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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





Welcome to Music with Miss Daigle!

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Nothing like listening to music in the end of the summer crisp days! I hope everyone had a lovely summer, I was quite busy but luckily managed to find some time to soak in the sun.

For my new parents: Your kids are about to be immersed in lots of fun activities this year. I teach using the methods of Orff and Kodaly to teach my classes – both focus on combing music,movement, drama, dance, and hands on instruments and activities into each lesson.

Image result for recorder pngMy main goals follow the national and NH standards of music, plus some! I focus on making my classes engaging, easy to learn, and downright fun for kids of all ages.

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. We’ll be singing  and dancing to favorites - “Old MacDonald Had  A Farm,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Hey Diddle, Diddle,” and many more!

Image result for quarter note pngFirst grade will be focusing in on the quarter note and rest. We’ll be drawing them and learning how to read and play them. They will be using drums and other percussion instruments in class as we march around the room to “the Bare Necessities.”

Second grade will be learning and reviewing quarter and eighth notes and rests as well as the pitches and hand signs for Do, Re, Mi. They will also be learning what timbre is in music (quality of

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sound) by playing lots of different instruments.

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In addition to 3-6 grade below the kids will be learning about India by listening and playing to the song “Diwali, Diwali.” 3rd and 4th will be learning the traditional dance used in this song and 5thand 6th graders will be learning more about the culture of India. And not just music culture– geography, customs, dress, and much more! A little clean Hamilton fun wil be happening in the 5th and 6th grade classes as well as learning more about Alex Lacamoire (Director of Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Wicked on Image result for alex lacamoire tonyBroadway).

Third grade will slowly begin to learn how to READ MUSIC! They learn how to slowly read music beginning with notes B, A, and G on the boomwhackers. Quarter notes, eighth notes, and half notes, and whole notes will be reviewed. We will be playing beginning songs at first, then we’ll get to the fun ones later! Recorder orders will be going out very soon. Each child will purchase a recorder of their own. This order will be no more than $8 and your child will receive a recorder, case, cleaning rod, and practice book that we will be using in class.

Image result for boomwhackers pngFourth grade will be reviewing all notes and practicing their rhythms. They will have the chance to play “The Pink Panther” on the boomwhackers rhythmically and rapid fire treble cleff note 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 three 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” on the ukuleles.

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Sixth graders will be reviewing the FUN-damentals of music. Rhythm, pitch, and melody are familiar tothem. Chord form and progressions will be introduced and a more deep understanding of the circle of fifths (touched upon last year) will be studied! We will also be diving into Handel’s “Le Rejouissance: Allegro” – strings, timpanis, horns, and clarinet players delight!

- Miss Daigle -

Interested in Chorus for you student? (Grades 3-6)

St. Chris Chorus Page

Interested in Drama for your student? (Grades 3-6)

St. Chris Drama Web Page


May 2017

St. Christopher School’s Spring Concerts 2017

Prek-2 Grade:

Teach the World to Sing

Wednesday May 31st at 10am

3-6 Grade:

American’s, All

Tuesday May 23rd 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. prek-2 will be singing selections from “Teach the World to Sing” and pre-k will be singing 3-6 grade will be signing from “American’s All” with some other fun songs thrown in!

5th and 6th graders will be finishing up their comic strips and being to learn how to use garage band. – check out what these are about in last month’s update in April.

Prek-2 have a blast with the amount of instruments St. Chris has to offer. They know how to play rhythm sticks, sand blocks, guiros, triangles, shakers, tambourine’s, jingle bells, and of course boom whackers and drums! The older friends will be learning more about cultures from around the world. We learned about Japan last month and will be learning about South American music and the music of many other wonderful countries and continents.

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April 2017

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Lots of fun things will be happening in music class this month! The little ones will be experimenting with high sounds and low sounds. Is a whistle high or low? How about a bear growl? Or a tea kettle? Or a timpani! Students color coding high and low sounds (orange is high and purple is low) and then cutting and pasting them on their project sheet! Up next Month we’ll be working on fast and slow and then mixing the two!

First and second graders will learn about Japan - the culture, music, and customs celebrated there. We will listen to “Ame, Ame” and read a lovely story about defeat and hoisting over hurtles. We’ll also be practicing our note writing – they love it so much!

Third and fourth graders will get a little taste of advanced improv this month with a game called Crazy face! They are sure to love it! We will also be working on ready BAG without writing the letter names above the notes.

5th and 6th graders worked on the beginnings of their “Musical Comic” Project. This is a mash up of loads of learning. The students will learn how to create a good story by learning the mountain technique of story building - beginning, rising action, climax, falling action, and ending. They will then brainstorm about the kinds of comic strip they would like to write. Each comic is eight boxes in length and will be colored. Then next month we are going to start using Garage band on the ipads to create music to background their comics. These will be presented to the class!

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