October Music Notes

   It’s been a busy “Back to Music” time for our students!
   I am offering an After School Choir on Mondays from 3:10 to 4 p.m. in the Library. Interested 4th and 5th graders are invited to join. We will be working on harmony, pitch, and performance skills as well as community service. If your child would like to join choir, please have him/her ask me for a registration form. This session of choir will continue until December. In January, I will offer another session for returning and new choir members.
  Fifth graders will receive their recorders on Monday, October 14. These recorders will be given to the students free of charge. If a student loses his/her instrument, it can be replaced for $3. I would like to ask that 5th graders keep their recorders in their backpacks. 5th graders should remember to bring recorders to school on Mondays. Youngsters will also receive sheet music and music folders.   Recorders provide a wonderful opportunity to teach children how to read music, understand music notation, and rhythm – all for the price of $2.87 each!   
  This past month, all students have learned about the musical staff, treble and bass clefs, and line and space notes. We have learned about the value of whole, half and quarter notes.
  We have worked on rounds and partner songs. Our youngest students have learned several songs already, including “A-M-E-R-I-C-A” and “Buenos Dias”. Older students have practiced “Do, Re, Mi”, “Wonderful World” and “Batter Up Now”.
  In October, we will learn the story of the National Anthem, and sing both the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America”. We will celebrate the “Great California Shake Out” by singing “Shimmy, Shimmy Shake”.   I also plan to introduce the keyboard family of instruments.
  We will enjoy listening to several of the compositions of Bach which feature the organ. We will identify major and minor key. Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” was written long ago, but is frequently played during our Halloween season.
    I would like to invite you to our annual observance of Veteran’s Day to be held in downtown Morgan Hill on November 11th, beginning at 9 a.m. This Morgan Hill tradition honors those men and women who serve in our Armed Services. We gather in the median at Monterey and First Street to sing songs and remember the sacrifices of our soldiers. The event concludes around 9:30 a.m., leaving lots of time for families to enjoy the remainder of the day. If you attend, please have your youngster wear red, white and/or blue. Members of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are requested to wear their uniforms.

      With a song in my heart,

Karen Ann Crane