News from the Music Room
Notes from Ms. Illsley
I am offering tutoring on the following dates for the following subjects for students in grades 3-8. You need to email me before the date that your child will be participating. If no one signs up, I will not be available.
March 7th @ 7:30am - pitch reading
March 21st @ 7:30am - basic rhythm
March 26th @7:30am - pitch reading
March 28th @ 7:30am - basic rhythm
Other Important Info!
This Rotation in Music
Why Music Homework?
I get asked this question quite often. Why is there homework assigned in music class? I figured I would take a moment to answer this question.
I see every child once every six school days. That translates to 8 to 10 real days between classes. This poses a problem with comprehension. Students are learning how to read music in my classroom which is a very technical activity. That music reading will eventually be applied to an instrument. These music reading processes must become almost automatic in order for students to be successful. That simply won't happen if they only practice it once every 8 to 10 days (or at least will take much much longer). Until students have mastered reading music notation, they have to practice it like they practice their math facts.
I assign music history homework for similar reasons. When you are learning about something new, you retain the information much better if you work with it more than once. By having the students have to go back through the facts of the history piece or culture we have just covered, students retain more of the information.
Former News Items
Please email me here with your student's name and teacher if you would like to schedule a conference on October 19th-20th.
Choir is on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:15. Please enter on the north side of the building near the PE room. Please visit the choir section of my website for more information.
Please check out the updated grading policy for general music. Also you can find copies of the music letter and syllabus.
I am looking for parent volunteers to assist with grading for general music. It will mainly consist of note reading or short answer assignments. This will count towards your volunteer hours. Please email me at here if you are interested. Please note that the confidentiality agreement must be signed in order to assist in this area.