4th Grade Music Notes

November 2016

Our November Learning Goals

  • I will be able to READ MUSIC while playing recorder
  • I will be able to hold and play my recorder with good technique
  • I will be able to play E, G, A, and B on my recorder

November Songs We Have Learned

  • Acka Backa (recorder)

  • Down Came a Lady (recorder)

  • Bransle (dance and recorder)

  • Flight of the Bumblebee/Fright of the Blunderbee (recorder)

Acka Backa
Lucy Locket 4Ex

Homework in Music?

Check that Music Google Classroom on their Chromebook! Every week we have "homework"- to practice the songs we have been working on in class. Students should log on, practice the music and perform for a family member (no paper copies this year, only in Google Classroom), and then "MARK AS DONE" on the assignment. These assignments will eventually be combined as a "homework" grade in Skyward.

What Are "Mad Minute" Tests?

Every month students will have a Mad Minute test 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

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

Dates to Remember

  • 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, grandparents performance at 2pm
  • January 26- 1Jo and 1Ev First Grade informances at 6:00pm, grandparents performance at 2pm
  • February 24- Fourth Grade Drama Club Performance 6:30pm
  • March 16- Fourth Grade CONCERT 6:30pm
  • March 20-24- "Bring a Friend to Music" days (aka 3rd, 4th and 5th grade grandparents days), more info TBA
  • April 11- Third Grade Concert at 6:30pm
  • April 25- Fifth Grade Concert at 6:30pm
  • May 8-12 Talent Day during Music Class

Drama Club Update

Drama Club parents, please make sure you are signed up for our REMIND. This is the way we will communicate regarding rehearsal cancellations and other important reminders. You can up by clicking this link: https://www.remind.com/join/jmdrama Remind 101 is a website that provides a safe way for teachers to text message or email parents.

What does Mrs. Amsler want for Christmas?

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