Music Links (Parents)

There have been many scientific studies conducted validating the correlation between music and the development of the brain, resulting in greater learning potential in the math and sciences. Check out some of the links below to view explore some of the incredible benefits of music in the life of your child!

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Music in Schools Today

YouTube – school music

Children’s Music Workshop

Attention parents of 3rd – 5th graders:
We have started our recorder studies in music class. This can be a time of fun growth and exploration for your child. It can also be somewhat frustrating. Below I have listed expectations for class, as well as explaining our incentive program. In addition, listed is the homework they have, followed by a few practice tips. If you have any questions at all, please contact me, and I will be happy to talk:-)

Each student is to bring his/her planner, recorder and book to music class. At the beginning of each class, students will write the “homework” in their planner.
Students are highly encouraged to practice 10 minutes/day, 5 times per week, in order to make progress in recorder playing and music reading skills.

Survival Tips for Parents:
Let’s be honest: sometimes the recorder playing can just get on your nerves!! Here are some helpful tips to help both you and your child:
1. Define boundaries: a practice time and place. If the noise bothers you, set boundaries of playing in the bedroom with the door closed, or going outside to play.
2. A minimum of 5 minutes/day of focused practice time is encouraged for learning outcomes. Of course, the more time spent in meaningful practice, the higher the learning outcomes!
3. If the recorder is making a squeaking sound, it could be one of a couple things. Here are a couple common causes of squeaking:

  • Air Flow. Too much air pushed too hard will cause severe squeaking or squealing. Just a gentle flow of air is needed.
  • Holes are not completely covered. Have your child check to be sure their fingers are completely covering the holes. I tell them to check for “donut holes”. If they are pressing down on the keys firmly, they will see little circles on their finger tips.

Check the recorder book for more playing techniques.

Practice Tips:
If these tips are followed, your child should be successful in recorder playing. If they are getting frustrated, you may want to talk them through these steps – emphasizing step #7. Information on note names and rhythms should be in their book. If they would like to stop by the music room for help, I am at school by 8:00 every morning:-)

1. Listen to a recording of the song – if you own the CD.
2. Clap/say the rhythm of the entire song.
3. Say the note names of the song.
4. Identify patterns.
5. Finger the notes (without playing).
6. Play through the song.
7. Isolate any patterns or trouble spots and practice just that section.
8. Go back and play through entire song. See if you can play it 5 times – no mistakes!
9. When the song can be played through without many mistakes or pauses, try playing it with the recording – if available.
10. Congratulations! You are playing the recorder and reading music!!!