5th Grade Music Notes

January 2020

Our Second Quarter Learning Goals

  • I will be able to read and play music
  • I will be able to hold and play my recorder, using good technique
  • I will be able to identify the parts of the recorder
  • I will be able to create my own music and movement pieces
  • I will be able to listen and respond to music
  • I will be able to hold and play the ukulele

Our Fifth Grade Concerts are in March!

We will once again be splitting our concerts into two sections due to the number of students on stage. This concert will be our "test" for the grading period and is a required component of your child's music grade. See below for your child's concert date.


  • March 3rd: JM 5th Grade Concert (5St/5Sm/5Pa) 6pm

  • March 5th: JM 5th Grade Concert (5Ba/5Me/5Pr) 6pm

Recorder Tests are Back!

Later this month, students will be required to turn in one recorder playing test as a video. Instructions on how to complete this assignment (and when it is due for your child) can be found in the Music Google Classroom. Video tutorials for each of the songs are available on the music website if your child needs additional help.

Please help them by providing them a quiet space to practice and record their playing test PRIOR to the due date. (I always tell students not to wait until the last minute- that is when things always seem to go wrong!) If you have technical difficulties at home, don't hesitate to contact me at amslerclass@hobart.k12.in.us


Extra credit tests are also available as an option in Google Classroom! This is the only extra credit option for music class. See the posted assignment for due dates.

Important Dates to Remember!

  • January 28th: JM 1st grade Informance 2pm (1Jo/1Ev/1La)

  • January 30th: JM 1st grade Informance 2pm (1Ti/1Pe)

  • February 21st: JM 4th Grade Drama Club presents Alice in Wonderland! 6pm

  • February 22nd: JM 4th Grade Drama Club presents Alice in Wonderland! 2pm

  • March 3rd: JM 5th Grade Concert (5St/5Sm/5Pa) 6pm

  • March 5th: JM 5th Grade Concert (5Ba/5Me/5Pr) 6pm

  • April 7th: JM 3rd Grade Concert 6pm

  • May 11-15 Talent Day in Music Class (during their regular music class period)

What Are "Mad Minute" Tests?

We have 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. Your child can show you their past test scores in the Music Google Classroom on their chromebook. 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: https://www.hobart.k12.in.us/Page/7913

5th Grade Choir Is Back!

The second session of 5th grade choir begins on Wednesday, January 15. Any 5th grade student who is interested in participating in choir may sign up. Applications can be found outside the music classroom. This session of choir meets Wednesdays before lunch and goes from January 15- March 11.
Carol of the Ukes 5Me
Carol of the Ukes and Recorders 5Pr