Many of you met our student teacher in the music room, Ms. Sarah Noble, at Open House.  She is a student at Wayne State.  She loves musical theater and is majoring in music education and English.  She spent her summer counseling at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.  She will be at Howard Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday mornings.  We are happy and fortunate to have her with us!


PEACE DAY assembly will be Sept ember 20 (Wednesday) at 9:00 a.m.   The children will gather around the Peace Pole on the North side of the building – we will sing our song “Circle the Earth with Peace” and display our Peace Pinwheels that we made in art class.  Parents are welcome…duration of this event is about 15-20 minutes.



for parents & grandparents

featuring the 4th grade and 4th/5th grade classes of

Mrs. Pischke, Mrs. Schug, Ms. Fleming & Ms. Martin

at 9:00 in the morning on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

in the Howard School Gym

The recital will last approximately 40 minutes


CODE to join 4th Grade Recorder Google Classroom:


(Most have done this at school, then you won’t need to repeat this step).

Using Google Classroom for RECORDER TESTING


Get an adult to help you.  Download the Google Classroom app.  Sign in with your user name PLUS dearbornschools.org


When you’re ready for testing, do the following:

Have someone help you make a video of you playing your Recorder Karate song!

In the Google Classroom app, select 4th Grade Recorder.


Scroll all the way down!  Choose “ADD” +

Use the paper clip or Google Drive.  Select your video from your computer/phone/tablet.

Click UPLOAD.  Click TURN IN.  It will ask you if you really want to turn it in, Make sure you click TURN IN again.

Include these steps in your video.  It’s OK to make a video for each of the steps.

  1. Clap and chant the rhythm (tah, tee-tee, etc.)
  2. Clap and chant letter names OR finger and chant letter names (singing is good, too!)
  3. Play song on recorder.

NOTE:  Once you pass PURPLE, you do not need to include the practice steps, just play your recorder.  Use the practice steps to help you learn your pieces, though!

Concert News

Our 7:00 pm concert was professionally videotaped.  The link will be added here soon.  In the meantime, enjoy our 2:00 performance – on the STUDENT RECORDINGS page.

The 2nd & 3rd graders are currently working on their presentations for March is Reading Month.

We will perform musical versions of “The Napping House” (2nd Grade) and “Anansi” (3rd Grade).

The students are arranging and composing their own rhythms for these stories.

The performance date is March 14 (Tuesday) at 7:00 p.m.

First graders will present an informance (informal and informative performance) in their music classrooms in April or May.

Fourth Grade recorders and Fifth Grade instrumental students will present a concert in May.

December Sing Along/CWHL Charity

We will hold our Holiday Sing Along and Hair Cutting event to benefit Children With Hair Loss on December 23 (Friday) at 2:00 in the gym.
Parents whose children are getting their hair cut are welcome to attend.


February 16 (Thursday) @ 7:00 PM:  4th & 5th Grade Vocal Music Concert

Marcch 14 (Tuesday) @ 7:00 PM:  2nd & 3rd Grade March is Reading Concert

April (TBD):  1st Grade Informances (in the Music Room, during music class time)

May (TBD):  4th Grade Recorder/5th Grade Instrumental Music Concert

November Composers


In grades 3-5, we are studying different composers.  3rd Grade had Haydn, 4th Grade had Beethoven, and 5th Grade had Brahms.  Now we are taking things to the next level and WE are the composers – using boomwhackers and our own stick notation systems!

We had a fall/Thanksgiving theme as we continued with our composing….

3rd Graders are shown here performing their own ostinatos (repeated patterns) with poetry, and 4th graders are shown performing their own rhythmic raps.