4th Grade Music Notes

First Quarter 2017

Our First Quarter Learning Goals

  • I will be able to follow the rules of music while singing, dancing, and playing instruments
  • I will be able to READ MUSIC
  • I will be able to play instruments with good technique
  • I will be able to hold my recorder correctly

Songs We Have Learned

  • Down the River

  • Sagadi, Sagadi, Sapopo (game from the Philippines)

  • Canoe Song

  • The Staff Has Five Lines

Our 4th Grade Concerts are in March!

No, your child does not have two concerts- due to the large size of our classes, we are splitting the grade level into two sections to perform on two different days!

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. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that having these dates so far in advance will help with scheduling.

March 13 (Tuesday) 6pm- 4Extin, 4Jancich, 4Decker

March 15 (Thursday) 6pm- 4Caddick, 4Hall, 4Hathaway

Important Dates to Remember

November 2- Intro to Musical Theater Workshop for interested 4th graders- 3:40-5:00

November 9- Fourth Grade Drama Club Auditions- 3:30-5:30

December 12- 2nd grade concert 6pm (Grandparent Performance at 2pm)

December 14- 2nd grade field trip to IBT Nutcracker (10am)

January 23 and 25- First Grade informances at 6pm (grade levels will be split in half, one group goes 23rd and other group goes 25th) Grandparent performances at 2pm.

February 23- Fourth Grade Drama Club Performance 6pm

March 19-22 Instrument Zoo during music class (tentative depending on parent volunteers)

March 13- Fourth Grade (4Extin, 4Jancich, 4Decker) CONCERT at 6pm

March 15- Fourth Grade (4Caddick, 4Hall, 4Hathaway) CONCERT 6pm

April 10- Third Grade Concert at 6pm

April 12- Fifth Grade Concert at 6pm

May 7-11 Talent Day during Music Class

What Are "Mad Minute" Tests?

This month we 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. 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

Drama Club is Coming Soon!

Drama club is open to any 4th grade student. This in an extra curricula club and is optional to participate in. In 2007, the Hobart Educational Foundation awarded grant money to help in the cost of starting a drama club. Through donations we have been able to keep this tradition going!

Rehearsal begin in November and take place every Tuesday and Thursday after school until 5:00pm. Our performance will be February 23.

There will be an optional “Intro to Musical Theater” Workshop for interested students on Tuesday, November 2 after school until 5:00pm. Students will be introduced to some basics of musical theater, get a better idea of how to prepare for auditions, and get a taste for what’s to come.

ALL students interested should attend auditions after school on November 9th.

More information regarding this year's 4th Grade Drama Club performance will be coming soon!


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 3 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