Music With Mr. Barrett...
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 (rhythm, melody, harmony 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Mr. Barrett 🎸