Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Over There Is My Future...

At our special PBIS Celebration Assembly, the second graders sang Plank Road Publishing's
 "Over There Is My Future". This was the final song to be performed in the gym at MPS.


End of the Year Fun in Music Class

Kindergarten friends are ending the year with Goldilocks. Here is a fun music video that they've enjoyed:
Goldilocks by Debbie and Friends

Mrs. Paugel's class interacting with it...




First Grade Friends ended the year with creating a class composition in Groovy Jungle and
learning about beat, tempo and melody in Music Ace.
Here is Mrs. Froden's class composition:

Working with Music Ace





Second grade friends finished their Treble Clef Note Literacy assessment using the technology tool Plickers, and worked with melody on Music Ace. 


Ms. Hiveley's class won the Note Identification Competition and had a reward game day.
Bop It outside
King/Queen of the Mountain Rhythm Game
Music Note Twister



Kindergarten Music Programs

We are so fortunate to have video recording courtesy of the McFarland High School!
Here are the links to the programs:

5:30 Program


6:30 Program

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Little Red Hen for Kindergarten

In Kindergarten music we've started our "farm" unit and have had fun with the Little Red Hen. 
We have heard different versions of the story in books and songs, and discussed how the details may be different, but the message of the story (usually) is the same.  :)
A new addition for me this year was a rap song where the kids had a part that alternated with mine.
So much fun!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

First Graders Experience Treble Clef Island



First Graders have been learning about the Treble Clef line and space note names
with the help of Freddie the Frog and Eli the Elephant!

The Freddie the Frog books by Sharon Burch 
are excellent teaching tools for the first grade treble clef staff unit!
The children learn about Treble Clef Island, 
which gives them a "place" to identify each line and space.
Visit Freddie the Frog's website for games and activities...




Catching Up: Carnival of the Animals with Kindergarten Kids

Before Spring Break Kindergarten Kids were experiencing Camille Saint-Saen's musical work,
"The Carnival of the Animals". This is a fun one to explore because of the themes for different animals and opportunities for movement.

Moving like Elephants


Responding to the "Pianist" section

video of "Kangaroos" hopping and pausing to look and listen

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Kindergarten Program April 19, 2018


The Kindergarten kids are very excited to share their music program "The Seasons of Kindergarten" on April 19, 2018, in the McFarland Primary School gym.
At 5:30, classes include Mrs.Heim's, Mrs. Dettlaff's, Mrs. Gray's, Mrs. Marking's and Ms. Doll's. (Please do not arrive before 5:15)
At 6:30, classes include Mrs. Cook's, Mrs. Mosso's, Mrs. Kuehl's, and Mrs. Paugel's. (Please do not arrive before 6:15)
This is an informal performance, called "The Seasons of Kindergarten",  giving families a taste of what we've done in music class! Each class will be standing on a colored riser group, and the children will sing all the songs standing on the risers.
You can plan your seating for the best view of your child's class!
5:30 group: 
Heim- Gray
Dettlaff- Red
Doll- Blue
Gray- Yellow
Marking- Green
6:30 group:
Cook -Red
Kuehl- Blue
Mosso- Yellow
Paugel- Green

Doors to the Primary School will open no earlier than 5:15 pm! 
Please drop your child off in the following rooms at MPS:
Marking, Gray (5:30) Paugel, Mosso (6:30) in the ART Room
Heim, Dettlaff, Doll (5:30) Kuehl, Cook (6:30) in the MUSIC Room
Please take your child's coat with you into the gym.

The "dress code" for the program is up to your discretion. I want the children to feel special, and in the past there have been many girls in dresses and boys in nice shirts/pants with the occasional suit and tie. Again, this is between you and your child!

Kathy Kellen, Music Teacher
kellenk@mcfsd.org