Rockin’ Recorders!

Our Second Graders began playing their rockin’ recorders this week!  They have played “Hot Cross Buns” and “Peas Porridge Hot” and have learned the notes B, A, and G.  The students are working on using correct breath support and posture while playing.   They are very excited about their new instruments!


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Our fourth grade students danced to “Circle Waltz Mixer,” a folk dance in 3/4 time.  The students enjoyed learning the moves and practiced until they could confidently dance this waltz without any instruction from me! I was very proud of the students’ accomplishment.

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In third grade this week, we had a special visit from Simeon’s mom, Dr. Rachel Suntay Zahn!  She played her violin and viola for the class and explained the parts of the string instruments.  She also accompanied the students on “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and played a scale with her son.  We look forward to having many of our musical parents visit the classroom this year.


A reminder to join us for Knights on the Run this Sunday, September 30 at 9:00 a.m. at Quest Academy!!  The Harmonizers will be performing at this event.  Hope to see you there!

Musical Boomwhackers

We are off to a great start in music class!  The students in all grade levels played the Boomwhackers at the beginning of the school year.  They sang songs like Frere Jacque and accompanied themselves using these multicolored tubes.  The students reviewed quarter and eighth notes and rests and practiced singing in a round.  The students also read the story Mortimer by Robert Munsch.  They enjoyed adding sound effects to the story with their Boomwhackers and xylophones.  If you haven’t read this entertaining story, I highly recommend it!


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We also learned about the dynamics terms Forte and Piano, which mean loud and soft.  Click on the image below and have your child sing along with the song we learned in music class called Forte Piano!  We learned a variety of musical terms including crescendo, decrescendo, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, pianissimo, and fortissimo.  We are also singing in our loud forte voices to the Quest Fight Song!

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The Harmonizers began their first rehearsal this week.  This music ensemble for 3rd-5th graders meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m.  We are singing songs from around the world including Siyahamba, a Zulu folksong.  We will be singing the National Anthem at the Knights on the Run event on Sunday, September 30.

This year we are starting a new Little Knights: Music in Motion program at Quest Academy.  I will be teaching this interactive music class on September 12 from 9:00-9:45.  All parents with children ages 2-5 are welcome to join in the fun!

Welcome Bach!

Welcome Bach to Music!  This year in music we will be learning about the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as well as many other famous composers.

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I hope that you and your family had a wonderful summer. I enjoyed spending time with my family and traveling to Destin, Florida where we relaxed on the beach and St. Louis, Missouri where we visited the St. Louis Arch!

As the school year begins, I want to update you on all the news from Lower School Music.  We will be learning about music notation and we will compose our own musical inventions just like J.S Bach.  We will play instruments including xylophones, drums, recorders, Nuvo flutes and piano keyboards.  We will sing songs from around the world and explore ways to use our voices.  We will also move and respond to music in multiple ways. We will also incorporate STEAM activities and music technology projects in our music class.

The Harmonizers, a choir with keyboards and violins, meets on Wednesday mornings. All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are welcome to join this performing group!

We have so many exciting things planned for this school year. My email address is if you would like to contact me with any questions you may have. Thank you!

Jack and the Beanstalk Success!

The 3rd and 4th Grade Students did a wonderful job at the musical Jack and the Beanstalk.  The students sang with enthusiasm and acted out their parts with confidence.  Mrs. Hasty & Mrs. Armentrout are so proud of the talented 3rd and 4th Grade students!



The students loved singing the songs “Possibilities” and “Lookin’ Up.”  They had so much fun delving into their characters and really did an excellent job performing on stage!!



Wishing you all a wonderful summer break!  Can’t wait to make more music with the students next year!

Music Making!

The Lemurs and Otters have been learning to play complicated melodic patterns on the xylophone instruments and handbells.


The students are also learning to compose using the glockenspiels and the notes C, E, and G.


The students are learning to sing solos to lead the class with call and response songs like “Kye Kye Kule.”


From quarter and eighth note rhythms to sixteenth note patterns with rests, the students are learning to read and notate music.


The students are learning to sing songs while accompanying themselves with drums and puppet shows.



The Harmonizers have been playing violins, composing on the pianos, and singing songs from around the world!

The second and third grade students are playing the recorders and enjoying playing Note Naming Battleship!


Dates to remember:
Fine Arts Night on April 26

3rd and 4th Grade Musical on May 14

Stone Soup Musical!

The Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades did an amazing with their Stone Soup Musical on Wednesday, March 14. The students danced a longways set dance to Wizard’s Walk and sang songs about being “Grumpy Every Day” and “The Greatest Gift is to Share.” The students performed their well-rehearsed scripts on stage with confidence and enthusiasm.  Mrs. Hasty and Mrs. Armentrout are both so proud of the students’ hard work and fantastic performance on stage!





Music in March!

Stone Soup is almost here! The students are getting ready for this exciting event.  Please click here to view the slideshow with all of the lyrics for the musical.  The K-2 Musical Stone Soup will take place on Wednesday, March 14 at 8:45 a.m.

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The Harmonizers are doing an amazing job rehearsing their music.  The students are singing a variety of songs including “What About Us” and “Da Pacem Domine.”  We not only sing, but also have a string quartet, piano keyboard accompaniments, and drum arrangements for each of our songs.  The students are challenging themselves in new and exciting ways!





Mrs. Beth Sala and I presented at the 2018 ICE conference! Our presentation was titled “Art & Music Meets Coding” and many music and art teachers attended our conference presentation.

A reminder to attend the Knights Auction this weekend!  Click the image below and follow the link for more information.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Music Class Piano Recitals

The Otters are doing a wonderful job learning to clap rhythms with quarter and eighth note patterns. They loved moving to the music and learning about Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.”

The Lemurs enjoyed dancing to Heal Toe On the Line. They are learning to play quarter and eighth note rhythms with rests and they are singing the songs “Ickle Ockle Blue Bottle” and “Winter Snowflakes.”



Class Recital Day was a huge success! The students did a wonderful job performing their pieces on the baby grand piano at Quest Academy!  The students selected a Classical piece by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, or Chopin to play for the class.  The third and fourth grade students also created a Google Slideshow describing their selected piece and the composer of the piece.  Here are the links for each class from the Class Recital Day!

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Please save the date for the upcoming K-2 Musical “Stone Soup” on March 14 at 8:45 a.m.

Hope to see you all at the Knight of All Knight Auction!

The Band Came to Visit!

The Beluga Whales had a wonderful visit from the Symphonic Band this week!  The students listened and identified the trumpet, saxophone, tuba, snare drum, xylophone, and flute.  The students were so excited to hear the Symphonic Band students perform for them and asked lots of questions.  Then the Beluga Whales played the piano for the older students and received a little extra help and suggestions on their pieces.  It was a wonderful experience



The Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade musical “Stone Soup” will take place on Wednesday, March 14 at 8:45 a.m.  The students are working hard to prepare for this exciting event. Please save the date! Also, the Class Piano Recital for Grades 1-4 will be next week on the baby grand piano at Quest Academy.


The Sea Turtles and Seals learned a Japanese folk song called “Sei Sei Sei” and learned the accompanying hand clapping game.  The students enjoyed finding new partners and singing the song at fast and slow tempos.  The students also played handbells to the song “Find a Penny,” exploring sol-mi with singing and on handbells.


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The Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students are doing an amazing job with the sound shapes.  The students loved listening to the different sounds that the instruments make.  They played a variety of challenging rhythms on the sound shapes.

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The Harmonizers are doing an amazing job learning the Latin piece “Da Pacem Domine” and the three-part Spiritual “Yonder Come Day.”  The students have been singing and playing the violin, drums, and keyboards during our rehearsals!


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Jazz Music in January

The Lemurs and Otter, Sea Turtles and Seals have been learning about the life of jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald and her song “A Tisket, A Tasket.”  They played Boomwhackers and xylophone instruments with jazz rhythms.  They listened to multiple recordings of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. They also learned to play “A Tisket, A Tasket” and “Warm up on the Grand Staff” on the piano keyboard.  The students love to sing and dance in class and they are doing a wonderful job of learning challenging rhythms on their instruments.


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The 1st and 2nd grade students are doing a variety of musical activities including Boomwhackers with the song “Ebeneezer Sneezer,” folk dancing with the song “The Grand Old Duke of York,” and piano playing with “Ode to Joy” and “I Like Rhythm.”  The students are so enthusiastic and excited about all of the new music! A reminder that the K-2 Musical will be in the morning on Wednesday, March 14.



The 3rd and 4th Grade Students are learning about jazz music and rhythms.  The students used iPads to create syncopated rhythms and then played these rhythms on the piano keyboard.  They are learning to play I, IV, and V7 chords with both the left and right hands.  The students are preparing a piece of Classical music and a Google Slideshow for their piano recital.