Saturday, June 27, 2015


This Wednesday I will be performing Patriotic songs
at the Franklin Public Library from 1:00-2:00 p.m.!

I will also be performing on the Franklin Common on
The 4th of July from 4:00-5:00 p.m.! See you there!

2015 Franklin 4th of July Celebration
 Laser Light Show July 3rd 10PM
@ Town Common
Wednesday, July 1st:• 6pm-10pm Food Booths and Amusements Open
• 7pm-9pm Phantom Band with Tyler Zajac
Thursday, July 2nd:• 6pm-10pm Food Booths and Amusements Open
• 7pm-10pm ZOD Band (local youths with Matt Zajac)
Friday, July 3rd:• 12pm-10pm Food Booths and Amusements Open
• 3pm-5pm Tyler Zajac Solo
• 7pm-10pm Corvairs (oldies band)
• 10pm LASER LIGHT SHOW (with sound and 3D glasses)
Saturday, July 4th:
Children's Day
• 12pm-10pm Food Booths and Amusements Open
• 12 noon Children's Parade
• 1pm-5pm Children's Entertainment
                 Anna and Elsa from FROZEN
                 Jamie Barrett (Franklin's own)
                 Flippo the Clown
• 7pm-10pm Groove Doctors Band (local musicians)
Sunday, July 5th:• 1pm-7pm Food Booths and Amusements Open
• 2pm-5pm BATTLE of the BANDS (prizes will be awarded)
* * * * *  NO PARADE THIS YEAR, SORRY!  * * * * *

Click HERE for more information about the library gig!

Click HERE for more information about the Franklin 4th of July!

Music helps me to...

J1 Friends!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Have a GREAT Summer!

Musical Chairs!

We like to end our musical year with a "Music In Review!"
We do this with the game Musical Chairs! It's a great way
 for us all to wrap up a year of music in the Music Room!

This short video helped to remind us of the importance
of being a good sport when we play Musical Chairs!

School's Out for Summer!!!

Grand Staff!

Check out how musical our staff is!

Jefferson Elementary Staff:

Mrs. Ashley (Principal)- Piano and Clarinet

I took piano and clarinet lessons when I was younger, and I also participated in Chorus and Choir when I was in school. For music to listen to, I enjoy Rock, Classical, and Show Tunes. My favorite band is the rock band U2 and my favorite song is a song by U2 called "Beautiful Day." 

Ms. Klim (Assistant Principal)- Clarinet

In the past, I've participated in 7th and 8th grade chorus and I also played the clarinet in the 5th and 6th grade band. I did hip-hop and jazz dance in high school. I love all kinds of music, so it's hard to give a favorite song/artist. This is a fun fact about me that not many people know, I do love to sing but don't like singing in front of an audience.

Ms. Muller (2nd Grade Teacher)

Mr. Chelman (3rd Grade Teacher)- Piano

I took piano lessons at FSPA for six years.  I was the kind of kid that would have rather been at soccer practice, but looking back, I'm happy I learned to play an instrument.  At this point, I can read music, but really I love to play the songs my grandmother taught me.  I learned best by repetition, not by reading music.  This makes me think of all the different ways my students learn best.

Evan Chelman
Teacher/Tech. Coordinator

Ms. Dengos (left, blonde hair, playing instrument!)

I always danced growing up. My family is very musical and I grew up appreciating all types of music. My grandfather was a professional musician in the Buffalo Symphony! He played the violin & trumpet. I learned to play the violin in 4th-6th grade, but was much better at using my voice as an instrument. I was in chorus from then until my senior year of high school and played Maria in our high school's production of “The Sound of Music!” I still use song and dance as a way to engage my first graders every day!
Ms. Dengos

Mrs. Winterroth (1st Grade Teacher)- Piano

When I was a little girl, I took private music lessons for about 5 years until my mother got tired of fighting with me to practice. Most of my lessons were on how to read music. Now I wish I had taken more lessons and practiced more. I have taken some lessons as an adult. As an adult, I learn about using chords in music and I have played with that. I play for my own pleasure. I enjoy most music. 

Mrs. Doherty (Fourth Grade Teacher)- Guitar, Clarinet

I took lessons in piano, drums, guitar and clarinet when I was a kid. Mrs. Schoen was my teacher! I used to play the clarinet, but I am out of practice! I still play the guitar! I was in band from 4th to 8th grade! My favorite musical artist is Bruce Springsteen! My favorite kind of music to listen to is soundtracks of musicals! I love to participate in Family Sing-Alongs! I love music!

Did you know that Mrs. Stanton played the flute in school?
That's her on the right (without the glasses) playing the flute!

I played the clarinet for eight years, starting in the fourth grade. In high school, I went to a training camp at UMASS to be a drum major. I led the marching band for two years of high school during parades and sporting events. It was so much fun! Now my son plays clarinet and I can still remember how to play some songs! 
-Mrs. Rocco

I danced for 18 years (tap, jazz, ballet) and got to travel to compete in places like a cruise ship, Magic Kingdom, and New York.

I played the flute in band in middle school and high school.

My favorite genre is country music and I like Carrie Underwood.

-Ms. Leary (5th Grade Teacher)

I grew up playing the piano (all the way until high school).

Ms. Tangney

Mr. Barrett (Music Teacher)- Piano, Clarinet, Guitar, Voice

Davis Thayer Staff:

Mrs. Christopoulos (P.E. Teacher)- Piano, Flute

I played flute in middle school band and then the piano in middle school Jazz band.

Ms. Christopoulos

Mrs. Taylor (First Grade Teacher)- 

I enjoy listening to pop and folk music. My favorite musical artist is Ray LaMontagne and my favorite music to listen to is the soundtrack to "The Wizard of Oz!" I think that "Music Class is the best!"

Mrs. Wayne (5th Grade EA) liked to sing with her guitarist brother!

Ms. Schomberg-

Elementary Orchestra - Violin

High School Orchestra - Trumpet

Currently take lessons and play the drums

Favorite bands/singers: Bon Jovi, Elton John, Abba, Aerosmith, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Adele

Favorite song/songs: Come Sail Away (Styx), Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen), The Chain (Fleetwood Mac) - to name just a few!!!

Mrs. Siciliano (3rd Grade Teacher)- High School Chorus

I enjoy listening to Pop and Classical music, and I like to participate in Family Sing-Alongs! When I was in high school, I used to compete with my High School Chorus!

I have no photographic evidence but I was in a church choir and musicals all through school.  My most memorable singing role was as the back half of a horse in a musical rendition of St George and the Dragon!

Eve Berne, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Davis Thayer Elementary School

I played the viola from 4th grade to 9th grade (I only quit in high school because I had to choose between art and music!).  I also was a tap dancer from preschool to high school!

My favorite type of music right now is Country Music, and I love Keith Urban!

Ms. Doherty

Even though I don't play any instrument now or sing, I did do the following in high school:

I played the flute in the marching band and concert band.  I also sang in chorus, and even was part of the musical Carousel!

Mrs. Maiato

Here is my info:

*  Favorite singer of all time is Bob Seger, with best song being Turn the Page.
*  I played the clarinet in middle school, but not successfully.
*  My one and only stage appearance was playing Ado Annie in Oklahoma, which was probably the best character of all time to be able to play.
*  I am a sucker for musical movies and know every single word to every song in Grease, Mamma Mia, Pitch Perfect and Joyful Noise.

Ms. Ballinger

Mr. Barrett (Music Teacher)- Piano, Clarinet, Guitar, Voice

Family Sing-Along!

I will be playing at the Franklin Public Library
NEXT Wednesday, July 1st, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.!

I'll be back at the library on August 7th, too!

Poetry Day!

I was very fortunate to be able to see the Poetry Day
performance by Mrs. Roy and Ms. Muller's class!

The Importance of Music!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Patriotic Sing-Along!

I'll be singing at the Franklin Public Library
NEXT Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.!
I'll be singing lots of Patriotic favorites for the 4th!

I'll also be back at the library on August 7, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.!

Last Wednesday!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Chorus Concerts!

Jefferson Elementary School Spring Chorus Concert!
Monday, June 15, 2015, from 9:00-9:45 a.m.!

Davis Thayer Elementary School Spring Chorus Concert!
Monday, June 15, 2015, from 1:45-2:15 p.m.!

Last Week of School!

Field Day!

Field Day for Grade 3-5 @ Jefferson Elementary School!

Weekend Music Recital!

OH NO!!!

Can Mrs. Marks survive the last week of school at Jefferson?

Jefferson 5th Grade Chorus!

This is a video of just the "So Long, Farewell" song from
 the Jefferson Elementary School Spring Chorus Concert!

Last Musicians!

Click on "Musicians" above to see the last Musicians of the Week!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Author's Day!

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the 
Author's Day in Mrs. Lovejoy's class yesterday!

Remington Ensembles!

Remington Music Ensembles Prepare for Incoming 5th Graders!


A very special "THANK YOU" to Mrs. Pennell
at the Jefferson Volunteer Celebration on Thursday!

Volunteer Celebration!

Fun with J1!

Summer Musical Theater!

Music & The Brain!

Little Melba & Her Big Trombone!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bren Bataclan!!!

Bren Bataclan was back at Jefferson Elementary School
to create another wonderful timeline for us! This time, it
was a timeline of Massachusetts and its history including
The (City) Town of Franklin and our very own Jefferson!


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