Music with Ms. Brady at CRES

Welcome the website for music class with Ms. Brady at CRES!

Here you will find important information about what your student is learning, who they are learning it from, and how you can help them continue to learn outside of school! Please use the menu on the top of your screen to find:

Home and Blog: Regular classroom updates - what’s going on in music this month? (scroll down and check back often for updates)

Music at CRES:

Classroom expectations - what is expected of my student in music?

Teacher expectations - what can I expect of Ms. Brady?

Family expectations - what is expected of me?

Grade level curriculum information - what will my student be learning this year?

Music at Home: Featured songs and activities from music class - how can we make music at home?

Music in Our Community: Resources for local choirs, private lessons, vacation camps, etc. - how can we make music in the community?

About and Contact Ms. Brady: More info about Ms. Brady - who is my student’s music teacher?

Blog Post August 2020: new school year plans

With the recent vote to approve the district reopening plan, I have begun to fill in some of the pieces of what music will look like at CRES for the 2020-2021 school year. Please read some of the changes to keep our students safe below:

  • To limit the amount of people each student and teacher interact with on a daily basis, specials have switched to new schedule for this school year. Each student will go through the 5 specials in 'cycles' - segments of the year that last 7 weeks each. This means your student will see the same special everyday for 50 minutes for ~7 weeks before moving onto a new special. The schedule will be found on the "Music at CRES" page.

  • Because of Maine DOE guidelines and research that has found a higher concentration of aerosols expelled while singing, singing will only be allowed outdoors with masks and 14 feet of space between students.

  • Because singing is allowed, and because of the overall risk mitigation by being outside, I intend to have music outside on a regular basis.

  • To ensure the largest amount of distance between students and to eliminate the use of rugs (harder to sanitize) the set-up of the music room is a little different this year. Students will be seating in rows of chairs with markers for the boundaries of their personal space.

  • To limit sharing materials, students will use supplies assigned to their spot and all supplies and materials will be cleaned between classes. (Eg. an instrument box labeled 5 will only be used by the student who sits on spot 5)

  • Also to limit sharing materials, I will utilize the individual student supply box and ipads. These should be brought to music everyday.

  • Because of the changes in schedule and the necessary changes in curriculum, what and how we learn in music will look very different this year. Many of the things that form the pillars of music class need to be re-thought: singing, folk dancing, instrument usage, group work.

Please do not hesitate to reach out via email with any questions or concerns. While there is still much that is unknown, we are very lucky that students at CRES will still have regular music programming. Your students and I will work together to re-think music class and ensure that we are meeting our learning goals in new ways!

Blog Post June 2020: virtual learning overview

My intention was to post regular updates monthly, but let's just say March brought a few extra variables to the table to say the least!

From March-June 2020, CRES students experienced virtual learning. For music, this meant:

  • 3 activities post each week for each grade level

  • once weekly live music class (last 4 weeks)

  • access to Ms. Brady's virtual bookshelf

Looking at the data I have on website access and attendance for live music classes, there were many families who could not or did not take part in these opportunities. Virtual learning had a steep learning curve for everyone, myself included! I am hopeful that should we need to do school remotely sometime next year, we will learn from our experiences this spring and it will be a more engaging and successful system for all.

If you or your student has any feedback on how remote school went for music, please feel free to send me an email at

It is uncertain what the 2020-2021 school year will look like for music, but I am hopeful that music will always be a part of your student's school experience!

Blog Post February 2020: featured activities for each grade level

4th grade: concert preparations in 3 languages

This month, 4th graders have been conquering the challenge of learning a song in a new language! At our concert next month, we will be singing in Turkish, English, and using takadimi rhythm syllables (which help us read and understand rhythm). I'll let my student reveal the Turkish, but take a look at the rhythms below and let your student show off their talent!

3rd grade: three note solfege reading

3rd graders are anxiously waiting for me to reveal some new solfege notes. We have been working on reading, writing, playing, and listening for mi, so, and la - here are some skills 3rd graders have shown that tell me they are ready for 2 new notes!

mi so la WS.pdf

2nd grade and MA: using Orff instruments for the first time

2nd graders and multiagers are using Orff instruments for the first time this winter. Early on, we spend a lot of time learning the procedures of the instrument area (how to enter and exit, how to rotate instruments, rest position and ready to play position). Then we learn about all of the different instruments in the area (xylophones, metallophones, and 6 different drums). Finally, we are ready to play classroom songs as well as create our own!

1st grade: introducing and practicing ta and tadi

1st graders have been expanding on a concept first introduced this fall: in kindergarten, we practiced 'steady heart beat' vs. 'the way the words go' - now as 1st graders we know 'the way the words go' really means the rhythm pattern. Recently, we learned how to 'decode' and 'say' rhythm patterns. Here's a chart that sums up our learning. Throughout the year, we are working on playing the patterns accurately, listening and decoding patterns, and composing and improvising our own!

Kindergarten: following vocal paths and creating our own

We are learning about and practicing the 4 voices we use in music class (singing, speaking, calling, whispering), and a great way to find or practice our singing voices is vocal paths! We can follow the paths with our voices, and then create our own path with some giant pipe cleaners!