4th Grade Music Notes

November 2019

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 sing/play a part independently in a group.
  • I will be able to play instruments with good technique
  • I will be able to hold my recorder correctly
  • I will be able to respond to music with movement.

Songs We Have Learned

  • Down the River

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

  • Canoe Song

  • Land of the Silver Birch

  • The Staff Has Five Lines

  • We also created our own rainstorms using body percussion

  • The Left Hand (scarf) Dance

4th Grade "Concert" Requirements

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.

All students will be meeting this requirement through participating in the production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr.. A note was sent home earlier this fall for students to indicate how they would be meeting their performance requirement: either as a actor/drama club, a member of the production crew/drama club, a member of the set design club, an usher or greeter on the night of the performance, or as a poster designer. Please contact Mrs. Amsler if you have questions or concerns about this project.

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Important Dates to Remember

  • December 10: JM 2nd Grade Nutcracker 6pm, grandparents Day 2pm

  • 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)

Recorders are Coming (soon)

In almost every class, we have begun learning how to play recorders! Recorders are a valuable tool in the music class. Studies have shown that students who learn to play an instrument do better on standardized tests and have increased understanding of harmonic and rhythmic (mathematical) structure. Your child's "home" recorder will be coming home shortly before Christmas- after we have learned to play a complete song. Recorders will be part of their music homework. Please encourage your child in this early stage of learning. Your encouragement and positive words help set the stage for a positive experience at school. Students will need a quiet place to practice and a safe place to store their recorder and book once it is brought home. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

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

Canoe Song- 3 parts
Left Hand Dance
4Ex Body Percussion Rainstorm