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LETOURNEAU MUSIC

 

 

MS. CSIZMESIA, pK-5 Music Teacher

 

 

Hi.  I'm glad you came to check out my page.  I'm Miss Csizmesia, the music teacher at Letourneau.  I believe all students can be successful in music if they just try.  I believe learning is a life-long activity.  I received my B.S. in Music Education at Rhode Island College and my M.A. in Music Education at Boston University.  I play many instruments but my main three include trombone, violin, and oboe.  I perform in the music ministry at my church on the trombone.  I'm also a part of the Very Merry Dickens Carolers during the Christmas season. 

In music we do a wide variety of standards based activities.  All students are expected to participate and try.  It's okay to not be a music prodigy but it's not okay to not try.  We track each class's participation, effort, and behavior with the Right Note Xylophone.  When the class reaches the small red bar, they earn a Karaoke Music Class!

 

 

5th grade chorus is coming soon!!!

 

This year in music grades pK-2 will be learning about the elements of music.  We will explore melody, harmony, rhythm, and expression through activities with our voices, bodies, and various classroom instruments.  Currently, we are focusing on beat and rhythm.   How can you help at home???  Practice patting the steady beat along with songs on the radio or clapping out the sounds.

 

Grades 3-5 will be performing on recorders while learning about identifying and notating pitches.  We will be starting recorders after Thanksgiving.  Check out this fun song to remember the treble clef pitches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2TLtRu6Hqk 

Save the Date: May 24, 2017  Our 5th graders will be going on a field trip to play our recorders and sing with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra at the Vets Auditorium in Providence, RI.  We have a lot of work to do to get ready for this exciting opportunity!

 

MONTHLY MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS:

 

January

Grades 3-5 have started Recorder Karate!  Students can start to play their songs for Miss Csizmesia to earn belts.  The recorder newsletter also went home.  Parents can give permission for their child to bring their recorder home to practice.  Let's be responsible.

Grades K-2 are working on high and low voices.  We learned a song called "Charlie Over the Water" which has a game similar to Duck Duck Goose.  Ask your student to sing it for you!

December

Grades 3-5 have started recorder.  We're working on making good sound with appropriate technique.  Make sure you have left hand on top!

Grades K-2 have added a new music symbol to their music reading - the rest.  A rest is a beat of silence in music.  We've been practicing ta, ti-ti, and rest with winter songs.  We also played instruments to the story "The Mitten" which first grade has been using in class.  

November

Grades 3-5 have been working on identifying our treble clef pitches so we are ready to read recorder music.  

Kindergarten through 2nd grade have been working on reading, composing, and performing ta and ti-ti rhythm patterns.  It's so excited to write and perform our own music.

October

Grades 3-5 are learning how to navigate our way around sheet music while singing.  We are learning basic music symbols, various endings, and dynamics.  Check out our new song "Spooky Night."  We're growing our brains and getting ready for recorders!

Grades K-2 are working on moving with steady beat and identifying rhythms.  Beat is the steady pulse of the music.  It doesn't change!  You can practice the beat at home by tapping along with any song on the radio.  Rhythm is the pattern of long and short sounds of music.  Try singing simple songs and clapping the sounds of the words to practice rhythm.  Ask your child to show you beat and rhythm with our poem "Miss White."

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September

All classes have been learning about the rituals and routines in the music room.  We have made a class promise for the music room that all of the classes have agreed to and signed.  We agree to follow the school-wide expectations of being safe, respectful, and responsible.  

Links:

Is music education important for your child?

http://listeningadventures.carnegiehall.org/index.aspx

New York Philharmonic Kid

Treble Clef Word Warrior Game

Tons of Music Games

http://www.classicsforkids.com/games/compose/compose.html

http://www.musicgames.net/livegames/flyinginstruments/flyinginstruments1.htm

 

 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me at

rcsizmesia@fallriverschools.org

Recorder Karate Resources

Recorder Newsletter

Recorder Fingering Chart

3rd Grade Recorder Karate

Recorder Karate Songs.pdf

Recorder Karate Audio

Username: karate Password: rubric

4th Grade Recorder Karate

4th Grade RK Songs.pdf

4th Grade RK Audio

5th Grade Recorder Karate

Link Up Resources

 

5th Grade Chorus

Chorus Audio

Chorus Lyrics

Massachusetts Music Standards

#1 Singing

#2 Reading & Notation

#3 Playing Instruments

#4 Improvisation & Composition

#5 Critical Response

#6 Purposes and Meanings in Music

#7 Roles of Musicians in Communities

#8 Concepts of Style

#9 Inventions, Technologies, and Music

#10 Interdisciplinary Connections