Welcome back, Rossiter students and families! Thank you for checking out the Music Class webpage. Throughout the year, this is the spot to check for information about upcoming Rossiter performances, community music opportunities, and other fun music resources.
To end the second quarter, fourth and fifth graders learned about the blues. We wrote our own blues lyrics and also learned how to play the blues on xylophones. Please enjoy one of the Rossiter classes performing Blues in G.
The ukuleles have arrived!
The HEF Great Ideas Grant I received in November 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!
The 5th Grade Buddies concert was a great success! Our fifth graders, along with their kindergarten and second grade reading buddies, had a great time watching the Villalobos Brothers perform at Rossiter. Their remarkable musicianship, fast-flying violin fingers, and incredible energy were the highlights of the performance. If you missed them, or want to relive them, check out the videos below or find them on YouTube.
Cultural Collaboration: American Indian Heritage
For the full week of Sept. 25-29, library skills, music, and physical education classes combined to learn about Native American heritage. We learned about traditional sports, games, stories, instruments, and music. This is the first of the Cultural Collaboration Weeks this year at Rossiter. Please stay tuned for our next one coming this winter/early spring.
Picture: Tipi on the Rossiter Playground, Sept 25, 2017