Education (School & Degree):
Currently working towards my Master's in Music Education degree
B.A. Music, University of WI—Parkside
Certification in Piano Pedagogy and Literature
License Information: DPI License #515 (General Music K-12) and #511 (Choral)
Philosophy (and/or statement about joy of teaching):
Music connects children with the past, the present, and the future and gives them something in which to take pride. Music is all around us and it should be analyzed, interpreted, internalized, and appreciated. As Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” After all, it would be a shame to deprive children of something that builds character and changes lives the way that music does.
Traveling with family, spending time outdoors with family, crafts, food (chocolate and Starbucks are my faves!), trivia questions.
NEW THIS YEAR: I will be teaching grades 1st through 8th and am very excited about this wonderful opportunity!
Please be sure to visit my page frequently, as assignments, information, rubrics and other important information will be posted. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me any time! I look forward to guiding your child on his/her musical journey!
Grades 1-2: We have been reviewing some of the basic elements of music such as beat, rhythm, tempo, and dynamics. Singing, movement, instruments have been part of the activities they participated in this week. We have been working hard on one of our Christmas songs and already it VERY well learned! Both grades have been working with scarves to show the speed (tempo) of the music as well.
Grade 3: We have been working on Tempo and Italian terms which describe how fast or how slow a passage of music should go. We have discussed, demonstrated, watched a video, listened, and shown how the tempo is moving by using scarves. 3rd grade will be assessed on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th. A study guide was given to your child(ren) this week. Should you need another copy, please click on the link below.
Grade 4: We have been working on one of our Christmas songs (yes, I said that already!), as well as focusing on keeping a steady beat/pulse. We have been dancing, singing, and also learned a folk song called "Obwisana" which has been focusing on the syllables of Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, and La and in Major tonality. The children also incorporated a passing game and singing while keeping a steady beat.
Grade 5: 5th grade has been learning about the instrument families in a detailed way and will be completing a study guide as well. Assessment will be on visual and aural recognition of the most common instruments in the families. We just finished the Percussion Family and have now moved on to the Brass Family.
Grade 6: 6th grade Google Slide Instrument Project is underway. They have been presenting their Google Slides to their "audience" and I am VERY impressed! We are learning a lot about many instruments which are "new" to us.
Grade 7: 7th grade has been working hard on their Fall Music Poem Project (Onomatopoeia). We are now in the final stages of adding the "instrument" with the "sound". Formative presentations have begun. They have created some very interesting poems/stories. Summative presentations should take place in the coming week or two.
Grade 8: 8th grade composition for their STOMP Project is underway! They have learned about the 4 rhythmic elements which need to be present: Ostinato, Echo, Call/Response, and Sequence and will need to incorporate these into their composition. Stay tuned for how this fun and creative project is coming along. See the rubric below for any questions.
IMPORTANT: ALL SECTIONS--"INSTRUMENTS" are now PAST due and must be at your next class.
Here's a link to EXTRA practice with fun games and quizzes! Be sure to click on "QUIZZES" to get started! http://www.musictechteacher.com/
Ms. Nelson-Payne, Music, Grades 1-8 and Choir, Grades 4-8
ASCS Mission Statement
"Together we will teach children to see the world through the eyes of Christ and to model the lives of the Saints in a rigorous academic environment."