Upcoming recitals

Please feel free to share information with me about upcoming recitals.  I may be able to make it!  Here is information about an upcoming performance by one of our Archway Lincoln parents, Dr. Luis Rodriguez-Morales: Grand Canyon University faculty recital


Save the date!

Save the date! The fall concert is scheduled for Thursday, November 15th at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts.  The 3-5 portion of the program will take place from 7-8PM, soon after the K-2 program has finished. There is no need to stay for the K-2 portion of the program unless you have a second child in grades K,1 or 2.

Students are already working on their tone quality, pitch, notes and lyrics. Now we are on to “flourishes” such as instrument color, movement, expression, phrasing, dynamics, posture and riser procedures.  The concert is a chance for the students to show off their skills!  More information to follow.

Curriculum Night

I enjoyed meeting parents during Curriculum Night!  I hope that I answered some of your questions.  As I mentioned during my presentation, please feel free to email me with questions.

I forgot to mention last night that I would love to know if your child is going to be in a recital or other performance.  I try to go to some of these events. I learn a lot about a child’s skills, interests and musicianship at these programs.  The kids are always excited to know that I came, even if I don’t get a chance to chat with them at the recital or play.  I can’t always make it to the concerts, but if I know about them I can talk to your child about the performance.  If you are a performing musician, please let me know when you have a performance as well!


Stick notation and solfege singing

Students in grades 3,4 and 5 have been learning about rhythm and melody. Music teachers frequently say, “rhythm is the way the words go” because we are reading and performing the rhythm of the words in the song.  In music class we write and read rhythm using stick notation, a notation that is somewhat similar to how typical unpitched percussion parts are written.  We say the rhythms using specific sounds for rhythmic values such as “ta” for a quarter note.

When we sing, we read and use solfege notes and hand signs. Solfege notes are the notes, “do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do” and music teachers refer to this type of notation as, “the notes we sing.” Anyone who has seen The Sound of Music will recognize them! Students also practice reading staff notes, “A,B,C,D,E,F,G” in Theory Time.  We will use staff notes more when students are using the barred instruments like the xylophone.

We have been working on sight reading rhythms and melodies in music.  I look forward to hearing the students progress in this area throughout the year!

Music this week…

Welcome to the first full week of school!  I have enjoyed getting to know the students and sharing with them my love of music.  I look forward to supporting the students as they develop their musicianship.

The class materials are part of our learning process and I would like the students to bring the Theory Time book, a notebook, pencil and folder to each class.  The Theory Time books can be purchased at the Barnes and Noble at the Chandler Mall or online.  We will be using the theory books throughout the year in various ways; however, I will not assign homework in music, so the students won’t need to bring the books home.

Some of the musical vocabulary words we used this week are rhythm, notes, solfege, beat and audiate.  You won’t find the word in the dictionary! However, music teachers use this word to describe the concept of “hearing the music in your head”.  This is an important concept in music as the students develop a greater understanding of musical pulse, musical rests and sight reading.

Composer of the month

We are off and running!  Students in grades 3-5 were introduced to the composer of the month.  All three are from the Baroque period in music history.  Here are listening examples that you and your child can enjoy this weekend.  Feel free to compare the piece by each composer.  What is the same?  What is different? Have fun!

Grade 3,: J.S. Bach

Grade 4: F. Couperin

Grade 5:  D. Scarlatti