Sunday, March 18, 2018

February and March Music!

Introducing Drew Robert MacMurray! Born March 11, 2018 (4 weeks early!) 4 lbs 12 oz. He is little but healthy! Already so loved by his big brother and sister. Looking forward to bringing him in later in the year to meet everyone!


February Celebrity Singers in Chorus!
JFK 4th
JFK 3rd
JFK 5th

Parmenter 5th



February and March Musician, Culture, and Composer of the Month!
1st Grade Musician: Insooni/Bobby McFerrin (March)
Korean singer featured at the 2018 Winter Olympics!

The king of improvising, here he is improvising a jig with his audience!

2nd Grade Culture: India/Ireland (March)
Kids loved this song that many adults might recognize from the film "Slumdog Millionaire".

I thought kids might enjoy hearing pop singer Ed Sheeran singing a famous traditional Irish song, "The Parting Glass".

3rd Grade Composer: John Williams/Johann Sebastian Bach (March)
John Williams conducting the theme to Star Wars!

Bach was one of the world's greatest composers! Did you know he could also play a mean organ? Here is an organist, Hans-AndrĂ© Stamm, playing Bach's Toccata et Fugue.



Other snapshots of Music in February and March!

Below are pictures and videos of different activities and concepts we explored in music. I plan to feature every class that I teach at JFK and Parmenter by the end of the year.  Even if you don't see your child's class, you can still learn what they're doing in class by watching another class' video!


K Mrs. Bigos' Class - Valentine's Day rap

3rd Grade Mrs. Lussier's Class creating and reading rhythms in triple meter along to "Hedwig's Theme" from Harry Potter.

1st Grade Mrs. Zarella's Class - "The Sled"

4th Grade - Mrs. E. Williams' Class "Who Has Seen the Wind"

4th Grade - Mrs. Merten's Class - "Who Has Seen the Wind"

2nd Grade - Mrs. Henault's Class - "Ahg-Doom Bahg-Doom" Traditional Indian Children's Song

JFK 4th Grade Chorus- "Believer" sneak peek!


JFK 5th Grade Concert: Save the Date!
Wednesday, March 21st 9 AM
*I'm so disappointed to miss this concert. The kids have worked so hard all year to show you everything they have learned in chorus and in general music with the recorder and ukulele. I know you will be so impressed. Special thank you to Allison Fuller, my good friend and colleague. She teaches K-5 general music and chorus at Parmenter with me and at Oak Street. The kids are in good hands!

Monday, February 12, 2018

JFK and Parmenter at the Providence Bruins!

Thank you to all the fifth graders at JFK and Parmenter who came to sing the National Anthem Friday night at the Providence Bruins game. It was also fun to see so many families who came to support them! Special thanks to Mrs. Schenna (Parmenter) and Mrs. Laing (JFK) who organized the event through the PCCs. It was a really special experience that I hope will last a lifetime! Here are some pictures and videos!









Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January Music!

January Celebrity Singers in Chorus!
JFK 3rd Grade TBA in February
JFK 4th Grade TBA in February
Parmenter 5th Grade TBA in February
JFK 5th Grade



January Musician, Culture, and Composer of the Month!
1st Grade Musician: Alicia Keys

2nd Grade Culture: China
Students enjoyed comparing our string instruments to these Chinese string instruments. Happy Chinese New Year!

3rd Grade Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
 Students loved learning about the young prodigy, Mozart. Here was a connection we made with a current musical prodigy.

Be on the lookout for a new musician we're learning about! South Korean R&B singer, Insooni, will be hitting the stage for the Olympic opening ceremonies! Here is the theme for this 2018 Winter Olympics!


Other snapshots of Music in January!

Below are pictures and videos of different activities and concepts we explored in music. I plan to feature every class that I teach at JFK and Parmenter by the end of the year.  Even if you don't see your child's class, you can still learn what they're doing in class by watching another class' video!
3rd Grade Chorus cheering on the Pats by reinventing the warm-up "Donkeys always love their carrots":)
Mrs. Schreiber's 3rd grade class practicing improvising in triple meter through the game "My Pony Bill."
Thanks to the FEF we were able to complete our class set of ukuleles at both JFK and Parmenter and get enough tuners for half the class. Here is Mrs. Vicente's 5th grade class hard at work tuning their ukuleles!

Here are Mrs. Forde and Mrs. Trockman's class Kindergarten classes performing "Engine Engine #9" on the barred instruments. Students are not only learning proper mallet and barred instrument technique, they are also demonstrating the macro beat, chanting and beginning to learn how to improvise and create a middle or B section to a piece.

Mrs. Lyons 5th grade class demonstrating our new ukulele skills! Students are now able to play an F chord and change between chords in a song. Here we are performing the chorus to Three Little Birds. We hope to have the verse down in time for our end of the year concert!

Mrs. McCarthy's first grade class is performing the song "Peter" on barred instruments. We use this song to sing and audiate but also to find Peter's meter which is triple meter. Students are being assessed this term on moving to the macro and micro beat in duple and triple meter and identifying which meter they are hearing and feeling. 

Here is Mrs. Wilmarth's class showing a popular 2nd and 3rd grade game called meter tag. This is a great way to get kids moving and thinking in terms of duple or triple rhythms. 2nd graders also explored music from China. This was our attempt to create a Chinese Lion dance while performing and singing a traditional Chinese folk song "Yahu Hai". 

Here Mrs. Kolodny's 1st grade class learned a chant in triple meter called "Hickory Dickory Dare". Students learned how to add a short repeating rhythm called an ostinato to help create more texture. Students then added instruments and finally in the second video audiated the words while performing their rhythms. 




5th Grade Pop Songs!
Pop songs have been voted on and announced. Thanks to all for your submissions! This was the year of Imagine Dragons! 
JFK - Thunder
Parmenter - Believer
I love going on youtube and getting ideas for all different ways to perform these songs. Take a listen!

JFK 5th Grade Concert: Save the Date!
Wednesday, March 14th 9 AM

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Parmenter 5th Pop Song Playlist

Ok Parmenter 5th graders! Your turn! Here are your student submitted pop songs! We will vote Tuesday or the following Monday!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

JFK 5th Pop Song Playlist!

Ok JFK 5th graders! Here are your student submitted pop songs! We will vote next week in general music!
(Parmenter 5th Pop Songs TBA)

Friday, December 22, 2017

December Music!

December Celebrity Singers in Chorus!
JFK 3rd Grade
JFK 4th Grade

JFK 5th Grade and Parmenter 5th Grade TBA in January


December Musician, Culture, and Composer of the Month!
1st Grade Musician: Ludwig van Beethoven

Here is one of Beethoven's greatest pieces performed as a flash mob! 

2nd Grade Culture: Europe

While 2nd graders enjoyed doing their own Russian dance, we also loved seeing some authentic Russian dancers!
3rd Grade Composer: Pytr Tchaikovsky

Mrs. Henneberry 3rd Grade performing the March from the Nutcracker! Great way to explore form!
Looking for one or two of these if anyone has one they don't use any more!

Other snapshots of Music in December!
Below are pictures and videos of different activities and concepts we explored in music. I plan to feature every class that I teach at JFK and Parmenter by the end of the year. 


 Mrs. Saford's Class exploring macro and micro beats in duple meter to the tune of "Jingle Bells."


Mrs. Logan's class exploring form and movement through "Dance of the Reed Flutes" from the Nutcracker. All K and 1 classes worked on this activity.



All classes 1-5 had an opportunity to share music from home in "music show and tell" this past week. Students will have another opportunity in June. Here is a clip from 5th graders in Mrs. Vicente's class. 

Winter Sing along/Caroling at Parmenter and JFK this week! Led by the 5th grade choruses!




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