Friday, September 22, 2017

Open House Is This Thursday!

Greetings from the Music Room at Porters Point School!  School is off to a wonderful start. Slowly but surely I am learning all the new kindergarten names, as well as new students to the school. I hope you will attend our school's Open House on Thursday, September 28, 2017. This is a great opportunity to see your child's school and meet the people that make this a wonderful place to learn (and teach). I will be here that night with my colleague, Ms. Amanda Vella, who is our Art Educator. We share the Music/Art Room, but we are not usually here at the same time. I look forward to meeting you at Open House on Thursday!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Get Your Tickets Now: Glenn Miller Orchestra at Colchester Performing Arts Center!!!

There will be former Porters Point School students who are now at CHS that will be able to experience (and perform with) the GMO -- come see an amazing concert right here in our community!
The Glenn Miller Orchestra to perform in Colchester
The World Famous GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA will perform on Wednesday, October 11 at 7 pm in the Performing Arts Center at Colchester High School (CHS). The orchestra will perform a two-hour concert, concluding with the CHS Jazz Band joining them on-stage for their signature tune, "In the Mood."
The Orchestra will be selling souvenirs, CDs, DVDs, and memorabilia at the concert. Friends of Colchester Music (FCM) will have a snack concession stand during intermission.
Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets will be $25 at the door on the night of the event. Tickets are available now online through or by downloading and mailing the order form available on the Friends of Colchester website (
You won’t want to miss this exciting concert, so be sure to get your tickets early!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Welcome to Music at Porters Point School

I am so excited to meet new Kindergarten students and new students to our school, and also to see returning students. All students have music class once a week for 40 minutes. The goal of music really is for students to discover the musicians they already are, and hopefully introduce them to some new ways they may develop their musicianship. During our class time, students sing, dance/move, play instruments, listen to, and create music. 

This year is a musical year. We will have our whole school performances in February, 2018. More info will be coming out soon! We are establishing a three-year cycle of performances to include two years of musicals and the third year features an Artist-In-Residency. Last year our school had an Artist-In-Residency with Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko. So, this year and next will be musical performances. I will post the most up-to-date information on all our musical happenings right here on this blog. Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Learn to Play a String Instrument!!

The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association (VYOA) is launching a brand new beginner strings program. Prelude! is a year-long course for students in grades 2-5 who are interested in learning to play a string instrument. The cost of tuition includes students' instrument rental, method book, and instruction. Kathleen Kono, one of the area's premier string educators, will lead the course. Visit or email to find out more. Financial aid is available.
When: Sundays from 12:30-1:30 pm, September through April 
Where: Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael's College 
Register online:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Play Your Drum

Following our Taiko Drum Residency, what else could we possibly do in Music Class but play drums!  We had a lot of fun setting up all of our drums, none of which are Taiko drums. Instead, we have quite an assortment. In order to have all students playing at once, we also added a wonderful, inexpensive option: bucket drums! Students sang and played a song called "Play Your Drum", by Konnie K. Saliba. In this song, students first observed spots where there are rests. Then those rests are replaced with different rhythm patterns. Students rotated to a new drum each time we changed the rhythm pattern. This was a lot of fun!!

Tubanos, gathering drum, floor toms, snare drums, and bucket drums (not pictured)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time For Our Taiko Performance!!

Our Taiko Drum performance was tonight, April 13, 2017. We performed at Colchester High School in the Gymnasium. In order for four classes to perform simultaneously, we had to double the amount of drums available for students. We had a great teacher entourage after school to transport nearly NINETY (90) drums from Porters Point School to Colchester High School!!

Students arrived and Ms. Millham welcomed everyone to the performance.
 Paton Sensei also welcomed everyone, first speaking in Japanese!  Then he assured everyone that he also speaks English!
 Time for our performance to begin!

 Way to go, Porters Point School students!  Great job!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Taiko Residency Continues

Students are learning a lot!  And they are starting to sound good, too!  They have learned so much by watching Paton Sensei and learning all his cues. Playing Taiko drums is very physical.

Second Graders


First Graders