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Spring Newsletter 2019

Happy Spring! However, will we ever see the sun? And feel the warmth of spring?

Kindergarteners recently had an opportunity to explore the instruments of the orchestra through the children’s classic, “Carnival of the Animals.” They have also been continuing to learn about opposites in music (loud/soft, fast/slow, long/short) through singing, listening, moving, and playing musical instruments. We will soon begin learning how to identify these concepts through pictures and symbols. This will prepare us for learning about the music staff next year!

First graders just finished a small unit on the appreciation of this glorious season through the music of “Spring” by Antonio Vivaldi.  Here we explored how the instruments of a string quartet can mimic the sounds of nature while learning about the form of a piece of music which was rondo. We are currently learning about the instruments of the orchestra through the classic, “Peter and the Wolf.”

Second graders have been learning about the music staff and will soon have a chance to be young composers and create their very own compositions. Then, we will begin learning about a very famous composer, Ludwig van Beethoven, and how he created some of the most amazing music the world has ever known, despite the fact that he was nearly deaf when he created most of it!

Third graders recently finished up a large unit on “The Planets” by Gustav Holst (to tie in nicely with their science units on the solar system!), and have begun learning about the instruments of the orchestra and their families. They will soon continue with a unit on the Science of Sound that will connect with what they are learning in science (again!) in their classrooms. Third graders will also have the chance to compose and be composers of their very own music.

Fourth graders are continuing to climb to new heights on their recorders as they work towards a new belt each week in our Recorder Karate unit. Please still encourage them to play each week (three or four times should be the minimum) and perhaps ask them to put on a little concert for you when they/you feel that they are ready! We hope to include them in our upcoming school concert!

Fifth graders have been strumming away on their ukuleles and realizing that they can perform many songs just by knowing 4 ukulele chords! We will have an opportunity to play the ukuleles in our upcoming school chorus concert!
Both schools will also have special Memorial Day assemblies to honor our veterans! More information will follow soon! Both schools will also have Spring Chorus Concerts for grades 3, 4 and 5. Information regarding those concerts will be sent home and, as always, is located under the 'Chorus' tab on this webpage! 
  I hope you will consider following this website (blog) so that you can be up on all of the latest music news! I have new postings nearly every day! Some of these posting are songs we've enjoyed singing, or playing, some are clips that tie into our music lessons, and others are my thoughts and/or reflections on what's going on musically in and out of the Music Room, so... be sure to check it all out!


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at barrettj@franklinps.net or (508) 541-2120 ext. 1029. I'm really excited for a fantastic end to our year in music! I hope your children are just as excited, too!

Mr. Barrett ;-)



Winter Newsletter 2018

As we rapidly approach the Winter season and the end of 2018, I would like to take this time to remind you of the Music With Mr. Barrett website that I have where you can find out all about the exciting things that we are doing in the Music Room each and every week. (http://musicwithmrbarrett.blogspot.com/) I post something nearly every day, and I am always posting lots of pictures and videos of our music classes, as well as general information about Chorus, Recorders, and many other musical areas.

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade students have been working hard preparing songs for our Winter Chorus Concerts at both Jefferson and Davis Thayer Elementary Schools, and they cannot wait to sing them for you! All of the students at both schools have been wrapping up their exciting lessons/units in music as we get closer to the winter break. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at barrettj@franklin.ps.net or (508) 541-2120 ext. 1029. I'm really excited about all that we are going to do in music in 2019 and I hope that your children are, too!

Mr. Barrett ;-)

James H. Barrett
General Music K - 5
Jefferson/Davis Thayer
(508) 541-2120 - ext. 1029
barrettj@franklinps.net



http://musicwithmrbarrett.blogspot.com


Fall '18 Newsletter

Welcome back to a great new musical year! I am very excited to begin my 20th year as a music educator in Franklin! (I started in the fall of 1999!) As always, my music newsletters (and anything else music newsworthy!) can be found online at http://musicwithmrbarrett.blogspot.com/. For anyone who is not able to access this newsletter, I will be happy to print it out and send a copy of it home with your children. Also, if you are more comfortable reading in another language, scroll down to the bottom of any page and select another language under the translate tab!

All of the students at Jefferson Elementary School (and the students I see in grades K through 4 at Davis Thayer Elementary School) have been reviewing the Music Class Rules (through the song of the same name!): 1) Listen Quietly, 2) Sit Correctly, 3) Sing Nicely, 4) Raise Your Hand, and 5) Keep Your Hands And Feet To Yourself. The students know that in order to have a great musical experience in Music Class each week, everybody needs to respect the rules, the teachers, and each other. We need everyone to think of themselves as part of a team where we're only going to be and do great if everyone is focused on the task at hand, and trying and giving their absolute very best. To hear the "Music Class Rules" song, click on the 'Rules' tab which is located up above!

All of the students have been focusing on the musical concept of beat in the basement of our Music House so that we will have a strong foundation for the rest of the floors (rhythmmelodyharmony and form, as well as a few others). The students have also been singing a lot of fun songs in (and out) of class (I typically hold a lot of sing-alongs outside of the Music Room!)! Kindergarten and first grade students will soon be using non-pitched percussion in some of their music lessons, while second and third grade students will be using pitched percussion (such as xylophones, metalophones and glockenspiels). Fourth grade students will be embarking on a Rockin' Recorders adventure, while fifth grade students will begin year THREE of learning how to play the UKULELE!!!

In addition to general music, third, fourth and fifth grade students will once again have the opportunity to sing in a school chorus that is during the school day! This is a wonderful class that all third, fourth and fifth grade students will be participating in! We will let you know about our upcoming concerts as soon as we are ready to perform! You can also click on 'Chorus' tab! The Winter Concerts are already listed!

Hope you are having a great start to the new school year! I hope you will also consider following this website (blog) so that you can be up on all of the latest music news! I have new postings nearly every day! Some of these posting are songs we've enjoyed singing, or playing, some are clips that tie into our music lessons, and others are my thoughts and/or reflections on what's going on musically in and out of the Music Room and all around the world, so... please be sure to check it all out!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at barrettj@franklinps.net or (508) 541-2120 ext. 1029. I'm really excited for a fantastic new year in Music Class! I hope that your children are just as excited as me about enjoying music making, too!

Musically yours,


Mr. Barrett 🎸

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