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!
Letourneau now has a 5th grade chorus that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school day. Check out our first concert! The kids did an awesome job!
We are excited to have Mr. Grady joining us during the morning music classes Monday-Thursday. Mr. Grady is a student teacher from UMASS.
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 Dates:
March 7, 2017: Our 3rd graders will be going to the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford to see the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.
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:
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.
Third grade was visited by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra for an informative assembly showing the connection between music and gravity. Terry from the NBSO will be returning to Letourneau on Tuesday, February 7th to visit each 3rd grade class. The entire 3rd grade will go on a field trip to visit the NBSO on Tuesday, March 7th. Be on the lookout for the permission slip.
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. Have you heard the poem "Star Light Star Bright"? We are singing this poem using high and low notes. Ask your student to sing it for you! Be careful not to confuse high and low with loud and soft. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCqpi5Ekwiw
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.
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.
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."
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.