St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - Wichita, KS

April 2018 Music Notes

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SEAS SELECT presents SEUSSICAL, Jr. 
Thursday, April 26, 7:00 pm ~~ and ~~ Sunday, April 29, 3:00 pm

** there will be a special performance 
for all SEAS students 
prior to opening night **

Mother Seton Hall

FREE ADMISSION!!

Happy Spring and Blessed Holy Week and Easter! I hope everyone had a relaxing Spring Break.

Both 6C Music and 7th General Music will be spending time this month watching the full version of Seussical to prepare for SEAS Select's performance of Seussical Jr. late this month!! In addition we will.... learn a bit more about the history and writers of the musical, read some Dr. Seuss books in small groups to the class to work on character development and stage presence while finding connections between the books and musical, and complete various other activities to gear up for the musical.

Sixth and Seventh graders will have the opportunity to audition for '18-'19 SEAS Select sometime in May. More info to come!

6C Music will have their class Mass on Friday, April 13, so we will also be preparing for that early this month. Please arrive at 7:30am and meet in Mrs. Evans' room.
6C will also be leading the choir at Mass on the last day of school.

 

March 2018 Music Notes

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Sixth Grade Music (6C): We are currently preparing for our second and final Diocesan Music Assessment. This assessment, which is over musical terms and symbols, will be given before Spring Break, on Tuesday, March 13. Students will be given a study guide in class on March 1, and we will be going over the material and reviewing this information in a variety of ways during class.  The assessment scores will be sent in to the diocese, and are a part of your child's 4th nine-weeks music grade as well. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Seventh Grade General Music: We are currently working on a unit over notes of the treble and bass staffs. The students are completing workbooks and playing some computer games to learn/review the note names. There will be a notes test before Spring Break. After we wrap up our note unit, we will be watching the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and doing some additional activities to go along with that.

Music Notes February 2018

6C MUSIC CLASS: The sixth graders did a great job on their Nursing Home Tour on January 31. Mrs. Evans and I were very proud of the way they represented our school, and the home-bound loved their music and cheerful faces. They have filled out self-assessments and we are spending some time watching/listening to various versions of the songs they sang. Next up: the students will watch the short movie Bach's Fight for Freedom and work in groups to answer questions about the movie. Later in the month we'll begin our musical terms and symbols unit to prepare for the second (and final) Diocesan Music Assessment of the year.

7th GENERAL MUSIC: We are wrapping up our Star Spangled Banner Unit with a test early this month. Next we'll be working on an Anatomy of a Song unit, where the students will learn about how pop music is written and put together. We will have a unit on Music in the Movies and begin reviewing the notes of the treble and bass staffs with some workbooks and interactive activities as well.

January 2018 Music Notes

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

SIXTH GRADE MUSIC (6C): We are working on music for our annual Catholic Schools Week Nursing Home Tour the morning of Wednesday, January 31. Field trip forms will come home early this month and we will be looking for drivers. Our concert will consist of a few folk songs and a few show-tunes. The kids are sounding great!

SEVENTH GRADE GENERAL MUSIC: Here are our units for the month:

  • finish and present Christmas Carol Presentations
  • "Music Talk" unit based on quotes from various musicians through the ages. Students will think about why music is important and what it means to them and society in general. Students will work in partners to design a poster of a music quote that resonates with them.
  • Star Spangled Banner Unit. Students will learn about the history and importance of our National Anthem and memorize verse 1. Test at end of unit.
  • Anatomy of a Song Unit. Students will analyze musical form and identify the various sections that make up a song.
  • Home on the Range unit. Students will learn about the history and lyrics of the Kansas state song.

December 2017 Music Notes

Happy December and Blessed Advent! Here is what's going on in music class these last few weeks of the semester.

In both of my classes, I have implemented the "Mass Song of the Week," where we look specifically at one of the Mass songs for the upcoming Friday's Mass and focus on one (or more) aspect of it...anything from the history of why the song was written to meter, form or rhythm and melody patterns. I am hoping this will be a way to encourage Mass participation and learn about the music concepts we are studying as well.

SIXTH GRADE (6C): Composer Projects are complete! I was very impressed by the papers this year, lots of creativity and good information. Those students who wish to will have the opportunity to share their books with the class over the next month or two (at only one presentation per class period it will take awhile). We have started working on music for the annual Catholic Schools Week Sixth Grade Care Home tour, which will be on Wednesday, January 31 during the school day. More info to come. We will be performing a few show-tunes and a couple of folk songs as well. We will be using octavos (sheet music) and working on part singing. This will be a good opportunity for those who are interested in auditioning for SEAS Select to learn more about reading choir music, and will also give us the opportunity to apply many of the notes, terms and symbols that we have learned.

SEVENTH GRADE GENERAL MUSIC: We wrapped up our composer unit by watching Bach's Fight for Freedom and answering some questions about the movie in small groups. The next two weeks will be spent working on various Christmas carol activities.

November 2017 Music Notes

6C Music Class: We are in the middle of working on our Composer Research/Writing project. The students should be finishing up their research at home this weekend (11/5) if they did not finish in class, and should have plenty of class time this week to write their chapter book. A printed out/stapled copy of the book is due when students come to class on Tuesday 11/14, and the electronic submission needs to be done before arriving at class on that same day. Books may be printed from home or the computer lab before or after school, students are unable to print during class time. Further instructions can be found on my Google Classroom. When the projects are finished we will present them to the class along with listening examples. We will also begin our annual Catholic Schools Week Care-home Tour music soon.

7th General Music: We just finished our composer research projects, which included an essay and a Google slides presentation on an assigned composer. We are currently in the process of presenting these to the class. With only eight in our class, we have two presentations each from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods, to give students a wide range of exposure to the periods of Music History. We've also had the opportunity to sit in on some of Mrs. Evans' class presentations. Students are taking notes on the presentations and listening to various compositions. When we are finished with presentations, students will use their notes to compare and contrast various composers, compositions and time periods. Grades will be in PowerSchool after all presentations have been completed.

I am thoroughly enjoying my music classes this year, and am grateful for the opportunity to spend several class periods each week these students. God bless you and your families as we celebrate Thanksgiving this month.

Music Notes October 2017

SIXTH GRADE (6C): We have wrapped up our rhythm and melody units and will be taking the Diocesan Music Assessment on Thursday 10/12. Results will be sent to the diocese and be a part of your child's 1st nine-weeks music grade as well. After the assessment we will have a mini crash-course in Music History to prepare for our writing project. Each student will write a chapter book about an assigned composer and his or her time period. An instruction sheet will be given to students and also posted on my Google Classroom (your student knows how to access this). We will spend six class periods in the computer lab, researching and writing the books. This should be ample time to complete the project without having any homework, but if your student needs more time he/she may work from home as the project will be saved in their Google Docs. Papers will need to be printed from home or the computer lab BEFORE or AFTER school and the hard copy and electronic submission are due BEFORE coming to class on Tuesday, November 14. Please feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like any further clarifications about this project.

SEVENTH GRADE GENERAL MUSIC: We finished our rhythm unit with an assessment right before conferences. If students were not happy with their grade, they may make corrections to raise their grade. Some websites to help with corrections are posted on my Google Classroom (they can access this from home). Corrections need to be turned in by Thursday 10/12 since the quarter ends on 10/13.  This month we will have a mini crash-course in Music History to prepare for our writing project. For the project, each student will write an essay and prepare a Google Slides presentation about an assigned composer and his or her time period. An instruction sheet will be given to students and also posted on my Google Classroom. We will spend five class periods in the computer lab to work on this project. This should be ample time to complete the project without having any homework, but if your student needs more time he/she may work from home as the paper and slide presentation will be saved in their Google Docs. Papers will need to be printed from home or the computer lab BEFORE or AFTER school and the hard copy (of the paper) and electronic submission (of the paper and slides presentation) are due BEFORE coming to class on Tuesday, October 31. Please feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like any further clarifications about this project.

September 2017 Music Notes

The school year is off to a great start! Check below to find out what's happening in your child's music class this month:

SIXTH GRADE (6C): We are currently working on our rhythm unit, and will begin our melody unit once we wrap up rhythm. The first of two Diocesan Music Assessments for the year will be administered during music class on Thursday, October 12. The following websites can be used to study for the assessment:
Rhythm
http://www.musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/hp_quiz_matchsymbol01.htm
http://www.musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/aq_rhythms_find_the_correct_measure/quiz.html
http://www.musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/aq_rhythms_fill_in_the_measure/quiz.html
http://www.musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/quiz_time_signs001.htm
 

Treble notes
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/notation/name-that-note  
http://www.musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/quiz_travel_treble_space.htm 
http://www.musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/aq_treble_clef_words/quiz.html 
http://www.musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/quiz_word_warrior_treble.htm 

Bass notes
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/notation/name-that-note 
http://www.musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/quiz_bass_clef_baseball.htm
http://www.musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/quiz_word_warrior_bass.htm

7th GRADE GENERAL MUSIC: We just finished up and performed our composition projects. The boys worked in pairs and did a great job notating and performing a 30-60 second rhythm piece using random everyday materials. We are currently working on our rhythm unit. Along with completing workbooks, the boys will also have the opportunity to read and write various rhythm patterns. We have several spoken rhythm pieces that we will perform in class, and we'll be using some of the classroom instruments to assist in reading and performing rhythms of increasing complexity. We will also be using the Chromebooks and classroom projector to play an assortment of rhythm games. After our rhythm unit, in late September, we will begin our Music History unit and writing project. The boys will also have the opportunity to use various music websites to experiment with composing throughout the year. This will be a great opportunity for creativity.

It is my hope that our general music class will give our middle schoolers the opportunity to have an appreciation for music throughout their lives, even if it isn't their main focus in high school, college and beyond. Music is all around us, whether it's singing hymns at Mass or Happy Birthday at a birthday party...listening to music or attending a concert or recital. I hope that our units of study this year are a worthwhile experience for your student. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Music Notes August 2017

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Welcome back! I am excited to be starting my second year teaching music at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School. This year I will be teaching 6C, 7th Grade General Music (boys) and accompanying for SEAS Select. Please check back here monthly for updates.

To start the year we will be taking music surveys and learning about St. Cecilia (patroness of music) and Guido de Arezzo (the Italian monk who is considered the "inventor" of modern musical notation).

6C has their first class Mass on Friday, August 25, we will be the "choir" for Mass. Students are to arrive at 7:30am that day and meet in Mrs. Evans' room to practice. We will have two Diocesan Music Assessments in sixth grade. One will be towards the end of the 1st nine-weeks (over rhythm and melody) and one will be towards the end of the 3rd nine-weeks (over musical terms and symbols). During Catholic Schools Week, the sixth graders will take their stewardship on the road to share music at several local carehomes/retirement facilities. More info to come! We will also be completing a music history unit and writing project later this Fall. Looking at my class list, there are a few familiar faces from last year and lots of new (to me) students. We will have a great year!

7th General Music will be a small class of eight boys this year. After the above-mentioned introduction activities, we will start the year out with units on rhythm and melody, respectively. With such a small group, I hope to be able to do some projects and activities that would be more difficult to execute in a larger classroom setting. Check back here monthly for more info.

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