Music - Additional Information/Websites

  • Dear 4th and 5th Grade Parents,

    We are fortunate to have access to a wonderful music lesson supplementary program called Quaver Music. Please check out their website www.quavermusic.com. Students may create their own accounts where they can compose their own songs, piano pieces and even drum and guitar works. There are music games and quizzes to support their learning. I have set up a special code for our students to use to access many of the recorder pieces we are playing in music class. The Music Theory section has some great games to practice music note reading skills (Treble Staff Champion is an excellent one for recorder practice).

    To access these songs and games, go to the Quaver Music website and click on “Student Interactives” (yield sign at the bottom left side of the screen). You will be prompted to enter a code. Our LCE code is KHLYHH (all caps). Once you have entered this code, your child will have access to these special songs, games and more. If you actually create an account, you will be able to do even more, but this code grants special access to the recorder songs and theory games.

    I also wanted to let you know about some wonderful apps that students can use to practice their music note reading skills. They can definitely be found for the iPhone and iPad. I encourage you to get at least one of these apps to help your child practice memorizing the lines and spaces of the treble clef staff. If your child plays another instrument, each of these apps has the menu to switch clefs (alto and bass) so students can learn those notes as well.

    Staff Wars - $0.99 – A bit like the Space Invaders game of my youth, this app has the player shoot the notes off the staff in outer space. Students must tap on the correct letter name for the note before it passes across the starry sky. The speed of the game increases as you go along. The range and clef settings are also available on this app.

    Flashnote Derby- Musical Note Flashcards - $4.99 – This app is like a horse race. The range of notes can also be set to your desired practice settings. Any missed notes may be reviewed after the game ends. Options to set for the other clefs are also included.

    Treble Cat Lite – Learn to Read Music – This app is FREE, but I don’t know much about it.
    I told the students there are probably many more apps to help them practice their music reading skills. If you or your child find another app that you would recommend, please let me know!

    The goal of practicing these games/apps is for the students to learn to very quickly identify the letter name of the notes on the treble staff. Currently we are using the notes G (second line) up to D (fourth line), but we will be adding more notes as we continue learning recorder.

    A gentle reminder…. All students should be practicing their recorders for ten minutes each day at home, in order to progress and be able to perform their playing assessments. I have heard students complain to me that “they didn’t have time because they had other homework”. I informed them that recorder practice is now part of their homework assignment each night. Please encourage your child to practice at home. I know it isn’t always very nice to listen to, but just think…. It should get better!!!

    If your child needs extra help, please send me an email so I can arrange to meet with them to help them get on track. I am available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 7:50-8:10 a.m. each week. I want every student to be successful in music class.

    Thank you for your support!

    Sincerely,

    Jennifer Marrero (Thanks Ms. Crittenden)
    LCE Music Teacher