Welcome to Music 2017-2018 at Mason Elementary!
I am Natasha Kohlmann, the music teacher at Otis Mason Elementary. I graduated from Campbellsville University in Kentucky with a degree in Vocal Music Education. Growing up I loved to sing, and I also played alto saxophone in bands for many years. This is my 4th year as the music teacher at OMES. I also taught for 2 years in the elementary classroom at a private school in Jacksonville.
When I am not at school, you can find me being the taxi driver for my teenagers, Jack and Annabelle. My husband John works for Publix. One interesting thing about our family is that we lived overseas for 8 years.
What we do in music class…
3rd-5th grades: We study rhythm, melody, and pitch and the names of the notes on the staff. We learn about the instruments of the orchestra and band. We play instruments, sing and learn about composers of great music.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL 4TH GRADE STUDENTS
I am very proud to announce that the 4th grade students at OMES will have the chance to learn recorder this year! Every 4th grade student will receive both a new recorder. Students will be responsible for bringing their recorders to school and keeping up with their books. If your student loses their book or recorder, please email me at Natasha.Kohlmann@stjohns.k12.fl.us and I will provide instructions for ordering a new one.
We are currently trying to raise funds for each 4th grader to have their own book, Recorder Express, to go along with their recorder in which they can complete exercises and learn to read the music notation. If you would like to contribute toward our efforts, click on the link below.
Our recorder adventures are made possible by the EMMA Concert Association of Saint Augustine. EMMA generously granted us the funds to purchase the recorders. Please take a minute to visit their website and check out the amazing opportunities available in our local area.
The Manatee Chorus will begin rehearsing on Wednesday morning at 7:30 on August 30th, 2017. Information will be sent home with the 3rd-5th grade students. We will have a few performance opportunities in the school and community this year. We are NOT an auditioned chorus and encourage every student with a love of singing to join.
Thanks for taking the time to read about music at Mason!
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words, and that which cannot remain silent.”