September 11, 2018

OAKE National Children's Choir auditions are in progress.  Click here for more information!

 

 

February 8, 2018

Here is a recording so my before-school choir members can practice for the solo:

Chicka Hanka Solo

 

June 2, 2017

I promised my students that I would post about my baby this summer!  Here's the latest news:

I just had my 20-week ultrasound, and I found out that my baby is...

A GIRL!

After 8 baby boys from teachers here at Westridge, I've broken the trend, and I get to have a baby girl!

 

April 24, 2017

Who says you need to add drums and extra beats to make Bach exciting for modern instrumentalists?  See if you can tell which instruments are having conversations in this concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach!

If you want more, check out Jean Rondeau's new album, Dynastie: Bach Concertos.  He recorded concertos written by many of the Bach family members, who we talk about in Kindergarten music.

 

March 31, 2017

I had to share this, seeing as how all my students know I LOVE birds!

Behold, Coco the cockatiel singing Mozart's Queen of the Night aria!

 

December 19, 2016

The (really intense) relationship between music and math.  I love the quote at the end!  This explains why I couldn't decide what I wanted to be when I grew up...

December 14, 2016

Think you don't like classical music?  Think again!  Pretty much all of your favorite movies use classical music to communicate story, mood, and emotion!

 

August 22, 2016

Lots of exciting things are happening at the beginning of this school year!  Here are some of the musical things happening here at Westridge:

  • Kindergarten through 4th grade returning for music classes twice a week during school
  • Practices for auditions for the OAKE National Children's Choir beginning August 29 after school
  • Morning choir at Westridge for 4th-6th graders!  Stay tuned for more info!
  • Fine Arts options beginning on August 29 for 5th-6th grade students during school

 

 

May 2016

The students at Westridge have been singing and singing all year long!  And you can tell how well they've done.  Take a look at these pie graphs that show the progress of each grade level in their in-tune singing skills throughout the school year!

Remember, in-tune singing is when students are matching their voice to the notes of the song and the people around them.  You can tell, because it sounds really nice!

Head register is when a student is using the high, light part of their voice, but not quite matching yet.  These students are actually doing quite well, because they have discovered the singing part of their voice.  Many students go back and forth between head register and in-tune singing until they really learn how to use their ears to tune their voices (see the 4th grade pie charts below).

Chest register is when students are moving their voice up and down with a song, but they are still trying to use the low part of their voice.  Kudos to these students for letting their ears listen to the song and guide their voices!

Talking is when a student just speaks the words of the song, without moving their voice up or down to try to match the notes of the song.  Many students start out here if they haven't had a lot of previous experience with singing, but they move up pretty quickly as we play with our voices in music class.  (See my Vocal Play page on this website!)

P.S.  If you happen to catch a video of children (or grown-ups!) playing a singing game or singing a folk song this summer, post it on social media using the hashtag #ProvoSings!

Kindergarten Singing 

 

1st Grade Singing

 

 

2nd Grade Singing

 

 

3rd Grade Singing

 

 

4th Grade Singing