Music News from Ms. Anita
Sunday, December 02, 2018 6:00 AM


Anita Webster

Music Specialist



Congratulations to the 4th and 5th grade students in room 116 (Michelle Looman’s class) and room 114  (Ralph Sievert’s class) who sang “Over the River and Through the Wood” for the November Student of the Month program. Thank you for a job extremely well done!


Our next Student of the Month performance will be on Friday December 14th. We will be singing “Winter Wonderland”.  Grades  4 and 5 will be eligible to perform… Good Luck!


Grades Pre-K and K  Students are learning how to get and use the jingle bells as an accompaniment to our winter songs. Next week we will add rhythm sticks, followed by maracas. Some of our winter songs include “Jingle Bells”, “My Dreydl”, and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. During the Month of December, our stories (as well as our songs) also revolve around winter activities and events.


Our newest (non-winter) songs are “Rubber Duckie”, “You Are My Sunshine”, “Days Of The Week”, and “We’re Proud”. The students latch on to everything so quickly and are eager to show me what they know/remember. Sometimes I have the students listen to the introduction to determine what song is coming next, and sometimes I tell them which song is next. When I tell them what we are singing next, they usually break into song (a cappella) before I can even start the music. I love it!!!



Grades 1 and 2  Students have been working on the music room expectations, classroom jobs, and “perfecting” the classroom procedures. Now that these truly seem to be embedded in our music class culture, everything runs very smoothly and we are getting a lot done! It’s important to have students running the show – pointing to the words to the song on the document camera/promethean board, assist the pointer, call off the song sheet order, pass out and collect books, etc.


Our new songs include “She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round The Mountain” (a southern mountain song) which will feature actions,  and “The Rainbow Connection” (originally made famous by Kermit the Frog). Everyone is doing a great job.


Students will also be adding some winter songs to their music class “playlist” (next week), such as “My Dreydl”, The Twelve Days Of Christmas”, and Feliz Navidad. The following week we will be add jingle bells, maracas, and rhythm sticks as accompaniments to our songs.


Grades 3, 4 and 5   Third, fourth and fifth graders have all completed their notation units and extra credit work. Everything has been corrected and returned to them. They were given the resources to tally their scores and find out in advance what their notation grades will be on their report cards (specialists mark report cards twice per year - at the end of each semester only).


We are working 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.


Next week in music class, students will also sing some winter songs that celebrate different cultures: Feliz Navidad (from Puerto Rico) O Tannenbaum (a German Carol), Feast of Light (A Jewish Folk Melody), and Twelve Days of Christmas (an English Carol) to name a few.


We have added jingle bells for accompaniment (for “Winter Wonderland” and “Let It Snow”), and will soon add maracas and rhythm sticks to our other winter songs.


Since all classes are using instruments at this time, we are running low on hand sanitizer, and any donations would be greatly appreciated. 


Thank you.  Have a wonderful week!