Sunday, October 17, 2010


We had our first chorus rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday. As of now we have about 40 fine 5th and 6th grade singers. We could always use more! Interested students should see me for an informational flyer. We rehearse from 8:15 - 9:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The "on-time" door prize drawings take place promptly at 8:15.

2D (Mrs. Creach's class) did an outstanding job of singing on sight. They have been sight singing using the pitches do, re, and mi. Jackson proved to be the leader in his class.

In 4C, it was Cody leading his class sight singing with the pitches do, re, mi, fa and so.

Nayelli helped keep her class, 4B on track while sight singing.

The 3rd grade classes had a fun time singing the song "Mwa Ha Ha" and accompanying themselves with boomwhackers (pitched plastic tubes). Their great music reading skills were demonstrated as they followed the notation for the boomwhacker parts.

All classes have begun work on their Veterans Day songs. Our programs to honor our Veterans will be on Nov. 11 at 9:45 and 2:00.

We would like to show photos of veterans and active military personnel who are related to our Bridgeport students or staff. Also, we would like to include the photo of any veteran who is planning on coming to our program. Photos can be brought to me for scanning or can be emailed to me at There is an underscore (_) between my first and last names. Please include the following information:

Name of Veteran
Branch of service
Years of service – eg. 1976 - 1980
Name of student(s) related to Veteran and how, or student known by Veteran

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"FACE" Video

To see the video of "FACE" that we watched in class, click on the link below. While you're there, try some of the others.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Attention all 5th and 6th graders:

The first chorus rehearsal is Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 8:15. There will be free breakfast snack cakes and prizes. At the first rehearsal you will get information about our concerts and our tour to nursing homes on Monday, Dec. 20.

We will rehearse every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:15 a.m.

Every 5th and 6th graders is welcome.


More classes were able to earn a circle on my wall for mastering a patriotic song.

I'd have to say that the students in 3A were the stars of the week. Every student in that classes received the perfect score of 10 points on each of the 2 days they had music. Way to go 3A. Keep up the good work. Hopefully you can view the video (below) of them playing along with George Bizet's "Carmen". You shouldn't have to listen hard for the cymbals playing the accents! Many students had heard this music used on "America's Funniest Videos".

In 3C, Gregory was a real leader in our sight singing practice. His sister, Angel, was a real leader in her own class.

6 Beasties did a fantastic job of playing a drum line interlude and coda to the song, "Yankee Doodle". Unfortunately I had my camera set on the wrong setting and our video did not come out. We'll try again this week.

The kindergartners are doing an outstanding job playing instruments along with a recorded march AND they know how to keep the instruments quiet when it's not their turn to play!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up Friday, Oct. 1

Another great week of making music in room 404!

Congratulations to those classes who have earned circles for mastering American songs this week.
America - 2A, 2C, 2E, 3A, 3B, 4A, 5A/C,
5 B, 6 Kung Fu Fighters (KFF) 6 Beasties
God Bless America - 2E, 4A
The Star-Spangled Banner- 3A

2A (Ms. Goebel's Class) did a great job sight singing using do, re, mi with quarter notes & rests, and half notes & rests.

In 3D (Mrs. Petrovitch's Class) Haley was a super sight singer!

The 5th and 6th graders got lots of practice singing "America" as we used it to assess their singing voices in 3 different keys. Mr. Naylor and I will be selecting the very best singers to represent Bridgeport in the City-Wide Honor Chorus.

The kindergartners finally got to play rhythm instruments. Each child experienced playing rhythm sticks, castanets, maracas, tick-tock blocks, triangles, and cowbells. This is a fun musical activity which requires great self control!