Mrs. Jontos, K-5 Music Teacher
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Save the Date: 5/25
5th Grade Field Trip to Vets Auditorium
to play recorders and sing with the RI Philharmonic
as part of the Link Up program
Letourneau has been chosen for the second year in a row to have 30 musicians on stage with the orchestra during the concert to perform. This is a huge honor and opportunity. Because the audition videos featured multiple 5th grade classes, I want to open up this opportunity to all 5th graders. If you are a 5th grader who would like to be on stage, let me know using Flipgrid: https://flipgrid.com/0e8320
Students who are selected to be on stage will be expected
to act as role models. There can be no talking or fooling around
on stage during the concert. They will be expected to perform
either by singing or playing recorder on all of the songs.
Hey 3rd-5th grade Letourneau Scholars! Are you ready for your next recorder karate belt??? Are you too distracted when others are playing during class time to show your knowledge? Is there simply not enough time to get a turn? You can now submit a Flipgrid video to earn your next recorder karate belt! Make sure to submit your video in your grade's grid. I'll be looking for correct pitches, rhythms, fingerings, hand position, and technique. When you fill in the info screen, make sure to include your first name, last name, and classroom teachers name. Good luck and try your best!
Need help learning your next song? Check out the Recorder Karate Resources in the green side bar.
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!
This year in music grades K-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
Exciting things to look forward to:
Third grade will be visited by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra twice at Letourneau. We're connecting music and science through the orchestra and ecosystems. The first visit will take place October 10th for a full third grade assembly. Then each class will be visited individually. On March 13th, 3rd grade will go on a field trip to see the orchestra play at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford. Permission slips are due by February 9th!
Fifth grade will be working on the RI Philharmonic's Link Up program this year. They will travel to perform with their recorders and voices in May at the Vets Auditorium.
MONTHLY MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS:
5th grade is working hard to be ready for our field trip on May 25th. They will be singing, playing recorders, and listening to the RI Philharmonic.
3rd-4th grade is finishing up Recorder Karate. This is the last month to earn belts.
2nd grade is inventing and building their own musical instruments using recycled materials.
K-1 students are enjoying Musical May by watching "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." We're learning about features of a musical as well as how to be audience members.
3-5th grade students are continuing working on their recorder music and earning belts. We've been using Blendspace to watch tutorial videos to help us reach our goals.
K-2nd grade students are learning about the instruments of the orchestra. We used Blendspace to watch informative videos in stations on the 4 families of instruments. Students worked in groups to record their own expert videos for the orchestra families.
3rd-5th grade is continuing to work on their recorder skills. They are working in table groups to improve their technique and music reading.
K-2 learned about the legendary Louis Armstrong to transition from Jazz and Black History Month to learning about the instruments of the orchestra. We used the orchestral piece "Peter and the Wolf" to learn about how instruments can tell a story.
3rd-5th grade scholars are working towards their recorder karate belts. Notices have gone home. If you didn't receive one, you can access it in the green bar to the right under Recorder Resources. You can also access sheet music, audio files, and other helpful resources in that area.
K-2nd grade scholars are continuing to work on High vs. Low sounds. We're also exploring "Tisket a Tasket" for Valentines Day. We'll use this song to connect to Ella Fitzgerald who performed this song in a jazz style in honor of Black History Month.
Grades 3-5 are starting recorder karate. The recorder newsletter will be going home by the end of the month. If parents take responsibility and give permission, students will be able to take their recorders home to practice. If recorders are lost or broken, the family will be responsible for replacing it. Used, but twice disinfected recorders are on sale for $2 for practicing at home as well.
Grades K-2 are working on identifying, singing, and playing high and low pitches. Check out some of our work on flipgrid: https://flipgrid.com/d50045
K-2 is learning how to stand on risers in preparation of our concert Tuesday, 12/12/17 at 4:15. It will be short ten minute concert right before parent teacher conferences to share what we've learned so far.
Grades 3-5 have been coding using Scratch to play rhythm compositions on the computer.
Recorders will be starting by the end of the month for 3rd-5th graders. We have just a couple weeks left to prepare and learn our notes and symbols. Be on the lookout for the recorder newsletter coming soon!
Scholars in K-2 are continuing to work on using their singing voice while keeping steady beat. We are singing fall songs such as Autumn Leaves are Falling Down and Apple Tree. Second graders will start an exciting new program using handchimes on loan to us from the Handbell Musicians of America.
3rd-5th graders are starting to prepare for recorders (coming soon!). We are reviewing our line and space pitches as well as musical symbols. Students can practice at home using the music games in the right green bar. I also recommend using Staff Wars. You can download it to a home computer or use an app on a phone/tablet. Check out our Line Note and Space Note songs. Reading notes fluently will help students greatly when they start playing the recorder.
K-2 is working on identifying and using the 4 main voices: singing, speaking, whispering, and shouting. Check out our Sing, Speak, Whisper, Shout song. We looked at a story "The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything" and added sound effects using classroom instruments. We've also been working on steady beat with the piece "In the Hall of the Mountain King." Ask your student about the story of Peer Gynt and how he escaped the troll king!
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.
All About Your Music Teacher:
Hi. I'm glad you came to check out my page. I'm Mrs. Jontos, 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.