April 2016
It is only a few weeks until our spring music program! On Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m., Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will present "The Pigeon Wants to Put on a Show!" a mini-musical based on the books by Mo Willems. The choir will also perform at that concert. Click on the "Songs to Practice" link to hear the songs.

Third grade is learning about musical form. They drew pictures to illustrate rondo form, which is ABACA. They will also compose and perform musical rondos.

Grades 4 and 5 are playing the recorder in April. They earn different colored "belts" for each song they learn -- it's called "Recorder Karate"! Students who want to practice at home may buy a recorder at Kephart's/West Music for $2.50, and those are just like the ones we use in class. Recorders from the dollar stores break easily and don't have good tone.

November 2015

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, Grades 3, 4, and 5 will present a music program at 6:30 p.m. in the Fulton gym. All students in those grades will perform in the musical "Elfis and the Sleigh Riders". Choir, band, and orchestra students will also be featured. Check out the "Songs to Practice" link.

Tune in to 92.9 KAT-FM to hear the choir or a classroom perform some of the music they learned for the concert. We will be on the air on Dec. 3 at 6:35 a.m. and 2:35 p.m.; Dec. 11 at 11:35 a.m. and 7:35 p.m.; Dec. 20 at 6:35 a.m.

Here are some of the Kindergartners looking proud after playing music they composed for drums, triangles, and woodblocks.KShapes3.jpgKShapes2.jpg
March 2015
On March 10, the Fulton choir participated in the Choral Festival held at Dubuque Senior High School. Sorry about the sideways pictures! Why, oh why, is there sometimes NOT an option to rotate my photos?

February 2015
Grades 3, 4 and 5 had fun learning guitar. Here are some photos of 5th graders playing.
December 2014
I had to send the set of tubano drums back to Keystone at the end of November. Here's a photo of some 4th graders playing as an ensemble.

October 2014
We are well into the 2014-15 school year! Our first program will feature 3rd, 4th and 5th grade presenting "We're Making Music!" on Tues. Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fulton gym. Students can practice their songs over at the "Songs to practice" link on the right side of this page. You can also find a sing-along video of the Song of the Month there.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Kindergarten has learned about STEADY BEAT by moving to the beat and playing the beat on instruments. We read the book Crocodile Beat and discovered more steady beat sounds. Next, the Kindergartners practiced using their speaking, whispering, shouting and singing voices in different songs and nursery rhymes. Now they are moving on to the concepts of fast and slow. The Carnival of the Animals music by Camille Saint-Saens will be the focus for Kindergarten listening lessons all year long as the students learn about loud/soft, high/low, and long/short sounds.

First grade practices keeping a steady beat and then we add RHYTHM. Clapping games like "A Sailor Went to Sea" or "BINGO", and boomwhacker activities like "Boomwhacker Walk" prepare the students for quarter notes and eighth notes. When we dance "Jump Jim Joe", we'll find silent beats which are quarter rests.

Second graders review beat and rhythm AND MELODY -- specifically, melodies that contain the pitches "so" and "mi" and "la". They are getting better at drawing notes on a musical staff, but there is still plenty of time for singing games and dances. On boomwhacker Fridays, we often get to make up our own rhythms and melodies.

March 2014
It seems like we were hardly ever in school during January and February because of all the snow and cold, and now it's time for spring break already! I will be posting some more pictures soon. In the meanwhile, enjoy a performance by one of my piano students:

Speaking of performances, all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are invited to join the choir in singing "Life is Good" at the Celebrate Music festival on Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Senior High School gym. Let's represent Fulton in style with a large group of singers and dancers. Everyone who was here for the Thanksgiving concert knows this song, so come out and show off for the whole city!

The next Fulton concert will be on Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. right here in the Fulton gym. Kindergarten, First and Second graders will present "A Year with Frog and Toad Junior", a short version of the Broadway musical based on the Frog and Toad stories. The choir will also perform. Check out the "Songs to Practice" page!

December 2013

Grades 3, 4 and 5 have been playing guitars. They know the parts of the guitar and are learning to play notes and chords on the first and second string. They also have learned about some different styles of music that feature the guitar, such as flamenco, folk, blues, rock, country and bluegrass. If you have a guitar at home, you can practice the songs below during the break. Remember, on the first string, E is open, F is 1st fret and G is 2nd fret. On the second string, B is open, C is 1st fret and D is 2nd fret.

November 2013

Great concert! I hope more people send me pictures because I didn't take any:-)
October 2013
We've been back at school for almost two months and I'm finally updating the blog!
Kindergartners have learned to use their speaking, whispering, shouting and most importantly, their singing voices. They also learned about steady beat by moving or playing instruments while singing or listening to songs. Kindergartners composed music for triangles, woodblocks and drums by drawing triangles, rectangles and circles in various patterns and they performed some of the finished pieces for their classmates.

First-graders have learned the difference between beat and rhythm and they can draw quarter notes. Eighth notes are next!

Second grade students also wrote rhythm compositions for their choice of classroom percussion instrument using patterns of quarter notes, quarter rests, and eighth notes. They also performed for each other. Performing their work demonstrates their skills and encourages the rest of the class to practice good audience behavior and give feedback. Here you can see how the students in the photos are concentrating on their music.

Third Grade students have been very busy! In September, Mr. Lou Fautsch came to both music classes to perform songs he and his wife wrote about Dubuque. The students enjoyed listening and singing along. They sang some of the Dubuque songs on their trolley tour, too -- Mr. Fautsch was one of the tour guides. The third graders also learned about the instruments of the orchestra in October. William Intriligator, the conductor of the Dubuque Symphony, visited Mrs. Hill's and Mrs. Richardson's classes to share stories about conducting and playing in an orchestra. Finally, the students took a field trip to Five Flags Theater for a concert. Whew!

Fourth and Fifth grades have both been doing a lot of drumming. We have had a set of African-style tubano drums here since late September. Students have learned a little about history and culture along with drums and other traditional instruments from western Africa and South America. They practice call-and-response playing and playing as a group with layers of different rhythms and instruments. I hope to get a picture of one of our drum circles before we have to send the instruments back to Keystone next week!

Third, Fourth and Fifth grades will now learn songs and polish up their performance skills for a Thanksgiving Concert to be presented on Tuesday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fulton gym. All students in those grades are expected to participate.

The Fulton Choir will also perform at the November 19 concert. They practice every Wednesday morning 7:50-8:25. They have also been practicing "The Star-Spangled Banner", which they will perform before the Clarke basketball game on Dec. 4 at 7:00. The choir will be recorded singing holiday songs which will be aired on local radio stations in December. Watch for information about time, date and station to hear our choir broadcast!

April 2013

Kindergarten, First and Second Graders will present their spring program "How Does Your Garden Grow?" on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Here is the script and song lyrics for those who want to practice on their own.

Third Grade
The 3rd graders were very excited to begin learning to play recorders. They can play the notes B, A, and G and are also learning to read those notes on the treble clef staff. Here is a song to practice at home:

Fourth Grade
The 4th graders are listening to "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" by Benjamin Britten. They are becoming familiar with the sound of each instrument and learning vocabulary to describe what they hear. We are practicing using different dynamics, tempo and articulation to sing and play with expression. I have attached a study guide for that new terminology.

Fifth Grade
Fifth graders are enjoying watching "The Music Man". They have learned to sing several songs from the musical and read about the composer, Meredith Willson, a native of Mason City, Iowa. Here's a link to the Meredith Willson museum in Mason City. I wish it were closer so we could go on a field trip!

January 2013
Kindergartners have been learning about high and low sounds in music. They are about to begin learning about loud and soft sounds. This can be very confusing, as many people say "lower your voice" or "turn the music up" when referring to softer and louder. They listen and move to selections from "Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens as part of their learning.

First Grade
First graders did class compositions using quarter notes and eighth notes. Here is a photo of Ms. Frommelt's class' composition:

Next they will learn about rests.

Second Grade
Second graders also did class compositions using the pitches so and mi for the melody. Then they each composed their own so-mi melody. Here is the one Ms. Wolter's class wrote:

Third Grade
Third graders are working on melody.

Fourth and Fifth Grade
Fourth and fifth graders are all playing recorder (copy and paste)
See the "Adopt-a-Musician" page for more fourth grade news and pictures.

Whacky Wednesdays
Since classes on Wednesdays are short due to our early dismissals, I like to do something entirely different. The first half of the year, all grades played Boomwhackers on Wednesdays. Since the winter break, Wednesdays have been Mallet Madness time. We play drums, xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels to practice beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, tone color, and following the cues of a conductor.

Choir meets for 6 weeks or so each trimester as one of the mini-courses during early dismissal time. The first trimester choir performance was part of the 3-5 program. The second trimester choir performance will be at the district choral festival. The third trimester choir performance will be part of the K-2 program.