Our musical 2020 is off to a great start! Our recorder players have worked on “Juba Jive” – always a favorite. Our students have studied the life of Scott Joplin – a perfect composer for Black History Month. We have listened to Ragtime music!

 I often play selections composed by Beethoven, Brahms, or Mozart as the children enter music. They so enjoy music written by the Great Masters. We will study the lives of all these composers. And, you may hear a bit of “Oh, Susanna” being sung around your home as we learn about Stephen Foster.  

In talking with our fifth graders, I am pleased to hear many of them are signing up for band in middle school.  Students have the chance to perform, to do some traveling, and to develop a lifelong love of music. Band is also an instant peer group that can ease the transition from elementary to middle school. And, I love going to concerts to hear my former recorder players! Speaking of recorders, if your fifth grader has lost his/her recorder, I will replace it for $3.

We learned the song, “100 Days”, celebrating the first 100 days of school.  We spent time answering the question 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!

 Before we head into March and Irish songs, we will sing “Follow the Drinking Gourd” as song about the Underground Railroad. The slaves often used songs as codes. Wonderful Spirituals live on today! And, on the horizon are – “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”, “Molly Malone”, and “Follow the Rainbow”.

 Choir is going very well. We have 21 eager singers as we meet each Monday after school. This session of choir will end in March, then I will be accepting new members once again.

 As you know, I am a huge fan of children’s theater in Morgan Hill. There may still be time to purchase tickets for “The Lion King” the weekend of March 26. for ticket information. The show is 1½ hours in length with an intermission. Perfect for elementary school-aged youngsters.

And, auditions are coming up for SCVT’s Children’s production, “Beauty and the Beast”. Auditions are March 20 and 21. Please go to for “Beauty and the Beast” information. I’d love to see some of our Los Paseos Panthers on the Morgan Hill Playhouse stage!

With a song in my heart, Karen