Music Notes for You!


We had such a busy November! In our “Composer Corner”, we have reviewed Brahms and added Clara Schumann, Mozart, John Denver and Antonio Vivaldi. I always like to teach “Take Me Home, Country Roads” around Thanksgiving. For that reason, the study of John Denver is included with our Classical composers. He was a guitar and banjo virtuoso, so he is important to mention during our study of string instruments as well.
December will find us studying and listening to the music of George Handel, Tchaikovsky, and Chopin. Some of our youngsters may have the opportunity to attend the “Nutcracker” ballet, so learning about Tchaikovsky’s life is quite timely.
This time of year will find your student singing Songs of the Season. Whether we sing “La Fiesta de Las Posada”, “Shalom Chaverim”, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth”, or “Feliz Navidad”, you can bet that our cultural Holiday songs will be sung with enthusiasm!
Some songs, “Silent Night” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” enable me to teach music history and theory while learning the song. “Silent Night” was sung on Christmas Eve very early in World War I. The fascinating fact was the soldiers refused to continue shooting and instead sang the song in their own languages. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is the perfect song with which to teach dynamics. The song begins quietly and builds to a musical crescendo.
Our fifth graders are doing nicely with their recorders. In fact, all are learning “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” for the Holiday Season. If your student has misplaced his/her recorder, please know I have extras for $3. It is so very important all youngsters have a recorder.
Thanks to all of you who supported our downtown Veteran’s Ceremony and Veteran’s Day Run. We will gather again on Memorial Day, in May, 2018, as we honor those who serve. Our amazing El Toro Choir visited Valley Pines and sang for the residents. This year’s choir numbers 24 singers, and there’s always room for more. Our new friends at Valley Pines are eager to welcome us back in December. We will be making gifts for them!
Please be watching for invitations to various Holiday events to be held at school. Our first is our “Evening with Santa” on December 1st. On December 6th our students in Grades 1, 2, and 3 will present their Holiday program. The following Wednesday, our choir, 4th and 5th graders will perform. You’ll have to wait until December 20th to hear our darling TK and Kinder singers! We also will be singing for our Posada event on December 18th.  Mark your calendar to receive the gift of song at our programs!
Schools throughout Morgan Hill are collecting canned food/non-perishable items to be distributed to families in our area. Please consider bringing a canned food item to any of our Holiday gatherings!

With a song in my heart (In fact, at this time of year, many!), Karen Ann Crane