K-2 Music Newsletter
"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”
Henry van Dyke
APRIL IS JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH!
The Zahnow students were treated to a special performance on Thursday, March 28th, by the Waterloo Junior High Jazz Band. The band performed a variety of musical styles, and did a fantastic job! The WJHS Jazz Band is directed by Mrs. Jennifer Shaheen-Hoke. It is wonderful to see my former Zahnow students excelling in their musical pursuits. Bravo, Jazz Band!
Kindergarten: The students learned some Hawaiian songs and dances for their recent Hawaii “trip”. I dusted off my ukulele and put on my grass skirt and lei to join in the fun.
Over the next several weeks, we will finish the last Unit in the Spotlight On Music big book for the year, and I will be testing students individually on several skills we have practiced throughout this school year. Our unit focuses on even and uneven rhythms, and continues our practice identifying rhythm and beat.
1st Grade: In Unit 4, we are working on reading rhythmic notation with quarter notes, quarter rests, and paired eighth notes. Students will learn about the instruments of the orchestra through the symphonic story Peter and the Wolf. We are also working with the pitches so and mi on the diatonic scale.
2nd Grade: In Unit 4 we are learning to read and notate rhythms using paired eighth notes, quarter notes, quarter rests, half notes, and dotted half notes. We are also singing songs using a pentatonic (five tone) scale--do, re, mi, so, and la, and identifying musical forms such as Verse/Refrain (AB), ABA, Call/Response, and dialogue songs.
The week of April 27-May 1st, all second graders should wear PE shoes each day. Ms. Bivins and I will be combining our classes for a music and fitness activity.
All grade levels will sing a few songs to celebrate Earth Day, and our Character Words of the Month for April (SERVICE) and May (SELF-CONTROL). Due to the many special activities and field trips between now and the end of school, this will be the last music newsletter for the school year. It has been a pleasure teaching your children about music! I hope they have enjoyed it too!
CENTERS: Please keep sending in those metal lids and paper towel tubes. We use approximately 40 lids each week, and twenty tubes. Our enrollment continues to grow, so we will need even more for next year. Keep saving them!
Thank you to all the families who have been sending in supplies, and to my dedicated volunteers—especially Kim Stewart and Sue Naumann! We could not do these projects without your ongoing support!
If any parents or grandparents are interested in volunteering next year for Music Centers, please email me, and I will fill you in on the details. All volunteers must complete a background check, which can take time. Better to start the process early for next August.
Monroe County offers many musical opportunities during the summer. Consider attending the FREE concerts at the courthouse square on Tuesday evenings and/or the FREE concerts in Columbia at Metter Park. Spend some quality time with your family and enrich your child’s musical experiences at the same time. There are many music, theater, and art camps taking place during the summer as well—something creative and fun for everyone!
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CONTACT ME :
K-2 Music Specialist
939-3458 ext. 118 (Zahnow) or
939-3454 ext. 264 (Rogers)