Knights on the Run – Harmonizers


The Harmonizers did a wonderful job singing the National Anthem at Knights on the Run event on October 1.  Many of the students participated in the run as well and it was a great event for Quest Academy!




In 3rd and 4th grade students are exploring adding sound effects to poems.   We used GarageBand and xylophone instruments and performed the compositions for the class.



In the Lemurs, Otters, Sea Turtles and Seals, we are learning about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” Musical.  We are also singing and accompany on instruments to Two Little Kitty Cats, Naughty Kitty Cat, and Bought Me a Cat.

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The 1st and 2nd grade students are creating melodic compositions based on the book Pete the Cat Rockin’ in my School Shoes.




Peter and the Wolf!

In Preschool this week, we sang and danced to Chicken on the Fencepost.  In Pre-K and Kindergarten, we learned the solfege syllables using hand signs and discussed sixteenth notes in class.  The students are doing a wonderful job clapping complex rhythms and singing with clear vowel pronunciation.

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Everett’s dad, Mr. Masterson, came to visit the Wolves and Tigers classes this week.  Mr. Masterson is a composer, and he shared some of his compositions with the class.  He plans to visit again in the school year and hopes to provide feedback on student compositions this year!


The Tigers and Bears are doing a fantastic job learning to play Hot Cross Buns on the recorder with the notes B, A, and G.  We are learning to use correct posture, good breath support, and clear rhythms on the recorder.


This week we explored Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and learned about the characters.  Each of the characters is represented by a different instrument including the French horn, violin, clarinet, bassoon, and oboe.  The students learned to play rhythms with rhythm sticks.

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Nishant performed for the class on his guitar.  Anthony performed for the class on the violin.  Each week, students are invited to bring in music from home or from lessons to perform for the class.


The Little Knights are off to a great start!  This class for toddlers and their parents at Quest Academy was a lot of fun.  To watch a short video of the kids in action!


Nuvo Instruments

The 4th grade students are learning to play the Nuvo Flutes. We began using the Windstars website in class to learn new songs on these instruments.  To visit the Nuvo website click here.

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The 2nd grade students are doing a wonderful job on the recorder!  They are learning how to hold the recorder, use correct breath support, and play the notes B, A, and G. Click here if you would like to order a recorder for students to practice at home.

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The 3rd grade students are playing the Nuvo Clarinets.  We have learned to play Hot Cross Buns and Tune in A.  The students are working hard to learn the correct embouchure for this challenging instrument.  To read more about Nuvo Instruments,  click here.

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In Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade we are learning about Peter and the Wolf.  The students enjoyed learning about the instruments that represent each character.  Click here to listen to the recording that we heard in music class.

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The Harmonizers are doing an amazing job singing songs from around the world! We will be performing “One Call Away” at the upcoming Generosity Pageant as well as “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Knights on the Run Event.  Click here for more information on the Knights on the Run event!

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Please spread the word about the new Little Knights program at Quest Academy for children ages 2-4.  This free music class will take place on Wednesday, September 20 at 9:00 a.m.  Let me know if you have any questions!


We have been learning to play the Boomwhackers, which are colorful tubes that play different tones.  The students are enjoying playing the music of John Williams including the Star Wars theme.


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In Preschool and Pre-K we are learning about the notes So and Mi on the music staff.  We are singing these notes and using hand signs and adding felt icons for our song Five Little Bluebirds.


Kindergarten and 1st Grade students are learning patriotic songs.  They are singing “America, the Beautiful” and learning to sing solfege on the music staff.

Our 2nd grade students are learning to play the recorder – they were so excited when they received their recorder this week!  We are also learning the cup passing game, “I’ve Been to Harlem.”


3rd and 4th Graders have received their Nuvo Instruments this week.  They love learning the fingering for the notes C, D and E on the instruments.  We also worked in stations with multiple rhythms and melodic patterns.  The students enjoyed the freedom to display all that they know about music.  We used our Boomwhackers to play along to the score for Pirates of the Caribbean.


Our Harmonizers are doing a wonderful job this week.  They sang the National Anthem and a Brazilian folk song called “A-Zing, A-Za.”  We are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead!

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Welcome Back!

I am so excited to share my love of music with the talented students at Quest Academy.  This is my second year at Quest Academy and my 10th year teaching music.
We will be learning about music history, music theory, and music composition in class.  We will also learn to play a variety of musical instruments and sing music from multiple genres. We will perform at the Winter Holiday Concert and Spring Musical along with multiple school assemblies throughout the school year.

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“525,600 Minutes, How do you measure, measure a year?”  In music class, we will measure our musical growth in multiple areas and will     The students will have multiple performances throughout the year including the Winter Concert, Solo Recital, and Spring Musical.


Performance Dates

PS-1 Winter Concert – December 15

2-5 Winter Concert – December 12

Solo Recital – February 9

K-2 Musical – March 14

Fine Arts Night – April 26

Grandparents Day – April 27

3-4 Musical – May 1

Harmonizers: This exciting ensemble is for 3rd through 5th graders who sing, play the violin, or play the piano!  Students with all levels of experience, including beginners, are welcome. Harmonizers will learn music from numerous musical genres while developing advanced performance skills. Singers will explore 2-part harmonies focusing on voice control, pitch, and breath support. String players will learn arco and pizzicato bowing technique and perform melodic arrangements on the violin. Piano players will learn chord patterns on the keyboard. Together, this music group will perform in the winter and spring.  Rehearsals are every Wednesday morning from 7:30-8:20 A.M.  in the LS music room.  I hope you can join me in this ensemble! To register email

Band: Mr. Dan Marcotte will be conducting the band program for grades 4th-8th grade at Quest Academy. Please visit his website for more information about this wonderful opportunity

My email address is and my office hours are Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:15-8:45 a.m. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about music class.

Please visit this blog for frequent updates, pictures, and videos about our music classes.

Thank you and I look forward to meeting you at Meet the Teacher on August 31!

Pied Piper of Hamelin Success!

The 3rd and 4th grade students did a wonderful job in the musical The Pied Piper!  The acting and singing were very impressive.  The 4th graders did a great job playing the ukuleles and the 3rd graders sounded amazing playing chimes and performing piano solos.

The Harmonizers started the show with an impressive performance of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Dansi Na Kuimba” and the Violin Trio sounded amazing on “Pachelbel’s Canon in D.”  Thank you all for your hard work!




Watch this clip of the Pied Piper Musical:

In other music class news, the pre-K students did a wonderful job with our songs about outdoor fun.  We played musical hopscotch, sang hand-clapping games, and played sound shapes and glockenspiels.  Great job, Lemurs!



Music in May!

The Pied Piper of Hamelin, the 3rd-4th Grade Musical, will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Students should practice their lyrics by clicking here.

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Watch the 4th graders rehearsing “The Mountain King.”  The students have been working very hard to learn their challenging parts for the musical!  We look forward to sharing our hard work with all of you.

In music class, we are working in stations to compose music!


We are creating and performing rhythms on the snare drum.


We are playing recorders on the notes B, A, G, F, and E!


We are using graphic notation to create melodies on the xylophone!



We are complimentary composing rhythms to the B Section for the song “Four White Horses.”


Making Music Now!

The 3rd/4th Grade Musical “The Pied Piper” will take place on May 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.  Please save the date!

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Click here for the lyrics for the musical.  Please practice these lyrics at home to prepare for the upcoming musical!

The ukulele unit with the 3rd and 4th grade students has been very engaging.  The students are learning to play Jamaican Farewell with a complex strumming pattern.  They are performing My Darling Clementine for the class and learning to play You are My Sunshine with multiple chords.



Harmonizers are doing an amazing job preparing for the upcoming musical.  They will also be performing at the Fine Arts Night on April 27 at 6:00 p.m.


The Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade students have been practicing the song “Who’s That Tapping at the Window” and “John the Rabbit” with call and response.  We have added a variety of rhythm instruments including wood blocks, hand drums, and triangles. The Preschool, PreK and Kindergarten students have done a wonderful job with the songs “I Love the Mountains” and “Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me.”


We have been learning about the life and music of Claude Debussy.  This Impressionist Composer wrote music at the same time that Claude Monet was painting his Impressionist artworks.

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The second grade students are learning to play the recorder on Love Me Tender.  They are singing and playing wood blocks on the songs John the Rabbit and Here is a Bunny. I’m so proud of their progress in music class!


Gingerbread Man Success!

The K-2 students did a wonderful job at the musical “The Gingerbread Man Meets.”  The acting was fantastic and the songs sounded wonderful.  Mrs. Armentrout and I are so proud of all of the students!


PLEASE NOTE: The 3rd and 4th grade musical, The Pied Piper, will take place on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. Every class will be playing different instruments and singing songs for this musical.

We’ve had an exciting week – here’s a picture of me at iFly with the 2nd and 3rd grade students on Tuesday.  We also had Immersion Day this week on Wednesday, and I went to Feed My Starving Children with the Tigers and Bears.  There are many wonderful opportunities for the students at Quest Academy to explore!


Gingerbread Man!

The K-2 Musical “Gingerbread Man Meets” is almost here!!  The musical is at Quest Academy on March 15 at 8:45 a.m.  We hope you can join us for this exciting event!


The 3rd and 4th grade students have been learning lots of new songs and chords on the ukulele.  This week we learned “This Land is Your Land” and “You are My Sunshine.”  We are working on the C, F, and G chords in 3rd Grade and C, F, G, Bb and Am in the 4th grade.  The students perform for the class in small groups during every class.  It is so much fun to watch them improve every time they are in music class!

Click Here to listen to 4th Grade students play “This Land is Your Land” on the ukulele!

The Harmonizers have been busy learning challenging arrangments of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Dona Nobis Pacem.” They’ve also been having a lot of fun together!


Please spread the words to any families with children ages 2-5 they are welcome to attend a free music class at Quest Academy!

Lyrics for Musical:

Please click here to the Gingerbread Man lyrics.

Here are the song clips to rehearse at home:

Gingerbread Man:

Who’s that Tripping over my Bridge?:

Bluesy Kittens:

Sky’s Falling Down:

Every Little Bear:

Big Bad Wolf: