Music expresses the joy inside a child's soul.

September 2019

Meet Mrs. Kostreva

This summer my family spent a week in San Diego, California visiting my son who is stationed at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. I went parasailing, saw dolphins, sea lions and did lots of walking on the beach. I also spent a few days getting to know my brother's cows on his farm in Indiana. They sure are BIG!!! I am looking forward to another great year at Rose Glen.

This year Rose Glen will have a traveling music specialist, Mr. Falk, teaching Mrs Theiler's kindergarten class as well as Miss Zerbel's and Mrs. Boyajian's second grade classes. Mr. Falk and I will be coordinating planning to ensure all students have consistent music lessons.

Meet Mr. Falk

"Hello Rose Glen families! I am very excited to be having the opportunity to be teaching at both your school and Meadowbrook elementary for this coming school year! As for a little background about myself, I have lived in Wisconsin all my life and am originally from the Port Washington area. I graduated from St. Norbert College in 2017 and will be heading into my 3rd year teaching for the School District of Waukesha. The main instrument that I play is the trombone, and I currently perform with it in the Wauwatosa community band. However, I have quite the extensive vocal and piano background, as well as a decent amount of experience on a variety of different instruments. Some of my other hobbies include traveling, taking walks/hikes, performing/watching theatrical performances, reading books, watching movies, and (yes) even playing some video games. Let's have a spectacular school year together!"



In kindergarten we are working on exploring our four voice levels: whisper, talk, sing and shout. We will learn the word, "beat" and practice keeping the beat with our bodies and on instruments.

Grades 1-5

Enduring understanding: Musicians use musical tools/elements to communicate ideas.

Essential Question: Why does a composer choose a specific tool/element when creating a piece music?

One of the tools musicians use is rhythm. For the first part of this trimester each grade level will be adding a new rhythm(s) to their repertoire of rhythms:

Grade one - quarter note (ta), beamed eighth notes (ti-ti)

Grade two - half note and half rest

Grade three - four sixteenths (tiri-tiri)

Grade four - eighth note followed by a quarter note followed by an eighth note (ti-ta - ti)

Grade five - eighth note followed by two sixteenth notes (ti-tiri)

Essential Agreements in Music class

In music we sing, play instruments and games, listen to music and move around the room. Music class is very engaging for students, but we do need guidelines for behavior to ensure that everyone is safe and provided with an optimal learning environment. Below are the Essential Agreements in music class.

Be Responsible:

  • Use Instruments Correctly
  • Attentive listening

Be Respectful:

  • Follow Directions

Be Safe:

  • Use Full Body Control

Be Kind:

  • Speak Encouraging Words


It is not too early to put concert dates on your calendar:


Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 Dress Rehearsals (TBA)

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 Grade 3 - 6:00 Showcase of Excellence/Concert to follow

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 Grade 4 - 6:00 Showcase of Excellence/Concert to follow


Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 Dress Rehearsal (TBA)

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 6:30 Evening concert


Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Dress Rehearsals (TBA)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Grade 1 6:00 Showcase of Excellence/Concert to follow

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Grade 2 6:00 Showcase of Excellence/Concert to follow

Dress Rehearsals: Grandparents, other family and friends who do not wish to fight the parking and crowd of the evening events are more than welcome to join us for the dress rehearsals.


Patty Kostreva

Brian Falk