Deerfield Music News - Winter, 2019 Mrs. Deana saada-smith, music specialist

Deerfield Families,

It’s hard to believe we are already working on Unit 2! Below you will find an update on each grade level in music class. In the winter months, we are celebrating the season with new music goals to achieve. The musicians have come a long way since September. Therefore, the music expectations will become even greater. I know they will be up for these musical challenges, as they have proven themselves ready.

Thank you, families, for interacting with your children about their music learning and encouraging them to meet new music accomplishments in 2019.

Please feel free to email me with any questions:


Mrs. Saada-Smith

Please visit my website for updates on the music program.

Kindergarten – Sounds Around Me, Musical Pictures, Celebrating with Music

In Kindergarten we continue to cover three main topics/units in each music class. We discuss and learn about the musical sounds around us, we learn that we can use pictures and books to help us better understand and enjoy music, and we learn about seasonal celebrations and the music that accompanies the season. We are focusing on moving to music we hear, both slow and fast. We have also been singing songs using our higher singing voices as we learn that our voice can sing both high and low pitches.

Ask your children to teach you the song “No More Pie” or tell you the story of “Wiggle and Waggle”!

Grade 1 – Musical Patterns

The focus is learning that music is made up of patterns. By the end of the unit students will understand:

1. Music is made up of patterns.

2. I can make up my own musical patterns.

3. I can show musical patterns with my body, my voice, or an instrument.

Ask your children to teach you a song and dance that uses musical patterns! Here are a few suggestions: Sasha, Dr. Knickerbacher, LaRaspa or Jim Along Josie.

Grade 2 – Becoming a Composer

The focus is learning to become aware of music that tells a story (ballet and opera) and learning how to create their own music using rhythmic patterns. By the end of the unit students will understand:

1. Music can tell a story.

2. Composers can represent different characters by changing the music.

3. I can use my own ideas to create music.

4. I can write my own rhythms down on paper for others to perform.

Ask your children to tell you the story of the Ballet The Nutcracker and the Opera Hansel and Gretel!

Grade 3 – My First Concert

The focus is playing the recorder. By the end of the unit, students will understand:

1. I can make music with my recorder.

2. Groups of musicians can play music together in an ensemble.

3. We can perform our music for an audience.

Ask your children to play you their favorite song using the three notes B, A and G!

Third Grade Recorder Concert:

Date and Time TBA - check the music website for updates

Deerfield Gymnasium

Parents are welcome!

Grade 4 – Vocal Exploration

The focus is learning different ways the voice can be used to create music. By the end of the unit, students will understand:

1. My voice is a musical instrument.

2. I can use my voice to chant, sing, or as a percussive sound.

3. We can create harmony by singing in a round, adding an ostinato, or combining partner songs.

4. I can improvise by experimenting with vocal percussive mouth sounds.

Ask your children to sing you a round or a partner song!

Grade 5 – How Does Music Unite Us?

The focus is learning different ways people in the world are united by music through song and instruments. By the end of the unit, students will understand:

1. People make music to express themselves and their emotions.

2. People make music for entertainment and to pass the time.

3. People make music to create community.

4. People communicate through song lyrics.

During this unit, ask your children to sing you the song Sansa Kroma, from Africa, and to teach you the stone passing game!

Welcome to Grade 5 Drama!

This class is designed to educate the students about theatre. Students will learn basic acting techniques and theatre terminology. Drama will teach students how to work together as a group, think critically, use their imagination, discover new ideas, and problem solve. Students will learn how to improve their focus, self-confidence, and social skills. Everyone is expected to work to the best of their ability to achieve great success.

Ask your children how to play the game “What Are You Doing”? Try it at home with family members.

Created By
Deana Saada-Smith


Created with images by CallMeWhatEver - "Frozen Landmachine" • Photoshop Roadmap - "Colorful Pattern" • Larry1732 - "The Nutcracker" • Catkin - "flute recorder music" • dlofink - "talent show 2" • Hans - "drums hand drums musical instrument" • Dieter_G - "curtain stage theater"

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