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Music Notes September Edition 2019

Music Notes-September 2019 Edition


What’s New?

Hello!  My name is Kelly Gifford, and I am the new music teacher at Chebanse Elementary.  This is my fourth year teaching music, and I am super excited to be teaching another year at Chebanse Elementary.  I am an Alum from the Central School District, and graduated in 2012.  I continued my education at Millikin University where I received my B.M. in music education. I am looking forward to the rest of the school year, and what it will bring.


Composer of the Month

Johann Sebastian Bach

For the month of September, the students learned about a composer named Johann Sebastian Bach.  They learned that he wrote music for all different events, he had 20 children, was from Germany, born in the 1600s before they had electricity, and he played some pretty cool instruments.  Bach also came from a long line of composers, 300 years worth.  I asked the students, “if your family worked the same job for 300 years, what would it be?”  I got responses back such as dishwashers, bakers, medical, and even carnival workers.  The students had a blast learning about him, and his life’s work. 

In the Classroom

Kindergarten:  We just finished our unit on rhythm where we learned to keep a steady beat.  All students enjoyed playing rhythms using body percussion (snaps, claps, pats, and stomps), as well as, playing rhythm sticks and instruments for the first time.

1st Grade:  We just finished our unit on rhythm where we learned how to say different types of notes using the Kodaly Method (Ta, Ti-ti).  Everyone enjoyed using the rhythm sticks, and playing instruments.

2nd Grade:  We just finished our unit on rhythm where the students learned to read and write rhythms.  The students enjoyed creating their own rhythm patterns, sharing them with the class, and being able to play them on rhythm sticks.

3rd Grade and 4th Grade:  Everyone in the two grades just finished their unit on note names and symbols for the treble clef.  We learned the lines and the spaces on the treble clef, and learned to visually identify them.  This will come in great help when the 4th graders do recorders in the upcoming months.


Upcoming Events

Veteran’s Day Assembly (Nov. 11th)

Kindergarten Concert (Dec. 3rd, 6pm)

1st and 2nd Grade Concert (Dec. 5th, 6pm)


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