It's hard to believe that the year has gone by so quickly! Although it appears that winter is holding on as long as possible, the spring has arrived and we will start singing songs that remind us of summer and warmer days very soon! Much will be happening over the final two months of school. 5th grade will design and create percussion ensembles, 4th grade will play recorders, 3rd grade will actually be finishing up recorders, 2nd grade will learn another new note, 1st grade will learn a new rhythm, and Kindergarten will learn a new note and start reading rhythms as well. We always begin with the end in mind when planning our lessons for the year...where do we want to go? What do we want the kids to be able to do by May? I am so proud of all of the kids work so far this year. They have learned so much, their singing skills have developed and they've become much stronger performers, they all can recognize notation in some form, and all of our older kids have pushed themselves to learn more songs on their recorders. This time of year is busy, but it is always one of my favorite times (and no, not because summer is coming!!). It gives me great joy to see how excited kids can be about their accomplishments in music. So many adults will say "I am just not musical" or "I just never could do that." By this time of the year my students prove over and over that MUSIC IS FOR EVERYONE, and EVERYONE CAN SUCCEED. Music class teaches about music of course--how to read it, write it, perform it, create with it, appreciate it. However, it also teaches us to persevere, work as a team, think and work outside of our comfort zone and can provide such a tremendous feeling of accomplishment. As we wrap up the year, please ask your child about what we are doing in class. They most likely will say something about a game or instrument they played...they love games and instruments! Maybe ask a little more--what were you learning while you were doing those things? They are becoming amazing musicians, and I am certain you will be as proud of them as I am.
Mrs. Kraus teaches general music at McAnnulty and Whitehall Elementary Schools as well as directs the 5th Grade Choir at Whitehall.
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