I have just told the students about a wonderful opportunity that we have here at Jefferson. The Jefferson choir is a chance for 4th and 5th graders who love music to have some extra opportunities. Rehearsal are Wednesday mornings at 7:45-8:30 and we have one concert on April 30th
There is more information on the paper I sent home (and attached here) so please read it over and have your child fill it out and return it if they are interested. The choir is open to all and is optional. The paper says that they are due tomorrow, but I will also take them Monday of next week. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Choir application 2020.pdf
You should see a music paper come home this week. THis was a chance for your child to compose their own melody using all the notes of the pentatonic scale (do re mi sol la do’) in either simple (4/4) or compound (6/8) meter. Students were then given the choice for how they would perform their song: either on xylophone or singing. This is something that uses previously learned information and was being used as a diagnostic to see what students level of competency was with the concepts.
Please do the following:
1. read the paper
2. have your child sing through their song (if they can)
3. sign the paper
4. have your child bring it back for credit.
Let me know if you have any questions. thanks for helping your child gain extra music practice at home with this assignment. I am also including a blank copy here if you do not see it come home.
Melodic – High Do’ (review) .pdf
This week you should see a homework paper come home from the music room. THis was a rhythm composition that we did in compound meter (6/8). Students needed to use previously learned knowledge to write an idea and then perform it for Mr. weller. A final step was to transfer the song to another instrument (i.e. xylophone or drums).
- have your child clap and say their song to you
- sign the paper
- have your child bring it back to the music room for credit.
I am also attaching a copy in case you do not see it come home or would like extra practice for your student.
THanks and let me know if you have questions.
Rhythm-compound meter (review).pdf
This week you should see an assignment come home from the music room. This was a diagnostic experience for your child where they had to write down the solfege from a known song, sing it, and then put it on the staff. They needed to use previously learned information for this task. All the work was done in class so there is nothing more they need to complete on it.
Please take a moment to hear your child sing the song and then sign it and have them bring it back to the music room for credit.
I am also including a copy of the assignment incase you do not see it come home.
Thanks for all you do to reinforce their learning at home. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Dear Jefferson Elementary Parents/Guardians,
My name is Claire Folson, and I will be a student teacher in your child’s music class with Mr. Weller through mid-October. I am very thankful and excited to have the opportunity to work with your child and to learn alongside them Following student teaching, I will be graduating from St. Olaf College in December with a degree in instrumental music education.
A little bit about myself: I am from Grand Forks, ND, but I consider Minnesota my other home. I love to play my violin, sing, read, go for walks, and have long conversations with family and friends. Some of my greatest memories and friendships have been made through my musical experiences, and it all started from a young age when I learned all about what music what music has to offer in my life. I am excited to take part in helping your child grow as a musician!
I am looking forward to getting to know your child and sharing in the joy of music with them!
THis week you should see a paper come home from the music room. THis was your child’s attempt at creating a song for their recorder using La, do re and mi.
1. look at their work an have them complete any steps that are not done
2. have them play (or sing!) their song for you
3. sign the paper
4. have them bring it back
If they want to earn a "belt" for their recorder they need…
– to have a white belt already (they can still test for me on that one)
– to have a 3 or 4 in the "playing" box
– put the paper on my desk (not in the folder like ususal)
If they want to re-play any of the songs (white or yellow) to earn a belt they can...
– send me a video via email
– login to www.classdojo.com and record their video
– come play for me at the end of the day at 3:45pm .
Please let me know if you have any questions. I have attached the paper to this email in case you don’t see it come home. Thanks as ususal for all your help at home reinforcing these concepts.
2 Rec Comp-EGAB (Yellow).pdf
You should have seen a music assignment come home on friday (or today) called "white belt recorder composition". This was an opportunity for students to show me what they can play on their recorders. To do this, they needed to use previously learned concepts of pitch and rhythm as well as the new information of how to play the recorder with articulation and correct fingers.
Please listen to your student play their song, sign the paper and then send it back with them for credit.
If your student wishes to earn an actual "belt" for playing their song, they must:
1. complete playing their song into www.classdojo.com (it should not be listed as a "draft")
2. return the paper to my desk
Thanks for everything you do to help reinforce their musical learning at home. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Greetings – Please disregard if your student is not in the before school Jefferson choir or Recorder group
I sent a note home yesterday about the remaining rehearsals for the the choir and recorder group. Here is what it said:
Wed. April 17 8:30am – Jefferson choir
Wed. April 24 8:30am – Jefferson choir
Thurs. April 25, 8:00am – dress rehearsal Jefferson choir
Thurs. April 25 6:30pm – concert at Jefferson (please arrive by 6:15pm)
Please let me know if you have any questions.
If your son/daughter is in the Jefferson choir, please know that there was an error on the schedule that went home. The concert will be on Thursday April 25th at 6:30pm. I apologize for the confusion. Please let me know if you have any questions. You should receive a note about this change in schedule on Friday. Thanks