2018-19 Welcome Back Letter
Greetings students and families! Welcome back for an exciting year of music at Panther Run Elementary. If you are new to Panther Run this year, I want to welcome you to our amazing school where it will not take long to feel the kindness and supportive atmosphere that our Panther Run family of teachers and staff strive so hard provide for each child and their family. To our returning families, I hope that you have enjoyed your summer and I look forward to working with my talented students again.
This is my 8th year as music teacher at Panther Run, and my love for music is felt throughout my classroom from the lessons I cover to the instruments we play. My goal is to inspire my students to strive to be the best versions of themselves while trying new and exciting things in music. Music is a universal language, and though not all students would consider music to be their favorite subject, I strive to children to experience the fun and joy that music can provide to every learner regardless of age or interests. I pride myself in providing a positive learning environment where students are so focused at how much fun they are having, all the while not fully realizing how much they are learning in the process. So do not be surprised if you happen to hear about a famous composer at the dinner table or hear singing in the shower at home. I hope to instill an appreciation for music through the joyful, yet challenging, lessons that I have designed in my music curriculum. It is my pleasure to work with my students and the reason I love being the music teacher at Panther Run Elementary.
2018 Winter Musical
This year we will be focusing some of our music curriculum around African drumming as a cohesive lesson surrounding our winter show theme of Disney's The Lion King KIDS. This show will consist of students from all grade levels who may audition for a role to be performed in December at our Winter concert. More information can be found either my clicking "The Lion King KIDS." tab from the menu at the top of this page or by clicking this link.
Recorder Karate Information
Our 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders have begun working on a new program called Recorder Karate. This fun and rewarding program is designed to allow students to practice their sight-reading ability on new music while learning how to play notes on the soprano recorder.
There are various difficulty levels for the song which they will learn, and for each song learned student's will earn a different color belt to tie around the end of their recorder to show that they have mastered that particular song. The order of belts one can earn are as followed: White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Purple, Blue, Red, Brown, and Black. Students can click the image to the right to practice the songs and work towards earning their next color belt. If a student looses a belt, they must play the song again for Mr. Jasso to earn the belt again, so be careful not to loose the belts you have earned. For practice videos of each song, please go to the Recorder Tab from the main menu of this website.
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 play are commonly known as "Soprano Baroque Recorders". This is important to know because soprano baroque 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
The Hit Music School
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 if they would like, however they are not required to practice from home.
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.