K-5 students are learning about music AND having a spookin’ good time, too.

Kindergarten:  We are learning about 4 voice types:  whisper, speak, sing & call (not yell or scream).  We are playing singing games that use our different voices.

1st – 3rd Grade are working on rhythm and beat.  We are singing also.  You will probably hear some Halloween tunes and rhythms!

4th & 5th Grade have been working on canons and partner songs in class.  We’ve been playing the Orff instruments also, adding ostinato accompaniments to our singing.

Concert dates have not been set yet, but 4th & 5th graders have a concert in February.  In March, the 2nd & 3rd graders perform a literacy-based music program.  In April, the first graders have an “informance” for their parents in the music room, and in May the 4th grade recorders and the 5th grade instrumental (band or strings) students perform.

If you have any questions, please email me:


(Becky Ventura)


SEPTEMBER Peace Day Assembly

On September 28, at 9:00 a.m., the art & music department will put our “spin” on world peace.  We (K-5) will go out with our Peace Pinwheels and commemorate the day by singing “Circle the Earth with Peace” as our pinwheels turn.  Following that, we (1st-5th) will celebrate Summer Reading Club participants in the gym.


First Grade Informances

First Grade Informances

An informance is an informal and informative music sharing session for parents and grandparents!  The kids will perform “Way Down Deep” – a story with music – and also share music and games that have helped them grow musically this year.  Don’t miss it! Come to Room 8 (Music Room, in the Kindergarten wing of the building) – check in at the office first 🙂  The informance will last about 20 minutes.

Mrs. Lippert’s Class:  THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m.

Mrs. Korte’s Class:  FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 @ 9:20 a.m.

Mrs. Swanson’s Class:  FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.


UPCOMING EVENT:  May 12 Band, Strings & Recorder Concert – 7:00 pm/Gym


Wednesday, Feb. 10 @ 2:00/7:00 p.m. – 4th/5th grade concert (incl. 3/4 class.)  

Wednesday, Mar. 9 @ 10:30 – 5th grade field trip to Detroit Symphony (incl. 4/5 class)
Busses paid for with MI Youth Arts Cultural Trek Grant.  Ticket money ($6.00) and permission slips are due on February 5th (Friday.)

Wednesday, Mar. 16 @ 2:00/7:00 p.m. – 2nd/3rd grade concert 

April  1st Grade Informances

Lippert – Thursday, April 21 @ 2:00

Korte – Friday, April 22 @ 9:20

Swanson – Friday, April 22 @ 3:00



Here’s a peek into the music room in NOVEMBER……complete with turkey!Turkey Zach

This is an example of the 3rd graders composing and performing an ostinato with a poem.

This is Kindergarten cute-ness!

Halloween Fun!


From Kindergarten to 5th Grade – we’ve been enjoying Halloween songs and games, learning as we go.  Kinders are working on steady beat, 1st and 2nd graders are working on rhythm and beat, 3rd graders are working on canons and ostinatos, 4th graders and 5th graders are working on canons, rondo form, and instrumental accompaniments on the Orff instruments.  If you don’t know what any of this means, please ask your student 🙂

Here are some videos from a few classes: