February

  • So pleased with all students in K-4!  We have learned almost all the musical concept flash cards, including all the note and rest values, and time signatures, so therefore, we are now taking time to "count out" a song before actually singing it.  It is good for the students to be able to take their knowledge and apply it, including the kindergarteners, who up to this time, have not read much music but done most songs by repetition and/or memory.
  • The K-3 students are learning more about the forms of a song, including call & response, verse & refrain, and labeling of AB or ABA.  Kindergarteners will be working on higher and lower pitch, while the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grades will actually be learning this same concept but using the actual pitch names of do, re, mi, so, & la.
  • The 4th graders did very well on the Notes Assessment so they are now ready to pick up the RECORDERS and start playing a musical instrument!  This will be an exciting time in the music room!  Talk about applying one's musical knowledge!

January

 

New Year, New Semester, and New Information to Learn! 

After much preparation spent on our Christmas program, the K-4 students are ready to return to classroom studies.  Following, is how we will start 2019:

  • Kindergarten - Rhythm, rhythm, & more rhythm!
  • 1st Grade - Rhythm; time signature; octave & pitch; the form of "call & response"
  • 2nd Grade - Dynamics - forte & piano; strong/weak beat; pitch; refrain & verse
  • 3rd Grade - Types of instruments; time signature & an assessment on this topic
  • 4th Grade - Study of notes to prepare for playing recorders                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

CHRISTMAS CONCERT!!

 

ALL ARE INVITED TO OUR ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT- TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018, @ 6:30 P.M. IN THE SCHOOL GYM

**Student Dress:  Boys:  Nice shirt/sweater & slacks or uniform pants (NO jeans, please), or suit; Girls:  Nice dress or nice blouse/sweater with skirt or slacks (NO jeans, please)

**Students are to arrive by 6:10 P.M.

 

November/December

                 

 

K-4 MUSIC IS QUITE BUSY FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS!

 

 

  • First of all, the 4th grade will be attending a special children's performance of the Wichita Symphony on November 15.  It will be a morning field trip with the students arriving back at school for lunch.  Dress for the day is Spirit Dress! 

 

  • All K-4 classes are busy working on their Christmas program songs.  SAVE THE DATE:  Tuesday, December 11 @ 6:30 P.M. in the school gym.  

 

Betty Hunt, K-4 Music

 

 

September/October

Now that we have been in school about a month and a half, just an update on what the students in kindergarten through 4th grades have been doing in music class.

  • Begin class with a prayer "song" - We are using a song or refrain of a song that we sing at Mass to open our class - Singing is praying twice!! 
  • Learning what we call a Music Concept each week - So far, we have covered quarter note, quarter rest, and eighth notes with all classes
  • Learning the difference between beat (think of your heart rate!) and rhythm (think of the tune)
  • Pitch - the ups and downs, highs and lows of a song
  • Tempo - Is it fast or is it slow?
  • Note Values - some are short and some are long
  • 4th Grade has touched on the pentatonic scale
  • Most classes have used rhythm sticks, and thanks to Mrs. Reynolds, she has loaned us a set of rhythm instruments we can now begin using

Beginning October 2, our cantors will begin leading the singing at Mass.  This is a new program this year open to 5th-8th grade students.  We were very pleased with the number of students who were interested in being cantors, and after tryouts, chose seven teams of cantors who will sing at Tuesday and Thursday Masses throughout the school year.  All those students who tried out did a great job, and narrowing down the field was very difficult.  We told all those who tried out, if they were chosen or not, to keep singing from the pews as song leaders cannot lead if they have no one to lead!  Pray for us as we move forward with this new music ministry.

Betty Hunt, K-4 Music; Tuesday/Thursday Mass Music

Music & Band, K-4


Mrs. Betty Hunt
Music & Band - K-4
bhunt@sjost.com

 

Music & Band, 5-8


Mrs. Charlene Reynolds
Music & Band - 5-8
creynolds@sjost.com

 

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