Mrs. Terison

Elementary Strings


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Lessons for COVID-19 school closures may be found under "Distance Learning"

Personal and Professional Statement

I believe that all of my students, regardless of race, gender, first language, place-of-origin, ability or sexual orientation deserve to feel safe at school and have an equal access to an excellent education .

I understand that the biases, practices, policies, and legacies that hold up institutional racism throughout society are also present in aspects of American education. I recognize the American system of education, intended to enlighten, nurture and uplift, sometimes fails to honor the full humanity and potential in students of color.

I understand that my white privilege affects the way I perceive and interact with the world. I am continuing to learn about my own privilege, and committed to disrupting and dismantling systems of racism.

I see you, I respect you, Black Lives Matter.

News from StringsLand

Hello Strings Community,

We are wrapping up this crazy school year; I've learned a few new things, and I'm sure you have too. I've missed our spring concerts and the excitement of the final days of school, and I've missed seeing all of you (SO MUCH! My living room= not as cool as you). Below is a letter explaining how to return your instrument if you will not play next year - but I hope you will! I can't wait to be back making music all together, even if that's still a ways away.

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Terison

End of Year Letter
  • New! Guys! I'm so excited about this. A resource from the Portland Public Library's newsletter - how to beatbox, with Butterscotch, the 2005 World Beatboxing Champion.
  • Go Noodle - no login required
  • Chrome Music Lab
  • Play along using Open D, Yellow Sticker E, red sticker G, open A, and Yellow sticker B (on A string)
            • Basses: Open D, Yellow E, open G, Yellow A (on G string) and Blue B (on G string)
  • Shake the Papaya - sing and clap syncopated rhythms
  • Can-Can - Create a percussion ensemble: you will need four different objects to whack, shake, rattle or otherwise make a noise with. Options include containers, cans of food (not too hard), big books, your kitchen table - be creative, don't hurt any houseplants, and clean the pots and pans if you use them.
          • Follow along with the rhythm on your instruments - each shape represents a different instrument
          • There are many more songs from this creator
  • Body Percussion - contact a buddy on Zoom or Google hangouts to do both parts
  • Rhythms Practice - clap or use your instrument to practice reading quarter notes and eighth notes
              • Many more from this creator
  • How to Practice - This is a TedTalk geared towards adults, so some of the vocabulary will likely be challenging. I recommend watching with an adult or putting the speed down to 0.75.
  • TheKidShouldSeeThis - Neat-o Videos on a variety of topics including music.
  • Listen to some of the world's greatest ensembles - the New York Philharmonic, The Kennedy Center,
  • Orchestra games from the San Francisco Symphony
  • Peaceful Mindfulness everyday at 10am