Martha Jones Music Newsletter spring 2018

Mrs. Deana Saada-Smith, Music Specialist

Martha Jones Families,

Here is the third edition of the Martha Jones Music News. This will be the final newsletter for the 2017-2018 school year.

I feel so fortunate to work in a school that not only supports Music Education, but also values its importance in children’s lives. It has been a wonderful year of music making in Westwood. I hope you have enjoyed communicating through this newsletter some of the music learning that is experienced by your children.

As the summer months approach I hope that you and your children will continue to experience the joy of music in your daily lives.

Mrs. Saada-Smith

Please visit my website for updates on the music program:


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

We are in the final stretch of Kindergarten music. 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. This season, we will be focusing on our country, singing songs about America as well as songs about the spring.

Ask your children to teach you the song “Spring is Here”! Later in the unit, you can ask your children to sing you the chorus to the song “This Land Is Your Land”, with the hand motions!

Grade 1 – Musical Stories

The focus is learning that music can be used to tell a story. By the end of the unit students will understand:

1. Music can make pictures in my mind.

2. I can show music with a picture.

3. I can put my musical ideas down on paper.

Ask your children to tell you about the game Maestro, Maestro!

Grade 2 – How Sound Is Made

The focus is learning how sound is made. By the end of the unit students will understand:

1. I can make sounds with my body or an instrument.

2. Sound comes from vibration.

3. Changing force affects volume.

4. Changing length, size, or tension affects pitch.

Ask your children to teach you the song from the story Mortimer! We added instrument sounds and music to the book and performed it in class.

Grade 3 – My First Concert (continued) and Recorder Stories

The focus is continuing to play the recorder. We will also be learning how to tell a story with musical themes added to the story. By the end of the unit, students will understand:

1. I can make music with my recorder in an ensemble and on my own.

2. I can use music to tell a story.

3. Music can communicate moods and emotions.

Ask your children to play you their favorite song from our upcoming concert (see below). Thank you for continuing to check your child’s practice chart each week and for helping your child find the time in their busy schedules to practice for 10 minutes minimum per week. Practice is essential for success.

Mark your calendars:

End of the year concert is scheduled for

Thursday, June 7th at 2:00PM (3MacDonald)

Parents are welcome!

Grade 4 – Theme and Variations

The focus is learning about the Seven Elements of Music, with a focus on the musical form, Theme and Variations. By the end of the unit, students will understand:

1. Composers can base their compositions on a musical theme.

2. Theme and Variations is one example of a musical form.

3. Music has elements that can be varied.

4. I can create my own musical piece by varying a theme.

Ask your children how they chose to vary their version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? Which of the Seven Elements of Music did they choose?

Grade 5 – What is the Music in Me?

The focus is becoming a composer and performer. By the end of the unit, students will understand:

1. I get ideas from the music around me to create my own new music.

2. Musicians improvise to express themselves.

3. Musicians create new music styles through experimentation.

Ask your children about their Code Song Project and later in the unit, how they learned to improvise to the Twelve Bar Blues. They will be writing their own composition in this unit, including a melody and a bass line.


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