A little bit about the music classroom:

In music class students will sing, move, listen, imitate, explore, experience, analyze, classify, create, share, perform, notate, read, improvise, cooperate, and most importantly HAVE FUN!!!! We strive to create innovative, engaging lesson plans which include singing, playing instruments, and moving in each of our lessons. Music is important here at Dolvin Elementary. Studies show that students who receive music perform better on tests involving reading, math, problem solving, and logical thinking.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Listen to Ms. Mentzer's third grade class accompany "Rocky Mountain".  Keep checking back for more audio clips and videos of our young performers!  Each 3rd grade class completed this activity in a matter of 45 minutes.  Way to go 3rd graders! 

Music this week!

This week in music....

Kindergarten and first graders have been learning songs about fall and creating their own movements to depict the story the music tells using scarves.  They have also added instrumental accompaniment on barred instruments.

Second graders have been auditioning in class for Spaced Out as well as playing with partner songs!  Ask them about it; they think it is exciting!

Third graders have been continuing their study on melodic direction through movement, song, and instruments.  Be on the look out for video postings soon of your children making music!

Fouth and fifth grade students have begun their recorder study.  In preparation students have been playing with Music Ace, a computer game on the ActivBoard to review the note names on lines and spaces.  So far Mr. Weigand's 4th grade class is leading with 2,030 points (all notes) and Mrs. Rivera's class with 2,150 (FACE).  Parents, please make sure your child remembers to bring their recorders to class!  This is part of the music participation grade.  Please refer to the recorder letter on the right column of this blog for specifics.  And as always, feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have!

Thank you!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Spaced Out!

Dear 2nd Grade Parents,

We are now working on our musical Spaced Out.  Students will be learning the lyrics to their songs and participating in auditions.  Please click on the Spaced Out tab above to find lyrics and script to our show!

Thank you!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

First Weeks of Music at Dolvin

We have had a great first few weeks in music.  Our focus has been finding the steady beat and discussing the difference between steady beat and rhythm.  How many of you have seen your children look around your house for items with a steady beat and without a steady beat, or even found your child testing your knowledge of distinguishing between the steady beat or rhythm in the car to your favorite songs! If you haven't yet, be ready... it's coming! 

What are we doing in class?
  • K and 1 have been playing beat and rhythm on drums and tambourines
  • 2nd graders have already begun work on their musical, "Spaced Out".  Parents, be on the look out for information about the musical coming your way soon! 
  • 3rd graders have been improvising rhythms on instruments. 
  • 4th and 5th grade students have been playing chords on boomwhackers and tranferring them to barred instruments. 
Check back to see what we are learning next!

Also, a BIG thank you to Dolvin principle, Laura Zoll, for our brand new instruments! The kids have already begun having fun with these new items!

Music Letters...

Dear Parents,
Please click on the page links above for a detailed description of paperwork/events.  Here are quick links to parent letters if you are in need of an extra copy.

Chorus Sign-up Sheet: 4th - 5th
Chorus Polo Shirt Information: 4th - 5th
Music Matters Information Sheet: 3rd - 5th
Dolvin Instrument Rental Form: 3rd - 5th
Recorder Letter: 4th - 5th
Music Store List

Please e-mail Megan Endicott if you have any questions!

We are looking forward to a wonderful year!
Thank you!