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, January 25, 2013

4th Grade Sound Project

4th Grade Students and Parents,

The music department is teaming up with the fourth grade science teachers to aid in an inclusive study on sound and vibrations. As a part of the unit, each 4th grade student is required to construct an instrument.  Below you will find the requirements for the project and a helpful link with a series of ideas. Their instrument must be from "previously used" or found objects and must change pitch. Please e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns about this project. 

Click here for ideas on making an instrument.

Click here for a printable copy of the homework assignment.
Name ___________________________ Homeroom Teacher ________________
Homework Assignment
-      Find an item or items at home that you could use to make an instrument. Please use only materials that are “previously used” or found. Write possibilities below.
-      Type a paragraph describing: 1. how you chose your materials, 2. How your instrument makes sound.
-      Take a picture of your “found” instrument (If you are unable to take a picture, you may cut pictures of items from a magazine or use clip art).  See other options below for turning in your project.
-      Attach the picture to your typed paragraph
1.  List a few possible found sounds from home. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2.    How did you choose your materials? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
3.    How does your instrument work? How does it make sound? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
4.    Make sure you take a picture and insert it on your typed paper, or bring in your items.  You may also choose to make a video.  You may bring your video in on DVD, CD, jump drive, or SD card.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Spring Chorus and the Gladiator's Game

Dolvin Students and Parents,

Chorus permission forms have gone home to 4th and 5th grade students and are due Friday, February 1st.  The spring chorus will be performing "Cinemagic", a tribute to Hollywood for Dolvin Elementary's Fine Arts Night.  Our first rehearsal will be on Monday, February 4th.  Please e-mail me if you have any questions.  You may obtain a form by clicking here

Spring chorus members also have the exciting opportunity to perform at the Gwinnett Arena for the Gwinnett Gladiator's hockey team on Saturday, January 26th.  Ticket order forms can be found here and are due on Wednesday, January 23rd.  We will be one of 3 schools performing God Bless America.  Lyrics and a music track for home practice can be found on our chorus edmodo site.  If you are new to chorus and need directions on how to join edmodo, please e-mail me for specifics.  We will hold a Wednesday and Friday morning practice to prepare for the performance this coming up Saturday. 

For students not in chorus, the Gwinnett Arena is holding Dolvin Night on Saturday, January 26th.  We hope you can come out and support your chorus friends.  Dolvin will have a section blocked off for us to sit together so you can come out and have some fun with your friends!  If enough tickets sell, some of the proceeds will come back to Dolvin.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Megan Endicott