Monday, November 24, 2014

Welcome Baby Benjamin!

I have been on maternity leave this fall and am finally back at Bluffsview!  It was a blessing to be able to spend time with baby Benjamin, who arrived four weeks early and on MY birthday! He has visited school a couple of times already and has loved it!  Thank you to all the Bluffsview Bears who were so great for my substitute, Mr. Tipton, while I was gone.  It's wonderful to be back!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Feeling "Happy"

I've shared videos from the group, "Penatonix" before, but this one is relatively new.  This is their take on the popular song, "Happy" by Pharrell Williams from the soundtrack to the movie Despicable Me 2.

Speaking of Pharrell Williams, did you catch his interview on the CBS Sunday Morning show?  In his interview, he made a point of thanking all of the music teachers he had growing up, saying he would not be where he is today without their help.  To read more about his interview, click here.

As the school year comes to a close, I hope that you are "feeling happy" and can turn your thoughts and feelings into positive behaviors and actions.  Have a great last two weeks of school.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Music Makers present "At The Bandstand!"

Final Reminder for Music Makers!                               

 What:    Performances for “At The Bandstand!”
Date:     Monday, May 5th, 2014
Time:     1:30 and 7:00 PM

Parents are welcome at both performances.  Call time for the evening performance is 6:45 PM.  Students should report to the music room and leave personal items with parents.

 Where:                Bluffsview Gymnasium


Music Makers T-Shirt, Jeans (rolled up or capris), Sneakers
            Boys: Sunglasses and hair gel (if allowed)
            Girls: High ponytail if possible or half-ponytail if not

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

4th Grade Instrument Project 2014

Fourth Graders recently discussed the science of sound and how it relates to instruments. All instruments can be classified scientifically one of four ways, based on how their sound is produced: Chordophones (vibration of strings), Aerophones (vibration of air), Membranophones (vibration of skin), or Idiophones (vibration of self).

Students have the assignment of constructing an instrument of their own, must be able to identify their instrument's scientific classification, and must complete written directions for the construction of their instrument.
Instruments and Written Directions are due:

Rankin – Monday, April 28th

Wharton – Tuesday, April 29th

Wright – Wednesday, April 30th

Students will be given time in music class to browse information on instrument construction as well as make notes for their ideas. In addition, the following websites have wonderful ideas to assist in this project:
How to make an African Drum
Artists Helping Children
E-How videos on instrument construction
How Stuff Works
Busy Bee Kids Crafts
Making Musical Instruments on
Mudcat Kids
Family Crafts from
Family Fun instrument crafts from Homemade instruments

I hope this list is helpful! AND I can't wait to see what instruments make their way into my room in the next weeks! Good Luck!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vivaldi's Winter with Disney's Frozen - by The Piano Guys

Wow, I know that the Disney movie, "Frozen" is wildly popular because of it's story line and the excellent music.  Check out this video I found by one of my favorite groups, The Piano Guys: 

We frequently study the music of Baroque composer, Antonio Vivaldi, particularly his Four Seasons concerto.  The "Winter" section is used in Kindergarten and often in 6th grade.  What a creative way to mix up music that is from the early 1700's with the music of today!

For those interested, here is a full performance of the Winter section of Vivaldi's Four Seasons Violin Concerto:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

3rd Grade Music Program Coming Soon!

It’s Almost Showtime!

 “Stone Soup!” 
Who: 3rd grade students and families

 When: Tuesday, March 25th at 1:30 and 6:30 PM

·      Call time for the evening performance is 6:15 PM. Students should report to the music room and leave coats and personal items with parents.

 Where: Bluffsview Gymnasium

 Dress: Students should wear jeans and a solid colored top.  Any color will work.  Shoes should be comfortable for dancing in.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Possible Calamity Day? Blizzard Bag Information!

Well, winter just keeps on coming!  In the event that there is a Calamity Day on Monday, March 3rd 2014, Bluffsview students will be responsible for completing make-up assignments.  In that case, students from the following classes will be affected:

Grade 3 - Monroe
Grade 1 - Sciulli
Grade 6 - Hale
Grade 4 - Wright
Grade 2 - Grabosky

Assignments will be uploaded to the Bluffsview webpage by noon.  But I have provided an additional link to the assignments saved in my Dropbox account.  To access the assignments, click on the link below.

Music Blizzard Bag Assignments

Students have TWO WEEKS to complete the assignments in turn them into me.