Hello and welcome back to music class! I am so excited for us to get started in learning, creating, singing, dancing and playing! This years hold many exciting possibilities for us to create wonderful music together. Below I have attached a link to our opening music letter in PDF form (just in case it doesn't make its way home).
Lets get started!!!
~ Mrs Pedrick
We have officially begun our Winter Concert Preparation!!!!! This year's production will not fail to make you smile and perhaps even sing along! I have uploaded our lyric sheets below for all students to practice with. I have yet to decide which students will be singing which songs, however, most kids already know the majority of the music so feel free to practice anything you like for the time being. I will update the files with student assignments within the next few weeks.
PRACTICE MUSIC TRACKS
I am trying something new this year. Instead of burning 600 plus CDs I have uploaded our practice music tracks to a dropbox for all students to access online. It is password protected and will gladly send it your way if you get in touch with me.
If you would like to download or access our holiday practice tracks click this Frozen Polar Express Link.
IMPORTANT!!!! - The site is password protected and for practice purposes for McClelland and Gonic School students only. Please do not share the password with others. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the password. I will also give the password to students during music class.
PRACTICE LYRIC SHEETS
Click on any of the icons below to view each lyric sheet. You can also download them all (pdf format) by clicking
this Winter Concert 2014 Lyrics link.
We have been busy in music class. All students celebrated the 200th anniversary of the “Star Spangled Banner”. We heard the story of Francis Scott Key boarding the enemy British ship in Baltimore to secure the release of American prisoners; particularly that of Dr. James Beans. Key was armed only with a letter from the great President James Madison in hand. Held captive for the night as the surprise attack of Fort McHenry took place; Key was inspired to pen a poem (later to become our national anthem) as he saw the American flag gallantly streaming over the rampart. McClelland students stood and sang the “Star Spangled “at morning meeting and gave honor to our country’s great history.
Grade 5 has been introduced to Reggae music! Bob Marley has been our muse. Some classes decided to create their very own reggae song complete with a band a vndocals. Other classes used QGrooves on QuaverMusic.com to compose a new song in their style of choice.
The school is alive with the sound of singing from Grade 4 who just finished up a singing unit. Concepts learned were octave, round, canon, major, minor, home tone, triad singing, descant, timbre and V7 (dominant) chords! We practiced singing in both our head and chest voices.
Grade 3 also has been singing and learning about different types of voices: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. The more exciting part of our past couple of weeks is that we have begun our study of ukulele! Kids can hold it the proper way; name the parts; name and sing the strings (G, C, E, A) and play a C chord! WOW!
Grade 2 and Grade 1 have become meter experts! Meter is the division of music into groups of strong and weak beats. We focused on 2, 3 and 4. A highlight was last week when we studied meter in 3; put the beat in our feet and learned to waltz!!! Keeping a steady beat is stressed in these early years as it is an essential part of music. We discussed meter in 2 at a marching meter, meter in 3 waltzing meter and meter in 4 walking meter. 2nd grade also learned about Johann Strauss II- "Waltz King" and John Phillip Sousa - the "March King."
It has been so much fun getting reacquainted with all of my lovely students! Our lessons are going well QUAVER MUSIC IS A BLAST!
Grade 1 and 2 have been studying beat. "Beat is the heart beat of music!"
Grade 3 started out learning about rhythm and have been introduced to ukulele!
Grade 4 is doing an amazing job performing triplet and sixteenth note patterns while 5th graders are becoming experts in meter!
FIRST MUSIC ASSESSMENT! Students took their first music assessment of the year on the above topics this week. 95% of all students who have taken the assessment have received marks of competent or exceeds competent! GREAT JOB KIDDOS!!!
DonorsChoose.com- We have two music class projects waiting to be funded at our music class donors choose site. If you would like to contribute follow this DONORSCHOOSE LINK. Thanks for your help!
CRAZY about Happy Notes! - I love to celebrate and let students know when they have done a great job. I do this all the time by giving a small, laminated card called a "happy note" with the kiddo's name on it. I announce to the class the success of the student and what a great job he/she has done and we all clap for that student! Makes for a lot of mini student celebrations! YAY!
Many of you have asked about getting your QuaverMusic.com username and password. Please be patient; they are coming. The company is working to get all of you in their system as quickly as possible. Their website is amazing and I cannot wait for you all to have access to it. Remember: "Good things come to those who wait!"
4th and 5th Grade Chorus will begin next week:
McClelland 4th Grade Chorus - Monday
McClelland 5th Grade Chorus - Tuesday
Gonic 4th and 5th Grade Chorus Thursday (8:15 am)
McClelland Drama Sign-Ups- Remember: Sign-ups are Monday, September 15th from 3:15 pm to 4:00pm and from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Students must be accompanied by their parent to sign up. Sign-ups will be held in the library. If for some reason you cannot make it this day, please contact Mr. Saucier or Mrs. Pedrick prior to this date.
I will be adding a "Flat Stanley" link to this website to keep all of you drama peeps informed by next week. Look for it.
Congrats to all of the new band students! - Lessons for band have begun. I love the excitement from all of the kids with their new instruments! Practice each day!
This year in music class, students will be introduced to a new, interactive music program called Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music™. I’ll be showing some Quaver episodes as part of my lessons on elements of Music Theory, Instruments and Ensembles, Composers and Music History, and Music Styles. Quaver’s World is part Bill Nye the Science Guy, Beakman, and Monty Python rolled into one, and kids (and teachers) love it!
I’ll also introduce my classes to QuaverMusic.com, an interactive website that extends the student’s ability to explore and create music beyond the classroom. YOU WILL LOVE THIS!
In order to use the site, I’m asking that you help your student register for a free Quaver account. Simply visit www.QuaverMusic.com and click on the “Sign Up” window in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Follow the onscreen instructions for creating an account, and be sure to enter an active parent email address when asked. After completing the sign up process, you will receive an email from the Quaver Team with the option to activate your student’s account. Simply verify your email address and your student will be able to access all the amazing features of our site, including customizing their Avatar or Music Room, as well as being able to retrieve a lost password.
I hope that you and your student enjoy your journey into Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music both in the class-room and at home. I’m very excited to offer this resource to my classes this year! If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me, or visit the Quaver Team at their websites below.
MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW!
Creating a QuaverMusic.com account for your child is easy:
For more information go to the PARENT PAGE at quavermusic.com.
Well ... at least the address of the music room will be different! Can you tell by the picture above where it will be? Music will now be held in room 29 upstairs above the kitchen. You can see it if you stand in the gym and look through the windows above the lunch line. It is a beautiful room... well it will be! I have been working very hard (with some great helpers) to make this move a success. One great new thing about the space is the closet! Things not in use can be put away making a nicer learning space for everyone.
Another great change for music at McClelland is that Band will now officially have a real room and... drum roll please... it is right next door to the new music room location! A music suite!!! Here are some pictures of the construction so far. A lot of work is still needed. More pictures will be coming soon! Thank you to Mr. Pedrick, Mr. Saucier, and to my kiddos Lincoln, Harry and Quincy for helping so much this summer with the big move.
A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH - before the move.
Here is the room while it was still the OT room.
I took these photos when I found out about the change in space.
After packing and hauling!
... A good start but much to be done. Packing the old room and moving it all upstairs took several days... also weeded through some things. We were able to get everything in the room and unpack a bit. We had an issue with shelves as there are no built-ins in this room as in the other room. The Smartboard and projector are in place! So excited for the my curriculum this year! Kiddos- you will love it!!!
Another day of work. Much left to do, but great progress made!
I still have many things to put away and organize, bulletin boards need to be hung and beautified. Rug needs cleaning! This room needs some love and care for sure. I have some artwork to hang soon!
We ended our last day of school at McClelland with a visit from Governor Maggie Hassan! She came to introduce Rochester to an exciting new program- Media Power Youth. Rochester will become the "model community" which other communities will look to for guidance. Media Power Youth empowers youth to lead healthy, safe lives through smart use of media. It sure was a busy morning! Our Chorus did a stand out job singing "The Spirit of America!" We gave Governor Hassan a flag made from all of our fingerprints. She loved it and is going to hang it in the State House for all to see. Here are some photos!
I am so proud of all of my students and their amazing accomplishments this year! Thank you all so much for your hard work and beautiful music making! Your smiles, stories, jokes, songs, and kindness made this one of my favorite years teaching! Here are some of my favorite highlights:
If you would like to donate to any of our classroom projects please follow this link:
Mrs. Pedrick's Donors Choose Projects!
Music share happens during your regular music time next week 6/9 - 6/13. Days and times will vary depending on when you have music class
Music Share is an opportunity for students to share something musical with their peers during music class. They may bring in an instrument from home and store it in the music room for the day if needed, or use any of the classroom instruments we have. They can share anything musical (even a poem or a tap dancing routine!) that they have thought through and planned. Usually we have enough time for each child to share a couple of songs.
The purpose of having a performance day is to give children an opportunity to perform in front of a small, friendly, known group and learn the etiquette of doing so; to provide a platform for sharing musical ideas and interests; and to give the rest of the class practice at being respectful audience members. Most important, performing is completely voluntary and meant to occur in a casual, stress-free environment. If sharing a song please be sure it is appropriate for our school setting. If you are not sure please ask an adult.
Here are some ideas for your music share. Be creative:
If you have questions feel free to call the school or email me at email@example.com .