News from the Music Room
Notes from Ms. Illsley
Parents, I have a LOT of students who are missing work in grades 3-8. Please check in family link to see what your child might be missing. All late work must be in by May 17th!!
Choir is done for the year. Nice job with your concert!!
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 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.