Week Ending March 27 (Week 30)
(Distance Learning Week 2)
After a few adjustments, I think we’ve found our distance learning stride. Here are some ways we are continuing our music making and exploration.
Early Learners and Early Elementary
Our early learner and early elementary classes have been able to enjoy music together via activities, show-and-tell, as well as singing “Happy Birthday” together to celebrate with classmates. I tend to join our early learner and elementary classroom Zoom meetings on Thursdays each week. It’s been a great way to keep in contact with everyone.
Music activities for Beginners, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade will be included in communications and blog post from their classroom teachers.
They can also be found here:
Early Learner Music Activities
Kindergarten and 1st Grade Music Activities
2nd Grade Music Activities
3rd-5th and Middle School
A Music Google Classroom has been established for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade students. All music activities for these grades will be posted there. Middle School and All-Star students will continue to receive music assignments via Google Classroom as usual.
As work will be tracked through Classroom, it is important that students turn-in completed work through Classroom.
Assignments Posted Weekly
Weekly music assignments are typically posted on Monday morning. Students are expected to check the Music Google Classroom and engage with our work on the days that they would normally attend music (although they are welcome to engage with work beforehand if they choose).
Students will have about a week to complete and return simple assignments. Questions such as “do you have a keyboard or piano at home” and tasks such as “log-in to Khan Academy and join my class” should be completed quickly.
Initial assignments on a new platform (i.e. Khan Academy) will likely contain review material as we are check the usability of new resources.
Projects will be given more time and will typically involve a rubric to ensure students understand any expectations. I set due-dates that provide students with enough time to reach out to me (via Classroom private comments, email, or Zoom time) assuming that they engage with the work when it is assigned.
I attend elementary class Zoom meetings each Thursday. Upper School students have received my Zoom open office time (Monday and Tuesday 12:30-1:00) links via Classroom post. I am also available to help students by appointment (an adult should be present, but need not be on camera).
Thanks for helping keep our community learning together during this time.