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Music - Ms. Daigle

NOID1Q02231Welcome! I hope that you're student is ready to be immersed into the world of music! Ukuleles, recorders, boomwhackers, drumming, dancing, singing, games, and theater are just some of the activities that I love to teach in class. Music is my passion and I absolutely adore sharing my love for it. The Christmas Pageants and Spring Concerts happen twice a year and showcase every grade's voice. If you have any questions, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it





September 2016

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Lots of fun things are planned for music this year! I’ll be trying something new for ALL of the grades here at St. Chris. The kids will become even more so immersed in what’s called the Orff approach to teaching music. This method includes the great works of Kodaly and many others. I’ve always taught my classes in this style because Orff focuses on combing music, movement, drama, and speech into each lesson. This makes music more engaging, easy to learn, and downright fun!

Pre-K and Kindergarten will be ON THE FARM this month! They’ll be working on pulse, fast vs. slow, rhythmic patterns, high vs. low, same vs. different, long vs. short, and towards the end of the month; singing, beginning percussion, and musical phrasing. Let’s not forget about the wonderful repertoire they’ll be learning – favorites such as, “Old MacDonald Had  A Farm,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Hey Diddle, Diddle,” and many more!

First grade will be learning “Ta” which is a way to count a quarter note in music. They will the beginnings of how to play with mallets and boomwhackers. And of course playing and singing fun songs like “Five Little Monkeys,” “Hickory, Dickory, Dock,” and “Monkey See and Monkey Do.”

Second grade will be reviewing their “Ta” and “Ti-Ti” way or reading rhythm, but they will also be learning the pitch and hand signs for Do, Re, Mi. They will also be learning what timbre is in music (quality of sound) by playing all the different instruments. Second grade will be learning some adorable unknown folk songs as well.

Third grade will slowly begin to learn how to READ MUSIC! They will learn the pitch and hand sign for Do, Re, Mi and will learn how to read them on the staff and play them on boomwhackers. Quarter notes, eighth notes, and half notes, and whole notes will be reviewed and kids will have the chance to rapid fire in class! “A Rig-A-Jig-Jig,” “Down to the Baker’s Shop,” and “Remember Me” will be learned as well as some fun folk dance! Recorder orders will be going out very soon.

Fourth grade will be reviewing all notes and be practicing their rhythms. They will have the chance to play  “Dis Solda La” on boomwhackers , play “The Pink Panther” rhythmically and rapid fire treble cleff notes names. Recorder orders will be going out very soon for new fourth grade students.

Fifth graders will be diving into everything that they have learned in the past two years with me! They have graduated with recorder and will be moving on to even more challenging instruments. They will be playing folk songs such as “Tom Dooley,” “Shake the Papaya Down,” and “I Want to Rise.”

Sixth graders will be reviewing the FUN-damentals of music. Rhythm, pitch, and melody are familiar to them. Chord form and progressions will be introduced and a more deep understanding of the circle of fifths (touched upon last year) will be studied!


Welcome to music!


June 2016


What a year this has been; so many wonderful things learned and in such little time! As we wrap up our musical year with reviews, games, and talent shows I’d just like to say thank you again for your musical kids! We have a great time. Below I've given a little summary of what each class has learned. There is much more, but here are the bullet points.

Prek learned how to play the drums (tubanos), jingle bells, boomwhackers (without mallets), shakers, rhythm sticks, and wood blocks!

They learned theses notes:


and how to clap this:




Kindergarten learned all the instruments above plus the triangle, tamborine, and boomwhackers with mallets.

They can identify these:


and play these rhthyms:


1st & 2nd learned about music throughout the world like Jamaica, Africa, Ireland and much more! They extensively played boomwhackers with mallets and the drums.

They began to learn dynamics as well as 16th notes:








They can play these rhthyms on the drums as well







3rd & 4th graders leanred SO MUCH! They can play each of these notes:





They can play songs like,















5th & 6th made projects like these:





May 2016

St. Christopher School’s Spring Concerts


Prek-2 Grade:

How Does Your Garden Grow

May 17th at 10am


3-6 Grade:

For Which It Stands

May 24th at 10am

Happy month of concerts! I’m beyond excited to for parents, teachers, staff, and students to see the concerts this month! Students have been working hard on their two selected pieces for Spring. K-2 will be singing selections from “How Does Your Garden Grow” and pre-k will be singing “Daisy, Daisy” and “Lavender Blue” (which they can’t get enough of singing the phrase dilly, dilly!) 3-6 grade will be signing from “For Which It Stands.” Third grade songs are about America’s flag and The Declaration of Independence. Fourth grade is singing about the Gateway Arch and the Hoover Dam. Fifth grade’s songs feature the Liberty Bell and Mount Rushmore. Lastly, sixth grade sings about the Golden Gate Bridge and the fifty states.

Meanwhile in class 5th and 6th graders are presenting and performing their projects for two weeks. Proceeding them will be some intense rhythm class with African drums. 3rd and 4th grade have learned so many notes on the recorder! They will be practicing with “(Low) D” this month in addition to B, A, G, C, (high) D, F#, & E! We will start with page 22! 1st and 2nd grade have impressed me so very much last month! They did such a great job when asked to combine writing their notes rhythmically and melodically. We will be doing more of that this month, more so with the drums and boom whackers. This month's classical piece is "The Arrival of Queen Shiba" by Handel. This song shows students how oboes sound (and what an oboe is!) as well as showcasing dynamics. Pre-k and K will be practicing their notes and dynamics with dance and bean bag fun!


Prek-2 have a blast with the amount of instruments St. Chris has to offer. They know how to play rhthym sticks, sand blocks, guiros, triangles, shakers, tamborine's, jingle bells, and of course boomwhackers and drums!



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