Ms, Riccios Music Class 2019-2020

Note: Please check back to my Faculty page often as I update it frequently. I will place updates near the top of the page.

Check out a link here: 
which will tell you about me and our Music Classes at SMI! 

As described in the link above, some ways they will learn are through direct instruction, cooperative learning, performance, oral and written question and answer, listening exercises, group discussion, music games, videos , arts and crafts etc.

In my music classes,  it is my hope that your  child learns to appreciate music even more than he/she may already. I will work to develop their aural, (listening) skills, and their performance skills.

Music can provoke thought, change your mood, change your mind, make you want to get up and dance, cry, laugh or all of the above! Music can make you want to sing along and learn more about the composer. Music can make you want to learn how to play an instrument and develop the discipline required to do this! Music can make you  want to write music yourself and/or to perform in front of an audience!!!!

Update: May 24, 2020:
 During this period of school closure, I am requesting that all students Grades  1-8 visit my google classroom for music pages. 
 If so some reason, they cannot access the Google classroom site, the codes to join are as follows: 

Grade 8: qtcdizi

Grade 7: k2smg34

Grade 6- ubuygsz

Grade 5- 552ocwn

Grade 4-95mdk5k

There they will see Announcements where i post information and lesson plans that students and their families can utilize and learn from in so many ways!

All tasks are OPTIONAL under the ANNOUNCEMENT portion of Google classroom. 
They can do work there for extra credit as well.
It is there that I list such things as Teach yourself piano and they are links for children to actually play instruments online!
Also there are  Music games, and websites for  Music Technology, and ways to learn about the instruments!
There are sites there where they can quiz themselves to test their music knowledge and many similar offerings!
There are  great you tube links to music they are sure to enjoy! 
Often I will post a link and ask students: Do you like this song/ this group/ this instrument? Why or why not? It encourages them to train their ear and develop their listening skills! 

On the ASSIGNMENT PAGE  they will see what their assignments are and what the due dates are for each weekly assignment! 

If you or your child has any questions at any time, please don't hesitate to contact me at

I have so enjoyed the year with your children that I have been blessed to have! 
SMI MUSIC STUDENTS appreciate  music so much........and I wish I had had the opportunity to teach them in person for the remainder of the year!

The Recorder for Grades 4, 5, and 6, a unit on  Music History and different Music Genres were not able to be completed as I would have liked due to the School Closure. 
However, I hope that they have developed their technology skills 
as they have had the opportunity to explore and experiment with various types of music, remotely, independent of the classroom.  
Music is a form of self-expression and, as such, lends itself well to remote teaching and learning! 

I hope students continue to love Music and to keep singing, no matter where they are! 
I hope as well that  SMI students and families all have a wonderful, happy, healthy and SAFE summer and hope to see you in the FALL~!!
Thank you for the opportunity to teach Music to your child!!!!!!

Ms. Riccio

When music appreciation is encouraged in the home, Music taught in school becomes more interesting and relevant and purposeful to the student.  
With this in mind, here are some great websites for students/ families to access from home:

Performer-Based Websites
World Music With DARIA is a website from this multiple award-winning educator and musician. The website was given a 2009 Parent's Choice Award for its family-friendly introduction of world music to young people and it's resources for teachers, parents and special education professionals. The instrument section allows children to color, hear and find pdf instructions on how to make world music instruments such as cajónes (box drums), didgeridoos, shekeres, pow-wow drums and guiros along with cultural background information.
The From The Top website is designed for young classical musicians. This clever website has: The Green Room, Hall of Fame, Answer Zone, Student Lounge, a Reference Room and an area for parents and teachers. Partnered with the highly successful From The Top radio program, this site offers the more “serious” young musicians an opportunity to hear from others like them and benefit from socialization of sorts with others like themselves.
JazzKids was created for children of all ages. The website offers teachers, parents and even the youngest students the opportunity to be introduced to jazz. The interactive audio, video and curriculum are not intended to replace a teacher!

Symphony-Based Websites
The new SFSKids presents an updated online experience entirely different from the original SFSKids. Some of brand-new features and content throughout SFSKids include: a fun and playful series of educational modules presented as immersive environments and using animal avatars as guides; the ability to explore various linkages between composers, instruments and music compositions; the use of some game-based techniques to motivate repeated listening and engagement; gesture-controlled simulation scenarios using the mouse and keyboard to provide “hands-on” experiences of playing instrument and conducting music; interactive online tutorials to learn about music basics; the opportunity for users to compose and notate their own original music; and much more.

When you open this website, and Adobe prompt will appear. Please press ALLOW in order to access this great site!
The site features games, listen and learn, and various teacher resources, from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Great graphics and fun games-like the clarinet scavenger hunt-make this New York Philharmonic website great, especially for instrumental students.
LSO Play allows you to experience the orchestra from multiple points of view.

Music Game/Theory/History/Listening Websites
This website contains hundreds of learning games of varying levels, all carefully planned to gain mastery of the elements of music theory, ear training and rhythmic skills in an exciting, challenging environment.
This site is just for kids—to talk to other kids about piano, listen to the Taz-man, jump to other cool places, time travel to meet a famous composer or pianist, get a great tip to help withlessons, get help with writing piano or music reports or even ask a question!
The Yellow Cat piano program offers students the opportunity to excel at the piano. Its learning methods enable students to learn quickly and to achieve higher levels of success than the standard music program.
Includes quality theory tutorials, and interactive identification and ear training drills in note reading, key signatures, intervals and triads.
Students can test their music knowledge with quizzes, matches, concentration card games and other activities.
Elementary-age students can enjoy exploring, creating and manipulating music.
Elementary students can enjoy playing with an interactive Improvisation Station.
Enable students to compose from a MIDI keyboard and add voice-overs or other audio recorded through a microphone.
Access online accompaniments that function as virtual accompanists.