Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Students in Fourth Grade music classes just finished composing and notating original songs for the recorder in G pentatonic. This week they began their unit on Instruments of the Orchestra. Students will learn about the method of sound production for each instrument and will design and create their own woodwind, string, brass, or percussion instrument.
Students in Fifth grade music class are finishing up their unit learning about chord progressions and building chords. We've been singing and playing songs containing I-V and I-IV-V accompaniments. The students have been identifying the tonic, dominant and subdominant chords in various key signatures and learning about how chords work together to support songs. Beginning next week we will start studying the blues and writing blues songs over the 12-bar blues progression.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BT Treble Makers and BT Family Night at Trenton Thunder!

The BT Treble Makers are scheduled to sing at this year's BT Family Night at The Trenton Thunder! We will sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh inning stretch--please come on out and join the fun!

Click HERE for more information and to print out a ticket order form!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Recorder Karate is back in third grade!

Students in third grade are always delighted when recorder time hits. This year our formal evening concert will be at The Bear Tavern Evening of Fine Arts on Thursday, May 29th. More details on times will be sent home in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, please encourage your child to PRACTICE! Every recorder folder contains fingering charts, songs to work on and composition activities to inspire the composer within each of our third graders. Beginning next week, students may start working on earning their recorder "belts" by successfully performing the progressive belt songs they are receiving in music classes this week. In order to earn a belt, students must be able to perform the song with correct notes, fingerings, steady beat and rhythmic accuracy, and a clear tone. Please check your child's recorder folder for a copy of the belt song rubric. We encourage the students to logon to the following website for practicing at home:

Recorder Karate Dojo

When you click on the "streaming audio" link, located on the left side of the screen you will be prompted to enter the following credentials -

username: karate
The password is written inside your child's Recorder Folder