Mrs. Borden: 5th & 6th grade music (she also teaches music at Riggs & Patterson Elementary schools).
Mrs. Niederer: Navarrete Kindergarten through 4th grade music, 5th & 6th grade bands, and 4th-6th Drama/Choir Club.
Kindergarten classes have been singing a welcome song, songs about the farm, and adding sounds to a book named about a boy, Mortimer. Our most recent song and game has been, "Doggie, Doggie Where's Your Bone?" Movement is added each day in music class, and they have been introduced to moving to the sounds they hear with a friendly snake ("Snakey-Snake"). You can view our "Snakey-Snake" and join along at home by searching for: Listen and Move by Greg and Steve.
1st grade through 4th grade Music:
Students are sharing their names and likes through song and movement with songs such as, "Hey, Hello and How Are You?" and "Sha-Sha-Boom." This has allowed them to practice and share with a partner of choice, and then rotate to other partners. Movement occurs nearly every music class time with partner movements, body percussion (stopping, clapping, etc.), and now the classes are preparing for folk songs and dancing. During the folk music lessons, students learn dances in many sets: longways, large circle, concentric circles, and squares. Students learn to interact respecfully with each other to keep a steady beat while following calls and many movements such as honoring the partner, swing, sashay, right and left hand turns, do-si-do, allemande, promenade, back-to-back, split around the square, and a few other movements based on the type of dance.
5th grade Level I Band:
Students are learning to assemble, sit and hold the instrument with good posture, produce a pleasant sound, starting to read music, and cleaning out the instrument. All of the new skills also take much hand-eye coordination, patience, and tons of responsibility. First quarter is all about learning to manage all of these new responsibilities, including remembering which days to bring the instrument, cleaning kit and books; other days just tennis shoes for PE!
6th grade Level II Band:
Students are completing review of Level I curriculum and are soon ready to advance to the second half of the Standard of Excellence method book. Level II band students will be working to increase their range of pitch (notes), technique, tone, intonation (tuning), and musicality.
Extra Curricular: Drama and Choir Club (4th-6th grade students only):
Drama/Choir Club begins Tuesday, August 21st and runs every Tuesday through the end of April. See the tab to the left to discover this amazing club!