Thursday, September 13, 2018

Music in September & August

Welcome to music class in September and August. The song of the month is “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie. Every grade sings this song in September including 3rd-5th. The lyrics below are so you may sing with your student(s) if you wish! There is much going on in music class so check out your student’s grade level paragraph to find out what is happening for them!

This Land Is Your Land
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

I've roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.

Our main focus in Kindergarten has been tempo (speed) of music. We differentiate between two tempo markings adagio and allegro. Our two puppets Tommy and Harriet help us remember which word means fast and which word means slow. Ask your kindergartener if they can remember which word belongs to Harriet and which to Tommy. In history, our Kindergarteners have listened to Claude Debussy and Jacque Offenbach as well as begun a few pieces of Camille Saint-Sean’s “Carnival of the Animals”. From Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” we learned how the piano creates sound (a hammer touches the strings) and the difference between a piano and an electric keyboard. Each student had the opportunity to play the keyboard I bring into class with me. Here are a couple of pictures from one of our classes. :D

So far in 1st grade we have found two rhythm elements Q QR  (ta and ti ti) from one of my favorite teaching songs “Apple Tree. For a fun activity, see if your first grader will teach you “Apple Tree”! In music history our kiddos found our secret rhythm of the day [ Q QR QR Q Q Q ] in J.S. Bach’s minuet in G. They also discovered the form of Bach’s minuet has two different sections: A and B. Nice Job 1st graders! They have also begun singing and practice reading the notes sol and mi on a one lined staff. We present these notes in a variety of ways to give our first graders as much practice as possible. My one the ways we have played with sol and mi this quarter pom-poms on the a one lined staff. 

2nd Graders are on a roll this quarter beginning their review from first grade. We want to take the time to focus on these basic and crucial skills so they can soar into reading more complicated music on the 5-lined staff as well as listening and analyzing classical music. Our review of the orchestra began with the Brass and Woodwind families. We have discussed their physical characteristics and have compared the families’ sounds to each other. Second graders are also sight singing sol and mi on a 5-lined staff and reading the rhythm values of quarter note, two eighth notes and quarter rest.

Miss. Jocelyn Weddle

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Music Curriculum Outlines for 2018-2019


It was lovely seeing you at Curriculum Night. Thank you for taking time out of your evening to meet with us. I would like to share with you our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade music curriculum outline for those of you who would like to know more. Our focus is always seeking the truth, beauty and goodness in music. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

KindergartenIn your child’s kindergarten music classes we will discover the musical opposites of loud and soft, fast and slow, high and low, long and short. We will learn to keep a steady beat and the read rhythm values: quarter and eighth notes and quarter rests. We will explore music through our voices, body movements, non-pitched instruments and listen to the great composers. We will learn to distinguish between our speaking, singing, whisper voices and to sing with a beautiful tone.

1st GradeIn your child’s first grade music classes we will begin sight singing on a staff and grow in music theory knowledge, performing rhythmic elements such as eighth, quarter, and half notes as well as quarter rest. Throughout the year we will learn how music tells a story with opera, ballet and instrumental music. We will also discover what instrument families complete the orchestra. We will travel back in time to study influential musical composers such as Mozart and find out how the American tradition of Jazz began. We will continue our journey to master singing with accuracy and beauty of tone.

2nd GradeIn your child’s second grade music classes we will grow in our performance of rhythms and our sight singing abilities will expand to a pentatonic scale with solf├Ęge hand signs. In music history, we will study Felix Mendelssohn, J.S. Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. We will delve deeper into our study of the orchestral families as we discuss the differences between individual instruments and introduce the piano as an occasional guest to the orchestra. We will continue to develop our singing voices with musicality and beauty of tone with more complex music repertoire.


Our performances this year will be at Higley Center for the Performing Arts on November 14th and May 1st.  Students’ attire for our performances is NOT school uniform. 
*Gentlemen are expected to wear a plain white-collar shirt, black pants, black socks and black closed toed shoes. Solid dark colored vests and ties are optional for gentlemen. 
*Ladies are expected to wear a white top, black skirt, and black closed toed shoes. At the winter concert ladies are expected to wear black tights as a part of their attire. 
These mandatory performances are a crucial part of our curriculum to cultivate your musicians.

Please email for any questions or concerns you may have regarding your Kindergartener’s, 1st grader’s or 2nd grader’s music curriculum.

Miss. Jocelyn Weddle