Hello! Welcome to the website for Mr. Sullivan's grade 3 and 4 music classes at the Westport Elementary School in Westport, MA. 

  • The "Link Up" tab in the navigation menu above has links to pages for each of the songs we are learning to sing and play on recorder in grade 4. Each page has sheet music, lyrics, recordings, and other stuff related to the songs. 
  • The "Videos" tab links to an archive of the videos we've watched in class along with some other things you might enjoy. 
  • Click the "Home" tab to be taken back to the WES Music page at WestportSchools.org.
  • To return here from anywhere on the site, click the words "WES Music" at the top of the page.
In 4th grade, we will learn to play the recorder, and at the end of the year we will take our recorders to a performance by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance is part of the RI Philharmonic's annual Link Up educational concert series, and we will play or recorders along with the orchestra!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Westport Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


Grading Policy 
My grades consist of short assessments of students’ performance of musical skills. For example, I might sing a short fragment of melody made of three or four notes to each student and have them echo me. I use the following rubric to score students’ performance.

 Performance is entirely correct
 3 Performance is mostly correct; there may be some errors
 2 Performance is mostly incorrect; some parts are correct
 1 Performance is entirely incorrect

I often score a student’s performance on more than one dimension. For example, if I have students echo a short bit of melody, I might score them on the accuracy of both pitch and rhythm. These scores are treated as separate for grading purposes. At the end of the term, I average all a student’s scores with equal weight. An average of 3.5 or higher is graded as O (Outstanding) and an average of 2 or lower is graded as U (Unsatisfactory).

Not all of my assessments are counted towards a student’s grade. Some are formative assessments, which are meant only to give me an idea of students’ current level of ability and help me plan instruction. Only summative assessments, those given after instruction and practice, are counted toward the term grade.