Welcome to the SME Music Room with Mrs. Berndt!


Ask Your Child About:

The choir program

The band and orchestra program

Our ukulele wall

Our daily sound walk

Friday's Performance Day

Mrs. Berndt's disco ball

The SME fight song

...and more




My goal as your child’s music teacher is to provide all learners with musical experiences

that will connect with their personal lives. 

Every child will be exposed to and asked to demonstrate basic musical skills that we

all continue to develop as lifelong learners: 


~  Creating and performing as a soloist and part of an ensemble

~  Playing on a wide variety of instruments and using the voice in a variety of ways 

~  Demonstrating appropriate audience and performance etiquette 

~  Appreciating styles, genres, cultures and historical influences

~  Responding to aural cues and beat 

~  Showing purposeful movement and/or dance

~  Listening to and evaluating music

~  Composing and/or arranging using standard notation or digital technology

~  Discovering an intrinsic appreciation and personal connection to the musical world around us


Depending on the age and grade level of your child, you will find a variety of learning in our class. 

This year, you will see scarf and streamer dancing, bucket drumming, Boomwhackers, ukuleles, recorders, cultural and rhythm instruments, guitars, performance days, listening lessons, beat activities and community singing games, digital composing, dramatic tableau, and more! 


Please come visit any time! 


Kindergarten:  The purpose of this year is to expose young musicians to discover a love for music and singing.  We will explore our voices, musical opposites, rhythm instruments, movement, response to conductor cues, and group performance. The use of literature will support our learning.


First Grade: A continuation and development of all of the above, plus…

We will begin to learn basic music notation (reading and writing) and how to turn them into songs, and game play supported with instrumental accompaniment.   This year, I introduce ‘Performance Day’ for any musician willing to share their talents and musical interests as we practice audience etiquette.     


Second Grade:  A continuation and development of all of the above, plus…

Second graders will begin to use music vocabulary to describe tempo, dynamics, and music symbols found in a student song sheet.   Singers will also learn to follow verses and refrains/chorus in the music. This year, 2nd graders are invited to participate in the 2nd & 3rd grade choir enrichment program before school on Mondays and Friday, January - April.


Third Grade:  A continuation and development of all of the above, plus… 

Third graders will be able to comfortably sing their way through a student song sheet, sing and play challenging rhythms, and be able to sing rounds and partner songs.  This year, students will also learn about the families of instruments in the symphony orchestra, and will experience the performance art of dramatic tableau. We will also explore the basics of how to play a few chords on the new ukuleles.   This year, 3rd graders are invited to participate in the 2nd & 3rd grade choir enrichment program before school on Mondays and Friday, January - April.


Fourth Grade:  A continuation and development of all of the above, plus…   

Fourth graders will learn to read and play treble clef notation using the recorder.   In addition, students will learn the basic C chord family on ukuleles, and will be able to sing and play along to simple songs.    4th graders are invited to participate in the instrumental enrichment program before or after school, and may choose a band or orchestra instrument.   I will be offering all 4th, 5th and 6th graders the opportunity to participate in the choir enrichment program before school on Mondays and Fridays, September - December.


Fifth Grade:  A continuation and development of all of the above, plus… 

We will take a deeper dive into the world of music around us, historical influences, and digital composition.    Using ukuleles, students will be able to play along with more challenging songs as well as read chord charts. If there is time toward the end of the year, I plan to introduce basic guitar skills.  Also, as mentioned above, all 4th - 6th graders are invited to participate in the instrumental and choral enrichment programs offered before and after school.  


Sixth Grade:  A continuation and development of all of the above, plus… 

A culmination of all musical skills!   I also plan to use SME’s guitars to develop guitar skills!   It is my goal to collaborate WITH our 6th grade role model musicians for many projects, including hosting  “musical play dates” with younger classes. What a neat way to foster leadership and performance skills using the ukuleles and/or guitars to work with our younger musicians!    6th grade singers are also invited to audition for the Douglas County District Honor Choir festival and performance.