2nd Grade Music Notes

October 2016

Our October Learning Goals

  • I will learn that stories can be told through movement and music.
  • Today I will be able to listen and identify parts of songs that are the same and different.
  • Today I will be able to identify instruments from other cultures.
  • I will EXPERIENCE instruments from band and orchestra.

October Songs We Have Learned

  • Overture
  • March
  • Russian Dance
  • Dance of the Reed Flutes

Our Second Grade Concert is December 15th at 6:30pm

We have been working hard learning songs from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Performance is one of the Indiana State Music Standards and at Joan Martin each grade level has ONE concert a year. This concert is our "test" for the semester and all students will be receiving a grade for their effort and personal best during the concert. Please let Mrs. Amsler know in advance if you have a conflict in schedules so an alternate assignment can be worked out.

Students should wear ‘nice’ dress clothes, preferably in holiday colors (red, green, black, white, silver, gold). Girls- if you choose to wear a dress or skirt it must be AT LEAST knee length and have shorts, tights or leggings underneath. Please do not wear t-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, or shirts with writing/logos on them.

The evening of the concert, the school doors will open at 6:00. Students should plan on meeting at 6:15 pm in their classrooms. If you arrive prior to 6:15, please supervise your own children in the gym, as the classroom doors will not be open until that time. Please plan on joining us on the evening of December 15th, at 6:30pm for an exciting musical evening.

Visit the Music Website for More Nutcracker Fun:

Grandparents day is at 2pm on the day of our concert

We are also excited to announce that our Grandparent’s/Special Friend’s day will also be on December 15th. Grandparents and special friends are invited to watch our performance at 2:00pm in the Joan Martin Gym. Any student wishing to leave and go home with their grandparent or special friend MUST have a note indicating so prior to the afternoon of the performance. Extra copies of the permission slip and note sent home are available on the music website: http://hobart.schoolwires.com/Page/3179

Dates to Remember

  • November 3- Fourth Grade Drama Club Auditions- 3:30-5:30
  • December 15- 2nd grade trip to IBT Nutcracker (10am), grandparents day performance at 2pm, and concert at 6:30pm
  • January 24- 1Ba, 1Pe, 1Ti First Grade informances at 6:00pm (grade levels will be split in half, one group goes 24th and other group goes 26th)
  • January 26- 1Jo and 1Ev First Grade informances at 6:00pm
  • February 24- Fourth Grade Drama Club Performance 6:30pm
  • March 16- Fourth Grade CONCERT 6:30pm
  • April 11- Third Grade Concert at 6:30pm
  • April 25- Fifth Grade Concert at 6:30pm
  • May 8-12 Talent Day during Music Class

Instrument Zoo Fun!

We tried band and orchestra instruments in class! We had fun making a "joyful noise". Check out more pictures on the Joan Martin Music Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JoanMartinElementaryMusic/


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 7 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