St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - Wichita, KS

April Music Notes

Great job 1st and 2nd graders on your performances of Welcome to the Jungle! I am so proud of each of you!

Here's what's coming up in April and May in music:

Kindergarten Music Programs

  •  Tuesday, May 14th at 12:15 PM in Mother Seton Hall - Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Held's classes will give a Kindergarten music "informance", "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" during the school day. Cookie and punch reception to follow.
  • Wednesday, May 15th at 12:15 PM in Mother Seton Hall - KA/Mrs. Way's class will give a Kindergarten music "informance", "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" during the school day. Cookie and punch reception to follow.
  • These kindergarten music “informances” are a bit different than a standard performance, show, or concert. They are more of a peek into the kinds of things we do in a regular music class. Each song and activity has been selected to focus on a specific kindergarten music concept. We are using the book, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" to help string our collection of songs and dances together. We are excited to give you a peek into some of the songs, games, and dances that they have learned throughout their kindergarten year in music class.

 

Second Grade Diocesan Music Assessment

  • 2nd Graders are currently preparing for their first Diocesan Music Assessment. This same assessment is given to all 2nd grade students in the Diocese of Wichita. This year the test will be in an online format through a Google form.  It will test over concepts we hope students will have mastered by the time the leave 2nd grade such as instrument families, musical comparatives (loud/soft, high/low, fast/slow), as well beginning rhythms and and musical symbols. New listening components have been added for this year so that we are not assessing their knowledge of music symbols, but their musical literacy as well (their ability to hear the music that they are seeing inside their head and know what it sounds like). 
  • Dates for the assessment are as follows:
    • Friday, April 26 - 2A
    • Friday, May 3 - 2B

Second Grade Friday Mass Dates:

  • Friday, May 3rd - 2B
  • Friday, May 10th - 2A
  • Each class will sit in the choir loft and help lead the school in the opening, offertory, communion, and closing songs at Mass. We will have some middle school students to help cantor.

Third Grade Rhythm Centers

  • Third Grade has been working in small groups to practice rhythms in many different ways: playing on instruments, reading and writing these rhythm patterns, composing, decoding rhythms from songs to put them in order, and more. It is exciting to walk around the room and see how much their skill have improved in this area just in the last few months.

First Grade:

  • First Graders are making exciting gains in music! They are able to sight sing patterns with rhythms and melodies on the staff. We are continuing to work on known and new patterns of rhythm and melody and then putting the two together!

 

March Music Notes

Conferences - due to a death in the family Mrs. Jervis will not be conferences on Tuesday, March 5th. She will be there for both conference times on Thursday.

Mark your calendar! Important Dates for K-2 students:

  • Thursday, March 28th 1st and 2nd Grade will both present a mini musical titled, "Welcome to the Jungle," a retelling of Aesop's Fable, The Lion and the Mouse. This musical teaches that no matter how small we may be, we can help in many ways. Stay tuned for information on what to wear and practicing speaking parts as we get into February.
    • 6:30 PM Performance - 1st Grade (call time is 6:15)
    • 7:15 PM Performance - 2nd Grade (call time is 7:00 PM)
  • Tuesday, May 14th - Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Held's classes will give a Kindergarten music "informance" during the school day.
  • Wednesday, May 15th - KA/Mrs. Way's class will give a Kindergarten music "informance" during the school day. 
    • These kindergarten music “informances” are a peek into what happens in a regular music class. Each song and activity has been selected to focus on a specific kindergarten music concept. 

You can find a copy of the parent note sent home regarding the 1st and 2nd grade music program under "Documents" on the left hand column of my teacher web page.

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March is Music in Our Schools Month! We are very blessed to get to have music classes during the school day. St. Cecelia, patron saint of music, help us to sing God's praises!

Kindergarten: We have been working on sounds that are LOW and HIGH in kindergarten as well as reviewing other comparatives such as fast/slow and loud/soft.

1st Grade: First graders are preparing for their upcoming performance of Welcome to the Jungle which will take place at 6:30 PM in Mother Seton Hall on March 28th (that is different than the date sent home on the calendar at the beginning of the year). They should have all come home with a note regarding what to wear and what time they need to be there.

2nd Grade: Second grade will also be preparing their own showing of Welcome to the Jungle. Their show will be performed at 7:15 PM in Mother Seton Hall on March 28th. 

If you have questions about the program or know that your student will be absent, please let me know as soon as possible.

3rd Grade: Third grade has been learning songs, dances, and singing games that feature four 16th notes beamed together on one beat. They are doing a great job performing, decoding, and composing with these rhythms!

 

 

January Music Notes

I hope all of our SEAS families had a wonderful Christmas break! I am looking forward to the Spring semester ahead of us. It always flies by so quickly!

Important Dates for K-2 students:

  • Thursday, March 28th 1st and 2nd Grade will both present a mini musical titled, "Welcome to the Jungle," a retelling of Aesop's Fable, The Lion and the Mouse. This musical teaches that no matter how small we may be, we can help in many ways. Stay tuned for information on what to wear and practicing speaking parts as we get into February.
    • 6:30 PM Performance - 1st Grade (call time is 6:15)
    • 7:15 PM Performance - 2nd Grade (call time is 7:00 PM)
  • Tuesday, May 14th - Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Held's classes will give a Kindergarten music "informance" during the school day.
  • Wednesday, May 15th - KA/Mrs. Way's class will give a Kindergarten music "informance" during the school day. 
    • These kindergarten music “informances” are a peek into what happens in a regular music class. Each song and activity has been selected to focus on a specific kindergarten music concept. 

Here's a peek into what we will be working on in music class in January.

Kindergarten: Kindergarten will continue to practice fast and slow tempos, loud and soft dynamics, and matching pitch with their singing voice. This semester we will introduce high and low sounds and steady beat. 

1st Grade: 1st Grade will start preparing for their music program titled, "Welcome to the Jungle" which they will present on March 28th. They will also continue working on rhythm and melody reading, solidifying reading sol-mi on the staff and reading patterns with quarter and paired eighth notes.  

2nd Grade: 2nd Grade will start preparing for their music program titled, "Welcome to the Jungle" which they will present on March 28th. They will also continue working on rhythm and melody reading, musical symbols, and instruments of the orchestra. All of these are areas that will be on their Diocesan Music Test that they will take for the first time this Spring.

3rd Grade: 3rd Grade classes will do a unit on Folk Dancing, and continue to work on reading rhythms, melodic patterns, and musical symbols. 

 

3rd Grade Music Program

The 3rd Grade Music Program, "Schoolhouse Rock Live", is Thursday, November 15th at 6:30 PM in Mother Seton Hall. 

Students should be lined up in their concert order outside of the music room downstairs at 6:15. If you would like to arrive prior to 6:15, please have your child stay WITH YOU in Mother Seton Hall until 6:15. Students should wear jeans and a solid bright colored shirt (no words/logos across the front please). Wear shoes that are comfortable.  Please leave all jackets/coats with parents in Mother Seton Hall before coming downstairs to the music room. 

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The kids are doing a great job and we look forward to performing for you!

 

October Music Notes

Mark your calendar!

3rd Grade Music Program: Our third graders have been very busy preparing for our program, "Schoolhouse Rock Live". We will present our program on Thursday, November 15th at 6:30 in Mother Seton Hall. Students should be lined up in their concert order outside of the music room door downstairs at 6:15. Students should wear jeans and a solid bright colored shirt (no words/logos across the front please). Wear shoes that are comfortable. Please leave all coats with parents in Mother Seton Hall before coming downstairs to the music room. 

2nd Graders have finished up a unit learning about the different instrument families (brass, woodwind, string, and percussion). 

1st Graders have been solidifying the differences between the steady beat and the rhythm of the music and are getting ready to be introduced to reading rhythmic notation very soon! 

We have also been reviewing high and low from kindergarten, and are able to decode the high and low sounds in patterns, getting ready for melodic reading.

Kindergarten has learned about the 4 Voices (speaking, whisper, calling - a loud presentation voice which is different than shouting, and singing). They are now practicing those through different songs, rhymes, and fingerplays. We are also working on pitch matching and fast/slow through many singing games, listening, and moving to music. 

 

 

Welcome Back To School!

Welcome back!

Music times for Pre-K through 3rd grade:

M/W 

KA - 1:10-1:40

2A - 1:40-2:10

1A - 2:10-2:40

3A - 2:40-3:10

 

T/Th.

KB&C - 1:10-1:40 (Mrs. Evans joins us for this combined kindergarten class)

2B - 1:40-2:10

1B - 2:10-2:40

3B - 2:40-3:10

 

Fridays (Fridays will rotate between 1A/1B, 2A/2B,3A/3B. Afternoon Pre-K will have music every Friday for the first time this year)

1st Grade (alternating classes): 1:10-1:40

2nd Grade (alternating classes) - 1:40-2:10

3rd Grade (alternating classes) - 2:10-2:40

Pre-K - 2:45-3:10

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.