities for holiday and seasonal lessons. If your child is not allowed to participate in any holiday themed songs or activities, regardless of what holiday, please make sure they are prepared to inform me so they can be given another fun, alternative lesson. We do not learn any sacred holiday music in music class. Halloween is a time to learn some wonderful pieces of classical music that have been used for "scary" movies or cartoons or were written for some degree of "spookiness". These are not Halloween-based and are safe for all children to learn. During November, we have several Native American songs and instrument activities available. For the December holidays, we will learn simple songs about the season of winter, but will not be learning and "Christmas", "Hanukah", or "Kwanza" songs but do have some secular holiday favorites we use to play along with rhythm sticks and jingle bells. Once again, if you prefer your child not participate in these holiday-themed lessons, please make sure you let me know.
Now that we have made it through the first quarter, it is time to start a choir at Sylvan Park Elementary. During the first week of November, information about the choir, including interview dates, will be sent home with all 3rd and 4th graders. The choir will be a great addition to the music program with the hope that it will continue to grow each year. Rehearsals will be one afternoon a week from 3:15-4:30 on either Monday or Wednesday to avoid conflicts with those participating in the Disney production. The limit at this time will be between 30-50 members and it will be a year-long commitment. More information will be made available as we near the first of November.
Lastly, a huge thanks to Jennifer Ohnstadt for her generous donation towards the Orff Instrument repairs.
Mr. Matthew L. Burns