Thursday, February 25, 2016

K-2 Oregon Symphony Kinderkonzert

Pam and the Zany Zoo Musicians! Notice Sylvia on the head of the bear!
This week our K-2 students got to go hear a concert put on by the Oregon Symphony Woodwind Quintet. On our bus ride to Peninsula Elementary, we crossed the St. Johns Bridge! We saw some ships and barges, a pink house and had to take a detour! We made it just in time for the Zany Zoo Train! There were several other schools at the concert and we had an awesome time learning about the different sounds woodwind instruments make.

We heard the bird (flute), cat (clarinet), snake (oboe), elephant (bassoon) and the visiting brass member the bear (french horn)!! We heard some great songs and learned about the different instruments. We sang about going to the zoo, green speckled frogs and heard a song about a fly. There was a family of chickens crossing the road and Sylvia the panda bear who kissed the snake!

The students really enjoyed the concert and had a lot of fun! More than one student proclaimed "I LOVE THE SYMPHONY!!!!!"

You can see our SIA students totally LOVING the concert!

5 Green Speckled Frogs

Making the train sounds!

Listening to the fly song!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Headed to the Symphony!

Our SIA students are headed to the Oregon Symphony! I am excited to introduce our awesome students to my favorite symphony.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bedtime Stories... A Musical Celebration!

Thank you to everyone who came to support SIA music students and attended our concert!

The kids did a WONDERFUL job and I am so proud of them! They worked SO HARD! And we had lots of fun too!

I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Side note --- thank you also for your patience and flexibility as we experienced many technical difficulties.

Monday, January 4, 2016


Hope everyone had an amazing break! And a fun snow day! Since we don't have music this week and we still have a concert to present - we will be having a rehearsal on Thursday morning during school as well as a full run-through dress rehearsal. Please take a few minutes to have your student practice their song. You can find the links on the post below!

As far as Thursday is concerned - please have your students to the Scappoose High School Auditorium by 6:15pm to meet their teachers. The theme of the concert is Bedtime Stories... A Musical Celebration! So students can wear their favorite pajamas!!!

3rd graders need to wear tennis shoes.
Music Club students need to wear dark clothes.
See everyone Thursday!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Concert Practice!!

Below - you will find links to some videos and music that students may find helpful as they prepare for the concert in January! DON'T FORGET JANUARY 7th 6:30pm at Scappoose High School (students arrive at 6:15pm)

K - Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Star Dance Music
1 - All Through the Night, Abiyoyo
2 - Mortimer (book reading - no at home practice) Doraji, (words here)
3 - Kings and Queens dance (Start at 0:47)
4 - Porquois
5 - Somewhere Out There Lyrics here
Music Club - Fireflies, (flashlight choreography here)

NOTE: If the link doesn't play in Google Drive - try downloading it onto your computer.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Class

Edvard Grieg - Composer

There are tons of great songs for music classes at Halloween. You may have heard your students singing - "Pumpkin, pumpkin round and fat. Turned into a jock-o-lantern just like that!" We learned a fun game last week with that song.

This week we worked on rewriting rhyming lyrics to "Monster Stew". 

Monster stew. Monster stew.
What do you think a monster would chew?
Bat and a rat and a worn out tennis shoe.
That's what you put in monster stew!

One of my favorite rewrites from yesterday came from the 3rd grade class (pretty sure it was them!)

Monster stew. Monster stew.
What do you think a monster would chew?
Bones and clones and a ghost that says "Boo!"
That's what you put in monster stew! 

We also had a listening exercise with one of my favorite Halloween type songs. The students met composer Edvard Grieg (click here to meet him!). Grieg wrote the music for Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt which was written as a Norwegian fairy tale. "In The Hall of the Mountain King" is from the part of the play where Peer is dreaming and meets a troll king. 

We practiced our listening and observation skills with our first listening of the song. Then, we learned how to read a listening map. We talked about what a theme is and recognized how often the theme was played in the song. Students demonstrated by raising their hand when they heard the theme start over. You can see the listening map here.

This song is always exciting and popular. I had one Kindergarten student last year that constantly asked if we could listen to the "Troll Song". So if your student feels the same way - you can find the one we listened to in class here. Or if you want to mix it up a bit -- there is a dupstep version here! You can also watch a Lego orchestra playing it here.

Hope all your little ghosts and goblins have a safe and happy Halloween!

Music Class/Concert Date


Music classes happen every Monday for students at Sauvie Island. I definitely look forward to spending my Mondays with your students! We have been working with different songs and activities on further developing our musical skills.

I work with all students on developing and using a beautiful singing voice and learning how to play instruments. Reading and writing music are very important as well. This last one seems to be a newer skill for the students and I look forward to their growth this year!

Kindergarten students have been learning the different voices they have. Ask them to demonstrate what their 4 voices are!

It occurred to me this week that we only have 7 classes before we perform for our concert!!! This is both exciting and terrifying for me. We do have our concert date:


We have some cool things up our sleeves for the concert! Put it on your calendar and plan on joining us for an evening of musical fun!