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Welcome to Whittier Music 2018-2019

Hello Whittier Families! The concert dates and times for this school year are below...please keep these dates saved for the Spring! More information will be sent home with your students' as the concerts get closer! Thanks!

  • Grades 3,4,5 Concert - Tuesday, March 19th Concert at 3:00 pm...Concert at 6:00 pm
  • Grades K,1,2 Concert - Tuesday, May 14th Concert at 3:00 pm...Concert at 6:00 pm

HELLO WHITTIER FAMILIES! MY NAME IS MS. COSSON AND I HAVE THE HONOR OF BEING THE MUSIC TEACHER AT WHITTIER! I HAVE BEEN AN ELEMENTARY MUSIC TEACHER FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS AND I HAVE BEEN TEACHING AT WHITTIER FOR THE PAST 6 YEARS. THIS BLOG WILL BE UPDATED OFTEN TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF THE AWESOME THINGS YOUR STUDENTS ARE DOING IN MUSIC CLASS! I WILL POST VIDEOS, PICTURES AND LITTLE NOTES ABOUT THE AWESOME LEARNING HAPPENING IN MUSIC CLASS. PLEASE CHECK IN OFTEN TO SEE WHAT WE ARE UP TO IN MUSIC CLASS. I AM SO EXCITED TO BEGIN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR AND I CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE MUSIC WITH YOUR CHILD(REN)!

email: ecosson@waukesha.k12.wi.us (262) 970-2874

Happy 2019 Whittier families! I hope you had a wonderful holiday break! The kids were excited to be back at school and it was great to see all the smiling faces back in music class! Here is what we have been doing in music since January 2nd!

1st grade had a great time singing and playing to the song She'll be Coming Around the Mountain! They got to play an instrument rotation game along with the very fun song!
5th grade is working on a body percussion / drumming activity called Seven this week. Here are some students in Mrs. Millonzi's class trying to do seven with partners, which is a challenge!

5th grade is working on chair drumming this week. Here they are performing Chair Jam! It is definitely difficult but they gave a great effort!

1st grade is working on how to read line notes and space notes on the music staff. We playing the game Red Rover as a way to challenge our friends from the other team! It was a big hit with 1st Grade!
4th grade students from Ms. Sexton's class and Mrs. Greger's class are working on a stick drumming pattern to the song Hot Lunch Jam from the musical Fame. They are working on playing an A section and creating a B section with a partner!
The 2nd graders are working on Melody this week. They are playing the melody on the xylophones along with the song "I Don't Care if the Rain Comes Down".
The 1st graders are working on Tempo this week! Here they are singing and doing a circle day to the song " I Let Her Go". We had so much fun playing around with the tempo of this song.

Save the Date! K,1,2 Concert....May 14th...3:00 pm and 6:00 PM

The Kindergarteners, First Graders and Second Graders are starting to prepare for their concert in May. They will be singing, dancing and playing instruments as a part of the concert! I hope to see you there!

The 3rd graders are working on a stone passing game from Mexico this week, called Al Citron. They are working as a team to pass the stones on the steady beat!

The 4th graders are working creating an accompaniment to an Australian folk song. Here are some students performing their accompaniment along with the song!

Students from Ms. Sexton's class are performing their accompaniment to Tie Me Kangaroo Down!
4th grade is working on creating an accompaniment along with the Australian song, Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport. They are working in groups to add in classroom instruments on the accompaniment.
5th grade is working on a 2-handed mallet technique along with a drumming song from Latin America and the Caribbean! This has been a challenge for many of the 5th graders but they are working hard to learn it and play it!
Kindergarten earned some game time today after practicing their concert songs! They chose to play a Whittier favorite, Cat and Mouse!
The 3rd graders are finishing up their body percussion unit this week. They are creating a body percussion project using different forms, different rhythms and different body percussion sounds!
Nine students from Whittier participated in the first annual Waukesha Sings! choral festival. This festival took place on Saturday April 6th! It was an amazing day of singing and fun! The kids did a great job and put on a wonderful concert! Great job!
The 5th graders in Mrs. Lenz's class are working hard on their rhythm complements today! Here they are brainstorming and practicing with their instruments.
The 3rd graders are working on Body Percussion in music class for the next few weeks. Here is Ms. Aparniek's class practicing the body percussion piece Alpha 3. They decided to create a rhythm train at the end of their performance!
The 5th Graders are working on syncopation and rhythm complements for the next few weeks. They will be creating their own song using complementary rhythms and syncopation. Here is Mrs. Millonzi's class brainstorming and practicing today!
The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders have been working hard to prepare for their concert on March 19th! Here are some pictures from their dress rehearsal on Monday!
Dress Rehearsal pictures from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade concert practice!
The Kindergartener's learned the song and game Leprechaun. The Leprechaun hides the gold somewhere around the classroom and a few students at a time get the chance to look for it! We had a great time playing it in music class last week!
The 2nd graders in Ms. Matheu's class used instrument flashcards to sort instruments into their 4 families. The 4 families of instruments are string, brass, woodwind and percussion.

The 2nd graders are learning about the 4 families of instruments. INstruments are in families based upon how they look, how they sound and how you play them. The 2nd graders are exploring each family and will be doing different Activities to show their understanding of each instrument family!

The 2nd graders are sharing their thinking about instruments and their families!

The Kindergarteners learn the song Tingalayo in music class this week! They got to dance and play the maraca's along with the song. Here is Raffi singing the song.

The students in Ms. Sexton's class are working hard preparing for their concert. They are learning how to play Funwa Alafia on the xylophones!

The 4th graders in Mrs. Greger's class are drumming along with the speech piece Boom Boom Share a Drum! This will performed at their concert in March!

The 2nd graders are working on steady beat and improvisation on the Orff instruments this week! They are playing all 3 Orff instruments; the xylophone, metallophone and the glockenspiel. They are experimenting with creating their own 8 beat rhythm and sharing their rhythms with their classmates.
The 5th graders in Mrs. Lenz's class playing Boom Boom Share a Drum as they practice for their concert in March!
The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are learning how to play one of their concert songs on the xylophones. Here is Ms. Sexton's class rocking out to Funwa Alafia!

The Kindergarteners sang and played along with the song My Dog Rags this week! They picked 3 different instruments to play on the words flip-flop, wig-wag and zig-zag. They loved singing, playing and moving along with the song My Dog Rags!

The 1st graders are working on songs with AB form. Form is the pattern of the song and a song with AB form has 2 sections that sound different. They will be playing instruments, moving their bodies and using a parachute to explore AB form in music class this week!
The 2nd Graders sang and played xylophones along with the book Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth. They played the steady beat on the bars C and G and then played a cross over pattern on GFEDC! They did an AMAZING job practicing and working as a team!
The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes are beginning to prepare for their concert in music class this week. The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade concert theme is "Music Brings Us Together". Please join us on March 19th at 3:00 or 6:00! Look for concert updates in your child's take home folder!

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade music learners are moving and grooving' in music class this week.

Kindergarten is learning the folk song "My Dog Rags". They added in dance moves and instruments for the special movement words!

1st grade is learning the song and game "We are Playing in the Forest". They will be adding in instruments to practice playing the steady beat.

The 2nd graders are exploring the book Old Black Fly. They will be adding in instruments and singing to enhance the story of "Old Black Fly."

The 3rd graders in Mrs. Zahn's class had a great time exploring guitars in music class! Here they are playing with a partner or a small group.
The 1st graders practiced improvising on instruments this week in music. Improvising is when you get to make up your own pattern to go along with a song. They got to play sticks, hand drums and jingle bells along with the song Jungle Beat.

Check out these awesome 3rd graders performing a duet to Skip to My Lou! They are singing and playing the chords along with the song.

The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are finishing up their guitar unit this week. Here are some 3rd graders playing different chord style songs in class.
The 2nd graders are working on FORM in music this week. The form of the music is the pattern of the different parts of the song. We used a parachute to move to the different sections of the music as well as shapes to show when the music changes to a new section.
The 2nd graders learned the song "Here Comes Valerie". This song is a movement song. The students all dance in an aisle formation with one group of partners dancing down the middle. In the pictures above, the 2nd graders are creating their partner dance to perform!
The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders started the new year by playing guitar. They have been learning how to play different chords as well has how to strum and pluck the instrument.

Explore Hand Hand Finger Thumb with your 1st graders at home!

The first graders read the book "Hand Hand Finger Thumb" by Dr. Seuss. They then played the rhythm of the words on three different drums. They are playing Tubano's, Hand Drums and Lollipop Drums.

See Below for Music Learning that Happened in 2018!

Kindergarten finished up the Nutcracker today! They got to listen and watch the Nutcracker ballet as they colored some of the characters from the story!
Mrs. Lenz's 5th graders are rocking their Holiday Xylophone and Recorder playing activities! Here they are practicing their skills.
Kindergarten and 1st grade are moving to Nutcracker songs, this week in Music. Here are the 1st Graders moving to "The March" from the Nutcracker!
Cat and Mouse is a Whittier favorite! Here are some kids from Mrs. Boyajian's class playing Cat and Mouse during their music party!
The 4th and 5th graders had the choice this week to either continue playing Recorder Karate songs or learn how to play different Holiday Songs. Here are some kids from Mrs. Millonzi's class playing holiday songs on the recorder and the xylophones!

Here is the original version of Puff the Magic Dragon sung by Peter, Paul and Mary!

Ms. Matheus class did an amazing job singing along with Puff the Magic Dragon. They followed along and traced the music out of their music textbooks.
The 2nd Graders are working on identifying line notes and space notes on the music staff! They had the chance to practice drawing treble clefs as well!
Ta, ti-ti and rest Station Day in 1st Grade music. The students are working on writing and reading different rhythms of ta, ti-ti and rest.
The 4th graders are working hard to complete their songs for Recorder Karate! They are doing a great job!
The 3rd graders are learning about 3 music words....timbre, texture and form. They will be showing their understanding of these words by creating a song in Garageband. Here they are exploring the different timbres, or sounds of instruments, in Garageband.
The Kindergartener's are learning about the Nutcracker. This magical story tells the tale of the Nutcracker prince, Clara, The Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Most of the time the Nutcracker is performed as a ballet. The music within the ballet is beautiful and enchanting. The Kindergarten students will be moving their bodies in many different ways along to the music of the Nutcracker.

All Whittier students from Kindergarten through 5th grade are preparing for the Holiday Sing Along. This is a great Whittier tradition where all of the students meet in the gym and sing through 13 different holiday songs! This always happens the last day before the holiday break!

The 4th and 5th graders have been playing their way through Recorder Karate 1 and Recorder Karate 2!
The first graders are continuing to work on Ta, TI-Ti and Rests. They learned the song Messenger and played a rhythm reading game along with the song! Each student got the chance to read a secret rhythm message from the basket!

Whittier 2nd Grade music learners are learning how to identify the music staff. They are playing line and space note games using the giant music staff!

Kindergarten is learning the song Aiken Drum in music class this week! Aiken Drum is a silly song about a boy whose clothes are made out of different types of food! They will be drawing their own versions of Aiken Drum in music class this week!

In 2nd grade, we are learning about the folk song and folk story Abiyoyo. The 2nd graders listened to the story, learned the song and got to play Ms. Cosson's ukulele! We will explore how to read music on a music staff using the song Abiyoyo! The clip above is the story written by Pete Seeger.

2nd graders are learning how to read music off of a music staff. They explored their textbooks today and were looking for songs they already knew from the beginning of the school year. They will be learning how to read Abiyoyo from the textbook!
The 3rd Graders in Ms. Aparnieck's class learned the song A Ram Sam Sam and added a xylophone cross-over pattern as the accompaniment! They did a great job singing and playing this song!
Kindergarten and 1st Graders had an awesome time singing and playing to Shoo Turkey! It is one of their favorite songs and activities!

K,1,2: The focus for the month of November is fall themed and Thanksgiving themed music. The students in K, 1, 2 have been reinforcing musical concepts by singing, playing and moving to different fall songs. Ask your child to sing or share something about the songs below!

K: Hop Old Squirrel, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, 5 Fat Turkeys, Turkey Tango and Shoo Turkey

1st: Acka Backa, Ta, ti-ti, Turkey Gobbler and Shoo Turkey

2nd: Who?, Turkey Lurkey, Turkey Gobbler

The 3rd graders will be learning two songs over the next few weeks. They will be learning a folk song from Israel called Toembaii as well as a folk song from Louisiana called Great Big House. Both of these songs are reinforcing the 3rd grade rhythm Tika Tika.

The 4th and 5th graders will be working through Recorder Karate 1 and Recorder Karate 2 for the next 6-8 weeks. They have been doing a great job learning and relearning how to play the recorder! Hopefully you will hear some great practicing at home!

The 3rd graders are finishing up their Music Literacy Unit this week. They are sharing their thinking about notes, rests and musical rhythms by creating a Book Creator book!
The 2nd and 3rd graders practicing writing musical rhythms using Candy Corn! They loved this activity!
4th and 5th Graders are getting ready to begin Recorder Karate!
Ms. Aparniek's 3rd graders are working in rhythm stations to practice tika-tika rhythms.

It's crazy to think that this is the last week of October! It's been a busy month in music class. Here is what is happening in music this week, as we say "good-bye" to October and "hello" to November!

It is a BIG week in 4th and 5th grade music. The 4th graders are finishing their last music literacy unit about lines and spaces before starting recorders next week. The 5th graders are beginning recorders this week! Recorder Karate is in the near future for both 4th and 5th grade.

The 2nd and 3rd graders are finishing up their music literacy units. They have been working really hard at learning ta-ah rhythms in 2nd grade and tika-tika rhythms in 3rd grade. We had a little bit of fun reviewing how to write music notes using candy corn! All of the 2nd and 3rd graders did a great job!

1st grade learned the song Candy Store in music class this week. They got to play the steady beat on the xylophones and make a quick stop at the candy store when they were done!

Kindergarten is learning how to play the xylophones over the next few weeks! They are really working on listening and following directions when they are playing the xylophones! I hope to post a video soon of the kids playing the xylophones in class!

Mrs. Boyajian's second graders are singing and playing the game Pass the Pumpkin!

3rd graders working with their partners to figure out the rhythm of Pumpkin Pumpkin
The 4th graders are working hard preparing to study the Recorder. They are doing Lines and Spaces stations in class this week to practice how to read notes off of a music staff. This skill will be very important when learning how to play the Recorder.
1st Graders playing and singing Pumpkin Pumpkin

It's been an exciting couple of weeks in music class! In Kindergarten through 3rd grade we have been singing, playing and moving to Halloween themed songs! Ask your student about one of the songs or activities below!

In Kindergarten: Pumpkin Pumpkin, 5 Little Pumpkins, Scary Skeleton, Happy Halloween and Stirring the Brew

In 1st grade: Scary Skeletons, Pumpkin Pumpkin, Who?, Candy Store

In 2nd grade: Pass the Pumpkin, Who? and Candy Corn Rhythms

In 3rd grade: Pumpkin Pumpkin, Candy Corn Rhythms and Spooky Halloween Rhythms

The 5th graders finished up their Song Writing Compositions this week. They were working on writing their own song and learning how to play it on the xylophones. This was a challenging task for many of the 5th graders but they persevered and completed their songs.

As music readers and writers, it is important to know how many beats a note or rest gets and how to write it with a time signature. These were some of the skills the 5th graders were working on with this assignment!

Pumpkin Stew: The Finished Product!
1st Graders learned the song Pumpkin Stew this week in music. They are working on creating their own recipe for a Spooky Pumpkin Stew!
The 1st graders learned the song Bee Bee in class, this week. They played a steady beat game using bean bags and here they are using Bee and Bumble Bee to create patters and rhythms!
The 3rd graders finished up their Pepperoni Pizza rhythms this week. Here is Mrs. Zahn's class with their rhythm instruments, ready to play and say their patterns!
Ms. Sexton's 4th graders are showing their understanding of notes and rests by working through some stations today in music! Great job 4th grade!
Kindergarten is exploring high and low sounds in music this week. They moved the parachute along with the high and low sounds in the songs "Up So High" and "The Waves".
The 4th graders in Mrs. Greger's class had an awesome time on Monday working through Note and Rest stations!
The 3rd graders have been working hard writing and playing their own rhythms along with the song Pepperoni Pizza. They will be performing their rhythms, on an instrument of their choice, this week in music!

Happy first week of October! Here is what is happening in music this week! I hope you find the time to ask your child about the songs and activities they did this week in music!

Kindergarten is continuing to explore their high and low singing voices. They will be using parachutes, rhythm sticks and their singing voice to demonstrate their understanding of high and low.

1st Grade is continuing to work on the difference between beat and rhythm. They will be learning the song Apple Tree and playing the circle game that goes along with apple tree. They will also be learning the song Bee Bee and working on creating their own rhythms using Bee manipulatives.

2nd Grade will begin their rhythm unit this week. They will learn two songs this week; "Who's That Tapping at the Window" and "Rocky Mountain". Both songs will help to prepare the note ta-ah.

3rd grade will begin their rhythm unit this week, as well. They will be playing their rhythm compositions that they created along with the Pepperoni Pizza. They will be introduced to the note tika tika, at the end of the week!

4th grade is doing an awesome job learning about note and rest names! They will be completing a few activities and doing stations to reinforce their understanding of notes and rests.

5th grade will be building on their knowledge and understanding of notes, rests and their values by writing, creating and playing their own compositions. This activity will help to reinforce their understanding of measures, meter, note values, lines and spaces and xylophone playing technique!

The third graders completed I've Been to Harlem! They sang beautifully and worked as a team to complete the cup activity successfully! Way to go 3rd grade!

Hello Whittier Families... I can't believe it is the last week of September already! Here is what is happening in music this week...

Kindergarten is continuing to explore the different ways in which they can use their voices; high, low, singing, whispering, talking and shouting. They will be exploring these sounds in many different ways this week.

1st Grade will be learning more about beat and rhythm. They will be singing, playing games and playing instruments to reinforce the steady beat and musical rhythms.

2nd Grade will be learning the Dutch folk song Sarasponda. They will be learning a stick pattern that goes along with Sarasponda.

3rd grade will be finishing up learning "I've Been to Harlem." They will be doing a class cup activity along with the song "I've Been to Harlem". We will spend the end of the week learning the song "Pepperoni Pizza". This will lead us into our 3rd grade rhythm tika tika!

Fourth and Fifth grade will be focusing on notes, rests and musical rhythms. This unit will help to prepare them for learning how to read music. Music reading is an important skill for playing the recorder successfully!

Ms. Sexton's fourth graders rocked Four White Horses! Check out their teamwork and perseverance as they sing and hand clap to Four White Horses!

Kindergarten finished out the week exploring high, medium and low sounds with their voices. They used these patterned shape cards to make their own sound stories!

This week in 4th grade music we learned how to sing and do body percussion to the song Four White Horses! Check out this awesome group of 4th graders who are singing and clapping along with Four White Horses!

Ms. Matheus' Second Graders are singing and moving to the song Pizza Pizza Daddy-O! They learned about how this song is a call and response song!

Mrs. Boyajian's Second Graders are singing and moving to the song Pizza Pizza Daddy-O! They learned about how this song is a call and response song!

Ms. Sexton's fourth graders are working hard at learning the hand clapping game that goes along with Four White Horses! They have been working so well with their peers! Great job 4th grade!

It's been a great two weeks in music at Whittier. The Kindergartener's and 1st graders and been using their singing voices, practicing moving safely in the music room, responding to music and playing non-pitched percussion instruments.

The 2nd graders have been singing and responding to music. They moved to the instrumental piece, Seven Jump and learned the song Jump Jim Joe. We practiced playing the xylophone part that accompanies Jump Jim Joe!

See the post below for 3rd grade music fun!

The 4th and 5th graders finished their classroom building and team building activities and have started working on their first music pieces. The 4th graders are learning the song Four White Horses and will work with their classmates to learn the hand clapping game that goes along with the song. The 5th graders are beginning the school year with the drumming piece "Get Down and Play Your Drum"! Keep an eye out for video's for both of these pieces!

The third graders have been reviewing rhythms and working on teamwork with the activity "Boom Boom Share a Drum." They love the drums and have been playing them at the right time and in the right way! The third graders got to show off their creativity by playing and creating a solo part!
It was a great first week in music. Student's played team building games, sang the Whittier Song "I'm Good", practiced proper singing and reviewed how to move safely in the music classroom. Some classes even played instruments!! All student's are getting better and better at following the Whittier Way in music class. It is going to be a great year!

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