Music

Mrs. Faires

Phone: (719)-391-3495

Email: [email protected]

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance

PK-12 Music Education Certification

Mrs. Faires

Welcome to French Elementary Music Class!  I'm Mrs. Faires, and I'm very excited about what we will be doing in music classes this year.  I began teaching Middle/High School music in 2001, and then moved to Colorado Springs in 2004 and have been teaching music at French Elementary ever since.  I will post ALL information about music units, assessments, and performances on my classroom pages. Please click on the appropriate link on the left to see what your grade level is doing in music right now!

Panda Choir

Panda Choir has ended for the 2018-19 school year.  Please look back here next school year for a chance to sign up for choir again.

WSD3 Honor Choir Auditions are Coming (posted 11/1/18)

Auditions for the WSD3 Elementary Honor Choir will be happening during practice next week, November 7th.  Twenty-five of our students will be selected to represent French Elementary at our district Honor Choir in December.  Your child MUST be at rehearsal on the 7th in order to be considered for the honor choir. Those who are chosen will receive an informational letter and permission slip that will need to be returned by the following week.  Good Luck To Everyone!!!

Panda Choir Practice Tracks (posted 10/15/18)

Practice tracks have been posted to help you learn our music for the WSD3 Elementary Honor Choir.  Please login to your Schoology account, click on the Panda Choir Course, and open each practice track to help you learn your part.  This is a great way to help prepare for tryouts!

4th and 5th Grade Panda Choir (posted 8/21/18)

This year, the French Elementary 4th and 5th graders will have the opportunity to participate in the Widefield School District #3 Elementary and Jr. High Honor Choir Festival. The date for the festival this year is Saturday, December 1st.  At this time, all 4th and 5th grade students who are interested, are welcome to sign up for the after school choir. As we get closer to the choir festival date, a group of 20 students will be chosen to represent the school, based on attendance and performance. To prepare for this festival, we will need to have weekly practices on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:15.  Parents are asked to pick up their students promptly at 4:15, in the back parking lot, by the music room. Our first rehearsal will be on September 5th.

If your student is interested in joining the Panda Choir, you need to fill out 2 permission slips (the choir permission slip, and the district after school activity permission slip) and return them by Friday, September 1st.  You will then receive a letter home to confirm that your student has signed up for the Panda Choir program.

Here is the link for the district after school activity permission slip:

WSD3 After School Activity Waiver

Here is the link for the Panda Choir permission slip:

French Choir Permission Slip

 

Kindergarten Music

Kindergarten Musical Performance Unit (posted 4/17/19)

Last week, the Kindergarten music classes will be starting our final unit for the year which is in preparation for the Kindergarten Promotion program. Every week we will be working on learning approximately 5 songs that we will perform as a short musical celebration at the Kindergarten Promotion on Wednesday, May 22nd at 9:00am. Performance in this program works toward Standard E-1.d Demonstrate basic performance skills and behaviors. More information about Kindergarten Promotion events will be coming home from your child’s classroom teacher soon.

Kindergarten Melodic Patterns Unit (posted 3/6/19)

This week, the Kindergarten music classes will begin a new unit on melodic movement and patterns. Students will learn to recognize the movement of a melody, indicate when they hear that same melodic pattern repeat, and when they hear something that sounds melodically different. This unit will directly address Standard T-2.a Aurally identify same/different patterns and phrases; Standard E-1.b Sing a variety of simple songs and singing games; Standard E-1.c Echo and perform simple melodic and rhythmic patterns; and Standard E-2.a Move to music demonstrating awareness of beat, tempo, dynamics, and melodic direction, reflecting changes in mood.

Kindergarten Instrument Families Unit (posted 1/30/19)

During the specials rotation of Jan 29th-Feb 1st, the Kindergarten music classes will begin a new unit on the instrument families and instrumental tone color.  Students will be learning to visually and aurally identify different types of instruments. They will also be using various kinds of instruments to accompany songs and poems in class. This unit will directly address Standard T-3.b Describe vocal and instrumental sounds using a personal vocabulary; Standard A-3.c Use a personal vocabulary to describe kinds of voices and instruments and their uses in diverse cultures, applying some specific labels and general cultural associations; and Standard C-1.a Improvise sound effects and simple songs to stories or poems.

Kindergarten Famous Composers Unit (posted 1/7/19)

This week, the Kindergarten music classes will begin a new unit on listening to, and responding to music written by famous composers. Students will be naming composers, listening to music, talking about what they heard in the music, and then using movement to dramatize each song. This unit will directly address Standard A-3.d Use developmentally appropriate movements in responding to music from various genres, styles, and periods; Standard A-2.a Create movements that correspond to specific musical moods and styles;Standard E-2.a Move to music demonstrating awareness of beat, tempo dynamics, and melodic direction, reflecting changes in mood or form; Standard T-2.b Use body movement to interpret musical phrases; Standard A-3.b Listen and respond to various musical styles; and Standard A-1.b Describe musical preferences in their own words and at an appropriate level.

Kindergarten Melodic Direction Unit (posted 11/2/18)

During the specials rotation of November 2nd-6th, the Kindergarten music students began a new unit on melodic direction and differentiating between high and low sounds. This unit will directly address Standard C-1.b Use movement to demonstrate loud/soft, fast/slow, high/low, beat/no beat and sound/silence; Standard T-1.b Demonstrate loud/soft, fast/slow, high/low, sound/silence, and beat/no beat; Standard T-1.a Use their own vocabulary to describe musical opposites; Standard E-2.a Move to music demonstrating awareness of beat, tempo, dynamics, and melodic direction, reflecting changes in mood or form; and Standard T-2.b Use body movement to interpret musical phrases.  During the rotation of Dec. 7th-11th the students will take a short assessment on melodic direction.

Harvest of Love Food Drive--October 29th-November 15th (posted 10/26/18)

This year, the Harvest of Love Food Drive starts Oct. 29th and runs through Nov. 15th. We are donating food and raising money for the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Please start bringing in your canned fruit, veggies, soups, tuna, mac n cheese, peanut butter, cereals, oatmeal, and money donations to your classroom. Classroom donations can be brought to the gym on your PE day. The classroom to bring in the most pounds will win an extra PE time during the month of December!!! Remember, if you bring in money, every $1 counts as 10 lbs of food. Last year we raised 8,982 lbs of food and we are setting a school goal of 10,000 lbs this year! Please help fight hunger locally and donate today!!

 

Kindergarten Dynamics and Tempo Unit (posted 9/24/18)  

This week, the Kindergarten music classes will begin our new unit on dynamics and tempo. This unit will directly address Standard C-1.b Use movement to demonstrate loud/soft, fast/slow, high/low, beat/no beat, and sound/silence; Standard T-1.b Demonstrate loud/soft, fast/slow, high/low, sound/silence, and beat/no beat; Standard T-1.a Use their own vocabulary to describe musical opposites; and Standard E-2.a Move to music demonstrating awareness of beat, tempo, dynamics, and melodic direction, reflecting changes in mood or form. This unit will continue through the month of October and will end with a unit assessment during the last week of October.

Kindergarten Singing Voices and Steady Beat Icons Unit (posted 8/17/18)   

During the first week of school, the Kindergarten music classes will begin a unit on learning to use our singing voices, and learning to show the steady beat of a song. We will learn many songs and stories that use our whispering, speaking, shouting, and singing voices, and we will practice using the right kind of voice for music class. We will also be working on using movement, such as patting, stamping, galloping, and skipping to show the steady beat of a song. The skills of singing on pitch and keeping a steady beat are two of the building blocks of all other music skills, so we will revisit these concepts many times throughout the year. This unit will directly address Standard T-4.a Move to demonstrate steady beat; Standard E-1.a Distinguish between speaking and singing voices; Standard E-1.b Sing a variety of simple songs and singing games; Standard T-4.c Use icons or invented symbols to represent beat; Standard T-3.a Identify male/female voices; Standard T-1.b Demonstrate...beat/no beat; and Standard E-2.a Move to music demonstrating awareness of beat.

K-5 Colorado State Music Standards

STANDARD 1---EXPRESSION OF MUSIC

The expression of music is the demonstration of human thought and emotion through the medium of performance, which is a product of knowledge and skills gained in the study of music.

STANDARD 2---CREATION OF MUSIC

The creation of music is the demonstration of learned skills in the composition, improvisation, and arranging of music. Creating music involves writing music, fashioning new music from an existing piece of music, or forming an entirely new piece of music.

STANDARD 3---THEORY OF MUSIC

The theory of music is the understanding of the distinctive language, conventions, mechanics, and structure of organized sound. Investigation of music theory allows for a more complete understanding of all aspects of the musical process, including musical performance and composition.

STANDARD 4---AESTHETIC VALUATION OF MUSIC

The value of music focuses on the knowledge needed to make an informed evaluation and to provide a well-thought-out critique about a musical piece. It also addresses the beauty, heart, and soul: the aesthetics of music. Valuing music will permit individuals to distinguish between a scholarly and an individual judgment of music.

 

1st Grade Music

1st Grade Music Notation Unit (posted 4/30/19)

During the last few weeks of school, the 1st Grade music classes will be working on reading and performing simple music notation.  We will be reading and learning to play instrumental parts to accompany recordings of various songs. This unit directly addresses Standard E-2.a Perform four-beat patterns that include sol-mi-la or mi-re-do pitches and quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests; Standard E-2.b Play simple patterns; Standard T-2.d Visually identify staff and repeat signs; Standard T-4.d Discriminate between same and different rhythmic and melodic patterns; and Standard A-1.a Participate appropriately in music activities that involve sharing, taking turns, and listening respectfully to the ideas of others.

1st Grade Music Program (posted 3/20/19)

The 1st grade music students have recently begun working on a music program for the night of April 24th. We will be using music class time to work on a short musical called "Bada Bing, It's Spring!" With performance being a part of the Colorado State Music Standards, all 1st graders are expected to participate in this program that is on the night of Wednesday, April 24th at 6:00 pm. On the night of the program, students will need to meet in their classrooms at 5:30 pm. If there is a conflict because your child is sick that day, please contact me by phone or email so that an alternate grade can be arranged for your child.

Students will need to wear their assigned "costume" to school on the day of the program for the dress rehearsal performance, and then again that night for the performance for parents.  Some of the speaking parts will require a different costume that will be provided by the school. If this applies to your child, the information will be sent home when they are assigned the part. Hobby Lobby is a great place to find solid colored t-shirts if you need one. Here are the class colors:

Mrs. Bales' Class--Jeans with a solid (no writing or pictures) GREEN SHIRT

Mrs. Britt's Class--Jeans with a solid (no writing or pictures) YELLOW SHIRT

Mrs. Eckert's Class--Jeans with a solid (no writing or pictures) BLUE SHIRT FOR BOYS AND PINK SHIRT FOR GIRLS

Mrs. Witte's Class--Jeans with a solid (no writing or pictures) GREEN SHIRT

Willing students may be assigned simple speaking parts that need to be memorized.  If your child is selected for a speaking part, it is absolutely imperative that they are present for the concert on the 24th. Please help your child to memorize their part and perform it with expression.  If you have any questions you can email me at [email protected]

1st Grade Rhythm and Melody Unit (posted 1/24/19)

This week, the 1st grade music students will be starting their new unit on learning to read different rhythms and melodies. Students will be learning to identify, read, and perform rhythms with quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, and melodies with the pitches Do, Mi, So, and La. This unit will directly address Standard E-2.a Perform 4 beat patterns that include sol-mi-la or mi-re-do pitches and quarter notes, eighth notes and quarter rests; Standard C-2.a Create patterns using known rhythms and pitches; Standard T-4.c Identify and notate using quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests; Standard C-2.b Use iconic notation within the treble staff; Standard C-1.b Improvise short phrases using the l-s-m or m-r-d tone set; and Standard T-2.d Visually identify staff and repeat signs.  During the first week of March, there will be a short unit assessment.

1st Grade Melodic Movement Unit (posted 1/7/19)

This week, the 1st grade music students will begin a new unit on Melodic Movement. We will spend the next few lessons learning to identify the difference in high sounds, low sounds, melodies that move up, and melodies that move down. This unit will directly address Standard T-4.b Aurally recognize and demonstrate: going up/going down; Standard C-1.c Use movement to demonstrate grade level concepts such as changes in dynamics, AB form, etc; Standard A-2.a Create movements to music that reflect focused listening; and Standard A-3.c Use developmentally appropriate movements in responding to music from various genres, periods, and styles (rhythm, melody, form).

1st Grade Instrument Families Unit (posted 11/7/18)

During the specials rotation of Nov. 7-9th, the 1st Grade music classes are beginning a new unit about instruments and their sounds. This unit will address Standard T-3.a Identify pitched and non-pitched instruments using sight and sound; and Standard A-3.b Use a personal vocabulary to describe kinds of voices and instruments and their uses in diverse cultures, applying some specific labels and some specific cultural or geographical associations. During the rotation of Dec. 12-14th there will be a unit assessment where the students will need to define and aurally identify the brass, woodwind, string, and percussion instrumental families by listening to musical examples.

 

Harvest of Love Food Drive--October 29th-November 15th (posted 10/26/18)

This year, the Harvest of Love Food Drive starts Oct. 29th and runs through Nov. 15th. We are donating food and raising money for the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Please start bringing in your canned fruit, veggies, soups, tuna, mac n cheese, peanut butter, cereals, oatmeal, and money donations to your classroom. Classroom donations can be brought to the gym on your PE day. The classroom to bring in the most pounds will win an extra PE time during the month of December!!! Remember, if you bring in money, every $1 counts as 10 lbs of food. Last year we raised 8,982 lbs of food and we are setting a school goal of 10,000 lbs this year! Please help fight hunger locally and donate today!!

 

1st Grade Famous Composers Unit (posted 10/16/18)  

This week the 1st Grade music classes will begin a new unit where we will be listening to and responding to the music of different famous composers. This new unit will directly address Standard A-2.a Create movements to music that reflect focused listening; Standard A-3.a Identify, discuss, and respond to music written for specific purposes; Standard A-3.b Use a personal vocabulary to describe kinds of voices and instruments and their uses in diverse cultures, applying some specific labels and some specific cultural or geographical associations; Standard A-3.c Use developmentally appropriate movements in responding to music from various genres, periods, and styles; and Standard A-2.b Describe how ideas or moods are communicated through music.

1st Grade Dynamics and Tempo Unit (posted 9/18/18)

During the specials rotation of Sept 17-19th, the 1st grade music students will begin a new unit on Dynamics and Tempo. We will spend the next few weeks using movement to demonstrate loud/soft and fast/slow. This unit will directly address Standard C-1.c Use movement to demonstrate grade-level concepts such as changes in dynamics, AB form, etc.; Standard T-1.a Use vocabulary for getting louder/softer and getting faster/slower; and Standard T-1.b Demonstrate getting louder/softer and getting faster/slower using movement, voice and instruments.  The end of the unit will culminate with a short assessment during the October 11-16th specials rotation.

1st Grade Singing Voices and Steady Beat Unit (posted 8/15/2018)

During the first week of school, the 1st grade music classes will begin a unit to review the basic skills of singing voices and steady beat. Students will be using movement and games to show the steady beat of different songs such as playing the clapping game to Miss Mary Mack. We will also be singing several songs that utilize our whispering, speaking, shouting, and singing voices. The skills of pitch matching and steady beat are two of the basic building blocks for all other music skills, so we will continue to practice and assess these throughout the year. This unit will directly address Standard E-1.a Use the head voice to produce a light, clear sound; Standard E-1.b Maintain steady beat; Standard T-3.b Identify and demonstrate singing, speaking, whispering, and shouting voices; and Standard T-4.a Demonstrate steady beat, strong/weak beat, difference between beat and rhythm.

K-5 Colorado State Music Standards

STANDARD 1---EXPRESSION OF MUSIC

The expression of music is the demonstration of human thought and emotion through the medium of performance, which is a product of knowledge and skills gained in the study of music.

STANDARD 2---CREATION OF MUSIC

The creation of music is the demonstration of learned skills in the composition, improvisation, and arranging of music. Creating music involves writing music, fashioning new music from an existing piece of music, or forming an entirely new piece of music.

STANDARD 3---THEORY OF MUSIC

The theory of music is the understanding of the distinctive language, conventions, mechanics, and structure of organized sound. Investigation of music theory allows for a more complete understanding of all aspects of the musical process, including musical performance and composition.

STANDARD 4---AESTHETIC VALUATION OF MUSIC

The value of music focuses on the knowledge needed to make an informed evaluation and to provide a well-thought-out critique about a musical piece. It also addresses the beauty, heart, and soul: the aesthetics of music. Valuing music will permit individuals to distinguish between a scholarly and an individual judgment of music.

 

2nd Grade Music

2nd Grade Musical Form Unit (posted 4/17/19)

The 2nd grade music students have been working on a unit about musical form. The unit will include visually and aurally identifying introduction, coda, AB form (Verse & Refrain), and ABA form. At the end of the unit, we will have an assessment during the rotation on April 29-May 1. This unit and assessment will directly address Standard T-2.a Aurally identify ABA form and Verse/Refrain; Standard T-2.c Aurally identify coda; and Standard C-1.c Create movements to express pitch, tempo, form, and dynamics in music.

2nd Grade Melodic Notation Unit (posted 1/7/19)

This week, the 2nd Grade music classes will begin our new unit on reading rhythms and melody. The rhythm and melody unit will directly address Standard E-2.a Perform 4 and 8 beat patterns which include do, re, mi, so, la pitches, and half notes, half rests, whole notes, and whole rests; Standard T-4.b Identify and notate, using half note, half rest, whole note, and whole rest; Standard T-2.b Identify notated examples of bar lines, double bar lines, and measures; and Standard C-2.b Create patterns using learned pitches on a treble clef staff. The unit will end with an assessment during the first week of March that will include quarter notes, eighth notes, and half notes, and reading the pitches Do, Mi, So, and La. When we have finished the assessment, we will expand the learning by creating a composition project over the course of several class periods, where the students will be using manipulatives to create an 8 beat melody and then notate it on a music staff. This composition project will directly address Standard C-2.a Create patterns using learned rhythms on a treble clef staff; Standard C-2.b Create patterns using learned pitches on a treble clef staff; Standard T-2.b Identify notated examples of bar lines, double bar lines, and measures; Standard T-4.b Identify and notate, using half note, half rest, whole note, and whole rest; and Standard A-3.a Recognize and demonstrate interest in creating, performing, and moving to music.

Harvest of Love Food Drive--October 29th-November 15th (posted 10/26/18)

This year, the Harvest of Love Food Drive starts Oct. 29th and runs through Nov. 15th. We are donating food and raising money for the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Please start bringing in your canned fruit, veggies, soups, tuna, mac n cheese, peanut butter, cereals, oatmeal, and money donations to your classroom. Classroom donations can be brought to the gym on your PE day. The classroom to bring in the most pounds will win an extra PE time during the month of December!!! Remember, if you bring in money, every $1 counts as 10 lbs of food. Last year we raised 8,982 lbs of food and we are setting a school goal of 10,000 lbs this year! Please help fight hunger locally and donate today!!

 

2nd Grade Music Program (posted 10/17/18)

Last week, the 2nd grade music students began working on a music program for the night of December 5th. We will be using music class time to work on a short Christmas musical called "Crazy Carols!" With performance being a part of the Colorado State music standards, all 2nd graders are expected to participate in this program that is on the night of Wednesday, December 5th, at 6:00 pm. On the night of the program, students will need to meet in their classrooms at 5:30 pm. If there is a conflict because your child is sick that day, please contact me by phone or email so that an alternate grade can be arranged for your child after the program.

Students will need to wear their assigned "costume" to school on the day of the program for the dress rehearsal performance, and then again that night for the performance. Hobby Lobby is a great place to find solid colored t-shirts if you need one. Here are the class colors:

Konkel's Class---Jeans with a solid (no writing or pictures) RED SHIRT

Schuler's Class---Jeans with a solid (no writing or pictures) GREEN SHIRT

Temple's Class---Jeans with a solid (no writing or pictures) GREEN SHIRT

Valencia's Class---Jeans with a sold (no writing or pictures) RED SHIRT

Willing students may be assigned simple speaking parts that consist of one or two sentences that need to be memorized.  If your child is selected for a speaking part, it is absolutely imperative that they are present for the concert on the 5th.  Please help your child to memorize their part and perform it with expression. If you have any questions you can email me at [email protected]

2nd Grade Dynamics and Tempo Unit (posted 8/15/2018)

During the first week of school, the 2nd grade music students will begin a unit on Dynamics and Tempo. Students will be learning to define and apply dynamics, piano, forte, crescendo, decrescendo, tempo, presto, andante, moderato, accelerando, and ritardando. This unit directly addresses Standard A-2.b Create developmentally appropriate movements to express pitch, tempo, form, and dynamics in music; Standard A-2.c Identify how musical elements communicate ideas or moods; Standard C-1.c Create movements to express pitch, tempo, form and dynamics in music; Standard T-1.b Demonstrate piano/forte, crescendo/decrescendo using movement, voice and instruments; Standard T-1.a Use vocabulary for: piano/forte, crescendo/decrescendo when describing music; and Standard E-1.b Follow conductor's cues demonstrating dynamic changes, tempo changes, and fermata. During the rotation of September 17-19th, the students will take an assessment over Dynamics and Tempo. Students will be listening to musical examples and will correctly label the tempo and dynamics of the piece. Please ask your students how they did on this assessment when they come home from their music day or login to infinite campus to see their score.

K-5 Colorado State Music Standards

STANDARD 1---EXPRESSION OF MUSIC

The expression of music is the demonstration of human thought and emotion through the medium of performance, which is a product of knowledge and skills gained in the study of music.

STANDARD 2---CREATION OF MUSIC

The creation of music is the demonstration of learned skills in the composition, improvisation, and arranging of music. Creating music involves writing music, fashioning new music from an existing piece of music, or forming an entirely new piece of music.

STANDARD 3---THEORY OF MUSIC

The theory of music is the understanding of the distinctive language, conventions, mechanics, and structure of organized sound. Investigation of music theory allows for a more complete understanding of all aspects of the musical process, including musical performance and composition.

STANDARD 4---AESTHETIC VALUATION OF MUSIC

The value of music focuses on the knowledge needed to make an informed evaluation and to provide a well-thought-out critique about a musical piece. It also addresses the beauty, heart, and soul: the aesthetics of music. Valuing music will permit individuals to distinguish between a scholarly and an individual judgment of music.

 

3rd Grade Music

3rd Grade Famous Composers Unit (posted 4/29/19)

This week, the 3rd grade music students will begin studying Johann Sebastian Bach.  We will be reading about and discussing his life, and then watching a video that portrays Bach’s life as he worked for the Duke and struggled to earn the freedom to compose new music.  This unit directly addresses Standard A-3.c Identify differences and commonalities in music from various cultures; Standard A-3.d Discuss reasons that different kinds of music are important to people; Standard A-1.a Use simple terms to describe preferences; Standard A-1.b Demonstrate how music communicates meaning of text, feelings, personal preferences, etc.; and Standard A-1.c Demonstrate respect for the music preferences and opinions of others.

3rd Grade Harmony Unit (posted 3/6/19)

This week, the 3rd grade music students will begin a new unit on different types of harmony. Students will be learning to define, aurally recognize, and perform ostinatos, rounds, and partner songs. This unit will directly address Standard E-1.b Play and/or sing simple notated melodies; Standard E-2.b Perform rhythmic and melodic ostinati in small groups; and Standard C-1.b Create short rhythmic and melodic ostinati in question-and answer form. During the first week of April, there will be an assessment to finish off the unit. Please ask your child how they did on their test when they come home.

3rd Grade Musical Form Unit (posted 2/11/19)

During the specials rotation of February 11-13th, the 3rd grade music classes will begin working on a new unit about musical form. This unit will directly address Standard A-2.b Create developmentally appropriate movements to express pitch, tempo, form and dynamics; Standard T-2.c Aurally identify Rondo form; and Standard T-2.d Accurately interpret 1st and 2nd endings. Over the course of the unit we will define, read, and perform introduction, coda, 1st and 2nd endings, AB, ABA, and Rondo.  There will not be a test at the end of this unit.

3rd Grade Music Program (posted 12/11/18)

Last week, the 3rd grade music students began working on a music program for the night of January 30th. We will be using music class time to work on a short musical called "On With the Snow!”  With performance being a part of the Colorado State Music Standards, all 3rd graders are expected to participate in this program that is on the night of Wednesday, January 30th at 6:00 pm. That night, students will need to meet in their classrooms at 5:30 pm. If there is a conflict because your child is sick that day, please contact me by phone or email so that an alternate grade can be arranged for your child after the program.

Students will need to wear their assigned "costume" to school on the day of the program for BOTH the dress rehearsal performance, and then again that night for the performance. Students will be portraying kids who are putting on a show about the snow, so everyone will need a long sleeve shirt and extra prop to appear bundled up. Here are the class colors and props:

Hope’s Class--Jeans with a LONG SLEEVE SOLID LIGHT BLUE SHIRT and winter hat

Murphy’s Class---Jeans with a LONG SLEEVE SOLID WHITE SHIRT and winter scarf

Ortman’s Class---Jeans with a LONG SLEEVE SOLID DARK BLUE SHIRT and gloves

Willing students may be assigned simple speaking parts that need to be memorized.  Some of the speaking parts will require a different costume. If this applies to your child, the information will be sent home when they are assigned the part. If your child is selected for a speaking part, it is absolutely imperative that they are present for the concert on the 30th. Please help your child to memorize their part and perform it with expression.  If you have any questions you can email me at [email protected]

Harvest of Love Food Drive--October 29th-November 15th (posted 10/26/18)

This year, the Harvest of Love Food Drive starts Oct. 29th and runs through Nov. 15th. We are donating food and raising money for the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Please start bringing in your canned fruit, veggies, soups, tuna, mac n cheese, peanut butter, cereals, oatmeal, and money donations to your classroom. Classroom donations can be brought to the gym on your PE day. The classroom to bring in the most pounds will win an extra PE time during the month of December!!! Remember, if you bring in money, every $1 counts as 10 lbs of food. Last year we raised 8,982 lbs of food and we are setting a school goal of 10,000 lbs this year! Please help fight hunger locally and donate today!!

3rd Grade Recorder Unit (posted 10/17/18)  

This week, the 3rd grade music students started a unit on recorder performance. This unit will directly address Standard E-1.a Use correct vocal and instrumental techniques when singing and playing instruments; Standard E-1.c Perform expressively for peers in a large or small group setting; Standard E-1.c Play and sing simple notated melodies; Standard E-2.a Perform more complex patterns that include do,re,mi,sol,la,high do,low sol, and low la (extended pentatonic scale), and sixteenth notes and dotted half notes; and Standard T-2.a Visually identify line and space notes and notate pitches on the treble clef staff. An end of unit assessment will be given at the end of November where the students will be playing a short piece that we have learned in class. They will be assessed on their steady beat, tone, rhythm, and pitch fingerings.  Please ask your student how they did when they come home from their music day, or log into your IC account to see their score.

Recorder Sales  (Posted 9/27/18)

Beginning in October, the 3rd and 4th grade music classes will be receiving music instruction using the soprano recorder.  Clean loaner models will be available each day and washed after each use. However, if you would like your 3rd or 4th grade child to purchase his/her own recorder for music class use, you may send cash or checks in the amount of $5 payable to French Elementary.  Please indicate soprano recorder in the memo section of your check. Students need to bring their check or cash to the music room before school or during their music class. A limited number of recorders will be available for 3rd and 4th graders only, on a "first come, first served" basis.

3rd Grade Rhythm Unit (posted 9/11/18)

This week, the 3rd grade music students will begin a unit where they learn to read and perform various musical rhythms. We will be learning to read and perform dotted half notes, half notes, quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes. This unit directly addresses Standard T-4.b Identify and notate using 16th notes and dotted half notes; Standard E-3.cPerform a steady beat while contrasting rhythms are being played; Standard C-1.a Improvise 4 measures within a musical selection; and Standard E-2.a Perform more complex patterns which include 16th notes and dotted half notes. During the rotation of October 11-16th, the students will be taking their unit assessment over rhythm. Please ask your student how they did on the assessment when they come home or login to infinite campus to see their score.

3rd Grade Meter Unit (posted 8/15/18)

During the first week of school, the 3rd grade students will begin a new unit about Meter. The unit on meter will directly address Standard E-1.b Recognize and follow the conductor's beat pattern and gestures; and Standard T-1.c Explain the function of the top number in the time signature involving 2, 3, and 4 beats. There will be a unit assessment during the rotation of September 6-10th where students will be identifying and applying meter signatures, duple meter, triple meter, and quadruple meter. Please ask your student how they did on the assessment when they come home from their music day.

K-5 Colorado State Music Standards  

STANDARD 1---EXPRESSION OF MUSIC

The expression of music is the demonstration of human thought and emotion through the medium of performance, which is a product of knowledge and skills gained in the study of music.

STANDARD 2---CREATION OF MUSIC

The creation of music is the demonstration of learned skills in the composition, improvisation, and arranging of music. Creating music involves writing music, fashioning new music from an existing piece of music, or forming an entirely new piece of music.

STANDARD 3---THEORY OF MUSIC

The theory of music is the understanding of the distinctive language, conventions, mechanics, and structure of organized sound. Investigation of music theory allows for a more complete understanding of all aspects of the musical process, including musical performance and composition.

STANDARD 4---AESTHETIC VALUATION OF MUSIC

The value of music focuses on the knowledge needed to make an informed evaluation and to provide a well-thought-out critique about a musical piece. It also addresses the beauty, heart, and soul: the aesthetics of music. Valuing music will permit individuals to distinguish between a scholarly and an individual judgment of music.

 

4th Grade Music

4th Grade Musical Form Unit (posted 4/17/19)

This week, the 4th grade music students have begun working on a new unit based on musical form. This will directly address Standard T-2.a Aurally identify Theme and Variation Form and Standard T-2.c Visually identify and apply D.C. al fine, and D.S. al Coda. During the rotation of May 7-9th, the end of the unit will culminate with an assessment where the students will define and listen to musical examples to apply form, AB, ABA, Rondo, and Theme and Variations.

4th Grade Harmony Unit (posted 4/4/19)  

This week, the 4th grade music classes will begin another short unit, this time focusing on the many different ways of making harmony. Students will be working with Rounds, Ostinati, and Partner Songs. This unit will directly address Standard E-1.a Perform three-part vocal and/or instrumental rounds using movement and speech. There will not be an assessment at the end of this unit.

4th Grade Instrument Families Unit (posted 3/6/19)

This week the 4th grade music classes will begin a short unit on the four orchestral instrument families. They will be learning to identify the string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments by sight and sound, as well as differentiating between band and orchestra. This unit directly meets Standard T-3.a Aurally and visually identify specific instruments of the band and orchestra. During the first week of April, students will take a unit assessment where they will be listening to various musical examples and labeling the selection with the correct term such as Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Percussion, Orchestra, or Band. Please ask your child how they did on the assessment when they come home from their music day.

4th Grade Music Program (posted 1/23/19)

The 4th grade music students have been working on a music program for the night of February 27th. We will be using music class time to work on a short musical called "Kid Flix" where the students will be singing well known songs from movies that kids love. With performance being part of the Colorado State music standards, all 4th graders are expected to participate in this program that is on the night of Wednesday, February 27th at 6:00 pm. The night of the program, students will need to meet in their classrooms at 5:30 pm. If there is a conflict because your child is sick that day, please contact me by phone or email so that an alternate grade can be arranged for your child after the program.

Students will need to wear their assigned "costume" to school on the day of the program for BOTH the dress rehearsal performance and the night performance for parents. Hobby Lobby is a great place to find solid colored t-shirts if you need one.  Here are the class colors:

Eastep's Class--jeans with a solid (no writing or pictures) RED SHIRT  

Hermann's Class--jeans with a solid (no writing or pictures) BLACK SHIRT   

McDuffee's Class--jeans with a solid (no writing or pictures) YELLOW SHIRT  

Tallman's Class--jeans with a solid (no writing or pictures) WHITE SHIRT  

Willing students may be assigned simple speaking parts that need to be memorized. If your child is selected for a speaking part, it is absolutely imperative that they are present for the concert on the 27th. Please help your child to memorize their part and perform it with expression.  If you have any questions you can email me at [email protected]

Harvest of Love Food Drive--October 29th-November 15th (posted 10/26/18)

This year, the Harvest of Love Food Drive starts Oct. 29th and runs through Nov. 15th. We are donating food and raising money for the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Please start bringing in your canned fruit, veggies, soups, tuna, mac n cheese, peanut butter, cereals, oatmeal, and money donations to your classroom. Classroom donations can be brought to the gym on your PE day. The classroom to bring in the most pounds will win an extra PE time during the month of December!!! Remember, if you bring in money, every $1 counts as 10 lbs of food. Last year we raised 8,982 lbs of food and we are setting a school goal of 10,000 lbs this year! Please help fight hunger locally and donate today!!

 

4th Grade Recorder Unit (posted 10/16/18)  

This week, the 4th grade music students started a unit on recorder performance. This unit will directly address Standard E-1.c Perform using correct posture, breathing, and diction; Standard E-2.a Perform patterns that include do,re,mi,fa,sol,la,ti,high do,low sol,low la, pitches and dotted quarter eighth and triplet rhythms; Standard E-3.a Play and sing simple notated melodies (8 to 12 measures) with attention to pitch, rhythm, and expressive qualities; and Standard E-3.b Play and sing simple songs in major keys.  An end of unit, district-wide assessment will be given during the first week of December, where the students will be playing a short piece that we have learned in class. They will be assessed on their steady beat, tone, rhythm, and pitch fingerings. Please ask your student how they did when they come home from their music day, or log into your IC account to see their score.

Recorder Sales  (Posted 9/27/18)

Beginning in October, the 3rd and 4th grade music classes will be receiving music instruction using the soprano recorder.  Clean loaner models will be available each day and washed after each use. However, if you would like your 3rd or 4th grade child to purchase his/her own recorder for music class use, you may send cash or checks in the amount of $5 payable to French Elementary.  Please indicate soprano recorder in the memo section of your check. Students need to bring their check or cash to the music room before school or during their music class. A limited number of recorders will be available for 3rd and 4th graders only, on a "first come, first served" basis.

4th Grade Tempo and Dynamics Unit (posted 9/24/18)

This week, the 4th Grade music classes will begin a short unit on Tempo and Dynamics. Students will be learning to visually identify, aurally identify, and perform various tempos and dynamics such as p, mp, mf, f, andante, presto, accelerando, and ritardando. This unit will directly address Standard T-1.b Demonstrate mezzo-piano/mezzo-forte, andante/presto, and accelerando/ritardando using movement, voice and instruments; Standard E-3.a Play and/or sing simple notated melodies with attention to pitch, rhythm and expressive qualities; and Standard E-1.b Watch the conductor and follow meter patterns, tempo and dynamic changes. During the specials rotation of Oct 11-16th, students will be taking a unit assessment where they will need to define these terms, and then correctly label the tempo and dynamics of given listening selections.

4th Grade Rhythm Unit (posted 8/30/18)

During the specials rotation of Aug. 31-Sept 5th, the 4th grade music students will begin a new unit on musical rhythms. This rhythm unit will directly address Standard E-2.a Perform patterns which include: dotted quarter note patterns and triplet rhythms; Standard E-3.a Play and/or sing simple notated melodies (8-12 measures) with attention to pitch, rhythm, and expressive qualities; Standard C-1.a Improvise completion of a given rhythmic or melodic phrase; and Standard C-2.a Create 4 to 8 measures using rhythms and pitches on a treble clef staff. There will be a unit test over rhythms during the third week of September. Please ask your student how they did when they come home from their music day, or login to IC to see their grade.

4th Grade Meter Unit (posted 8/15/18)

During the first week of school, the 4th Grade music classes will begin a short unit on Meter. Students will be learning to visually and aurally identify meter, conduct meter, and perform rhythms in quadruple meter, triple meter, and duple meter. This unit will directly address Standard T-1.c Explain the function of the top and bottom numbers of a time signature in duple and triple meter; and Standard E-1.b Watch the conductor and follow meter patterns, tempo, and dynamic changes.

K-5 Colorado State Music Standards  

STANDARD 1---EXPRESSION OF MUSIC

The expression of music is the demonstration of human thought and emotion through the medium of performance, which is a product of knowledge and skills gained in the study of music.

STANDARD 2---CREATION OF MUSIC

The creation of music is the demonstration of learned skills in the composition, improvisation, and arranging of music. Creating music involves writing music, fashioning new music from an existing piece of music, or forming an entirely new piece of music.

STANDARD 3---THEORY OF MUSIC

The theory of music is the understanding of the distinctive language, conventions, mechanics, and structure of organized sound. Investigation of music theory allows for a more complete understanding of all aspects of the musical process, including musical performance and composition.

STANDARD 4---AESTHETIC VALUATION OF MUSIC

The value of music focuses on the knowledge needed to make an informed evaluation and to provide a well-thought-out critique about a musical piece. It also addresses the beauty, heart, and soul: the aesthetics of music. Valuing music will permit individuals to distinguish between a scholarly and an individual judgment of music.

 

5th Grade Music

5th Grade Ukulele Unit (posted 4/17/19)

The 5th grade music students have been working on a unit about ukulele performance. This unit will directly address Standard E-3.a Play and/or sing notated melodies (12-16 measures) with attention to pitch, rhythm, and expressive qualities. An end of unit assessment will be given during the specials rotation on April 29-May 1, where the students will be playing a short piece that we have learned in class. Please ask your student how they did when they come home from their music day or login to Infinite Campus to see their score.

5th Grade Historical Composers and Styles Unit  (posted 3/1/19)

During the specials rotation of February 26th-March 1st, the 5th Grade music classes began learning about famous historical composers and their different styles of music.  Each class period will focus on a different composer by reading about his life, listening to musical examples by the assigned composer, and then discussing what we hear in the composer's music and comparing that to other composers that we have heard.  This unit will directly address Standard A-2.c Describe the means used to describe images or evoke feelings and emotions in musical works from various cultures; Standard T-3.c Aurally identify music from various historical periods and cultures; Standard A-2.b Explain how people in a particular culture use and respond to specific musical works from that culture; Standard A-2.d Discuss criteria used to make evaluations of musical works and performances; Standard A-2.e Discuss elements of performance in observational and evaluative ways, using appropriate music terminology; Standard A-1.a Develop and apply appropriate musical and non-musical criteria to support personal preferences for specific musical styles and works; and Standard A-1.b Discuss the difference between preference for and quality of musical works.  There will not be an assessment at the end of this unit.

5th Grade Instrument Sign Ups For Jr. High (posted 2/4/19)

It is that time of year when our 5th grade students begin the process of signing up for Jr. High classes!  Next week, the music teachers from Sproul Jr. High will be coming to French to work with our 5th graders on choosing a music class for next year.  ALL 5th grade students will be exploring on several instruments with the guidance of the Sproul music teachers, and then a music class recommendation will be sent home a few days later based on the strengths that were seen during the exploration process. Please use this information as a guide when your student signs up for their Jr. High classes.  Additionally, if your student chooses to play an instrument next year, you MUST attend the Parent Information Night at Sproul on Feb. 25th at 6:00 pm. More information will be sent home as the date approaches.

 

5th Grade Harmony Unit (posted 1/23/19)

During the specials rotation of Jan 24th-28th, the 5th Grade Music classes will begin a new unit on types of Harmony. We will begin by reviewing the difference in a Melody and a Harmony; then move on to learn about rounds, partner songs, and descants. During the rotation of February 19th-21st, we will have an end of unit assessment where students will need to be able to define these three types of harmony, perform them, and identify the type of harmony when listening to an example. This unit will directly address Standard E-1.a Perform four-part vocal and/or instrumental rounds using movement and speech; Standard E-3.b Play and/or sing simple melodic notation in treble clef in major and minor keys; and Standard E-1.cDemonstrate proper care of voice and instruments.

5th Grade Instrument Tone Color Unit (posted 1/7/19)

5th graders will soon begin the task of choosing their instruments to play in Jr. High next year. To help prepare students for this decision, we will be studying the different musical instruments that will be available to them next year. This instrumental unit addresses music Standard T-3.a Aurally and visually identify various world instruments. All 5th grade students will be attending a demonstration musical concert at Sproul Jr. High on January 17th, and then participating in the instrument tryout during school sometime in February. Please watch for more information to keep you up to date on this process.

5th Grade Dynamics and Tempo Unit (posted 11/27/2018)

This week, the 5th grade music classes will be starting a short review unit on Dynamics and Tempo where they will work with terms such as Largo, Moderato, Allegro, Presto, Pianissimo, Piano, Forte, Fortissimo, Crescendo, and Diminuendo. This unit directly meets Standard T-1.b Demonstrate largo, moderato, diminuendo and slur using movement, voice and instruments; Standard T-1.a Apply vocabulary for largo, moderato, diminuendo and slur when describing music; and Standard A-2.aIdentify and analyze differences in tempo and dynamics in contrasting musical selections. The unit assessment will be during the specials rotation of Dec. 10-12th, and the students will be listening to various musical examples and labeling the selection with the correct tempo and dynamic terms. Please ask your child how they did on the assessment when they come home from their music day or login to infinite campus to see their score.

Harvest of Love Food Drive--October 29th-November 15th (posted 10/26/18)

This year, the Harvest of Love Food Drive starts Oct. 29th and runs through Nov. 15th. We are donating food and raising money for the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Please start bringing in your canned fruit, veggies, soups, tuna, mac n cheese, peanut butter, cereals, oatmeal, and money donations to your classroom. Classroom donations can be brought to the gym on your PE day. The classroom to bring in the most pounds will win an extra PE time during the month of December!!! Remember, if you bring in money, every $1 counts as 10 lbs of food. Last year we raised 8,982 lbs of food and we are setting a school goal of 10,000 lbs this year! Please help fight hunger locally and donate today!!

 

5th Grade Musical Rhythm Unit (posted 10/9/18)

This week, the 5th grade music classes have begun working on a new unit based on reading, performing, and notating musical rhythms.  This will directly address Standard E-2.a Perform patterns which include the following rhythms: two sixteenth/one eighth combinations, synco pa, and ties; Standard T-4.a Identify and notate using eighth/sixteenth, synco pa, and ties; and Standard T-4.b Notate 8-beat rhythmic patterns and 4-beat melodic patterns dictated by the teacher.  The end of the unit will culminate with a unit assessment during the specials rotation of Nov. 14-16th, where the students will identify note names and values, and correctly perform a given rhythm from flash cards.

5th Grade Music Program  (posted 8/22/18)

This week, the 5th grade music students began working on a music program for the night of September 26th. We will be using music class time to work on a short program called "We Honor You: A Salute to America's Soldiers and Veterans." With performance being part of the Colorado State music standards, all 5th graders are expected to participate in this program that is on the night of Wednesday, September 26th at 6:00 pm.  On the night of the program, students will need to meet in their classrooms at 5:30 pm. If there is a conflict because your child is sick that day, please contact me by phone or email so that an alternate grade can be arranged for your child after the program.

To match our patriotic theme, students will need to wear BLUE JEANS and the assigned SOLID colored shirt for BOTH the dress rehearsal performance and the night performance for parents. Hobby Lobby is always a great place to find solid colored t-shirts. Here are the class colors:

Mrs. Graber's Class---WHITE     Ms. Rust's Class---BLUE

Mrs. Scott's Class---WHITE          Mrs. Todd's Class---RED

Willing students may be assigned simple speaking parts that consist of one or two sentences that need to be memorized. If your child is selected for a speaking part, it is absolutely imperative that they are present for the concert on the 26th. Please help your child to memorize their part and perform it with expression.  If you have any questions you can email me at [email protected]

K-5 Colorado State Music Standards

STANDARD 1---EXPRESSION OF MUSIC

The expression of music is the demonstration of human thought and emotion through the medium of performance, which is a product of knowledge and skills gained in the study of music.

STANDARD 2---CREATION OF MUSIC

The creation of music is the demonstration of learned skills in the composition, improvisation, and arranging of music. Creating music involves writing music, fashioning new music from an existing piece of music, or forming an entirely new piece of music.

STANDARD 3---THEORY OF MUSIC

The theory of music is the understanding of the distinctive language, conventions, mechanics, and structure of organized sound. Investigation of music theory allows for a more complete understanding of all aspects of the musical process, including musical performance and composition.

STANDARD 4---AESTHETIC VALUATION OF MUSIC

The value of music focuses on the knowledge needed to make an informed evaluation and to provide a well-thought-out critique about a musical piece. It also addresses the beauty, heart, and soul: the aesthetics of music. Valuing music will permit individuals to distinguish between a scholarly and an individual judgment of music.