Mrs. McBride--Music

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Mrs. McBride

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About Me...
I graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2011 and this is my fourth year with the West Haven school district. I am very excited to work with the students of Washington Elementary School and Savin Rock Community School. Before coming to West Haven as a full time music teacher I taught as a long-term music substitute in Orange, Connecticut, and as a part time music teacher in Wallingford, Connecticut.

What's coming up...

* Congratulations to the Fourth Grade students for their wonderful Spring Concert!!!! They did an excellent job and should feel proud of their hard work. Enjoy your summer, and good luck in 5th grade music!

Classroom Expectations in Music
In music class, I ask that all students remember three words for classroom expectations: Respect, Listen, and Try. The students are expected to respect me as their teacher, their classmates, the instruments, and themselves. They are expected to listen when I am speaking or singing, when their classmates are speaking or singing, and to raise their hands before speaking. Finally, all students are expected to try their very best!

I have a reward system in place for the music classroom. By following music class expectations, students at Washington earn stars each music period. Three stars signify an exceptional day. Two stars signify a day that was good, but had a number of times where the class needed to refocus and readdress the expectations of the music class. One star signifies a day where we faced some challenges with behavior and set a goal to improve behavior for the next music day. When a class reaches twenty stars over all....they earn a Music Game Day!

Music By Grade Level
All students will move in various ways during any given music class. We move through music games, dances, and while transitioning from one activity to another. Students can expect to sing or play at least three different songs/activities with music games worked in to each class period.
Kindergarten: In Kindergarten, students will explore the difference between their singing, speaking and whispering voices. We will find the steady beat in music and apply it through moving our bodies, marching our feet, playing the beat with rhythm instruments and playing music games. We will also explore the difference between high and low sounds, and loud and soft sounds.

1st Grade: In 1st grade, students will further develop their feeling of keeping a steady beat. We will begin to learn how to apply rhythm patterns that we hear to visual symbols. Students will learn to use quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests to create simple rhythm patterns. Students will also begin to learn basic note-reading patterns in preparation for 2nd grade music.

2nd Grade: In 2nd grade, students will focus on learning to identify and use a broader range of rhythm notes and will be introduced to the music staff. We will use music games and new songs that will help students apply patterns that they have been learning in 1st grade to the music staff. We will explore the difference between lines and spaces and create patterns for the class to perform. 2nd grade students will create rhythm cards that will be combined with classmates' cards to form longer rhythm patterns.

3rd Grade: In 3rd grade, students get to learn how to play the recorder! They will apply all that they learned in 2nd grade as they learn how to read music. 3rd grade students will learn how to name the lines and spaces of the music staff and will play music games to strengthen their understanding of how the notes are identified. Remember, when identifying the five lines from bottom to top, Empty Garbage Before Dad Flips! (E,G,B,D,F)
When identifying the four spaces from bottom to top, just think of the word 'FACE' (F,A,C,E)
3rd Grade students will also begin to learn how to sing in a round - One group begins a song, and a second or third group will start to sing the exact same song a little bit after. These two or three groups will all work together even when they are starting at different times, and create beautiful harmonies!

4th Grade: In 4th grade, students will continue to practice their music reading skills from 3rd grade. They will learn new notes on the recorder and play more challenging music. 4th grade students can look forward to learning what an ostinato is, and how they can apply it to singing and playing rhythm instruments. 4th grade students can also look forward to learning how to play the African Drums in an African drumming unit!

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