Students in 4th and 5th grade learn basic ukulele skills in their music class throughout the year. As we get to our units that include ukulele instruction, I will post links below to the music we are playing. If your child really enjoys playing this instrument and you are considering buying them a ukulele of…
2022-23 Keyboard Class Schedule This year we will have two types of classes based on the child’s skill level. If this is their 2nd year of keyboard instruction with me, your child will be in the Intermediate Class. If this is their 1st year of instruction, they will be in the Beginner Class. There is…
The Gateway Chorus includes singers from grades 4-5. We rehearse during recess club on Mondays and Wednesdays and perform throughout the school for various in-school and community events.
Music is not an elite skill for the chosen few to master. Music belongs to everyone. I teach music so that my students will become more human… so that they will recognize beauty… so that they will have something to calm them in the night and greet them in the morning… so that they will have something to aide them in their rejoicing, grieving, and most importantly in their living. I teach music because I hope that music will do for them what it did for me.
I have been blessed with many opportunities to teach in many different capacities over the last 16 years. I was lucky to discover what I wanted to do with my life when I was very little, and have spent half my life figuring out how to be the best teacher I can be.
Music Companies (for purchase of instruments, books, cds, teaching materials) West Music Company Peripole Music in Motion MusicRhapsody Making Music Fun Websites with Teaching Resources Music Bulletin Boards for Teachers Really Good Stuff (not music specific, but great ideas and products that can be flipped for music use!) Oriental Trading (has lots of fun manipulatives, trinkets, stuffed…
Welcome to my site, fellow educators! I am so glad you came to visit and hope that you can find something to inspire you or help you with your craft. We all have to lend a hand to one another from time to time and share our best practices. If you have any thoughts or…
Click on these links to explore some great music websites designed for kids like you! There are games to play, songs to listen to, videos to watch, composers to read about, and so much more! Enjoy!
The Gateway Orff Ensemble includes students from grades 4-5. We rehearse on Thursdays during recess club time and perform several times throughout the year.
The 4th and 5th Grade Recorder Ensembles invite students to study sopranino, alto, tenor, and bass recorder in addition to the performance skills they have mastered on soprano recorder.
Welcome, Gateway Students! I am so glad you came to visit my website. There are a lot of things for you to have fun with like interactive websites with games for all ages, videos of our music-making, pictures of our music class and performances, and of course our Rainbow Recorder materials! 🙂 Look around and explore!
Welcome, Gateway Elementary Parents! I am so glad that you’ve taken this opportunity to visit my site and learn more about your child’s music education. Now that I am entering my second year at Gateway, I am busy updating all of my curriculum to reflect the amazing resources and students we have here. There will…
A few years ago, one of my 2nd grade classes, with the help of our dear friend Emily Eagen, wrote an amazing freedom song as part of the Musical Explorers program this year. Their song was chosen among many submissions to be featured at the A Time Like This concert in March. It was an…
Classic “memory” game with percussion instruments.
Sort these instruments into the correct instrument family: brass, woodwinds, or strings.
Students build melodies on the staff with pennies by decoding phrases written in solfege, pitch names, or scale degrees.
Name the notes on each staff to spell a word. Find the card that has the matching answer.
Find the note name sequence that matches each musical phrase. Clap the rhythm and try to sing the phrase using the note names. Play the phrase and decide with title matches the familiar tune.
Add up the values of each note.
Name the letter name of the note on the staff.