Hello everyone, and welcome to a new year!

I hope you all had an awesome summer full of fun and relaxation.  We are already back to business in music class.  Here are some highlights!

Kindergarteners are busy working on learning classroom procedures and enjoying new games.  We will be starting Jungle Beat, a program designed for young musicians which teaches elements of music in a fun way, incorporating a rainforest theme.  

First and second grades are reviewing rhythm.  We are playing games and singing songs with strong steady beats.  We have already used a new listening map with a song about apples, and this week we will also incorporate Kodaly hand signals and learn the corresponding notes, la, fa, and sol.  

Third graders received their first song using actual sheet music!  Learning how to read notes and musical symbols is an amazing brain- stretching skill to develop.  They will use this year to hone their music reading skills, eventually learning to find use notes on the treble cleff.  They are well on their way to being ready for the adventure that fourth grade music is... RECORDERS!  Our fourth grade class will be receiving their recorders within the next couple of weeks.  This year, they will put their knowledge of rhythm and reading music to work playing an instrument of their own.  What an amazing way to increase skills in all other subject areas, while also having fun and making beautiful music!  Fourth grade parents, please ask your child about their progress as they make their way through their Recorder Karate program. 

In upper grades, we are working on a unit using the Orff instruments.  We were able to purchase several new ones last year with the money from Yankee Candle sales (THANK YOU!!!).  This unit is going to help us to remember music skills that may have become rusty over the summer.  We will learn a 5- part song called "Land of the Silver Birch," and eventually we will be able to play and sing in 5- part unison- an amazing feat. 

8th graders will be getting bells out soon... believe it or not, it is already time to pick a song and start working on it for Christmas!  How fast our time together flies in 8th grade.  

Our spring musical this year is Aladdin.  The kids are already full of great ideas and suggestions-  I can't wait to put them to use!  This year, we are going to be needing more volunteers than in the past.  If you would like to donate your time or talents to our musical, we would welcome your expertise!  Stay tuned for more information about how you can help, and more information about tryouts and schedules.  

As always, I am enjoying the students immensely!  Thank you for the opportunity to work with them and enhance their lives and learning through music.  


Laura Higgins