Thursday, January 25, 2018

Goal Setting

4th and 5th graders have created goals for themselves for Trimester 2. They chose a goal related to reading the staff, rhythm, harmonizing, or composing. Students have time during class to work on their goal, and then turn in evidence of their work at the end of the week. Below are a couple of examples.

This student learned how to write chords. A collection of chords is what creates harmony.

This is the beginning of a song written by a 5th grader. We have been talking about how notes can move by steps and skips.

Friday, December 22, 2017


This past Monday, December 18th, we had our 2nd Annual Caroling event. Last year, we had a great group of about 30 people. This year, the turnout was overwhelming, as we had over 150 carolers! We were able to split up in to 5 different groups and cover much of the surrounding neighborhood.

Special thank you to PTO for supplying hot chocolate, sweets, and gift bags.

Friday, November 11, 2016


This week, 2nd and 3rd grade students experienced the above performance. During the first half students were asked to figure out what the musicians were using to make the music. However, they were not able to see the picture, they were only allowed to hear the music.

After making a list of what they thought, we turned on the video for the second half. We then listed what we saw. Students compared the two lists, and discovered that the items in each list were made of common materials: metal and plastic.

In music we call this timbre. Timbre refers to the unique sound made by different instruments. Much of an instruments timbre is determined by the material it is made of. Sometimes musicians will explain it as the "color" of the sound.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Form in Music

2nd and 3rd graders are learning about structure in music. The most common form is AB form and is found in most pop music. AB form means that there are two contrasting sections that alternate back and forth. In pop music these sections are called the verse and the chorus.

2nd and 3rd grade students created an AB song in GarageBand. They created the two, contrasting sections and then repeated them in their own way. Some versions of this form could be: ABA, ABBA, AABA, etc.

Check out the picture of the song above and see if you can figure out the order of A and B sections!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kindergarten Cantantes

Here are some of the first sounds from our Kindergarteners here at Heyer. Theses hawks have spread their wings and are beginning to take flight!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Back to School!

We've been back to school for three weeks now, and students are getting back to work. The overall theme for the beginning of the school is "Community". In music, students learned the South African song, "Ke nna yo morena". The song talks about fighting for truth, and protecting each other from harm. We sang the song together a week ago at our first school assembly. Below is recording of the performance. Enjoy!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Musical Symbols that Affect Time

2nd and 3rd grade students have been finishing this school by learning about two special symbols in music that affect time. A fermata is a momentary pause with sound, meaning the musician holds the note that is being sung. A caesura is a momentary pause without sound, meaning the musician stops briefly before moving on to the next note. Both of these symbols are shown by the conductor, who is leading the musical group.

Since the symbols are new, we're using a song that students know very well, "Wild Mountain Thyme". This way they can focus on the location of each pause.

Below is a recording that demonstrates fermatas and caesuras. Enjoy!
                   Fermata                                      Caesura