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Good Bye Summer, Hello September!

After a lovely, relaxing summer, it’s finally time to start getting ready for the upcoming school year. I’ve had a week full of cleaning out and setting up my rooms, meeting with other teachers, and getting some inspiration for my classrooms, and I am very excited to welcome the students to school next Tuesday!

This site will have concert information for our upcoming performances, as well as updates on what Alfred and Lyman students are doing in music. If your child is in grades 1 or 2, information on their concert can be found under the Winter Concert tab at the top of the page. For parents of grades 3 and 4, look to the Spring Concert tab. As details for the Kindergarten and grade 5 performances become available, those will be posted under new tabs above as well.

I will also be posting activities that we do in music to let parents know what their children are doing in music, as well as to possibly share some inspiration with fellow general music teachers.

I am looking forward to a wonderful, musical year with our students!

-Miss Smith

We finished our second week…

I can’t believe it! I’ve had so much fun getting to know our new students and catching up with returning students. Below are some things we’ve been working on in each grade level:

PreK – We have been learning how music is special like treasure, and how rules help us in the classroom. We have learned the song “Hello Welcome How Are You?” and enjoy singing it to our friends every music class. We also learned a song that our friend, BoomBam the Drum, used to help remember the rules at his school.

Kindergarten – We’ve been spending time learning what we do when we come into music class. Friends are slowly coming out of their shells to sing by themselves during roll call in the beginning of class, which I always think is so exciting! We learned the song “Going on a Lion Hunt”, which is one of our favorites. We have also been working on our line up song, which we will sing every day at the end of music to remind us how we should be in line.

Grades 1 and 2 – We have been learning the American folk song “When I First Came to This Land”. We also learned that an ostinato is a short repeated pattern, and we have been working on how to read 4-beat ostinatos in non-traditional notation. In our concert this December, students will be playing ostinatos on non-pitched percussion instruments.

Grade 3 – We have a new line-up song in 3rd grade! Ask your child if they can sing it for you, it may be a familiar tune ;). SolFa Dojo has returned for level 3 this year! Once a class has completed their black belt, they will get a certificate on my Black Belt wall.

Grades 4 and 5 – In 4th and 5th grade, we have been working on how to identify our notes on the staff. 4th graders will be starting on recorders and 5th graders will have the opportunity to join the band this year, so it is very important to keep our note-naming skills in tip-top shape. We have also learned a new game called “Wah”. This game is not only a fun challenge for our upper elementary students, but it also helps us access our head voices.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of September brings us in music. Have a great weekend!

Musically Yours, Miss Smith