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*My name is Mrs. Betts and I'm the AC-GC Elementary Music Teacher!



Bring on the snow! Here's what's happening in the music room:

KDG: We are working on Presto Largo (fast and slow) sounds and identifying musical tempos

1st: We are dictating musical rhythms and melodies. 

2nd: We are starting our own musical compositions--that's writing music people!

3rd: We are taking a sneak peek into the world of the orchestra

4th: We are currently taking an in-depth look at the instruments of the orchestra &  continuing our recorder journey by learning 3 more notes.

5th: We are currently finishing up our vocal assessments before beginning to look at our music for the Spring Concert.

6th: We are also finishing up our vocal assessments and then beginning to look at our music for the Spring Concert. 



A few notes from the Music Room:

You may notice that there are fewer grades being given for elementary music. As the music department transitions over to the new Iowa Music Standards, we are focusing our efforts on the 4 categories: Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting. You will see the summative assessments for these categories in the grade book. What you aren't seeing is all of the formative assessments and activities occurring during learning. 


4th-grade recorders

We are doing something a little different in the music room this year. In order to comply with the new Iowa Fine Arts Standards; students will be receiving their recorders at the beginning of the school year and using them in various musical lessons throughout the entire year. With this new change, I am requesting that recorders be kept in the music room throughout the week and only taken home over weekends if students need to practice. Students will be required to bring the recorder back at the beginning of the school week. Students will be working all year to gain the knowledge and skills they will need for 5th & 6th-grade band as well as choir. I have found all students work at a different pace, and, as an introduction to playing any instrument, the students are expected to treat the recorder the same as you would a trumpet, flute, or even a percussion instrument--with respect. 

So you forgot your recorder... now what?

The music room runs on a three-strike system. Every time you forget your recorder, you earn a strike. Mrs. Betts will allow you to borrow a recorder, up to and including three strikes. Any more strikes. and you are not allowed to borrow a recorder and must simply sit and write in your music notes or watch others work quietly. If a student has 5 or more strikes students may lose the privilege to take their recorder home. 

Goodness knows I'm not the best blogger and I've probably forgotten something. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding 4th-grade recorders. 


Studies have shown that music education promotes children's brain development, creativity, it increases concentration and helps to build self-esteem. While we work on these skills at school, it is also important to help out at home as well. Please check out the links at the bottom of my page from PBS Parents. In the "Music at Home" link Dr. Robert A. Cutietta explains how to add music into your home in a few easy steps, some of which I will summarize below. 

Adding music into the home:

  1. Play music-- any and all music
  2. Actively listen to music-- having music on in the background is nice, but sit down with your child and really listen to the music. Ask them questions such as, "How does this music make you want to move?" 
  3. Sing-- My favorite place to do this is in the car with my daughter, this turns what may be a boring ride into an enjoyable family experience.
  4. Dance-- No one is watching, try being silly and move with the music!
  5. Make music together-- Remember instruments can be made out of anything. No piano? No problem! Grab some household items and brainstorm different sounds you and your child can make. 


Please remember to encourage music-making in the home as well as at school!


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I promise to get better at posting elementary activities---maybe... 




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