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    Week of May 25, 2020

    Greetings Rockstars!  I’m shouting out to my 3rd, 4th and 5th graders on SPS TV this week – if you missed the broadcast of the lesson on Melodic Contour, you can watch it anytime here:  K/1/2 students will also enjoy this video … especially if you are a baseball fan!  Primary grades can also watch Ms. Staire’s video on Melodic Contour here: 

    Please check your assignments in Seesaw for music worksheets to further explore Melodic Contour.

    Week of May 12, 2020

    (Note, this lesson is also posted in our art seesaw journals. Welcome to seesaw, Ms. Bethany!)

    Greetings, Roxhill Rockstars!  This week I’m giving all of you a shout out on SPS TV 😊!  Tune in on Wednesday, May, 13 at 9:30 a.m. or you can catch it on YouTube anytime here:  This lesson is geared towards my Kindergarten through second grade friends, but stay tuned … I’m working on a shout out for my amazing third through fifth grade peeps in a couple of weeks 😉.  Third thorough fifth graders can also follow along with the following lesson by my friend Ms. Staire this week (some of you might remember her 😊):

    In addition to the video lessons above, there are worksheets for more fun with composing rhythm patterns on the covid page of our website. Click on page 2, go to the specialist folder and then open the music folder. 

    Week of May 4, 2020

    Feliz Cinco de Mayo! This week our lesson is brought to you from my friend Mr. Mena. Mr. Mena is Mexican American and also a music teacher here in Seattle. The song he will be teaching you is called “Aguatile” and it is in a style called bomba. Bomba music comes from the island of Puerto Rico, which is part of the United States. Though the music and culture of Mexico and Puerto Rico are different in many ways, one thing they have in common is the use of Spanish as a primary language for communication. Mr. Mena will be speaking Spanish in a portion of this lesson, but you don’t need to know how to speak Spanish yourself in order to be successful with this lesson. Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders can focus on mastering the drumming and shaker ostinatos as well as the vocal parts. This is a fun lesson to do with family members!

    Click here to access Mr. Mena’s lesson:

    Week of April 27, 2020

    Hello Roxhill Rockstars! Our song this week is “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie.  This folk song is rich in language describing the natural beauty of our country, as well as pointing out deficiencies in the way some people are prevented from enjoying all of our nation’s bounty.  Woody Guthrie was a masterful musical storyteller and this song is one of his best known tunes.  Please sing along with Elizabeth Mitchell and Sones de Mexico as you listen to Guthrie’s catchy tune in the following videos:

    Elizabeth Mitchell sings “This Land is Your Land”:

    Sones de Mexico perform “Esta Tierra es Tuya” arr. by Juan Dias: (hint: watch until the end for a cameo appearance of the songwriter Woody Guthrie 😊)

    As you watch this week’s videos, consider the point of view of the songwriter/videographer/performers and answer the following questions:

    • What message(s) are they choosing to communicate in each video? 
    • What artistic tools are used to make these messages clear to us (i.e. How do you know what the message is)?
    • What would you do differently if you made your own You Tube video of “This Land is Your Land?”?  What verses or images would you add, take out, or modify?

    As you imagine the best and most beautiful parts of our nation and its people, I encourage you to put your dreams on paper.  Draw a picture of a beautiful place you’ve seen or want to visit someday. Draw a picture of people helping each other in your family or your community. Write a new verse to “This Land is Your Land” and sing it to someone in your family, a stuffed animal, or just for your own pleasure.  I would be honored if you’d also share your dreams with me – email photos, text files, audio recordings, or video recordings of your work to 😊

    Week of April 20, 2020

    Welcome back from Spring Break, Roxhill Rockstars!  Your music learning activity this week is about creating your own musical instrument from found materials.  Since the beginning of human history, people have used items found in their environment to facilitate making musical sounds.  Whether or not you have musical instruments in your home, you too can create your very own instrument from the things around you.

    Use the grade level appropriate worksheet to guide you in the creation and naming of your instrument! As an additional option, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders can use the Blank Staff paper to write original rhythm patterns to play on your new instrument. The worksheets can be found on the At Home Learning page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and then open the following folders: Art, PE, Music, Library > Music > Make a musical instrument

    Then join me with your new instrument to sing and play along to “If I Had a Hammer” here.

    Don’t forget to check out this week’s music learning videos on SPS TV or You Tube:

    Week of April 6, 2020

    Listen to the song “If I Had a Hammer” as performed by Pete Seeger: and Sam Cooke:

    Then answer the following questions (you may consult for more background information on the song and help answering the questions below):

    1. Can you sing the whole song? Show me! (make an audio or video recording and send it to me at
    2. Where did the symbolism of the “Hammer of Justice” and the “Bell of Freedom” originate?
    3. At various points in our nation’s history, it has been significant for us to sing a “song of love between my brothers and my sisters.” Why might it be important for us to sing this today?

    Look for a video of me singing my “song of love” on the Roxhill Elementary You Tube channel later this week 😉



    Week of March 30th, 2020

    Hello Roxhill Rockstars!  Please click here to watch my video message to you for this week, and then view the following link.

     Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Three Little Birds”:


    1. What instruments do you hear in this performance?
    2. How many people do you hear singing? One? Two? Many?
    3. Music can help us to express our emotions, or to help us change our mood when we are feeling sad or scared or angry.  How do you feel after listening to and singing “Three Little Birds?”

     Please email your responses to me at .  Text, audio, or video responses are all welcome!





    Week of March 23rd, 2020

    Greetings Roxhill Rockstars!  March is Women’s History Month, and this week we’re going to be learning about Fannie Lou Hamer.  Fannie Lou Hamer used her voice in powerful ways to speak and sing in the face of injustice, and to bring strength and courage in the face of fear.  Please watch the following biography and listen to the song “This Little Light of Mine” and answer the following questions:


    1. How did Fannie Lou Hamer use her voice to make the world a better place?
    2. What role did music play in Fannie Lou Hamer’s fight against injustice?
    3. How do you use music to help yourself feel more calm and brave when facing scary situations?  What songs make you feel better?


    Fannie Lou Hamer biography :


    Fannie Lou Hamer, “This Little Light of Mine”:


    If you would like, you may email your responses to me at .  Text, audio, or video responses are all welcome!