Kindergarten – We played many games this quarter which required students to sing by themselves, and I enjoyed hearing each student’s progress, especially with singing in their head voices. We sang songs of spring, bumblebees, sunshine, cuckoo birds, bluebirds, and robins. We read pre-rhythm cards that showed short and long sounds, learned some new folk dance steps, sang some sailing songs, and played drums (including an ocean drum). We had a week of frog songs and reviewed many songs that we learned throughout the year. I am excited about how beautifully they sing, and I can’t wait for their music teacher next year to hear them! (Next year, Mrs. O’Connor will be your child’s music teacher.)
4th and 5th grade – We began this quarter exploring instruments and reviewing instrument families. We held a petting zoo, where 5th graders were allowed to try playing a violin, cello, trumpet, clarinet, and baritone. We made a lot of noise between bowing, bleating, and laughing at our efforts. But we were fully engaged in the process, and I hope it helped some of your students decide what instrument to pursue next year.
We ended the year with guitars, spending a full month learning to play some chords. 5th graders also learned a few guitar melodies, but honestly, one does not master the guitar in one month. I hope that some of your students will be inspired to continue to learn and play.
As the 5th graders move on to middle school, their musical experiences will become more formal, as you can’t really folk dance in a band room. But I hope that they leave Smith with a true love for music, and will desire to keep music in their lives. Thank you for the opportunity to teach your children!
Click the link below to view the schedule for this year.