Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Some of the music curriculum Ms. Potts and I use in General music class-

Conversational Solfege: 3-5 grades- This general music curriculum was written by John M. Feierabend, a leader in early music curriculum that focuses on teaching our students music through folk songs, especially American folk songs. He uses solfege and rhythm syllables as a method toward understanding notation.

First Steps in Music: 1-2 grades- John M. Feierabend's music curriculum for early elementary focuses on folk songs and singing games. This curriculum is designed to help early elementary students become comfortable with singing alone and with others in a comfortable classroom setting.

Composer of the Month:1-5 grade-
Each month of the school year we will be discussing a composer and their musical works. Students will listen to and discuss major musical works and their significance to us today.

Move it!: 1-5 grade- Each month the students will be learning a sequence of movements for a specific piece of classical music. The motions for each piece focus on themes in the music. We will be learning a new one each month

Composer of the month

October's composer of the month is John Williams.

John Williams is an American Composer most known for composing music for many well-known movies: JAWS, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Hook, E.T., Jurassic Park, and more.

He was born on February 8, 1932 in Queens, New York. He studied piano at The Juilliard School of Music. He has won Five Academy Awards, Four Golden Globe Awards, and Twenty-one Grammy Awards. John Williams was the conductor of the Boston Pops from 1983-1990.

We will be listening to music by John Williams in school during the month of October.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Welcome Back!!

Welcome back Francis Wyman students!! I look forward to seeing all of you in music class soon! There a few changes to the music department this year. . .

**Mrs. Gendron will be teaching the 4th and 5th grade Instrument lessons and Bands on the stage.

**We have a new music teacher, Ms. Potts! Ms. Potts will be teaching general music and chorus in the SMALL music room (this was Mrs. Peabody's music room).

**Mrs. Peabody will be teaching general music and chorus in the BIG music room (this was Mrs. Gendron's music room last year).

**Mrs. Niu and Mrs. Rzasa are teaching music at the Memorial school this year. They promised me that they will come and visit sometime soon!

This year looks to be a great school year filled with music, laughter, and fun! See you next week!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

3rd Grade Recorders

3rd grade recorders are in! Your third grade child should have come home with their recorder this week. Parents, please encourage your child to practice and perform at home. If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of the music teachers-

Kerry Gendron, 781-238-6812
Jen Rzasa, 781-273-7053
Lindsey Peabody, 781-273-7053

All-Band Concert

Last year's All-Band Concert at the BHS was a huge success! We are planning this year's All-Band Concert for Thursday, March 10, 2011. Details will be coming soon. . .

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Third Grade Recorders

The third grade classes will be starting recorders following Winter break. Be on the look out for information coming home about purchasing a recorder soon. . .

Thursday, May 13, 2010