Mustang Musicians

Las Colinas Elementary Music class

Current Units of Study

I see your child once, sometimes twice, a week for 45 minutes each visit.

K- Voice types. Opposites: high/low, fast/slow, loud/quiet. Keeping a steady beat. Carnival of the Animals

1- Quarter note/quarter rest. Carnival of the Animals

2- Quarter note/quarter rest, half note/half rest. Carnival of the Animals.

3- American folk songs and dances

4- Recorder

5- Recorder, graduation song

Mustang Choir

4th graders rehearse on Mondays from 3:00-3:45pm

5th graders rehearse Fridays from 3:00-3:45pm

Our Disney Musical will be Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30pm, here at LCE!

Coming soon

May 16- Choir concert at 6:30pm

May 31- 5th grade graduation

Grading Policy

Why does my student have a 'B' in music?

Grading Scale for Art, Music, Physical Education, Conduct and Effort

A - Exceptional performance exceeding standard expectations

B - Successful performance of standard expectations

C - Inconsistent performance with progress towards standard expectations

F - Unsatisfactory performance with little progress towards standard expectations

* Letter grades do not represent a numerical grade.
Students earning a B are performing at the appropriate level. *
(Specials grades are not included in the A/B honor roll status)'

I tell the kids:

B is where you need to be

A is above average

C means I need to see improvement

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What can I do to help my child excel in music?

Parents are encouraged to practice musical skills at home with their children. Here are some ideas of how to reinforce what we are learning:

- Take your child to performances! The symphony, an opera, a musical, or even a ballet. It doesn't have to be an expensive, professional group. A community theater or high school performance will be great exposure. Dress up, and remember to use proper audience etiquette :)

- Enroll your child in private lessons. Piano is the most versatile and a good instrument to begin with.

*Students have the opportunity to play an instrument during school starting in 6th grade.

- Sing together. It can be anything, really! Silly songs, church songs, cultural songs... Work with them on using a quality singing voice instead of a talking voice.
(Remember children's singing voices are naturally much higher than an adult's)

- Listen to classical music. It is calming and good for brain development. We study various composers throughout the year and you may come across a song or two your child recognizes.

- Ask your child about the composer of the month. Do some additional research together.

- Practice drawing notes, rests, and the treble clef.

- Work on memorizing note names in the treble clef.

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