Mr. Jasso's Music Class

Welcome Back for the 2017-2018 School Year

It is with great joy that I welcome all of our students and families back for another amazing year. This year at Panther Run our music classes will be filled with much more interactive and hands-on lessons than ever before thanks to the voter approved S.M.A.R.T. Bond back in November of 2014, which provided $800 Million dollars to the 337+ schools (including charter) across Broward County in the areas of Safety, Music/Arts, Athletics, Renovations, and Technology...or S.M.A.R.T for short.

This year I am excited to dive into new areas of music education through the used of various world drumming, more in-depth keyboard and recorder curriculum (which you will see below), Violins and Guitar Ensemble, as well as music movement, beginning theory, improvisation, singing, dancing, technology, games and much more to inspire our students to get creative, think "outside the box", and develop their own sense of musicality through fun and challenging music curriculum.

Where do I get a recorder for my 3rd, 4th, or 5th Grade child?

The recorders that our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be learning to play are commonly known as "Soprano Recorders". This is important to know because soprano recorders are one of the smallest recorders and there are many different types of recorders available for purchase online or in stores. Soprano recorders have been widely used by students in elementary music classrooms across the country for decades. These instruments are a part of the flute family and help prepare students for playing wind instruments should they decide to enter middle school band.

These instruments are fairly inexpensive, costing on average anywhere from $5-$10 depending on where you get them from. Yamaha recorders are a very durable and affordable brand of recorder which are sure to resist cracks and breaks from frequent drops and storage in backpacks. Made of very durable plastic and a three piece construction, this recorder makes tuning easy and cleaning easier. The three piece construction also allows the recorder to be easily disassembled for easy cleaning with warm and soapy water. It also comes with a protective bag that helps to keep the instrument clean from the elements.

If you would like to shop locally for a Soprano recorder, below are three nearby locations that sell them:

Music Tech Studios Inc

Located in: Shoppes of Silver Lakes

Address: 18251 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

Phone: (954) 447-8554

Pines Music Studio

Located in: Sedano's Plaza

Address: 17035 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

Phone: (954) 432-3900

All County Music

Address: 17886 NW 2nd St, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

Phone: (954) 441-2263

Soprano recorders may be purchased online through websites such as Amazon. Soprano recorders may also be purchased in local music stores such as Guitar Center and Sam Ash. The choice is ultimately up to the parent/guardian where the recorder is obtained, however all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students must provide their own soprano recorder for each music class. I also suggest to ask family members if they own one that you can borrow because many elementary schools in the U.S. use soprano recorders, and there is a good chance that someone you know may already own one that you can borrow. These recorders will be taken to and from school to allow students to practice at home and help them work towards proficiency in our Winter Show music . Students will begin using soprano recorders on Monday, September 25, 2017.

What happens if I do not get a recorder of my own?

If students are unable to acquire a recorder of their own, or they happen to forget their recorder at home, they will be allowed to use a clean recorder during their music class. These recorders are cleaned and sanitized after each use and are always available for students who may need to borrow an instrument for the day, however students are not allowed to take these recorders home with them. This makes practicing at home an issue, and students are strongly encouraged to practice their music for the Winter Show if they have hopes of being selected to participate for the recorder ensemble.