Music News from Ms. Anita
Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:00 AM


  Anita Webster

Music Specialist


Congratulations to the 4th and 5th grade students in room 114 (Ralph Sievert’s class) and room 116 (Michelle Looman’s class) who sang and played instruments in our song “Winter Wonderland” for the December Student of the Month program.

Congratulations also to the 4th and 5th grade students in room 115 (Christian Houdek’s class) and room 118 (Melissa Hagberg’s class) who sang “Let It Snow” for the January Student of the Month celebration.  

Thank you also to the 4th and 5th grade students in room 119 (Marie Voreis’ class) who had music class during the program time and had to come to the Theater with me.

This particular student performance went above and beyond my expectations. Our audience seemed to recognize and appreciate every little nuance of our song, instrumental accompaniment, and student audience (the class I had at the time of the program). The audience chuckled when they heard us change the song lyrics from “When we finally kiss good night…” to “When we finally say goodnight…”. They ‘awww-ed’ with our jingle bell accompaniment, and I was stopped several times to receive compliments not only on the performers, but on the great manners and behavior of the student audience (room 119) as well.

Thanks to all of you for a job extremely well done! You certainly did your part in showing “excellence” in our School of Excellence!

Fourth and fifth grade classes were also chosen to lead the audience in song for our School of Excellence celebration on Monday Jan. 22nd. We sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Thank you to room 115 (Christian Houdek’s class) and room 118 (Melissa Hagberg’s class) for your superb singing, your strong leadership skills, and your excellent behavior. You showed excellence in being a good role model and did an outstanding job representing our school.


Grades Pre-K and K  Students have been doing an exceptional job in our classroom procedures.  In kindergarten, each team gets and returns their song sheets from our song sheet table, and students from each team straighten the song sheets so they are ready for the next team/class. It is amazing to watch them run through their routine without so much as a reminder or glance from me. If someone forgets their ‘job’, other students from their team remind them. They are definitely performing at a level much higher than kindergarten!  

Our newest songs are “A Sailor Went To Sea, Sea, Sea”, and classes have begun working on verse 2 of our song from Ecuador  “Los Pollitos” (The Little Chickens) which is sung in Spanish. We have also been learning about Martin Luther King and are singing the songs “Martin Luther King”, and “We Shall Overcome”.


Grades 1 and 2  Students have continued working on the music room expectations, their learning targets, and “perfecting” the classroom procedures.

In addition to working on our songs, we have added a new song “Edelweiss” from “the Sound Of Music. This may feature a soloist in our Spring Music Program!

Many students have mastered singing all 50 states from our song “Fifty Nifty United States”.  At the end of music class (time allowing), students are invited to the middle of the classroom area to sing the states from memory, and test themselves to see if they do in fact have all of the states memorized.  “Great job” to those students!


Grade 3  Third graders continue to work on music class expectations, routines, and jobs. One of our learning targets is “I can remember and perform my music room job”… not just the job they signed up for, but their job as individuals, team members, and classmates, each time they come to class. This creates a positive, supportive, efficient, and high functioning classroom environment.

Our newest song is called “Dinosaur Tooth Care” and has our vocabulary words “1st ending”,  2nd ending”, and “repeat sign” embedded in it. Once classes have the song memorized, they will be taught the actions/dance that accompanies the song, then students will be given the opportunity to audition for the part of ‘dancer’ in the spring. We will perform this song in our (May) Spring Music Program.


Grades 4 and 5   We are continuing to work on our challenge song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. It has a high difficulty level because it includes:

·        3-part harmony

·        an ostinato (which will be an upcoming vocabulary word)

·        solos

·        descant part

·        it is sung a capella (which is our current new vocabulary word).

We truly won’t know if we can perform it for our Spring Music Program until 2 days before the program, because that will be the first time all of the 4th and 5th graders rehearse together. Hopefully we will be able to master and perform it for you in May.

We have also begun a song “The United States And Capitals” which will assist students in learning (and remembering) the names of all 50 states and their capitals.

Have a great week!