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 Music 2017-2018

Mrs. Underdown, Music Teacher

A music lesson provides opportunities for students to sing together, play instruments, listen to music of the great composers as well as music of the diverse cultures of our world. Students learn age appropriate music theory and musical vocabulary. Students play singing games which involve team work and group planning. Students learn social skills such as waiting your turn and being respectful of others. Students learn history as we sing songs that are a part of our American heritage. Students learn about the cultures of other countries as they sing and play singing games from these countries. Students practice language and reading skills as they sing and analyze the musical form of the songs sung in class. Students incorporate math when studying rhythmic value and notation. Students are up and moving and getting physical exercise when dancing. Students have the opportunity to see live performances provided by the Richmond Symphony’s “Musical Ambassadors Program” or “MAP”.  The Richmond Symphony Strings will present a free concert to all students on March 6, 2018... Students in 3rd grade will attend a Richmond Symphony Discovery Concert performance at the Carpenter Theater/Dominion Arts Center on March 15, 2018. This year’s performance will feature Sergei Prokofiev’s work for children, “Peter and the Wolf”. 

Beginning in October, 4th and 5th grade students will be playing recorders, an old flute-like instrument as part of their music instruction in Music Class... Playing recorders gives the students an opportunity to create and play music using traditional music notation. Students are rewarded for their playing skills throughout the year by earning “recorder belts” similar to what is earned in martial arts. By the end of the school year, 4th grade students will earn their white, yellow, orange, and red belts. 5th grade students will earn their red, green, blue, purple, brown, and black belts. All students must have a recorder to use in class. If you did not order on the Fee Sheet at Open House, you will need to order one now. The order will be sent to the company the end of September. The cost is $6.00. You may pay online using myschoolbucks.com or you may send in a check payable to WHES for $6.00 or you may send in the exact amount of cash. Your child should give the money to their classroom teacher who will receipt and send it up to the Office. If you already have a recorder at home, your child may use that one.  All recorder students will have an opportunity play in the Mega Musical Extravaganza Event on May 22, 2018. All participants will receive a “special” belt to add to their ring.

5th grade students will be playing ukulele’s during the second semester. This I s a new adventure for WHES. We’ll see where it takes us!

 All classes are trying to earn 5 points each week by entering quietly, listening, trying their best, being kind to others and leaving quietly. Points earned are written in the grade level score cards in the hallway. The classes at each grade level with the highest numbers of points at the end of the nine weeks will be recognized during the morning announcements the beginning of the next nine weeks.  The point count will start over at the beginning of the next nine weeks. Through this reward system we are working on mastering a state music objective, which is to work together to make music in a large group. Individual students in each class are recognized as the “outstanding Musician”. They receive a certificate to take home, so be on the lookout for the certificate!

Students in all grade levels have the opportunity to perform on the stage here at school and also out in the community.  Kindergarten and 1st grade students will present their show at the February 27th PTA meeting. An informational letter will be sent home in early January.

The 2nd and 3rd grade students will perform their “Cool Cat Show” at the October 24th PTA Meeting. Informational letters were sent home on September 20. Parents, please sign and return the letter to your child’s classroom teacher if they will participate in the show. Also, please e-mail me your cat pictures for our slide show.

 4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to join our Holiday Chorus. No auditions are held; anyone who likes to sing may participate. This Chorus will practice during their recess time on Thursdays beginning the first week in October. We will be learning favorite Holiday songs to share in our community. Informational letters were sent home with 4th and 5th grade students on September 20. Please sign and return the bottom portion of the letter if your child would like to participate.

There will be other performing opportunities throughout the school year if students are interested in doing so.

Parents: If you have a musical skill that you would like to share here at WHES, please let me know. It's a wonderful thing for children to see "grownups" making, creating and enjoying music!

If you need to contact me about any of these performing opportunities or questions in general about our WHES music instruction, you can e-mail me at 
cunderdown@hcps.us or call 723-2300, ext. 1021.

 Looking forward to a “marvelous musical” year!




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