Happy New Year to you and your families! Our musical year is off to a great start. And, all too quickly, it’s soon to be February! Our 5th graders have been playing their recorders since October and are doing well! We are working on harmony. Remember, if your student has lost his/her recorder, I will replace it for $3.
The recorder is a wonderful instrument. Students learn to read music, how to play using dynamics, and have the opportunity to participate in a cooperative learning situation. In the past, many of our recorder players have gone on to play in the middle and high school bands. Sobrato High School and Martin Murphy bands are under the direction of Greg Chambers, an awesome teacher, talented musician and tireless supporter of music for youth.
Speaking of band, soon it will be time for youngsters to sign up for middle school elective classes. Please consider having your student participate in band. Students have the chance to perform, to do some traveling, and to develop a lifelong love of music. Our students know basic theory as well.
Our younger students have been using rhythm sticks to play percussion patterns. We have studied the music associated with the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We learned how music brought people together during the Civil Rights Movement. We have completed listening to and studying about the instruments of the orchestra. Now we will embark on learning about the Great Masters of Music.
We learned the song, “100 Days”, celebrating the first 100 days of school. We spent time answering the question asked in the lyrics of the song, “What can you do now that you couldn’t do on the first day of school?” Answers ranged from “tie my shoes”, to “do multiplication” and “name the fifty states”. Wow! Our teachers have been busy!
On a personal note, I would like to thank the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce for naming me Morgan Hill’s “Woman of the Year”. As I’ve been telling the students, this recognition belongs to them as well. I received the award for my work with children – without them, none of this would have been possible! I have been so fortunate to have had wonderful, hard-working, passionate people surround me in my work with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Freedom Fest and music classes. I believe in our youth and the future they will create.
Now, on to February and the Songs of the South!
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