Monday, September 26, 2016

September Recap

What a great month we've had in the music room!  While each grade level worked on specific music skills, the overarching goal this month was creating a safe, fun, active, creative learning environment where everyone can find success. Here are some specific highlights from each grade...

Grade 2

  • learning community building songs, including the YES Song, Self Control and Welcome to Music
  • reading and very accurately playing rhythms using quarter and eighth notes and quarter note rests
  • reviewing fancy music words for musical opposites - forte/piano, presto/largo, legato/staccato, high low
Grade 3
  • performing Patriotic music with our voices and other classroom instruments
  • reviewing music opposites, note values and rhythm reading/playing
  • exploring music styles
Grade 4
  • beginning recorder!
  • reviewing Patriotic songs
  • reviewing reading music on the staff (specifically B and A, as those are the first recorder notes we learned)
Look for song booklets coming home soon!  We're off to a strong musical start!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Attention Grade 4 Families!

Grade 4 is an exciting time in the Yarmouth Music Department.  Your child has the opportunity to participate in three music ensembles - YES Clipper Chorus, Orff Ensemble and 4th Grade Band. Musicians can choose to participate in any or all of these ensembles.

You should have already received information from Brad Ciechomski about the 4th Grade Band program. If you have any questions about band, please contact Brad.  You can also find more information here.

Your child will be hearing more about YES Clipper Chorus and Orff Ensemble today during fourth grade hour and will come home tonight with a form to return if he/she is interested in participating. Both ensembles are open to all grade four students and have no extra costs associated with them. Please note the concert dates on your calendars and save those two evenings for amazing performances by our fourth grade musicians.

Linked below are digital copies of the information that is coming home tonight:

YES Clipper Chorus

Orff Ensemble

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your child's music education.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Week One

Whew!  We are up and running in the music room.  Thank you for sending me your amazing children to play with every week.  I am constantly in awe of the energy and effort they bring to music class.

WEEK IN REVIEW

YES Grade 2 Musicians...


  • rocked out to the YES song
  • talked about what to expect this year in music class and thought about favorite activities from past years
  • played Rumble Ball

YES Grade 3 Musicians...

  • moved to the folk song John Kanaka
  • reviewed some favorite patriotic songs
  • created an accompaniment to This Land is Your Land
  • talked about what to expect in music class this year and thought about favorite activities from past years

YES Grade 4 Musicians...

  • learned the silly Dum Dum song
  • talked about what to expect in music class, YES Clipper Chorus, Orff Ensemble and 4th grade Band (lots more info coming home soon)
  • reviewed some patriotic songs