Monday, February 27, 2017

Happy Vacation!

Schools are closed this week and will resume regular classes on March 8, 2017. When we return, Porters Point School music classes will begin to prepare students for our upcoming Artist-In-Residency with Stuart Paton from Burlington Taiko. We are VERY excited about this!!! Our culminating public performance for this residency will be held Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Colchester High School in the Gymnasium. Please mark your calendars now!


Friday, January 27, 2017

PTO Teacher Activity Raffle

Today we had Open Music Room with Ms. Mutz. There were six winners from the PTO Teacher Activity Raffle who were given the opportunity to come down to the music room at the end of the day and make music!  The space was set up like this:

Pictured are three different sizes of xylophones (wooden bars):  soprano, alto and bass; three different sizes of tubano drums; and three different sizes of metallophones (metal bars).
Students were encouraged to explore sounds on all these instruments, play any bars, try glissandos (gliding over the bars), and alternate hands (only one mallet was provided this time).

The Roland piano has a special feature on it called a "split". I never used it before, so we explored this feature today. There can be two students seated at the piano, each wearing headphones. The piano splits at middle "C" so each student can play on half the keyboard without hearing what the other student is playing. STUDENTS LOVED THIS!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Whole School Sing-Along

Our annual whole school sing-along was held before break. During the month of December, students prepare music related to different customs and seasonal happenings. This unit of study gives students the opportunity to develop their singing voices, understand cultural connections, and experience the joy of music-making. We sang 11 songs, including:  "December In Our Town" (Roger Emerson), "Deck The Halls", "Winter Wonderland", "Do You Hear What I Hear?", "The Dreidel Song", "O Kwanzaa", "12 Days of Christmas", "Jingle Bells", "Frosty, The Snowman", "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer", and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas".  A tradition is for faculty and staff to get up and sing "Jingle Bell Rock" to the students.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Finding The Beat

Always, the first thing we do in music class is move to the beat. Ms. Mutz will play a melody on her recorder as students enter the room. It is up to the students to find the beat of whatever she is playing. Sometimes people have a different idea of what the beat is.  Some people feel a very fast beat. Some people feel a slower beat.  And some people might have a loose tooth and so they are only thinking about that tooth! Given a little time, the class will find the common beat. There are so many things to think about:  How fast or slow... How loud or soft... 

Finding the beat to whatever we are listening to is so important. It helps us connect to the music so we can move, sing or play instruments. Things can get complicated in music when adding rhythmic elements if that beat is not felt in a strong way.

Students demonstrate the beat while moving. But the beat may also be felt just sitting and using different body percussion, such as clapping, snapping, patting legs or stamping feet.  

Friday, September 9, 2016

A New Blog for a New School Year!!

Welcome and Open House!! 

School is off to a GREAT start! I have seen every student in the school twice so far. Next week on Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm Porters Point School opens its doors to students and their families for Open House. This is a great opportunity to see your child's school and meet the people that make this a wonderful place to learn. I will be here with my colleague, Ms. Amanda Vella (Art Educator). Ms. Vella and I share the Art and Music Room, but we are never teaching here at the same time. But we will be here at Open House! Hope to see you next week on Thursday!