4th Grade Music Notes

September 2016

Our September 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

September Songs We Have Learned

  • Down the River

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

  • Canoe Song

  • Hot Cross Buns

  • The Staff Has Five Lines

Our 4th Grade Concert is March 16, at 6:30pm

Down the River

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 24.

There will be an optional “Intro to Musical Theater” Workshop for interested students on Tuesday, November 1 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 3rd.

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 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