Teacher's Name: Ms. Colleen Stringer

Grade/Subject: Music

Contact: cstringer@stjohnskenmore.com 

October News

Pre K4:  Each Pre K lesson includes a variety of activities. We start each class with vocal exploration. The short vocal pieces we work on consist of    echo songs, and short simple songs, as well as spoken pieces used to reinforce beat and rhythm. We have been focusing on the difference between using our singing voice and our speaking voice. Each lesson also includes a movement activity and we end each class with a song tale. 

Kindergarten:  This month we are finishing our unit on the farm. Each week we have picked one farm animal and learned songs and games that fit with the theme of the animal. When we finish  with  the farm, we will move on to music that has a Halloween theme.

Grade 1: We are working on feeling and notating steady beat. This month we will also learn how to notate a silent beat. Our music this month has a     Fall/Halloween theme.

Grade 2: We are continuing to work on rhythm notation and are learning how to notate So, Mi, and La on a staff. Some of our music will have a         Fall/Halloween theme.

Grade 3: Grade 3 is Starting recorder! We will begin working on basic recorder skills and the notes B, A, and G. Remember to bring recorders on      music days.

Grade 4/5: We are learning to transfer body percussion to our Orff instruments. These barred instruments are specially designed for elementary students. They have bars that can be removed to    make it easier to improvise melodies and play more complex ensembles. We are also be introducing syncopation in grade 4 and dotted rhythms in grade 5.

Grade 7: World Music Drumming. This program introduces students to world music through traditional drumming ensembles and songs. The students are currently working on their 2nd ensemble  with a vocal piece from Liberia. We also talk about different techniques used in music worldwide. This month we are focusing on Call and Response and Complementary rhythms.

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There are still a limited number of lessons slots available! If your child wants to learn an instrument, please e-mail me. More information regarding lessons can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Music Grades

K-2: Students receive a grade of 1-4 on four different music standards:

  • Participates and creates own ideas about music (Participation)
  • Perform/shares music with others (Skills - ability to keep a steady beat, sing, play instruments)
  • Listens and talks about different qualities of music (knowledge of music - tempo, dynamics, notation)
  • Understands how music relates to other arts and subjects

4 - Exceeds expectations  3- Meets expectations  2 - Working towards expectations  1 - Does not meet expectations

Grades 3 - 8

50% - Active participation         25% - Skills         25% - Assignments

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Choir at Saint John's

SAINT JOHN'S SINGERS - 5-8

CHILDREN'S CHOIR - 2-4

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Saint John’s School Singers

2017 – 2018 Rehearsal Schedule  

Mondays 2:15 – 3:00

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Saint John’s School Children’s Choir

2017 – 2018 Rehearsal Schedule  

Wednesdays 2:15 – 3:00

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 STUDENT REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN MID-SEPTEMBER 2018

 Music: Private Music Instruction

LESSONS WILL FILL FAST PLEASE INQUIRE VIA GMAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION

 Please inquire via email to cstringer@stjohnskenmore.com for more information

Greetings Parents and Students of St John the Baptist School, Kenmore:

I am very excited to be the new music teacher at St. John's School. I will be continuing the tradition of offering private music instruction after school. During my undergraduate degree my main focus was in instrumental music. I have been playing saxophone for over 30 years and have experience teaching many other instruments.

Lessons are $13.00* per half-hour and are paid in advance for the month, in cash or by check made payable to Colleen Stringer (lessons typically run 4/5 per month $52.00/$65.00). You must provide 24 hour notice for cancellations to receive credit for lesson, otherwise the lesson is forfeited. Vacation days and holidays will be observed and no lessons will be offered during those times. Half-days will be rescheduled with notification. Any lesson missed by the student due to unforeseen circumstance/illness will be credited.

Information for instrument method books and lesson materials will be provided upon consultation after the first lesson. If needed I can purchase the materials and be reimbursed, or you may purchase from a vendor of your choosing. It is important that students have an instrument to practice at home (Instruments are not provided by Ms. Stringer or St. John’s).

Private instruction in music affords the student a unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals of reading musical notation and preparation for musical performance in a structured one-on-one format. The first lesson(s) will be an assessment of the student’s musical aptitude. Subsequent lessons will incorporate a new performance skill and musical concept to be practiced at home. Please note that lessons are not meant for practice as the lesson is designed to teach new concepts and strengthen the student’s musical skills, which will culminate in an end of year performance recital.

If you have any further questions regarding lessons or would like to schedule a lesson block – please email cstringer@stjohnskenmore.com

Thank you,

Ms. Colleen Stringer