Music fun!

Wow, it's so hard to believe that it's April already! You should be proud of your kiddos; the younger kids have learned nearly 100 songs! That's pretty incredible, if I do say so, myself!

Fifth and sixth graders are currently learning about "Crazy Bob" Schumann and Franz Schubert. Ask them about the "Erlking...." It makes for quite the scary story!

Speaking of scary, the 7th-8th graders have been learning about music of the 70's, AKA "The decade that fashion forgot." Ask them about platform shoes and disco. Next week, we'll begin working on music of the eighties, the fear of nuclear annihilation and the "Doomsday Clock." We will compare and contrast things that scared children of the eighties (nuclear war, environmental concerns, etc.) to today, and compare the music as well!

 

Have a wonderful day!

Recorder frustration!

What's going on in the music area?

It's hard to believe that it's already February! One day it's warm, the next, it's below freezing, leading many in the school (and myself) to be suffering a near-constant state of sniffles and head colds, but the show goes on at St. Joseph Catholic School!

If you're the parent of children grades three and under, I hope you're hearing lots of singing at home from your students. We have learned nearly fifty songs so far this year; pretty incredible, when you consider that they get music twice a week. Smart kiddos, I say! Here are just a few of the new songs we're learning: "When I Grow Up" (from the musical, Matilda), "We are Rosary Children," "Power Shuffle," "Johnny Zero," "Zachary Hated Bumblebees," "Every Little Thing I Do (I will do it for Your Glory)" and "Get in the Boat!"

Grades 4-5 are beginning to work on recorders. We've learned how to hold them ("left hand on top...no, the OTHER left!") and how to play B, A and G. Over the next few weeks, we're going to learn more notes which will lead to more songs, such as "Hot Cross Buns" and my favorite, "Iron Man!" Also, fifth and sixth grade are learning about the Classical and Romantic Era composers: Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann.

Seventh and Eighth grade just finished learning about the "Day the Music Died" and are getting ready to learn about the British Invasion. They'll be learning about the Who, the Beatles, and many other artists. Also, we will soon begin music of the Civil Rights Era. And it will be FUN and INTERESTING.

Finally, 6-8th grade are working on choral pieces we will take to large group festival in March. We are singing, "Moses, Now Your People are Free" and "Like an Eagle." I have several students planning to sing solos and duets, too. 

May God bless you and keep you and yours!

 

Mrs. Webb

What's goin' on?

Welcome back to school. If you're like me, you're missing getting to sleep in, or staying in your pajamas all day. But as the Bible says in Psalms 100:

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."

 

This month, the kids in grades 1-5 will be learning several different songs about the Earth, God and His kingdom, silly songs and patriotic songs. Don't be surprised if your kids are singing up a storm! Those in 5-8th grade will begin looking at the history of music, specifically music of ancient times and folk and roots music of America. Students will be expected to bring a pencil and a great attitude to class--I think they're going to learn a lot and have fun doing it!

 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Webb

 

All About Me!

Hi, there. I am Amy Webb, music teacher at St. Anne, St. Joseph Wichita and St. Joseph Ost! I graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, with a bachelor's degree in music education. In 2007, I received my Master's in instrumental conducting from the American Band College (Southern Oregon University) in Ashland, Oregon. I also have training as a music therapist from Saint Mary of the Woods in Terre Haute, Indiana. I have had twenty years' experience working in the public schools, but I am thrilled to be here with all of you. I am a transplant from the cold state of Maine, and moved out here to be in a warmer climate and because the people are friendly! I am married to John and mother to Randy, Eric and Emily. I have two cats, Shiro and Sophi. Shiro is Japanese for "white." I bet you can guess his fur's color! Currently, we reside in east Wichita. 

In my spare time I play piano for my church, read my Kindle and watch anime with my kids.  I am a broadcaster at KNSS radio as well. I occasionally volunteer at the Catholic Care Center in Wichita, where I sing and play instruments for the residents.  I also write concert band music for children in grades 5-college age, and am published by Eight Note Publications, Warming Sun, and C. L. Barnhouse. 

My favorite baseball team is the Red Sox.  I don't like football or basketball (sorry, Kansans).  My biggest dream is to own a Miata MX-5 grand touring sports car, because I like to drive fast (sorry, local officers...I swear, I thought the speed limit said "85...")

 

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Mrs. Amy Webb
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awebb@sjost.com

 

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