5th Grade Music Notes

First Quarter 2017

Our First Quarter Learning Goals

  • I will be able to follow the rules of music while singing, dancing, and playing instruments
  • I will be able to READ MUSIC
  • I will be able to sing and write the words to the Star Spangled Banner

Our 5th Grade Concert is April 12, at 6:00pm

The Star Spangled Banner (unit!)

This month we have been learning about the history and story of the National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. We had fun playing a stick passing game to test our hand/eye coordination as well as our memory (see picture below). Students took a pre-test to see how much they knew and many were surprised at the results! Our final test was to sing and write the words to the Star Spangled Banner. Visit the "Star Spangled Banner" section on the music website for more info and to hear the song: http://hobart.schoolwires.com/Page/5963

Important Dates to Remember!

November 2- Intro to Musical Theater Workshop for interested 4th graders- 3:40-5:00

November 9- Fourth Grade Drama Club Auditions- 3:30-5:30

December 12- 2nd grade concert 6pm (Grandparent Performance at 2pm)

December 14- 2nd grade field trip to IBT Nutcracker (10am)

January 23 and 25- First Grade informances at 6pm (grade levels will be split in half, one group goes 23rd and other group goes 25th) Grandparent performances at 2pm.

February 23- Fourth Grade Drama Club Performance 6pm

March 19-22 Instrument Zoo during music class (tentative depending on parent volunteers)

March 13- Fourth Grade (4Extin, 4Jancich, 4Decker) CONCERT at 6pm

March 15- Fourth Grade (4Caddick, 4Hall, 4Hathaway) CONCERT 6pm

April 10- Third Grade Concert at 6pm

April 12- Fifth Grade Concert at 6pm

May 7-11 Talent Day during Music Class

What Are "Mad Minute" Tests?

This month we started Mad Minutes in Music! Students have 1 minute to name 30 note names that they need to have memorized. Memorizing note names improves students’ overall music reading performance; it decreases the amount of time to translate written music to instruments and allows students to move onto more challenging concepts.

Although the grades will be posted in the grade book, hang tight- they will be averaged at the end of the semester for a single Mad Minute grade. We are tracking our progress so that we can see if they are improving on their music reading skills. Please support your student by helping him/her practice with flash cards or the optional worksheets that are sent home!

If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Amsler!

You can learn more about reading music by visiting the JM Music Website: http://hobart.schoolwires.com/Page/3190

Choir Club is in Session!

5th Grade Choir has been meeting once a week after school. We have been singing the Star Spangled Banner on the announcements each Thursday. It is a fun way to start our day!

Our first performance is November 10 during the school Veteran's Day program. Due to the size of our student body, parents are not permitted to attend unless your child has invited a Veteran. We will be video recording our performances and posting them on the Choir Website. Stay tuned for more information!



We are trying raise funds to purchase instruments for our classroom. Our goal is to have enough barred instruments (xylophones, glockenspiels, metallophones) for an entire class of students- thanks to a recent grant from DonorsChoose.org, we are only 3 instruments away from this goal!

If you didn't get a chance to donate towards our last project, please consider donating towards our new one. You can donate $1 or as much as you are able- every little bit counts! Please consider sharing this link and help support music in OUR school!

You can view our project by clicking on this link: https://www.donorschoose.org/jmmusic