Miss Tubbs Music Memos

A closer look into the Thompson Crossing Music Program!

December's Benefits of Music Education

Continuing our segment on benefits of Music Education, here are December's benefits:

1. Kids stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.

2. Success in society: Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well.

3. Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.

Composer of the Month

Pyotr (or Peter, as we would say in English) Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a wonderful musician as a child, but that was not an acceptable profession, so his parents forced him to study law. However, he could not keep away from his passion. Eventually, he gave up his legal job and went to St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia to further his studies in music.

One of Tchaikovsky's most famous pieces is his ballet, Swan Lake. A piece that many of your will recognize is the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." Below you fill find a very interesting rendition of this piece, enjoy!

Sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky - Glass Harp LIVE (HD)

Thompson Crossing Choir Club Winter Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 6:30pm

7525 East Thompson Road

Indianapolis, IN

The Thompson Crossing Choir Club has been working very hard to prepare some wonderful holiday songs to celebrate the season! All are invited to celebrate with us in the Thompson Crossing cafeteria.

5th Grade Spotlight

5th Grade continues to work in the computer lab, digitally composing music. One of our main focuses during this unit is note identification and creation, and it is becoming clear that our students are beginning to master these skills, which will be vitally important next year in middle school.

Please remember to sign and return the 5th grade field trip forms for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Money is due this Friday, December 4th.

If you no longer have the field trip permission slip, I have attached a digital copy below that you can print off and return.

4th Grade Spotlight

This month, we continue to learn about musical form, particularly in the style of Jazz! You can find a video below giving a brief overview of the roots of jazz. In addition, we are continually working on creating more complex harmonies (two or more musical sounds played all together) in music class to challenge ourselves to be more independent musicians and thinkers!

3rd Grade Spotlight

In 3rd Grade, we are learning about different cultures that provide us with many seasonal and festive songs during this time of the year! Many of these songs have folk dances that have been passed down through the generations. Folk dances are a great way to help students develop social skills and sequential thinking skills, which help students to follow orderly and logical processes and procedures.

2nd Grade Spotlight

In 2nd grade, we are building on the skills of syllabic awareness, a main focus in the younger years. This allows our students to start to create their own songs by the natural rhythm of spoken word! Composing gives students a creative outlet while challenging them to use higher level thinking skills.

1st Grade Spotlight

In 1st Grade we continue to build on rhythm skills. 1st Graders are becoming masters at recognizing and performing simple rhythmic notations. This month, we begin learning howto write these rhythms with the use of craft sticks! Also, 1st graders are beginning to see the movement of high and low notes. This will help us in later year, when we begin to read musical notes on the staff.
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K Spotlight

Kindergartners are continuing to recognize the difference between singing, speaking, and thinking voices. The thinking voice is something that is invaluable to teach to children. When children know what it means to actively "sing" a song inside their heads, it can translate to other parts of their life. For example, taking tests is a part of every student's life and some students have trouble comprehending questions if they have not learned to use their "thinking voice." It's important for children to learn how to have thoughts and comprehend them without speaking out loud. Many of the activities in Kindergarten music help students with this skill!