Posted in General

Open House Tonight!

Welcome back to another wonderful year of music at Pine Glen School! I will work hard to keep this blog up to date with all of the music making happening at Pine Glen every day. My hope is to use this blog as a window into my classroom, a way of communicating important information about upcoming events, and as a resource for parents as well as students to learn more about music. Explore the many links and pages that this blog has to offer!

Already this year the 5th graders performed beautifully at our annual Heroes Assembly. This was just the first of many performance to come during the school year. Please check the Important Dates page for concert and event dates and put them on the calendar right away!

Third Graders have begun to sign up for Violin lessons if they are interested. There is still time to sign up! Please visit Mr. Samulak’s Website for more information.

Fourth graders have begun to sign up for band instrument lessons. If you are interested please see Mr. Napeirkowski’s Blog for more info.

All 4th and 5th grade students should bring their recorder in to school for use in music classroom activities.

I have been greatly enjoying reconnecting with all of Pine Glen’s students as well as getting to know all of the new smiling faces that walk through my door. Its going to be a great year!

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Posted in Communication, General

New Music for a New Year

I can’t believe it is already September 22nd! This has been my first opportunity to share what has been going on in the Music Room so far this year!

On September 12th our fifth graders led a wonderful Heroes Assembly (on day FIVE!!) for the entire Pine Glen Community to honor our Police Officers and Firefighters, as well as remember Thomas McGuiness who sadly lost his life on September 11, 2001. They did a wonderful job! You can see photos of this performance HERE and a short video of the Pine Glen School Song HERE.

Third Graders have begun to sign up for Violin lessons if they are interested. There is still time to sign up! Please visit Mrs. Conzano’s Blog for more information.

Fourth graders have begun to sign up for band instrument lessons. If you are interested please see Mr. Napeirkowski’s Blog for more info.

I have updated the Important Dates Page with all of our new concert dates for the year. Click HERE to visit that page.

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In other news, the music room and the stage both have new music rugs!  All the students are enjoying it and so do I! Believe it or not, this rug will greatly enhance all of the students music lessons. Circle games stay in a circle, we can easily review lines and spaces of the staff, rhythm sticks aren’t quite so noisy, and so much more!

I have been greatly enjoying reconnecting with all of Pine Glen Students as well as getting to know all of the new smiling faces that walk through my door. Its going to be a great year!

 

 

Posted in Student Work

4th Grade 3+1 Compositions

Learning how to read and perform music is an important goal of music education, but being able to use what you know to create your own composition is extremely important as well. This past week the 4th graders completed a composition inspired by our composer of the month, Franz Joseph Haydn.

After listening to Haydn’s Surprise Symphony, we examined the patterns found in the rhythm of the music. What we discovered is that the rhythm had 3 measures of rhythm that were exactly the same, followed by 1 measure that was different. This is the 3+1 formula, and its a pattern that commonly occurs in the music of many composers and songwriters.

With a partner, the students created a 3+1 rhythm and then learned to perform it. I then challenged them to “make it interesting”. We talked about all the different things that Haydn did to make his music interesting (changing dynamics), and we brainstormed ideas of their own. Here are the resulting compositions.