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.

Monday, April 6, 2020

"I Will Sing Hello" (in Spanish)

Kindergarteners, here's a song for you. Learn this song and then teach it to everyone at home!

Access the song here:  I Will Sing Hello (in Spanish).  Remember to keep a song in your heart!

"I Will Sing Hello" (in Spanish)
Words and Music by Cheryl Lavender
Copyright © 2019 by Hal Leonard LLC
International Copyright Secured  All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Sun Is In My Heart

Hello Friends!

I have been thinking about all of you. I miss seeing your faces and hearing your voices!  I miss having us walk together and find the beat, listening to a melody I play on the recorder, singing all of your names and learning new songs...

Each day is a new day. I try to learn something new every day. Today I would like to share with you a poem that is being told by my friend, Peter Amidon. It is called "The Sun Is In My Heart",  and it is from the Waldorf Book of Poetry, by A.C. Harwood. Peter will say the poem four times, each time in a different way. Try to join in, ok? Do the motions and say the words along with Peter. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

My First Attempt...

Hello everyone!  Gosh, do I miss being in the classroom and seeing all of you...  I miss making music together. I hope you are finding ways to make music at home.  For now, I made this little video, "My first attempt" and have been thinking about the song Second Graders shared at our last whole school meeting. You will hear me play the melody on recorder to "Kindness Is Contagious", by Cristi Cary Miller -- just the first part.  Please feel free to sing along!!