5th Grade Music Notes

November/December 2015

Our November/December Learning Goals

  • I will be able to READ MUSIC
  • I will be able to read and play “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” on my recorder.
  • I will be able to play my instrument using good technique, correct notes and rhythms, good posture and air.
  • I will be able to play my instrument with good procedures.
  • I will be able to perform with a group


  • It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
  • If All the Raindrops Were Lemondrops and Gumdrops
  • Jingle Bells
  • Hora Medura (Israeli Folk Dance)
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
  • Bim Bom

Recorder Karate Tests

Recorder Karate is a curriculum based on a series of tests that students must pass. For each playing test that is passed at an 80% or higher, students receive a colored "belt" for their recorder and are able to progress to the next test in the series. In fifth grade, students will be required to pass TWO tests for the year (one in the fall semester, one in the spring semester). Because of the individualized nature of this curriculum, students will progress at different rates and must be responsible for knowing which song they are to be learning for each test.

Books were sent home in October and can also be found on the Recorder Karate section of the music website: http://hobart.schoolwires.com/Page/8278

Students can also record themselves at home on a smartphone, device, or computer, and email their tests to Mrs. Amsler (amslerclass@hobart.k12.in.us) for credit.

Our second and final test is due FEBRUARY 26. No late tests will be accepted since students have this date so far in advance.


Students wishing to try for extra credit can take “Bonus Belt” tests. This music can be found on the on the Recorder Karate section of the music website. Some tests also have special rewards in addition to the extra credit earned (students who pass the “Jingle Belt” by 12/17 get to go Recorder Caroling around the school on the last day before break!)

"Mad Minute" Tests?

We are continuing our study of reading music with our "Mad Minute" test series. 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.

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 Notes

You can view views of our past performances on the choir website: http://hobart.schoolwires.com/domain/439 (or scan the QR code to the right)

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