Have you ever wanted to compose your own music, but didn’t know where to start? Try starting right here! The Google Doodle on March 21, 2019 was in celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday. Bach (1685-1750) is one of the most prolific composers of the Baroque era and his music continues to thrive hundreds of years after his death. Google made a composition tool that allows the user to compose their own melody. Then, the computer analyzes the melody, compares it with hundreds of Bach’s compositions, and harmonizes it the way that Bach himself might have! Be sure to check it out.
The Rossiter 4th and 5th graders have made excellent progress on their recorders skills since the start of the new year! For students with recorders at home who would like to do extra practicing, I am posting the orange/yellow/green group recorder music. You can find it below or download it from the links on the right side of this page.
Congratulations to our fifth graders on an excellent Winter Jubilee! On December 4th, the Rossiter fifth graders performed a fun, exciting, brand new concert filled with singing, xylophone playing, and drumming. If you missed it, or want to relive it, here is the video:
If you are interested in watching Rossiter music performances, please check out my YouTube channel. This is where informal class projects will be shared, as well as formal concerts performances.
I am particularly excited to share the Third Grade Helena History Program from May 30th, 2018. The third graders did a remarkable job of learning to play the ukulele.
The ukuleles have arrived!
The HEF Great Ideas Grant I received in November 2017 has funded the purchase of ukuleles for our Rossiter music room! They have all arrived, along with lots of ukulele music, accessories, and a very fancy storage rack. The third grade is working diligently to develop the fine motor skills and coordination to play these instruments–with great progress so far!
If you are not familiar with the Helena Education Foundation, I encourage you to visit their website and learn about the wonderful and generous ways they support Helena teachers and students. In addition to my ukulele grant, HEF awarded Jennifer Loomis not one but two Great Ideas Grants, one last year for the climbing wall, and another this year to embellish the climbing wall with exciting accessories. Rossiter is truly so fortunate to have the support and energy of the Helena Education Foundation supporting our teachers!
Rossiter has been fortunate to have a great relationship with The Myrna Loy Center who helps bring world-class musicians into the schools. Check out the performers who have visited Rossiter in the past!
Spring 2018: The Fretless
Fall 2017: Villalobos Brothers