Music Notes

May Music Note
Dearest Parents,
And, all too soon, it’s time for me to be writing my “Music Note” for May. I want to thank you for your many thank you notes and comments, for your help with our programs, and for your support of my music curriculum.
It’s been a year of smiles and friendships, a year of wonderful performances, and a year of learning about composers and songs from our country and others. We’ve folk-danced and used rhythm sticks to “keep the beat” as we read music. We’ve enjoyed the challenge of playing recorders. I am thrilled with the number of 5th graders who plan to pursue band in middle school. Besides giving youngsters the satisfaction of creating beautiful music, band provides an instant peer group and identity. And, the middle school band teachers at MHUSD are phenomenal!
Our choir experiences have been amazing. From practicing after school to performing at Stanford, Open House and Valley Pines, our youngsters have gained in confidence in themselves and their ability to perform. They also have a better understanding of community service. And, can they choreograph!
Thanks to Home and School Club, both recorder instruction and choir will continue next year. Recorders for our 5th graders and choir for 4th and 5th graders will be offered. And, again, thanks to the Home and School Club, I will continue classroom music and grade level performances in the 2018-19 school year. I have been blessed to be able to watch so many children grow up right before my eyes! As I watch our 5th graders prepare for middle school, I can’t help but remember them as shy Kindergartners!
I am the Chairperson of Morgan Hill’s 30th annual Patriotic Sing. We are dedicating this year’s performance to “Those Who Serve”. Because our El Toro youngsters know so many Patriotic songs, they are especially invited to become a Patriotic Singer. Children entering grades K through 5th grades throughout MHUSD are eligible to sing in our chorus. We always welcome our “Alumni” singers as well. Our performance is on Tuesday, July 3rd at the Morgan Hill Amphitheater. During our rehearsals, we talk about friends and families who have served or are serving in our country’s Armed Services. We donate items to our deployed soldiers and learn to sing the songs of our country.
We have 5 rehearsals planned, the first two at the Britton Middle School Gym from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 29, and June 12. We move to the Morgan Hill Amphitheater for rehearsals on Tuesdays, June 19, and 26, and Monday, July 2. Rehearsals from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There is no charge to be in our chorus. Children must attend one of the first two rehearsals. We need T-shirt sizes. Parents are asked to remain at the rehearsal with their child or carpool youngsters. To join our Patriotic Singers chorus, just come to our first rehearsal! Our chorus also rides on an 18-wheeler in our Freedom Fest 4th of July Parade and sings at Fireworks.
Two of our students, Sophia Chiang and Saphira Hermann won prizes in our Freedom Fest Essay Contest. They will receive prizes at the Patriotic Sing. Look for them riding on a firetruck in the 4th of July Parade!
And, so, now I close with fond thoughts of serving a great school community this year. I thank our Home and School Club for funding my music program and I thank Mr.
Mc Donald, our staff, and students for memories made this year. And, what a year it’s been!

With a song (and much appreciation) in my heart, Karen Ann Crane