Mrs. Jontos, K-5 Music Teacher
Save the Date: K-2 Mini Concert
Tuesday 12/12/17 @ 4:15
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. The first visit will take place October 10th for a full third grade assembly. Then each class will be visited individually. In the spring 3rd grade will go on a field trip to see the orchestra play at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford.
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:
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.
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.