1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade 5/6 General Music Kindergarten Middle School Chorus

Lyrics for the Community Sing-Winter Concert Dec 11!

After we share what we’ve been working on in class with you, we’d like to sing these two winter favorites WITH you! We won’t have much time in class to learn all these words so any help you can give at home would be appreciated!

Deck the Hall
Deck the hall with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of Yuletide treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather
Fa la la la la, la la la la…

Jingle Bells
Dashing through the snow
in a one horse open sleigh,
o’er the fields we go,
laughing all the way, Ha, Ha, Ha!

Bells on bobtails ring,
making spirits bright,
Oh what fun to laugh and sing a
sleighing song tonight!

Oh! Jingle bells, Jingle bells
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride
in a one horse open sleigh, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride
in a one horse open sleigh!

5/6 General Music Kindergarten

6th Grade Teachers in the Kindergarten Music Class

6 Brave 6th graders wanted to teach Kindergarten music. They each came to observe for one class, sometimes participating, sometimes watching. Then they made a plan with their teaching partner, and taught the class! All three pairs did a fantastic job and I hope to continue this project in the second trimester!
Scroll all the way down for a video of the three pairs teaching.

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COOL MUSIC STUFF! Instrument Lessons Middle School Band Why Is Music Education Important?

Well this is ridiculous!


Fun fact: that specific kind of Tuba is called a Sousaphone. John Philips Sousa wrote many marches and he wanted a tuba in the marching band but they were too big to carry. SOOOO they made one that wraps around your body! hooray!

Add Sousaphone to the Folsom Holiday Wish List…

1/2 Grade Instrument Lessons Middle School Band Middle School Chorus

What’s New in the Music Room? Mrs. V’s class, Chorus, and Deck the Hall!

Here is Mrs. Vandedord’s 1/2 class performing the fingerplay “Grandma’s Glasses.” Fingerplays help us build expression in our voices, faces, and bodies, and stretch our imagination!

Here the Middle School Chorus sings a Major Scale on Solfege as a round. It sounds beautiful and is relatively easy to do!

And lastly, as we approach our WINTER CONCERT on DECEMBER 11th at 6pm, the band is getting ready to accompany all of YOU singers in “Deck the Hall!” Here Lucas and Emma play their parts! (YOU CAN START PRACTICING FOR THE END-OF-CONCERT SING-A-LONG!)

3/4 Grade

3rd and 4th Grade Auditions for “On Top of the World”


The 3rd and 4th grade chorus will combine with the Middle School Chorus to sing “I’m On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons. We will have small groups and trios from the 3rd and 4th grade and soloists from the 5-8th grades singing chunks of the song.
Today the 3rd and 4th graders auditioned for those jobs!

Here is the compilation video of their work today- I bet you’ll know this portion of the song REALLY well by the end!

I was so proud of our brave singers, but also so proud of all the support everyone showed to each other during auditions. They blew me away!

3/4 Grade 5/6 General Music Instrument Lessons Middle School Band Why Is Music Education Important?

Open Music Room!

As many of you know, (because maybe you’ve seen and heard us in the mornings!) I’ve opened up the music room before school starting at 7:30 every day of the week except Tuesday (because that’s when middle school band rehearses.) Students are invited to come in and practice alone, play with each other, and/or get help from me or older students.

Last week our numbers of students were 16, 19,18, and 16. That BLOWS MY MIND.
I’ve been keeping track of the students who are coming and after Friday’s session I listed the names of every student who has come at least one time. 28 out of the 30 students studying an instrument this year have attended!
Here are some low-quality pictures I snapped while running around between 19 students!

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Not sure if getting your student to school those extra minutes early is worth it? Please watch this AWESOME Ted Talk, and hopefully you will be swayed.

Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

Mr. Go Intro and the Band Plays “Dragon Dance”

For the Middle School Band:

Here’s the video I promised teaching the intro to “Mr. Go” on Trumpet, Clarinet, and Flute. A little tricky on trombone- but if you’re up for the challenge, watch any instrument and start on a low F.

AND once you’ve learned that and can play it by heart- check out our recording of Michael Story’s “Dragon Dance!” We learned this piece at the beginning of the year and took it our on Friday after not playing it for a while to make a recording!

PS: There has been AMAZING attendance during the Open-Music-Room times!!!
Post with pictures to come soon!

3/4 Grade Instrument Lessons

The 123s Play “Two For The Show”

Our beginning trumpets became the first fourth graders to record a video today!!!

They’ve named themselves the “123s” and they’re working extraordinarily hard- INCLUDING coming to the before-school open music room times! In this piece we were juggling whole notes, half notes, counting rests, three different pitches that are all mixed up AND making sure to tongue each note. Holy cow. I just got tired writing about all of the things we have to think about while we play!

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ENJOY the world premier of the 123s!

3/4 Grade 5/6 General Music

Ghost of John

Happy Halloween from the Folsom Musicians!

In Dr. Robinson’s class, Ms. Hoag’s class, and Mr. Nolan’s class we learned “Ghost of John” and accompanied ourselves on the hand chimes. Students came up with an arrangement and performance details (Walk around randomly, circle, fall to the ground, scary laugh, etc.) Mr. Nolan’s class even thought to change the lyrics to “Ghost of TOM.”

We then traveled into the classrooms on Oct 30 and 31 to spook our teachers!

Here’s a video of Dr. Robinson’s class rehearsing in the music room.

All the classes were FABULOUSLY spooky and our teachers were great audiences for our Halloween Treat!