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The month of September was full of musical adventures. All grades K – 5  finished their Unit on Rhythm and Pulse, and the 3rd – 5th grade classes each studied three new compositions selected from “Music Memory.” These were classical works written by J.S. Bach, Josquin Des Prez, and Tchaikovsky, and for those interested, our studies will culminate in a statewide PSIA competition.

In addition, each class worked hard learning new songs from Fiddler on the Roof. These songs included “Sabbath Prayer”, “Sunrise Sunset”, and “If I Were A Rich Man.” Not surprisingly, I was very impressed by ALL the students that auditioned for our musical this year. Nearly twenty children auditioned over the last few weeks, and we will have a wonderful cast to work with!

Upcoming musical collaborations include a spoken work poetry slam with Mrs. Hidalgo’s fifth grade class, a live performance on Xylophones by Mrs. Burkly’s 4th graders, and a Pirate Themed Song by Mrs. Novy’s 3rd graders. Also, please be on the lookout for more info about our schoolwide “Zimriya.” This a Modern Israeli Choir Festival which combines music, dance, and Hebrew all in one!

Students from grades K – 2 have also enjoyed learning the entertaining “Stand Up Sit Down” song to develop deeper listening and response skills. Here is a short clip of the Kindergarten class performing the song:

They are also beginning to play “call and response” rhythms on different instruments, including Drums, Boomwhackers (this is the technical term!), tambourines, and other pitchless percussion instruments. As the year progresses, we will continue to develop strong musical skills in four main areas: (1) Listening (2) Responding (3) Performing (4) Creating.

It has been a pleasure working with your children so far, and I want to thank you for the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with each and every one of them. They are a truly special group of children.


Wishing You a Happy and Fulfilling New Year!


Shana Tova,


Aron Frank