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4th Grade Music
Instructor: White, Marnie   

Welcome to the Aspen Elementary School Music Website!

The AES music program engages students in a variety of musical activities which are designed to develop their musical “intelligence” while enhancing and supporting the academic curriculum. Our program is based on the Kodaly music education methodology. Our program is aligned with the Colorado State music standards, and also enhances 21st century skills with critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.

Students will develop rhythmic and melodic literacy, including performing, reading and writing these concepts. They demonstrate this literacy through singing and playing instruments, developing abilities that will enable them to continue on the musical instrument (including voice) of their choice in middle school and high school. Students develop mastery of reading, writing and performing age-appropriate music in our program.

All children attend music class for 30 minutes every three days. Your child will be an active participant in the Colorado State Music Standards, which include singing (alone and with others), playing instruments (alone and with others), creating music, listening and evaluating music (including the correct use of vocabulary), and relating music to various historical and cultural traditions.

What does that all really mean?

In March and April, 4th grade musicians continued practicing the recorder. We can now play songs that use the notes B, A, G and C! We also reviewed about staccato (short, choppy notes), legato (smooth, connected notes), and slurs (really connected notes). We are learning that the steady beat has two parts (a downbeat and an upbeat) and rhythms can be uneven and change on the upbeat. Finally, we have begun learning the solfege note "fa," which is in between mi and sol, and is a half-step from mi to sol. We did a mini-unit on composer John Williams and talked about several of his pieces, including singing the rhythm and solfege for the Star Wars theme. Click here to see the music we worked on, and ask your child to perform it for you!

In May, we will continue working with these rhythms and pitches and playing recorder, so that your child is prepared to continue with the instrument of his/her choice in middle school.

Announcements
Free Family Events at the Aspen Music Festival!
The Aspen Music Festival has published its list of Free Family Events for the summer. It is available here: www.aspenmusicfestival.com/about/community-education/festival-for-kids/ 
Events include Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale (July 10) and Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals (August 14), as well as various hands-on sessions and fun events. You can also sign up on the page above to recieve emails from the festival about kid-specific events. 
In addition, children ages 3 to 12 can attend any regular event or concert for only $5!! Contact the box office for more information.

Finally, the festival also offers private lessons on various instruments for just $21 for a half hour lesson. Click here for details. 
Summer Choir Camp for Students Entering 4th-8th Grades
The following information is from the Aspen Music Festival and School. Students who participated in this camp last summer had a really good time, and the price is phenomenal. Please contact Benjamin De Kock at the information below to sign-up. If any students entering 3rd grade are interested in the camp, please send me an email. I will consider your request on a case-by-case basis, and if I feel like your child is a good fit, I will email Benjamin on your behalf.
 
The Aspen Music Festival and School is offering a fun and music-filled summer camp for children of the Roaring Fork Valley. As part of the Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus (MBCCC), the camp is open to students entering fourth grade through eighth grades. Students entering third grade will be considered on an individual basis. The camp will be run by professional music teachers and give the kids an opportunity to learn about vocal singing technique in a choir setting, participate in fun acting and singing activities, perform as part of a solo master class, attend open rehearsals, meet Festival guest artists, conductors, and students, as well as enjoy daily outdoor activities. 

 The camp will run July 28 to August 1 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Cost is just $100 for the week and each participant receives a pass to see concerts at the Music Festival as well. 

For more information or to sign up for this musical opportunity contact Benjamin deKock at 970.205.5055 or bdekock@aspenmusic.org  by July 1 to ensure your child has an opportunity to participate in this wonderful program!

Please visit the music webpage for information about what your Fourth Grade student is learning in music class!
Please click on this announcement to see more information about what your child is learning in music class.

Sincerely,
Marnie White

Contact me!
Please contact me with any questions:

Marnie White, 925-3760 x3104, mwhite@aspenk12.net 

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