Music with Mr. Rossi and Mr. Griffin
Meet the Music Teachers ...
Mr. Rossi was born and raised in Salinas. He even attended elementary school in our very own Salinas City School District. This is Mr. Rossi's 34th year of teaching. Besides being a credentialed teacher, Mr. Rossi is also a full-time musician. He plays multiple instruments, performs with multiple music groups, and he'll be the first to say, "I never get tired of playing music!" Mr. Rossi's teaching philosophy is very simple. He believes that every person needs a creative outlet. He encourages his students to express themselves; learn an instrument, write a poem, write a song, sing a song, and keep an open mind. All music is great!
Mr. Griffin was born fittingly in Music City, better known as Nashville, Tennessee. His love for records and FM radio as a youth helped pave the wave for his love of music. His mother, Mrs. Griffin of Monterey Park School, used to have a wide variety of vinyl records and he would listen to everything from The Doors to Cyndi Lauper, The Beatles to Prince, Metallica to Nirvana, and everything in between. Mr. Griffin was actually in the beginning stages of being a classically trained pianist around the age of seven. However, he was also very drawn in by the acoustic and electric guitar. The first songs Mr. Griffin learned on guitar were some early rock and roll and blues numbers as his skills at the time were of the three-chord variety. Mr. Griffin grew up and began performing in various bands, started his own band, and tried learning as many instruments as possible. Previous to joining the Music Department, Mr. Griffin taught 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade at Monterey Park and Kammann schools, both in our Salinas City Schools District. Mr. Griffin loves inspiring students and is very excited about working alongside Mr. Rossi as the new music teacher for our schools!
Mr. Rossi and Mr. Griffin Want ALL of Our Students to Learn Our National Anthem ...
Let's See What Else Mr. Rossi and Mr. Griffin Will Be Teaching Between Now and May ...
Beginning in February and lasting until the end of May
Mr. Rossi and Mr. Griffin will visit one school for an entire week, before moving on to the next school (see 2017 Spring Music Schedule on the left). They will arrive at their designated school on Monday morning, set up shop in the MPR, and work with the students each morning until Friday. The sessions will be divided by grade levels.
The lesson continues with vocal warm up exercises, review of songs already taught, rhythm practice, including eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, triplets, 16th notes, and rests. Next, is the introduction of new songs, and finally it's "Song of the Day" which could be something contemporary or something old, something special on the calendar (such as Sandwich Day), something requested by a student, or something requested by a teacher.
Mr. Rossi and Mr. Griffin invite a musician friend to come in and tell their story about how they became a musician; hopefully inspiring some of the students along the way. They also share their talents and their musical skills.
Mr. Rossi and Mr. Griffin convert the MPR into a recording studio. Mr. Griffin becomes the recording engineer and Mr. Rossi becomes the sound tech and the choir director. The students are taught the recording process and taken through the steps of sound production. Next, the students are recorded while they perform some of the songs that they've been working on all week. Finally, Mr. Rossi and Mr. Griffin mix down the Master Recordings and they are posted on Mr. Rossi and Mr. Griffin's Music link.
Thanks to Ms. Meyers and her very talented Kindergarten students over at El Gabilan School for all the wonderful letters that you wrote for us.