It’s a joy and a privilege to get to share my love of music with the students of C2E, as I begin my seventh year at Challenge to Excellence. All grades will be spending the first quarter of this school year reviewing and learning the songs of our nation and armed forces, in preparation for our much-loved annual Patriot Day (9/11) and Veterans’ Day assemblies, Grades three and above will be using our school social network Edmodo for several music class projects. As a parent, you can also follow your student’s Edmodo groups as well. Early elementary students will begin some basic note-reading and build on music-reading skills learned last year. Fourth graders need soprano baroque recorders this fall and third graders will need them in January. ALL students, grades four through eight, are invited to participate in Rise ‘n’ Shine Glee Club (a before school activity) and After School Band and Orchestra. These groups provide enrichment for building musical skills as well as performance opportunities, with two evening concerts a year. I’m a huge fan of private music (piano, dance, voice ect.) lessons, so your child is always welcome to share his or her talent with class during music specials and can earn a badge for doing so! Look for continuing updates and information on my website (as well as my biography!) and you can also follow what your students’ classes are doing on my calendars throughout this school year. I’m looking forward to a great year!
Welcome to C2E Music Headquarters!
Please subscribe to your class calendar; parents may also subscribe to class calendars and edmodo groups to find out what is happening in music classes!
When I choose concert selections for each grade level, I consider that the song is age-appropriate and also something the students will enjoy singing. I find that if they like what they are doing, they perform better. Helping children find their "singing" voices is one of the most rewarding parts of my career.
With the limited amount of time I have in class to prepare for concerts, we prepare one or two selections per grade for concert performances. But we DO play and sing a variety of music in class.
Given that we spent a significant amount of time the first quarter of the school year reviewing/learning patriotic music, reading music on the treble staff, and working on music theory worksheets and classroom activities, and the fact that I only see each class once a week, it is impossible to cover everything about music, history, composers, theory, technique, instrument families, and so on, in just one school year. Ultimately, in a technology/math/science-focused school as C2E is, music class (like art or PE) is meant to enrich and "round out" the child's education, hopefully giving him or her another outlet for expression. In addition, music-reading is a 21st century skill, almost like being bilingual. After all, what do we ask computer programmers to do, but to take symbols and make them translate to mean something useful?
I hope this information is helpful to you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
Mrs. Barrera's "baby": A 1926 Cable Nelson 5'2" Baby Grand Piano!
And yes, I have been practicing this summer! Have you?!
My philosophy of music education is simple: ALL children are musical and music is for ALL children!