Winter Concert Coming Up!

Please save the dates for our upcoming performances:

2nd-5th Grade Winter Performance     Tuesday, Dec. 12   6:30 p.m.

The theme for the concert is “The Sound of Holiday Music” and the kids will perform songs from the Sound of Music as well as songs from around the world!
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Preschool-1st Grade Winter Performance   Friday, Dec. 15   8:45 a.m.
The theme will be songs and stories about winter songs and stories.
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The Harmonizers are preparing for the Winter Concert with
violin, tambourine, and ribbon dancers.


The third grade students are doing amazing job on the ukuleles and will perform at the winter concert!



Instruments Abound

The Preschool and PreK are singing and playing Autumn songs. They sang “I’m a Little Acorn Round” and “Over the River” and learn to play quarter and eighth note rhythms on the triangles.

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The 2nd Grade students are playing the recorders with clear intonation.  They have been learning to play “Au Clair de la Lune” and “Merrily We Roll Along” this week in music class.  They are also singing “Let Us Chase the Squirrel” and adding fun movements to this song.

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The 3rd Grade students are doing a great job on the ukuleles.  So far they have learned to play “My Darling Clementine” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”  The students have learned to play the C, F, and G7 chords on the ukulele and are learning different strumming patterns.

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The Fourth Grade students are playing the Nuvo flutes in class.  They are starting to produce a wonderful sound on the instrument and many have even moved on to a more challenging mouthpiece on the instrument.  We will be performing on the Nuvo Flutes at the Winter Concert.

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The Harmonizers performed at the Veteran’s Day Assembly.  They did a wonderful job singing “Proud of our Veterans” for the entire school.

Music Class Meets zSpace!

My music students found zSpace to be an enriching educational experience.  We learned about the families of instruments, specifically brass, strings, woodwinds, and percussion in first and second grade.  The students in third and fourth grade were able to dissect instruments and explored sound production in different instruments.




The Bears and Tigers are hard at work playing their recorders.  They can now play the notes B, A, G, and E on the recorders and have played music in major and minor keys.  The students have improved their breath support and can now play half and whole notes on the recorders. Students also played xylophone instruments to accompany their singing.  Estelle’s dad brought in a homemade xylophone for the class to play!


The Otters, Lemurs, Sea Turtles and Seals are working in centers to explore minor mode.  The students learned to play the triangle in 3/4 time and played rhythm sticks to Halloween rhythms.  They also played “Pass the Pumpkin” and sang “Ghost of John” with xylophone accompaniment.  The students continue to impress me with their hard work and determination!



Makerspace Instruments in Music!

We used Makerspace instruments created with Mrs. Jurewicz to accompany spooky stories.  From bottle cap castanets to paper plate tambourine to plastic cup shakers the students were very proud of the instruments they created!

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The Tigers and Bears have been singing “Sarasponda” and they learned a fun dance to accompany this song.  The students are working on singing with correct breath support and clearly enunciating syllables.


Harmonizers are working hard on playing the piano, violin, and singing.  We are preparing for the Veteran’s Day assembly in November and the Winter Concert in December.  We recently performed at the Generosity Pageant!



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!




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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!