Mrs. Curran -- Music Education

        Welcome to the PWS music education page! I am excited to help your student(s) develop a life-long love of music. Students in grades one through four visit the music room once a week for a 40 minute class. We will explore different types of music, play instruments, learn about various composers, learn to be part of a musical group, learn to read and create music, sing, move and have fun! This site will be updated monthly with happenings from the music room. I will also update important chorus information throughout the year in preparation for  our concerts. Please take a moment to look around to find out more about music class. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the musical development of your child.

Katie Curran    Music Education Teacher
currank@sau25.net    
(603)622.0431 ext. 24258


Class Happenings

  • What did we learn about in May? What is happening in June?       The school year may be winding down but the music room is still filled with learning and excitement! Our composer of the month for May was Irving Berlin. We listened to examples from radio, movies, and musicals, including God Bless America and White Christmas. We will be listening to Paul McCartney and The Beatles during the month of June.       I will miss all of my students moving on to McKelvie and other schools next year. It is always bittersweet to end a school year and say goodbye to so many wonderful musicians after 4 years together! I hope everyone has a fun and safe summer and I hope to see you again soon!General Music class covered the following areas ...
    Posted May 29, 2017, 5:27 AM by Katie Curran
  • What did we learn about in April?            April was a terrific month in music class! Our composers for the month of April were all famous women. We started the month with Hildegard von Bingen from the 11th century, then Clara Schumann, and finally Amy Beach (from Henniker, NH).  General Music Covered the Following Areas:4th Grade: We started the month with rhythmic subdivision using sixteenth notes. Students practiced creating one beat packets and then used them for an activity on theme and variation. Ask you child why we were graphing our preferences for pizza! Did they prefer the theme or a variation? Some classes finished the month by learning the song Alabama Gal and the accompanying folk dance. 3rd Grade: Students learned the proper placement for the ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2017, 6:03 AM by Katie Curran
  • What did we learn about in March?         March was a very musical month with fun activities in all grades! Our composer of the month was Andrew Lloyd Webber. We learned how a play, musical, and opera are similar and different. Students enjoyed listening to selections from the musicals Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.General Music Class covered the following areas:4th grade: We started the month with a recorder and notation review. Ask your student about the Fly Swatter game! Students also learned about how composers are inspired by the world around them and created reflections on three musical examples. We finished up the month by using the "Tune Train" app to compose our own melodies. Students also worked with a partner to write a ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2017, 6:23 PM by Katie Curran
  • What did we learn about in February?        February was a short and unusual month in the music room. Due to weather, field trips, and special events not all classes participated in every activity listed. Let's all hope that March brings nicer weather, less snow, and our regular class schedule! Our composer of the month was John Williams. The students enjoyed listening to several pieces they recognized including the Olympic Fanfare and the main title theme to Star Wars.General Music class covered the following areas:4th grade: We focused on the piece Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven. Students studied the notation and learned how to play the theme on recorder and barred percussion instruments. Many students brought a copy of the music home. I ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2017, 6:24 PM by Katie Curran
  • What did we learn about in January?        January was a great month in the music room! Our composer of the month was Phil Collins. Students enjoyed listening to a singer/songwriter for a change and were excited to recognize a few pieces this month. We listened to music from the Disney movies Tarzan and Brother Bear and even some "really old" music from the 1980's!       Be sure to check out the chorus information page for updated information and pictures from the Winter ConcertGeneral Music class covered the following areas:4th Grade: Our focus this month has been on learning and reading treble clef notation. We have gone on a recorder hike, practiced notation tricks at the staff  carpet and worked with a partner to write ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 12:05 PM by Katie Curran
  • What did we learn about in December?         December is a festive and fun month in music class. Our composer of the month was Jean Sibelius. We listened to his tone poem Tapiola and the beautiful music of Finlandia. We finished the month by listening to an exert from Symphony No. 2 in D Major. Have you child find Finland on a world map.General Music Class covered the following areas:4th Grade:      Your students are improving on recorder! We used the new note F# to play Hanukkah Lights in the beginning of the month.  Then we learned the notes high C and high D and practiced using gentle air for a pleasing sound. Students learned how to play Jingle Bells on recorder. Some classes were able to ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2016, 8:46 AM by Katie Curran
  • What did we learn about in November?        November was a fast and busy month here in the music room. Our composer of the month was John Philip Sousa. The students listened to several of his famous marches including Stars and Stripes Forever and the Washington Post March.General Music Class covered the following areas:4th Grade:       Students started the month by exploring the instruments of the orchestra. We used an app, Meet the Orchestra, on the iPads to read about and listen to many different instruments. Students then tested their knowledge with several quiz activities. We went on a recorder hike to practice the notes B, A, G, and E. Everyone enjoyed moving around the classroom while practicing our note reading skills! Some students learned a new ...
    Posted Nov 28, 2016, 12:07 PM by Katie Curran
  • What did we learn about in October?         The weather is starting to change and your students are growing as musicians as we finish us the first quarter. Our composer of the month was Charles Ives. We listened to variety of his orchestral music and learned more about his life and career as a businessman and composer.    Be sure to check out the Chorus tab for more information regarding rehearsals and our first concert!General Music Class covered the following areas:    4th Grade:    We practiced and performed a body percussion piece called "As I Take a Walk" that combined a poem with movement. We learned that even if something seems difficult at first we can all be successful if we break the task down into smaller sections. Ask ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2016, 11:52 AM by Katie Curran
  • What did we learn about in September? The school year is off to a wonderful start in the music room. The children are excited to play new instruments, learn about composers and become better musicians. Our composer of the month was Gustav Holst. We enjoyed listening to several selections from the suite The Planets.  Ask your child which planet was their favorite.General Music Class covered the following areas:4th Grade:    We completed a unit on the science of singing and learned the song Feelin' Groovy. We learned the science behind correct posture for singing and playing instruments. We reviewed basic music notation by creating our own music bingo boards to prepare for playing recorder. Please have your child bring their recorder to school. We will be ...
    Posted Oct 4, 2016, 8:40 AM by Katie Curran
  • There's still time to sign up for chorus! Hi 4th grade musicians!   Do you like to sing? Would you enjoy singing new music with your friends? Do you love to perform for others?There is still time to sign up for chorus! Our first rehearsal is Tuesday 9/27. Please print and complete a permission sheet and return it to Mrs. Curran as soon as possible or by Wednesday 9/21.I look forward to many students coming to visit on Tuesdays and can't wait to start a new year of music with you!Kindly,Mrs. Curran
    Posted Sep 15, 2016, 9:37 AM by Katie Curran
  • Welcome to the Music Room! Hi Musical Families,I hope you are as excited as I am to start the new school year! I have many wonderful things planned for us as we continue our musical journey together. If this is your first year at Peter Woodbury School, welcome! All students in grades 1 through 4 will visit the music room once a week for a 40 minute lesson. I will post a brief newsletter at the conclusion of each month to share with you what your student has learned. You will also find important information and concert dates for the 4th grade chorus under the Chorus Information tab at the top of the screen.Looking forward to seeing all of you in music class ...
    Posted Aug 10, 2016, 8:45 AM by Katie Curran
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