Monday, November 27, 2017

Fifth Grade Musical - Audition Announcement

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is with great pleasure that I am announcing this year’s fifth grade music program: the musical 101 Dalmatians Kids. Please mark the performance dates Thursday, March 1st and Friday, March 2nd on your calendars. I am also excited to announce that both performances will be held in the Central High School auditorium and begin at 6:30 p.m. The performances will last for approximately 45-60 minutes.

All fifth grade students will be involved in the musical as chorus members; however, students will also have the option of auditioning for solo singing and speaking roles. Auditions for these parts will consist of speaking, singing, and acting and will be held from 4:15-6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 11th and Tuesday, December 12th. Students who choose to audition will be assigned a 15-minute audition time slot on one of these dates. All students will be introduced to audition materials during music class to ensure that each student has the opportunity to come to auditions prepared.

Parents are also invited to play an active role in this musical! If you are interested in assisting with set design, props, costuming, or any other aspect of musical theater production, please contact me as soon as possible. I am very excited to have this opportunity to work closely with not only the fifth grade students, but also with their families!


Mrs. Aaronson
twitter: @mrsaaronson

101 Dalmatians Kids – Fifth Grade Musical Auditions Permission Slip

The following is a general permission slip for all students interested in participating in 101 Dalmatians Kids auditions. Auditions will be held in the Music Room (Room 101) from 4:15-6:30 p.m. on December 11th and December 12th. Please note that the vast majority of 101 Dalmatians rehearsals will be held before (8:10-8:45) and after-school (4:15-5:30) beginning January 3rd and concluding with the March 1st and March 2nd evening performances. By signing this form, you are indicating that you are prepared to ensure that your child will attend all necessary rehearsals. All rehearsal calendars will be provided at least two-weeks in advance.

I give permission for ­___________________________ to stay after school for auditions on Monday, December 11th or Tuesday, December 12th. You will receive an email with your child’s audition time (ranging from 4:15-6:30 p.m.) on or before Tuesday, December  7th.

_____ I will pick up my child from Room 102.
_____ My child has permission to ride home with ___________________.
_____ My child will return to PrimeTime Care after auditions.

Signed: ______________________________
                             (parent signature)
**Your child will not be allowed to audition or stay after school without a signed permission slip.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Second Grade Folk Dancing Events

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope that you all are having a great week! I am writing to invite you to please take out your calendar and mark down a very special date. During the end of November/beginning of December each second grade class will be invited to Loon Lake Elementary for a second grade family folk dancing evening. At this event, families will learn folk dances alongside of their second grade student. All are welcome; however, children younger than seven years old will need to be paired with a parent or guardian. Please come ready to join in the dancing!

Please get out your calendar now and mark down these very important dates:

Wed. Nov. 29th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Mrs. Doran’s class
Mon. Dec. 4th  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Mrs. Ulin’s class
Tues. Dec. 5th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Mrs. Ziegler’s class
Wed. Dec. 6th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Mrs. McCullough/Locey’s class

These events will be held in the Loon Lake Elementary gym. I look forward to seeing you then! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.


Mrs. Aaronson
twitter: @mrsaaronson

First Grade Informances

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope that you all are having a great week! I am writing to invite you to please take out your May calendar and mark down a very special date. During the third week of May 2018, each first grade class will be hosting an evening ‘informance’. What is an informance? It is a family music event in which families are invited to sing songs, dance, and play musical games alongside of their first grade students. This will be an opportunity for first graders to shine and truly show-off all of the musical skills that they have developed this year. As first grade is a time in which students develop basic music reading skills, you will be able to see your child read and perform simple rhythms and melodies. It has only been a month since school began, but I am already excited to show you a year’s worth of progress in May!

Please get out your calendar now and mark down these very important dates:

Mon. May 14th from 6:30-7:15 p.m. – Mrs. Hoger’s Class
Tues. May 15th from 6:30-7:15 p.m. - Mrs. Scott’s class
Wed. May 16th from 6:30-7:15 p.m. - Mrs. Bandy’s class

Each informance will take place in the LLE music room. I look forward to seeing you in May! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.


Mrs. Aaronson
twitter: @mrsaaronson

Monday, September 4, 2017

Welcome Back!!

Hello Everyone and Welcome to Music at Loon Lake!

My name is Nicole Aaronson and I am very excited to be teaching music at Loon Lake Elementary School again this year! I am looking forward to meeting all of our new students, greeting all of our returning students, and sharing a year filled with joyful music learning experiences. All year students will be learning musical concepts through singing, dancing, playing classroom instruments, and participating in a wide variety of musical activities and educational games. 

In an effort to make this blog more helpful, this year it will serve as a supplement to my twitter account. While my twitter account will be updated weekly, this blog will be updated periodically to deliver news which requires more than 140 characters. Items you will see on this blog will include curricular information and details about performances and events such as the fifth grade musical. You can sign-up to receive email notifications each time this blog is updated by entering your email address in the "Follow by Email" box found on the right side of the home page.

If you would like to follow the music classroom on twitter, my handle is @mrsaaronson.

I would like to once again express my excitement about the 2017-2018 school year! I look forward to seeing all of you soon!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Week Twenty Four in Review (Feb. 20 - Feb. 24)

Greetings from the music room! This was an exciting week of singing, moving, and playing instruments! Here are some of the highlights: 

Kindergarten students did not have class with Mrs. Aaronson this week due to the mid-winter break.

First grade students practiced reading quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests to the song Bow Wow Wow this week. First, students were asked to find the rests in the song aurally, then students were shown the rhythm on the board. Students also practiced reading high/low patterns from a two line staff. Students were led in a discussion about how to know which notes are high and which notes are low. Students were challenged to hear high and low patterns in their head. Once students heard the silent pattern in their heads, they were asked to sing it out loud. Students are making considerable progress in this regard! Students also reviewed the song Old Joe Clark and practiced fluid and bumpy movements. Students also practiced moving fluidly with a rhythm stick and freezing into a statue. Students enjoyed trying to mimic Mrs. Aaronson’s movements especially when she froze in silly poses. 

Second grade students learned about half rests this week. Students were led to discover that the patting/silent hand tap movement that they performed to the song Poor Old Crow last week was to prepare them for reading and performing half rests. Students learned that a half rest looks a lot like an Abraham Lincoln hat. They also discovered that hat and half are very similar words which will be helpful differentiating it from other rests. Students also practiced identifying half notes in the song Are You Sleeping. Once students could successfully find the half notes, students were asked to play a chime on all half notes. This created the aural image of bells ringing in a steeple. Students also reviewed the placement, hand sign, and sound of their new note (re). Students were challenged to aurally identify the sound of the new note by playing a game called poison pattern. As students were incredibly successful, next week they will learn the name of this new note!

Third grade students reviewed melodic notes do re mi sol la do’ by learning a new song called Donkeys Like to Munch on Carrots. The words are as follows:

Donkeys like to much on carrots
Carrots don’t like that at all
Heehaw, heehaw
Listen to the donkey’s call

The lyrics to this song reminded Mrs. Aaronson of the children’s book Creepy Carrots. Students enjoyed reading this book as a class. The book is about carrots that do not enjoy being eaten and trick a rabbit into building a fence around the carrot patch. Students also reviewed melodic note low la this week. Students practiced singing patterns containing low la and reviewed the song Captain, Don’t Side Track Your Train. Students also began learning a new song and game called Chicken on a Fencepost. This song will be used to introduce a new melodic note.

Fourth grade students were informed that they will be taking a treble clef assessment next Tuesday. Students were given a study guide and asked to study the notes of the treble clef staff as well as the recorder fingerings for those notes. We will play a review game on Monday to prepare for this assessment. Students also began readying for our instruments of the orchestra unit by taking a pre-assessment. Students were asked to identify whether the instruments that they heard belonged to the woodwind, brass, strings, or percussion family. This assessment will be used to show student growth in the area of tone color.

Fifth grade students reviewed the song Oh, What a Wondrous Thing and were reminded of the vocal techniques that they can use in this song. Students also sang this song as a round with Mrs. Aaronson. Students practiced conserving their air by performing an exercise called One Man and His Dog. Students also learned about a new vocal technique called ‘open the throat.’ Students practiced taking a silent deep breath and then expelling their air by using a siren. Students did a remarkable job at performing a very high, well supported siren!

Mrs. Ellis’s students were introduced to quarter rests this week. After considerable practice, students are beginning to master the concept of musical silence. Students practiced reading patterns of quarter notes and quarter rests. Students also explored the upper ranges of their voices by letting out the cowboy cry ‘yeehaw’ during a story called Cowboy Joe.

Mrs. Ross’s students reviewed the song Li’l Liza Jane which will be used to introduce new note high do. Students also reviewed melodic notes do re mi sol la and practiced singing and playing the last two phrases of Rocky Mountain on the xylophone. 

Mrs. Muller’s students reviewed the musical form theme and variations this week. Students used the song Li’l Liza Jane as the theme. Students then created ways to vary this theme. We explored different dynamic levels and also added different instruments to the theme. Students reviewed the song Paddy Works Upon the Railway.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Week Twenty Three in Review (Feb. 13 - Feb. 17)

Greetings from the music room! This was an exciting week of singing, moving, and playing instruments! Here are some of the highlights:

Kindergarten students explored their voices this week by imitating the sound of a slide whistle. Students did a wonderful job of using the upper range of their voices to truly imitate the sound! Students also explored their voices by playing a game called Find Your Partner. In this game, each student is given a piece of paper with an animal on it. At least one other student has the same animal. At the beginning of the game, each student makes the sound of their animal. By listening to the sounds, they must find the person/people who have the same animal and form a group of like animals. Students loved this game and asked to play it multiple times! Students also learned a new chant called Grandma’s Glasses which will be used to begin working on the difference between high and low sounds. 

First grade students were led to discover that See Saw and Rain, Rain Go Away begin with the same rhythm and melody. Students were given the opportunity to write the rhythm of See Saw on individual white boards. Students drew a single line and wrote notes above and below the line in order to show high and low sounds. Students also began learning the song Old Joe Clark. Students moved fluidly during the first half of the song and patted a slow steady beat during the second half of the song. Students also explored many different types of movements with a scarf. Students moved smoothly, roughly, and pretended to dab paint in the air. 

Second grade students discovered where the new note, re, lives on melody street this week. Students were led to discover that the melodic pattern that they had been solo singing is the pattern mi 'new note' do. That means that the new note, re, will be moving into the lot between mi and do’s houses. Students also learned the hand sign for this new note and practiced singing melodic patterns with this new hand sign. Students learned a new song, Poor Old Crow, and were asked to keep a half note pulse during this song. Students were also asked to perform a half note pulse while making every second pulse silent. This prepares students to learn about whole notes. Students reviewed the song and game to Closet Key and practiced finding the half notes in the song Are You Sleeping.

Third grade students practiced reading low la patterns on the staff this week. Students were led to discover that patterns with a strong low la presence have a “Halloween” or “spooky” quality to them. Students began learning a new song containing low la, Captain, Don’t Side Track Your Train. Students were challenged to find the pattern ‘mi-mi-re-do-la,’ in this song. After a bit of trial and error, many students were able to find the location of this pattern. Students also practiced reading rhythms to play a game to the song Black Snake. While students sang the song a black yarn snake was passed around the class. The student whose hands were closest to the snake’s head was able to choose a rhythm from the board. The class could earn up to three points by reading the rhythm. Students enjoyed trying to achieve a perfect score!

Fourth grade students prepared to test for their red belt this week. Students reviewed the form of Lightly Row and practiced reading notes and checking fingerings with partners. On Tuesday, students were give the opportunity to test for their red belt. On Thursday, students enjoyed receiving their belts, playing poison pattern (while practicing new note F#), and learning to play Fight Song on the recorder.

Fifth grade students reviewed vocal techniques ‘conserve your air’ and ‘fountain of air’ this week. Students learned a new song, Oh, What a Wondrous Thing, and discussed how they could use these two techniques to make the song sound its best. Students also watched a video of the One Voice children’s choir’s audition on America’s Got Talent. Students were asked to use what they have learned about posture, breathing, and vocal techniques to create feedback for this choir. Students did an incredible, thoughtful job answering this question! Students were also given a brief overview of the history of written music in the Western world. Students were given the opportunity to listen to and follow along with an ancient manuscript of a Gregorian Chant. 

Mrs. Ellis’s students focused on preparing to learn quarter rests this week. Students worked together to decode the rhythm to the song Big Black Cats. Students discovered that there is a rest at the end of the first phrase – no sound on the beat! Afterwards, students sang the song The Muffin Man and began practicing rests using muffins on the interactive white board. Eight muffins were arranged to represent the steady beat. Students spoke yum to the steady beat, one yum for each muffin. One by one, students began removing muffins from the white board. Students were instructed to stay silent in place of the missing muffins. This proved to be quite challenging for many of the students as this exercise requires immense focus and hearing the beat internally.

Mrs. Ross’s began preparing to learn a new note, high do, this week. Students learned the song Li’l Liza Jane and discussed the lyrics to this song. Students also reviewed melodic notes do re mi sol and la by reexamining the song Rocky Mountain. Students were led to discover that they now have all the tools to play this entire song on the xylophone. Students began transferring their knowledge of this song to the xylophone.

Mrs. Muller’s students continued to focus on form this week. Students listened to a piece called Los Mariachis. This time students were given a blank listening map. The form (rondo) was marked in but the instruments for each section were left out. Students were instructed to listen to the recording and then fill in the boxes with the most important instruments in each section. Once again, students were incredibly successful! Students then began learning about a form called theme and variations. Students were show a series of three pictures and asked to name the theme of each picture (high heels, cookies, cars). Students were then asked to discuss the variations on these themes (color, size, shape). Students then discussed how composers can use theme and variations in music. Composers can vary a theme by using different instruments, dynamics, speed, etc. Lastly, students were asked to create a picture showing themes and variations. Themes consisted of pizza, eyes, and vehicles.