Mrs. Velardi Music 4 - 6


The Foote School
Parents Night 
Music 4-6 Reminders:  

4th gradeWe will be starting the soprano recorder and the school will supply each student with a recorder and book. When they come home with these instruments that means they should be playing about 5-10 minutes each day to prepare the assignments for the next dayís class.

5th grade: We will be starting recorder again soon so please find the soprano recorder your child used last year and the book. The school will supply new ones to the new children and if you need to purchase either item (if you want one for home and one for school for example, or if you just can't find them,) just let me know and I will order more.

6th grade: We will be changing to the alto recorder this year but the children still need to bring in their sopranos. The school will loan each student an alto recorder but if you would rather purchase a new one for your child so that they don't have to use a used recorder, let me know and I will order them in bulk.

Performance Dates
Assemblies are in the Gym and May Day is on the Highland Street Field. Please plan to join us!
Fourth and Fifth grades : Spring Assembly, Friday, March 7th, 2013, 11:30 a.m.                            May Day, Friday, May 23rd, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
Sixth Grade: Winter Assembly, Tuesday, December 18th, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
May Day Friday, May 23rd, 2013, 11:00 a.m.



Curriculum Statements
Fourth Grade: The fourth grade students continue using the Kodaly Concept, a comprehensive program to train basic musical skill and teach the reading and writing of music and develop a joy of singing, dancing and playing together. We review the elements of music learned in the previous grades, adding the melodic elements low la and low so and sixteenth notes and dotted rhythms to our rhythmic repertoire. We expand on the studentsí repertoire of part-singing with more difficult rounds and partner songs and reading in two parts. This is the year the students begin playing the soprano recorder using the absolute note naming system. We continue to develop listening skills by listening to symphonic, choral and folk examples. The dance program, begun in previous grades, continues with learning to square dance. We connect to the classroom curriculum by supplementing with listening examples and songs where appropriate. We also continue working on social skills by working in small dance groups and cooperating in small ensembles. As in the years prior to the fourth grade the primary goal is to foster independence, enjoyment and confidence in singing, moving, and playing music.

Fifth Grade: The fifth grade students continue using the Kodaly Concept, a comprehensive program to train basic musical skill and teach the reading and writing of music and develop a joy of singing, dancing and playing together. We review the elements of music learned in the previous grades, adding syncopation to our rhythmic repertoire and solidifying the melodic concepts learned in previous years. We expand on the studentsí repertoire of part-singing with longer and more difficult rounds and part songs. The students continue playing the soprano recorder using the absolute note naming system, playing duets and ensemble pieces. We continue to develop listening skills by listening to and analyzing various examples of symphonic, choral and world musics.  The students continue square dancing and moving expressively to music. We also continue working on social skills by working in dance groups and cooperating in small ensembles. We connect to the classroom curriculum by supplementing with listening examples and songs where appropriate. As in the years prior to the fifth grade the primary goal is to foster independence, enjoyment and confidence in singing, moving, and playing music.

Sixth Grade: In the sixth grade the students continue using the Kodaly Concept, a comprehensive program to train basic musical skill and teach the reading and writing of music and develop a joy of singing, dancing and playing together. The students review the melodic elements presented in previous grades and add the notes fa and ti to their melodic repertoire, completing the diatonic scale. They solidify the various rhythmic combinations and time signatures including reading 6/8 time. A large part of their year is spent learning music from various countries of the world, connecting to their Humanities course. Incorporated in that study is learning the alto recorder.

Extra Curricular activities for sixth through ninth grades include Chorus, Orchestra, and the Jazz/Rock band all of which meet weekly and have an opportunity to perform at a major assembly during the school year. Informal student-led ensembles may be allowed to have rehearsal times and/or coaching from specialized instructors on staff, depending on interest and availability.


Music Department Website:

You will find information about 
~rehearsals and performances 
~homework assignments for recorder practice 
~sixth grade, quizzes and test information
~lots of other links to explore

Any questions? evelardi@footeschool.org

Come see your children anytime, they love to perform!

Ellen Velardi