Jan 21st, MLK Day, School Closed
Jan 25th, Spanish Spelling Bee in the School Library
Jan 25th, Science Fair Projects due
Jan 31st, Science Fair.
Music is offered to all students K - 6th once a week
Band is available to 5th and 6th graders and meets twice a week
Drama is an extracurricular available for a small fee to students 3rd through 6th on Friday afternoons
Chorus is also an extracurricular available for a small fee to students kinder through 6th grade on Tuesdays after school.
Recorder ensemble is available for students in 3rd and 4th grades twice a week
Jazz Band is an extracurricular for 6th grade band members for a small fee
Did you know?
"Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas"
“Music learning supports all learning. Not that Mozart makes you smarter, but it’s a very integrating, stimulating pastime or activity,”
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Did you know?
"Dramatic play teaches self-regulation."
"The benefits are physical, emotional, social, and they help to develop a healthy appreciation of culture and the arts. Self-Confidence. Imagination. Empathy. Cooperation. Concentration. Communication Skills. Fun. Emotional Outlet."
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The Buzz from the Music Room
Here's a snapshot view of what happens in Music for each grade.
Kindergarten: Classes are participating in a Eurhythmics-based curriculum which teaches rhythm and melody in a playful, kinesthetically-based series of lessons, with a rest time at the end.
1st grade: Students are engaging in a study of percussion, both body-based and instrumental. We’re building ability to sustain a steady beat, and to play unison percussion parts together. Instruments include shakers, claves, dumbeks, and tuned percussion.
2nd grade: Delving deeper into tuned percussion, 2nd graders are learning the concepts of reading five-note songs on the Treble Clef. Using the Silver-Burdett Making Music Curriculum
3rd grade: Learning the basic skills of conducting, 3rd graders study dynamics, time signature, and dig further into Treble Clef note reading with a foray into guitar concepts. At the end of the unit there will be an assessment of note-reading skills in preparation for a recorder unit starting in the second quarter (mid-October).
4th grade: New Mexico culture is the subject of our 4th grade music curriculum in the first quarter. Students are given a choice of four songs in New Mexican languages, a section of which they choose to memorize for an assessment at the end of the quarter.
5th grade: Students in 5th grade are introduced to the instrument families at the beginning of the year, and have a chance to join the school band if their schedules allow and teachers and parents approve. Then everyone embarks on study of the guitar, learning 3 chords, and finger-style strumming patterns.
6th grade: Using music journals, 6th graders start a year-long study of music composition. The first 9 weeks are spent writing and creating rhythm, performing and improvising on classroom percussion.
The TTCS bands have begun! The 6th grade band is looking at several new pieces of music that may eventually be performed at the Winter Concert. The 5th grade band has now received instruments and are anxious to play their first music. The 3rd and 4th grade recorders are learning basic principles of music theory and playing several new pieces.
All bands will be performing at the Winter Concert in December.