Grades 3/4 - 5

January 10, 2019

Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a wonderful/restful/exciting break!

This week, we have moved on to a new assignment called "Duration". Students are using the various notes and rests that they have learned to write their own music. They had part of the first class to work on it, and will have most of our next class to finish it. I'm hoping that two classes will be enough time for everyone to finish.

As always, students who are struggling with any of the concepts, are encouraged to come in at recess for extra help.


December 6, 2018

Most of our dance units are wrapping up. As you can see below, all presentation dates have already taken place. Now we're just finishing the presentations for students who were away on their day.

In the meantime, we are heading back to our unit on Beats and Rhythm. Students were given a study sheet a month ago (see the post from November 8th). Students have been asked to be very familiar with the notes and rests on their chart. Not only will they need it to complete the work for this unit, it will (of course,) be on the test. In addition, they will need to understand these notes for when we play recorders later in the year. Understanding these notes and rests will help them be successful in my class until they leave this school.

As always, if students need any help, they are encouraged to come to me at recess.


November 22, 2018

Group dance projects on form have started for the grade 3's and 4's. Here are the due dates as discussed and voted on in each class (the 5's are continuing to work on their Story Dances):

Malka: December 4 (grade 3 - Retrograde, grade 4 - Canon)
Baynes: December 4 (canon)
Roebuck: December 5 (grade 4 Canon Dances, grade 5 Story Dances)
Gerston: December 6 (changed from December 3rd due to a change in my timetable)


November 12, 2018

Pose to the Beat projects are starting this week. Here are the due dates as discussed and voted on in each class:

Malka: November 19  (early presentation are cancelled due to teacher absence)
Baynes: November 19 (early presentations on November 14) 
4's from Roebuck: November 20
5's from Roebuck: TBD
Gerston: December 3


November 8, 2018

This message is for the grade 5's...

We've all started our dance unit. Grade 5 choreographers are reminded that they are to come prepared with ideas for the first part of their stories so that class time will be used wisely. See me if you need an extra copy of the story.


November 8, 2018

As students have been informed, the next unit for music is a challenging one. Study sheets are going home today to help students review the notes and rests that they are expected to know - up to, and including their grade.

We will be doing our dance unit for the next little while. It would be great if students could be familiar with the study sheet for when we continue with our Beats and Rhythm unit in December.

As always, I'm available for extra help.


Now that our written tests are done (or will be by the end of the day today), we are talking about when our singing tests will be. Please find the date below.

5 Gerston: October 26
4/5 Roebuck: November 6 (students who are willing, can present on November 1)
4 Baynes: October 29
3/4 Malka: November 5 (students who are willing, can present on November 1)

Remember... the performance test is paired with the Dynamics and Expression unit, so please make sure you're singing at the correct volume.

As discussed in class, should you wish to do your performance test in private, please come to the music room before or after school or at recess BEFORE your test date.


October 9, 2018

Click the link below to play a new game to help you study!

New Game!!


October 1, 2018

Click below for a game to help you study some of the terms that were taught in this unit. (Be aware that there are some terms that were not taught, but it doesn't hurt to learn new things!)

Dynamics and Expression game


As discussed and voted on in class, I am estimating that the written test for this unit will take place on the following dates:

Malka: October 19, 2018
Baynes: October 16, 2018
Roebuck: October 17, 2018
Gerston: October 16, 2018


September 26, 2018

Most classes are nearing the end of the information section of the Dynamics and Expression unit. There will be a performance test as well as a written test. All dates will be discussed with each class and voted on. I will post the dates on this page as they are decided. This is just a warning that the tests are coming, so students should start reviewing.


September 17, 2018

All classes are well underway with our Dynamics unit. Students who aren't understanding the information taught in class are encouraged to review their notes at home. They are also welcome to come in and get extra help.

We have already started learning one of the songs that we will be performing for our Spring Symphony this year. Students will have a singing test on this song. Dates will be posted once the classes have decided on the dates. We will also be adding recorder to these songs (once we start our recorder unit in May), so if students would like a copy of the music now to start practicing, let me know!


Long Term Schedule:
  • September - beginning of November: Dynamics, begin Beats and Rhythm
  • November - December: Dance
  • January - March Break: finish Beats and Rhythm, Notation
  • March Break - April: Dance
  • May - June: playing recorders