Thursday, November 30, 2017

Music in November

Our concert was a success! Thank you for coming and supporting your kiddos at our Winter Concert! We worked hard to bring together a well-rounded concert. The beginning of November in music classes was packed with concert prep. We finished memorizing and perfecting our repertoire. We learned how to properly walk on stage and how to stand while performing. We rehearsed with our accompanist Mr. Kolden, which gave us more experience in how to sing as a team with an instrument and other classes all while following a conductor. We also focused our thoughts on (and practiced) how a respectful audience member would act. All of these cumulated to create our Winter Concert performance.

For the music class directly following the event, we reflect on what the concert was like, what we loved and how we excelled at singing as a group. In second grade I asked the students to pick one aspect of the concert they did well. I was proud to hear specific musical elements we had worked on during rehearsals as well as concert etiquette!

After the concert, we shift our focus in music class from our concert performance to a deeper inquiry into music theory and music history.

Kindergarteners now recognize a quarter note and two eighth notes are long and short sounds, respectfully and have listened to Camille Sant Sean’s “Aquarium” and “The Cuckoo in the Depth of the Woods” from his Carnival of the Animals suite.
1st graders have added a new rhythmic element to their vocabulary- the quarter rest. This sign reminds us to create silence for one beat. Creating silence is crucial for creating any music and it is a delicate art form- creating silence- in a 1st grade classroom. J Our kiddos do it well!
2nd graders continue to delve into their theory books as we write notes on the treble clef staff and assign beat numbers to rhythms. Most recently, 2nd graders added a new (and important) note to their sight singing: Do (pronounced as dough). Do is the home tone to which all tonal music is based. This is exciting!!

I look forward to exploring these new elements of music with our scholars throughout December! (But that is for another post!)

Miss. Jocelyn Weddle

Monday, October 30, 2017

Winter Concert Information

The concert is coming! The concert is coming!

We have some exciting news. Our students from Archway Arete will be performing their first concert of the year in less than three weeks!!! Mrs. Kaye and I are making last minute preparations on logistics; all the students are putting the finishing touches on their concert stances and memorizing their concert pieces! We are so proud of all the work they have put in during class and cannot wait to show you. Here are some frequently asked questions, FAQs if you will, to help with communication.

What is the date of the concert?
November 15th, 2017

Where is the concert?
Higley Center for the Performing Arts
4132 E. Pecos Road
Gilbert, AZ 85295

What time does my child need to be at Higley?
Kindergarteners have a call time of 4:45pm.
1st & 2nd grade have a call time of 5:00pm.

When does the concert begin?
K-2 Concert begins at 5:30pm
3-5 Concert begins at 6:45pm

What does my child wear to the concert?
Gentlemen will wear a plain white collard shirt, black pants, black socks and black closed toed shoes. (Solid dark colored vests and ties are optional for gentlemen.)
Ladies will wear a white top, black skirt, black tights and black closed toed shoes.

Will there be food at the concert?
No, there will not be food at the concert. Please feed your child dinner beforehand.

If you have any questions I did not answer please email me at

Miss. Jocelyn Weddle

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Music in October

I hope your fall break was restful and you enjoyed talking with your teachers during conference week. The specials team had a blast in our conferences boasting about how amazing our kiddos are! As we look into the third quarter, all grades from Kindergarten to 5th grade are preparing for the concert on November 15th! If you have any questions view the blog post Music Curriculum Outline for 2017-2018, the right hand side of the blog or email me There will also be an additional blog post coming in a few days to let you know more details.

In third quarter Kindergarten music we are learning that a person who writes music is a composer. We are practicing our audience behavior in preparation for the concert by having our bodies silent and our eyes on the performers when listening to music. We have followed the beat to Offenbach’s Can-Can music with our bodies and have differentiated fast and slow songs.
For your listening enjoyment and enrichment here are links to
Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy:
Jacques Offenbach’s  Can-Can Music

1st Grade
One of my favorite parts of this week was watching the first graders play glockenspiels to the steady beat of our concert piece White Coral Bells. They are growing in their musicianship! The first graders were also presented with a challenge this quarter with their rhythms. We are increasing rhythm reading stamina by extending the length of our rhythm examples. As a part of our Core Knowledge Curriculum, first graders get to study jazz music. In October we have been listening to jazz music and studying Louis Armstrong, the famous jazz performer!

2nd Grade
Last quarter in 2nd grade each class wrote their own piece of sight singing with the pitches Sol, Mi and La. This quarter all the classes will get to sight sing the other classess’ examples! In October we are beginning in music history our study of the orchestra. In first grade we learned the families and this year we will be going more in depth with our study on how instruments create sound and what tone quality they produce.

Winter Concert - November 15th - 5:30pm

Miss. Jocelyn Weddle

Friday, September 29, 2017

Music in August and September


It has been an amazing start to the school year. Several students have come up and told me stories of their after school musical escapades the past few weeks and I love them. If you would like to share a story of your musician, please email me! J As we finish up September, I would love to let you in on what has been going on in our music classes.

In Kindergarten, we have been focusing on how our voices create high and low sounds. We've sung folk songs and have created our first composition with yarn on paper where the students follow the line with with their voice singing high and low. We found that a keyboard and a piano are different instruments. A piano has strings and a keyboard has a computer to create the sound. All the kindergarteners got the opportunity to play the keyboard I bring with me into class. It was a joy to see their faces light up when it was their turn to play.

1st Grade
In first grade we have discovered high and low notes called sol and mi. We have placed those sounds on a one lined staff and have been sight singing them with our hand signs. We have also found music to be made of long sounds and short sounds- their names are ta and ti. Ti is always connected to another ti; together they create titi. We have listened and danced to the first movements of Vivaldi’s Spring and Winter as well as found the major theme in Bach’s Minuet in G. Here are some links to those pieces of music if you would like to listen to them with your student.
Minuet in G

2nd Grade
Second grade has nearly finished their review of the musical elements they learned in first grade. Your second grader reads rhythms in class that consist of quarter notes, eighth notes (beamed and flagged), half notes and quarter rests. Wow! We are currently practicing sight singing the pitches sol, mi and la on a 2-lined and 5 lined staff. We have also started our theory book. The students love working in their theory book!
Miss. Jocelyn Weddle

Friday, September 1, 2017

Music Curriculum Outline for 2017-2018

It was wonderful seeing you all at Curriculum Night! Thank you for coming last week. I would like to share with you our K-2 music curriculum outline for those of you who would like to read a little more. Our focus is always seeking the truth, beauty and goodness in music. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

In 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 rhythm values: quarter and eighth notes and quarter rests. We will explore music through our voices, body movements and non-pitched instruments. We will learn to distinguish between our speaking, singing, whisper voices and to sing with a beautiful tone.

1st Grade
In your child’s first grade music classes we will begin sight singing on a staff and grow in music theory knowledge, learning 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 and what instrument families complete the orchestra. We will travel back in time to study influential musical composers and how the American tradition of Jazz began. We will continue our journey to master singing with accuracy and beauty of tone.

2nd Grade
In your child’s second grade music classes we will grow in music theory knowledge using My Second Theory Book by Linda Ng (if you need to purchase the book there is a link below for a vendor). We will grow in our sight singing abilities to include a pentatonic scale with solf├Ęge hand signs. In music history we will listen to 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.

Our performances this year will be at Higley Center for the Performing Arts on November 15th and May 2nd.  Students’ attire for our performances is NOT school uniform. Gentlemen are expected to wear a plain white collard 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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Clubs this Fall


Every semester Archway Arete offers after school clubs for interested scholars. If you would like view which clubs are available for your children or if you would like to register please go to This year I will be leading two clubs- 2nd & 3rd grade Mallet Masters and 4th & 5th grade Choir Club.

In Mallet Masters we play games and songs with mallet instruments (i.e. xylophone, glockenspiel). This year we are adding drums- bongos, djimbes and congas. I am so excited! We have a limited number of spots due to the amount of instruments we have so please sign up quickly! Registration begins August 18th at 8am.

In Choir Club we perfect 3 pieces of musical literature to perform at our Fall concert on November 15th. Choir Club has a relaxed atmosphere where we learn about each other, our voices and beautiful classical and jazz song literature. If you have older students who are interested, ask them to bring their friends! Registration begins August 18th at 8am.

Although I do not lead a club for Kindergarten and 1st grade, we do have Art Club for K-2. J I hope to see you after school at our clubs!

Miss. Jocelyn Weddle

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Welcome to Music 2017-2018!

Hello Archway Arete Families,

Welcome to the Archway Arete Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade music blog. I hope your summer was filled with adventures and rest.

This blog is the perfect place for you to follow your student’s musical studies as well as locate information regarding our two concert performances this year! These will be the evenings of November 15th and May 2nd, so you can save the dates. Our concerts' location is posted on the right hand side of the blog under my picture. Times and concert attire details will be posted in the coming weeks. These two nights are my favorite of the academic year because our students get to showcase their musical skills while performing beautiful song literature as a group. I am always proud of what our little ones can accomplish in just a few months!

I am jubilant to be returning for my second year teaching at Arete! Before coming to Archway Arete I taught in the private sector. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Music Education emphasis in voice from Grand Canyon University in 2014. I am a classically trained soprano and specialize in a myriad of genres including choral and jazz. I am always delighted to hear my students listening to classical music outside the classroom and a couple of composers I love to listen to are Johannes Brahms, Ernest Chausson and Franz Liszt. My teaching style is joyful and structured. I look forward to exploring Truth, Beauty and Goodness through music this year with our scholars.

Miss. Jocelyn Weddle