Music News from Ms. Anita
Monday, December 11, 2017 7:30 AM


Anita Webster

Music Specialist



Congratulations to the 4th and 5th grade students in room 114  (Ralph Sievert’s class) and room 115 (Christian Houdek’s class) who sang “Over the River and Through the Wood” for the November Student of the Month program. Thank you for a job very well done!

Our next Student of the Month performance will be on Friday December 15th. We will be singing “Winter Wonderland”.  Grades 3, 4, and 5 will be eligible to perform… Good Luck!


Grades Pre-K and K  Students have been learning more music class procedures. For the past 2 weeks classes have been learning how to get and use song sheets. We started with 2 and are now up to managing 5 at a time! Next week we will learn how to get and use the jingle bells as an accompaniment to our songs, followed by the maracas.

Our newest songs are “Sing A Rainbow”, and a song from Ecuador  “Los Pollitos” (The Little Chickens) which is sung in Spanish. We are learning verse one now, but one of our classes has already memorized it and has started verse 2 this week (there are 3 verses, all sung in Spanish)!

We are currently enjoying some winter songs “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.


Grades 1 and 2  Students have been working on the music room expectations, their learning targets, 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!

Our new songs include “Old Dan Tucker” a traditional folk song,  “I Live In A City” (which is about working together and getting things accomplished by being a part of a community), and “Mama Paquita” (a Brazilian Carnival Song).

Students have also been adding some winter songs to their music class “playlist”, such as “My Dreydl”, The Twelve Days Of Christmas”, and Feliz Navidad. Next week we will be adding 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.

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.


The 4th and 5th grade challenge song that we are working on is “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

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

Hopefully we will be able to master this song and perform it in our May Spring Music Program.

Students are also enjoying 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.

We are running low on hand sanitizer, and any donations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Have a great week!