Music Report 3rd Quarter

Kindergarten – Your students are learning rhythms this quarter!  They recognize slow and fast notes (quarter and eighth notes) and can clap the rhythms perfectly.  We have also strived to match pitches with our voices and it remains a work-in-progress.  We recognized same melodies with different words, played music games, and began to differentiate between rhythm and beat.   Steady beats are now actually steady, and we can play up and down fairly accurately on glockenspiels.  Finally, through the song “Michael Finnegan” we learned that a beat can speed up, and after I’ve told them all year to keep the beat steady!  It caused a lot of giggles.  Songs we worked on this quarter:

My Name is Michael

My Aunt Came Back

Over in the Meadow

Little Jacky Jack Frost

Teddy Bear

Sheep in the Meadow

Ally Bally


Circle Round the Zero

Johnny Works with One Hammer

This Old Hammer

Peep Squirrel

Spring is Here

Yesterday I Heard a Robin Sing

Yankee Doodle

Ten Little Soldiers

Spring is Here

The Littlest Worm

Get on Board

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea

Owl Moon

Going Over the Sea

Miss Lucy

Bill Grogen’s Goat

Michael Finnegan

This Old Man

Hop, Hop, Hop

Old Mr. Rabbit

4th grade –

Your 4th graders continue to impress me with their talent, and they are eager to learn.

We began playing recorders in January, and have continued learning to read music through our recorder pieces. We fit in some drumming at the end.  Songs we worked on this quarter:

Recorders Songs:


Queen B

Long Shorts

Hot Cross Buns


French Song

Crazy Cats

Acka Backa

Rain, Rain

Tom Cat

Tom Cat Returns

5th grade –

We started out the quarter continuing with sight reading, which means singing songs that we didn’t know on sight, deciphering rhythms and pitches and putting it all together to actually read music.  We did a few folk dances, but for the most part, this quarter was all about becoming independent music makers.

One of 6th grade’s biggest challenges for some of your students next year will be to learn to play an instrument in band or orchestra.  As preparation for next year, we played keyboards this quarter.

Students had to learn short songs and play them for me (test) before they could move on to the next song.  Three to five short songs made a level, and as your student passed each level, he or she could sign their name on ascending levels on the wall.  Some of your students were content to pass one song a day, but many of them were more competitive and wanted to get to the master-sensei level, which would have allowed them to test their classmates.

Regardless of how far your student went, each child proved capable of reading notes and making music, which is what we were aiming for.  I was extremely proud of their progress and their independence.