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Welcome to Music! :)


 Music is not what I do, it's who I am.


Sheet music for the Winter Concert for

Concert, Symphonic, and Jazz Band are online.

Please download all necessary parts. 


 

Important Dates for the 2018-2019 School Year: 

  • NFA Band Day: 
  • ERMS Music Festival Auditions: Saturday, November 3rd 
  • Veterans Day Assembly: Monday, November 12th 
  • Winter Concert: Tuesday, December 11th
  • Pep Rally: TBD
  • ERMS Music Festival Rehearsal & Concert: Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th
  • Talent Show: TBD
  • Spring Concert: TBD
  • 8 AM Rehearsals: TBD
  • Graduation:  TBD 
  • NFA Summer Band: (Students entering grades 5-9) TBD 


If you have an instrument (in working condition) kicking around and would like to see someone get use out of it, why not donate it to Voluntown's Music Department! VES currently owns twenty-nine working instruments which are loaned out to students who otherwise would not be able to play in band. Please contact Ms. Knickerbocker if interested. :)

 


Chorus:

Chorus meets on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:17. Bring a pencil, your folder, and singing voices! :) 
 


General Music:

  • Junior High: Students are spending trimester two using the foundations of the development of music from the Middle Ages through the Twentieth Century to study, research, and present a composer from a specific time period to their peers. Each student will also have the class listen and participate in an activity from their selected composer. 

  • Fifth Graders: In trimester two, student's focus is on learning the fundamentals of playing keyboard. Each student independently worked at gaining the skills to play keyboard. We learned about playing the melody and the harmony with two different hands on the keyboard. 
     
  • Fourth Graders: Are spending time working through a detailed music theory packet, in the Music Theory Unit. Students will learn a variety of fundamental skills that will assist in their music education. Skills focused on include: identifying notes in treble and bass clef, time signature, the value of specific notes/rests, counting rhythms, intervals, major/minor, chords, sharps/flats/naturals, and accidentals. 

  • Third Graders: Are in the beginning of a Recorder Unit. Students are working independently, and in groups to learn the skills needed to perform songs on the recorder. Being an instrument made of plastic, this is the perfect age for students to explore instruments without the expensive price tag attached. Students learn to appreciate the instrument, as well as care for it. Students will perform on recorders in the Spring Concert in May.  
     
  • Second Graders: Are working on How to Write a Song. In this unit students apply skills learned in the previous units in Kindergarten and First Grade. These skills, rhythm and melody, are demonstrated in the song they are working on. Students also learn a variety of note values, and use solfege to pick the pitches desired, in addition, we use key notes, time signature/meter, treble clefs, measures, and bar lines. 

  • First Graders: Students are working on My Melody Book. In this unit, students discover how to place the rhythms they know onto lines and spaces depending on whether they are high or low. Students explore these based on syllables to simple songs.     
     
  • Kindergarteners: Students are working on My Rhythm Book. In this unit, students discover how to properly draw a quarter note, a quarter rest, and two eighth notes. Students explore these based on syllables to simple songs.    

Instrumental Music:

  • ***Please download and print out copies of the Winter Concert music in the Music Download section of the site. Also print out Pep Band music if needed.
  • Concert Band meets on Mondays at 2:30 and Thursdays (with fourth graders) at 8:50. 
  • Symphonic Band meets on Tuesdays at 8:50 and Fridays at 2:30. 
  • Jazz Band meets on Fridays at 8:50.
  • Fourth Grade Lessons:
     

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