A music lesson provides opportunities for students to sing together,
play instruments, listen to music of the great composers as well as
music of the diverse cultures of our world. Students learn age
appropriate music theory and musical vocabulary. Students play
singing games which involve team work and group planning. Students
learn social skills such as waiting your turn and being respectful
of others. Students learn history as we sing songs that are a part
of our American heritage. Students learn about the cultures of other
countries as they sing and play singing games from these countries.
Students practice language and reading skills as they sing and
analyze the musical form of the songs sung in class. Students
incorporate math when studying rhythmic value and notation. Students
are up and moving and getting physical exercise when dancing.
Students have the opportunity to see live performances provided by
the Richmond Symphony’s “Musical Ambassadors Program” or “MAP”. The
Richmond Symphony Strings will present a free concert to all
students on March 6, 2018... Students in 3rd grade will attend a
Richmond Symphony Discovery Concert performance at the Carpenter
Theater/Dominion Arts Center on March 15, 2018. This year’s
performance will feature Sergei Prokofiev’s work for children,
“Peter and the Wolf”.
5th grade students will be playing ukulele’s during the second semester. This I s a new adventure for WHES. We’ll see where it takes us!
All classes are trying to earn 5 points each week by entering quietly, listening, trying their best, being kind to others and leaving quietly. Points earned are written in the grade level score cards in the hallway. The classes at each grade level with the highest numbers of points at the end of the nine weeks will be recognized during the morning announcements the beginning of the next nine weeks. The point count will start over at the beginning of the next nine weeks. Through this reward system we are working on mastering a state music objective, which is to work together to make music in a large group. Individual students in each class are recognized as the “outstanding Musician”. They receive a certificate to take home, so be on the lookout for the certificate!
The 2nd and 3rd grade students will perform their “Cool Cat Show” at the October 24th PTA Meeting. Informational letters were sent home on September 20. Parents, please sign and return the letter to your child’s classroom teacher if they will participate in the show. Also, please e-mail me your cat pictures for our slide show.
4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to join our Holiday Chorus. No auditions are held; anyone who likes to sing may participate. This Chorus will practice during their recess time on Thursdays beginning the first week in October. We will be learning favorite Holiday songs to share in our community. Informational letters were sent home with 4th and 5th grade students on September 20. Please sign and return the bottom portion of the letter if your child would like to participate.
There will be other performing opportunities throughout the school year if students are interested in doing so.
you have a musical skill that you would like to share here at WHES,
please let me know. It's a wonderful thing for children to see
"grownups" making, creating and enjoying music!
Looking forward to a “marvelous musical” year!
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