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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 2015

Welcome to Music!

This is a (super duper) summarized version of what your child(ren) will be doing in music class throughout the year. 3rd-6th grade will be graded on the expectations below. I primarily grade on effort, so don’t worry too much!

Music is a new language that takes a long time to learn and develop

Pre-K & K

Identifying notes & rests

Recognizing rhythm & harmony

Discovering dynamics



1st & 2nd

Creating Music - Drums & Boomwhackers

Music reading (rhythmic & harmonic Level I)

Maintaining steady rhythm

3rd & 4th

Recorders - purchase required, yours to keep!*

Music reading (rhythmic & harmonic Level II)

Contemporary Composer Projects

Composing Music - Drums & Boomwhackers (level I)

* Recorder form will be going out September 14th. For only $8 your child will be reveiving a recorder (color of their choice), hard plastic case, recorder lesson book, and a CD!*

5th & 6th


Music reading (rhythmic & harmonic Level III)

Contemporary Composer Projects

Composing Music - Drums & Boomwhackers (Level II)

CHORUS (3rd-6th grade only)

Is your 3rd-4th grader interested in chorus? - Chorus begins the week of September 14th

3rd &4th meets every Wednesday from 10:20-10:40am

5th & 6th meets every Monday from 1:20-2:00pm

Any student may decide to be in chorus, BUT they must decide to stay in chorus by October 14th. Chorus is a commitment and every chorus member must attend the Winter Fine Arts Festival Thursday January 14, 2016 at 6pm. New Chorus members may join the week of January 18th, but have until February 18th to decide if they would like to continue chorus. The Spring Fine Arts Festival is Monday May 23, 2016 at 6pm.

CANTORS (5th-6th grade only)

Cantors are auditioned members of the school masses that happen at various week days at 9:15am 1-2 times a month. There will be ten cantors this year, there are six spots available. Auditions will be September 21st from 1:40-2:00pm.




As I sit here at my desk...

I see all the fourth graders walk to the park. Some give me hugs and invite me to come to the park with them. I see all the pre-k line up and enter in the church hall for the ceremony as they all wave to me with the biggest smiles on their faces. I sit here excietd to look up new books to put music to for next year. I love this school. I love the kids. I love this job. Thank you to everyone who has made feel so welcome. I couldn't ask for anything more.

Miss Daigle













Third grade at their last music class. See you next year!

Spring Concerts

May 19th 10am PreK - 2nd Grade

May 21st 10am 3rd - 6th Grade

Spring Fine Arts Festival

May 21st 6pm



3rd-6th Grade Spring Concert


"Gotta Keep Your Head Up" 3rd-6th Grade Combined Choirs


PreK-2nd Grade Spring Concert


What a fantastic year this has been! I can't tell you how happy it makes me when I see a five year old learn how to play chords on a ukulele, or seeing a third grader play complex rhythms on the drums, or having a fifth grader tell me what key their music in if it has two sharps. It's just amazing. For the last two weeks of school I will be wrapping up all that they have learned. Notes, rhythms, clefs, rest, ukuleles, drums, you name it. And the very last week of school we will have an in class talent show for third-sixth grade. In addition, next year I will be adding recorders to the second and third grade class.

Remember that…

Your second grader can join 3-4 grade chorus next year (and also audition for the musical!)

Your fifth or sixth grader can audition to be a cantor! There will be 5 cantor spots available.


Most of May music class will be dedicated to practicing the Spring songs for the Spring Concerts! In addition the 5th and sixth graders will be learning how to properly right in rhythm for both 3/4 and 4/4 time signitures. They will also be working on the circle of fifths, as seen below to the right. This is actually a pretty difficult concept, and so far it's been going great! PreK-2 will be working on writing notes as a review from a few months ago. 3 & 4 grade will be working on identifying notes. After a long break from ukuleles I'll be bring them back again for 1-3 grade. I can't belive we only have a month and a half left! Time flies!



The month or rest... we wish! :) This month prek-3 will be learning the different kinds of musical rests. We'll be playing games with the bean bags to help the kids learn which notes are silent and which notes are not! 4th-6th grade will be presenting their composer projects this month. They look awesome! If you want to check them on go to prezi.com and enter This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the username and stchris63 for the password. The project grades can be seen at the end of the year in the fourth quarter grades. After 4th-6th graders are done with their projects they will begin to learn the circle of fifths (as seen on the right). We'll be playing fun games to learn how it works. In addition to all these activities, the kids are learning their songs for the spring concert. Prek-2nd graders will be featured in a mini musical called "A Day in Our Country" this features instruments, and fun dancing with some patriotic flair! 3rd-6th grade will be performing "Celebrating Our Country" featuring ukuleles and drums!




This month has consisted of PreK-2nd grade jamming out to "The Circle of Life" and "Under the Sea" with dance and drums. Along with learning these songs they learn valuble lessons that go a long with them. The Circle of Life represents that days, weeks, months, years, seasons, and how life itself repeats in a constant circle. "Under the Sea" taught the kids that the 'grass is always greener on the other side.' Third grade has been working on their ukulele skills, three chords down, three to go! They also have learned about mozart and the french horn.

Fourth-sixth has been working on their composer projects with the ipads. Each group has chosen a composer and has researched when and where they lived, how many pieces they composed, what their three most famous pieces are, and three fun facts. In addition they have chosen a piece by them and have written why they enjoy they enjoy it! Each group has been working on a prezi.

<--- Here are two examples of what the kid's prezis look like!


Now that most of the students are grasping rhythm and understand notes and their values, I’ve introduced the treble cleff and the names of each line and space to the 3rd-6th graders. By doing this they will soon be able to read music for the recorder and other instruments! 1st and 2nd grade will be learning about the instruments in an orchestra and how to play rhythms using “ta” and “ti-ti.” Pre-K and K have so far worked on music songs that reinforce the alphabet, counting, and spelling their names. They impress me every day with how quickly they learn! That goes for all the students!!


What we did in January!

Despite the amount of snow days we had students still learned a huge amount of music this month! Pre-k and K spent a lot of time with rhythm and learning and drawing music notes and clefs. First, second, and third grade learned how to play the sand blocks, maracas, and rhythm sticks by marching to “The Bare Necessities.” Fourth, fifth, and sixth worked on playing “Rockin’ Robin” on the ukulele and created their very own song using chords they’ve learned in class. I've discussed the chart on the right with almost every class, this makes music easy to understand, plus I bring up that it looks like pizza and they all get excited. By learning these usful music notes, students learn how both math and music are related.



Miss Daigle