Kindergarten: Kindergartners have been singing, playing, listening and moving to music that is fast and slow. We are finishing our assessment on fast and slow music this month. We are continuing to work on our different voices (speaking, whisper, calling, and singing voices), and students have the opportunity to sing little solos almost every music class. I have lots of puppets that love to show up and visit in kindergarten and these puppets love to learn about our names, favorite colors, etc. and each student gets the chance to sing to the puppets alone. This gives me lots of opportunities to hear each student, check to see if they are finding their singing voice and see if they are matching pitch. We will be starting some fun fall and Halloween songs and rhymes next week.
First Grade: In first grade music, students have been singing, moving, and playing lots of singing games and that focus on the steady beat. We do lots of beat activities to build a solid foundation before moving on to rhythm. First graders also do a lot of pitch matching. We will be starting some fun fall and Halloween songs and rhymes next week.
Second graders are mastering beat vs. rhythm, and are beginning to dive into reading music notation starting with rhythms that contain quarter notes and paired eighth notes. We play lots of games that contain these patterns, so students are able to read and notate the songs that they are singing in class. They are doing really well with this!
3rd graders are busy preparing for the 3rd and 4th Grade Music Program, "America Is...", which will be presented on November 9, 6:30 p.m., in Mother Seton Hall. Students should wear blue jeans with a SOLID red, white or blue shirt. Students need to arrive in Mrs. Jervis' music room at 6:15 p.m. All jackets should be left with a family member in MSH. If you would like to arrive prior to 6:15, please have your child stay WITH YOU in Mother Seton Hall until 6:15. Please do not send them out of MSH prior to 6:15.
Third graders are also working towards preparing for their first class Mass. 3B will be leading the Mass music on Friday, Oct. 13th and 3A will be leading Mass on Friday, Oct. 20th.
Mark your calendar! Our 3rd and 4th Graders will be presenting a Patriotic Music Program to the book "America Is..." by Louise Borden on Thursday, November 9th at 6:30 PM in Mother Seton Hall. Look for more information to come!
What are we working on in music?
Kindergarten: Kindergartners have been learning about our four voices (speaking, whisper, calling, and singing voice). Our kindergarten music lessons often include echo singing, fingerplays, action songs, beginning instruments like the triangle or frog rasps, lots of movement to songs, games, and chants, and often a children's book reinforces the musical concepts we are working on.
Here are some of the children's books we have used in music class in case it is one you would like to find at the library or add to your home book collection:
She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Little Rabbit Foo Foo
Over in the Meadow
Mary Wore Her Red Dress
1st - 2nd Grades: First and second graders have been reviewing the concepts of 4 Voices and Steady Beat with lots of rhymes and songs. Moving to music is a huge part of developing beat and rhythm, so we do a lot of moving in the music room. We also play a lot of singing games that we will later pull out music literacy concepts of reading pitch and rhythms, so often our classes look like a lot of play, but as Albert Einstein said, "Play is the highest form of research". All of the musical play that we do builds a strong foundation for all of the music literacy learning that is already happening and will be built on in the months to come.
Some of our favorite singing games from 1st and 2nd Grade:
Bee Bee Bumblebee
Down Down Baby
Bounce High, Bounce Low
3rd Grade: In third grade music we have read the book, "America Is..." that our 3rd and 4th Grade Music Program will be built around. We have started learning "50 Nifty United States" and "The Star Spangled Banner" which will be a part of our music program.
Mrs. Jervis Music Schedule
Friday (alternating A and B)
What are we working on in music?
Kindergarten: We have started the year with name games, echo songs, action songs, rhymes and fingerplays, and children's literature that connects with songs.
1st - 3rd grades: Students in first - third grade have started off the year learning a "Hello" song with actions, name games, and echo singing. We will be doing lots of movement and singing games in music. Sometimes what we do in music might just look and feel like play, but we are actually laying the foundation for pulling out music reading concepts from all of those singing games that we do. We will be incorporating Mass music, American folk songs, and music from countries all around the world this year in music class.
Welcome to music!
I am very excited to be teaching kindergarten through 3rd grade music at St. Elizabeth this year. This will be my 7th year teaching music. I completed my Bachelor and Masters of Music Education at Wichita State University.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband, Ben, is a music teacher too and teaches 5-8 band in Goddard. We have two girls, Ellie and Ava, who keep us busy and happy!
I am looking forward to meeting each of your families and making music with your children!