What's happening in music:
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!
On the "Calendars" page of my website, you can follow your student's class calendar to see what music class has been doing.
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 selection per grade for winter concert performances. But we DO play and sing a variety of music in class.
As third graders begin playing recorders this spring, they will be exposed to even more music genres. For instance, the first song they will learn to play on recorder is "Hot Cross Buns", which is a Christian nursery rhyme that dates back centuries ago, about the Easter treat. Later, students learn to play the African-American spiritual, "When the Saints Go Marching" and even the Southern American hymn, "Amazing Grace". "It's Raining" is a traditional folk and children's song and the final and most challenging recorder piece is "Ode to Joy", which is the theme from Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
Fourth grade students will be spending some time this spring learning songs that correspond to Colorado State History. "Where the Columbines Grow" is our state song and there are many other songs about Colorado and songs of the cowboys and the wild west that are fun to sing.
Fifth grade music classes are going to have a musical "field" trip to South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Cuba as they begin to explore the many types of Latin Jazz music. Composers such as A.C. Jobim, Oscar Peterson, and Dizzy Gillespie have contributed much to this music style that is most often associated with ballroom dancing styles, such as cha-cha, rhumba, mambo, and tango. We have been learning to play clave rhythms, castanets, and internalizing rhythm with hand drums and maracas. Students have been learning to sing in Spanish, English, and even Portuguese!
Early Elementary students will be celebrated Mozart's birthday in January by learning about the 18th century child prodigy and listening to some of his music. We have also been studying, identifying, and listening to the instrument families of the orchestra.
In middle school music classes this spring, we have been exploring how we can learn about music using technology. We have been keeping up with current events in music, such as the Grammy Awards as well as learning about some famous American musicians who have passed away recently, such as Pete Seeger and Shirley Temple.
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!
How is your student assessed in music class? Click HERE for details!
For C2E's All Club Packet
This packet must be submitted with your $70 club fee to participate in ALL extra-curricular music activities.
Organizational meeting will be scheduled this fall. Music & Arts will be present to help parents and students with renting/purchasing instruments.
After School Band is Wednesday/Friday 3-3:45 p.m.
After School Orcestra is Tuesday/Thursday 3-3:45 p.m.
There is a $70 club fee (per semester) to participate in after school band and orchestra.
THIRD AND FOURTH GRADE MUSIC:
Fourth Grade students need recorders this fall. Third Grade students need recorders in February. Please click go to "Recorder Students" page on my sidebar menu for information about all things recorder!
Douglas County Youth Orchestra is holding auditions for violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Please visit www.Douglascountyyouthorchestra.org for more information and call Jenny Dwiggins at 720-733-9597 to set up an audition time.
Are you interested in enriching your singing experience. Please click here for more information on Young Voices of Colorado.
Please be sure to follow our C2E edmodo pages, the Thursday Folder, and this website music.c2e.org for the most current information on upcoming events and opportunities!
The following is IMPORTANT information regarding regular music specials classes:
Participation at concerts is mandatory for your final grade in music class for the quarter. If your student must be gone, due to extenuating circumstances, please contact me for an alternative assignment.
We the specials team understand that sometimes it is impossible to attend every class. We will therefore exempt each student for one absence per quarter. If a student is seen as falling behind, missing too much class, has excessive tardies or early dismissals, or has missed more than one music class in a quarter, there is an opportunity to make-up the lost participation points. This applies only for grades 4 through 8.
Click the "Music Makeup Menu" on the sidebar of this homepage for options for makeup projects for music class. You may choose what you would like to do-and I think you will enjoy some of these projects!
My website is constantly being updated and contains announcements, information about private music teachers in the area as well as free downloadable music and more!
Mrs. Jennifer Barrera
C2E K-8 General/Vocal/Instrumental Music
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