Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Summer Music Camp Opportunities!

Middlebury Community Music Center is offering several week-long summer camp offerings, and some are geared toward 7-12 year olds! I believe they have a waitlist at this point for most of them, but it may be something to look into. Here are the flyers that have been posted:


Monday, February 20, 2023

COOKIES! A New Musical... A huge success!

Porters Point School students performed their whole school musical on February 15 and February 16, 2023. These performances were so special because they were the first ones we have been able to do since before Covid. The last performance done was April 2019 "Panda And The Moon", and NO CURRENT PPS STUDENTS WERE IN THAT SHOW!!!  So EVERYONE up there on the stage was having a "first" performance, and I could not be more proud as their music educator. Wow. Such fun. I am including below just a few pictures showing all the headpieces made in Art class with Ms. Kait Jewett. They were all so colorful and fun!  

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Announcing Our Whole School Musical!

It's time for a whole-school musical!  That's right. After FOUR LONG YEARS, Porters Point School students are at the beginning stages of preparing for a musical. We will have two performances of John Jacobson's "Cookies! The Musical" on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, 2023.  Half the school will perform on Weds. the 15th and the other half of the school will perform on Thurs. the 16th. Here is the list of classes who will perform and on what night:

Weds. Feb. 15, 2023, 6:30 pm @ Colchester High School in the Performing Arts Center:

Mrs. Belaski's Kindergarten, Ms. Bloom's Kindergarten, Mrs. Geibel's First Grade, Mrs. Hershman's First Grade, Ms. LaRose's Second Grade, Mr. Shepherd's Second Grade

Thurs. Feb. 16, 2023, 6:30 pm @ Colchester High School in the Performing Arts Center:

Mr. Allbee's Kindergarten, Ms. Donnelly's Kindergarten, Ms. Carilo's First Grade, Ms. Silverberg's First Grade, Mrs. Bellavance's Second Grade, Ms. Moore/Dickin's Second Grade

Mark your calendars now! These shows are not to be missed!! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Welcome to Porters Point School Music!!

We are off to a great start for the 2022-2023 school year!  I am so excited to see students EVERY week ALL YEAR LONG!  The pandemic threw many challenges at our music program. Imagine... No singing (but humming was ok). No sharing of instruments (but all students were provided with personal instrument kits to use during class). No public performances (but virtual recordings were ok). I am very happy to put all this behind now and get back to a new normal. Many lessons were learned from the pandemic. Students are resilient, and they are wasting no time discovering (and rediscovering) how to develop the music-makers they already are. 

This music blog will share highlights of student learning, so please check back here often to see how music is experienced at Porters Point School. And please plan ahead to attend our whole school performances on February 15 and 16, 2023. Stay tuned!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Second Grade Music Journals available Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Attention Second Graders at Porters Point School:

Tuesday, May 5, 2020:  Distribution day at Porters Point School, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. out in front of the school -- that's PPS!!

    • Music Journals will be available for curbside pick up! Ms. Mutz added all the songs up until our last day of being in school, so there is a lot of new stuff in there. It is all songs/activities that we have done this school year.

Every 2nd Grader has a Music Folder to be picked up!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Kindergarten Week of 4/13/20: "Marching On Parade"

Hi Kindergarteners!

This week for your music activity please watch "Marching On Parade"*.  You may even recognize the voice of the man singing -- that's John Jacobson!!  He is the one who wrote "Holiday Hop" and also the musical "On With The Snow!"  While watching this video, practice keeping the steady beat by marching in place, or marching around the room while you sing! You could also practice keeping the beat on your lap, clapping your hands to the beat, snapping your fingers to the beat, or make up different ways to keep the beat.  Do you know what instruments the animals were playing?

When you visit this site you will see the song we learned last week:  "I Will Sing Hello" (Spanish). Did you sing along? Did you teach the song to a family member?


*Essential Elements Music Class Interactive - used with permission.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Mr. Peltier shares "Take On Me"

So this is what music teachers do at home when working remotely!

Mr. Evan Peltier is my music colleague at Colchester High School. He posted this video on Facebook and I asked him permission to post it here. The song is "Take On Me" with toy instruments. Enjoy!

*Credits:  "Take On Me" originally by Norwegian synth-pop band A-ha, first released in 1984.