Middle School Band Middle School Chorus

Districts Day 2!

IMG_0747What a fabulous experience we had in the Districts Concert Band and District Chorus! Our students worked so hard, were tired but proud, and I think, came away having learned a lot. (Hoping to get some video reflections in the coming week.)
Here are pictures of concert day!

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Middle School Band Middle School Chorus

District Music Festival Post 1

Hello Folsom Friends!



Here at MVU we are having a blast having just started our second day of rehearsing at the Middle School District Music Festival! You should be extremely proud of how our Folsom students are representing our school. They are professional during rehearsals, focused, working hard, and showing respect to their conductors. They are setting a high standard for their peers from other schools!

Here are some pictures of the groups!
The middle school chorus is conducted by Mrs. Aimee Bushey, who teaches middle and high school chorus in South Burlington. This has been a fun way for our students to connect with her as some will likely attend SB and hopefully keep singing in chorus! Ms. Kauffeld student taught with Mrs. Bushey in her senior year of college and she is SO glad to be able to now share her love for Mrs. Bushey with her Folsom students!

I’m not sure of the band conductor’s name, but she is DYNAMITE! My new instrumental-education hero! It’s harder to get pictures of our kiddos in this group before it is SO BIG! Hooray!!! More pics to come…

Middle School Band Middle School Chorus

Island County Music Festival!

While I’m sitting at the District Music Festival laughing hysterically at everything Mrs. Aimee Bushey says to the chorus, I thought I should probably get some pictures from the Island County Music Festival up on the blog!

We were SO lucky to have Mr. Andy Smith from Charlotte Central School conduct our middle school band. Ms. Kauffeld was lucky enough to spend two weeks student teaching with Mr. Smith during her senior year of college. He’s an incredible teacher, music, and human. The band music was very challenging, especially for our instrumentalists that just began this year! But our students worked hard, coming in to practice before school and working with each other to figure out their parts.
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Our chorus conductor is another friend of Ms. Kauffeld’s, Mr. Aram Barsumian! He teaches at Williamstown Elementary and Middle school. He is a terrific trombone player and contra-dancer! Our chorus music was difficult, but Folsom represented our school SO well by being very prepared and professional in their work that day. Oh, and there were some important human knots.
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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade 5/6 General Music First Steps in Music Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

Music In Our Schools Month: The Final Week

The music room has come ALIVE this week! Many Middle Schoolers are preparing for the District Music Festival this Friday, 4th grade instrumentalists have all been busy at working learning tunes like “Frere Jacques,” “Mexican Mountain Song,” and “Sawmill Creek,” Kindergarteners have been doing 3 different “Mixer Dances,” the 1st and 2nd graders have been learning about Sound in Science, so in music we’ve been talking about PITCH, VIBRATION, and VOLUME, and using the Hand Chimes to discuss all three vocabulary words, in 3rd and 4th grade we’ve been composing with quarter notes and eighth notes and doing our favorite Russian Folk Dance, “Sasha!” AND SO MUCH MORE.


This week has been outstanding for before-school practicing! We’ve seen the return of many faces, (though looking a little sleepy at times,) but I am thrilled to have you back, and so proud of the extra effort you are putting in.
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The Middle School Musical, “School House Rock!” is well under way with our amazing director, Gina Fearn. A terrific group of middle schoolers (and a few awesome 4th graders!) have been learning songs, blocking, and choreography for the show.
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As we finish out the week I hope to collect more responses to the prompt,
“MUSIC MAKES ME____!” If YOU would like to fill out a sheet at home please let me know and I’ll make sure one makes it home to you!
Here’s a video of Preston rocking the bells, and another of many snippets from the past two weeks- Random Acts of Music, glimpses of K and 1/2 music classes, and band lessons.


1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade COOL MUSIC STUFF! Instrument Lessons Middle School Band



The whole month of March we celebrate Music In Our Schools Month! At Folsom we’ve bookended the month nicely by kicking it off with the Island County Music Festival, and next Friday 14 Middle Schoolers will travel to Missisquoi Valley Union High School to participate in the District Music Festival either singing in chorus or playing in band. The rest of have been busy with RANDOM ACTS OF MUSIC during the school day. We’ve had performances over the P.A. system, a special “Human Piano” performed by one of the 5/6 classes during the Kindergarten-4th grade lunch, and we’ve got more in the works for our last week. Here’s a video showing a few random acts, and a few fun things we’ve done in music class. Some middle school performers are featured, as well as Mrs. Degree’s 1/2 class and the 3/4 team. Enjoy!

3/4 Grade Instrument Lessons

Sawmill Creek-Clarinet and Saxophone

These students have been coming to school early almost every day to practice their instruments, clearly it’s paying off! Sawmill Creek is on page 20 of the Standard of Excellence Book 1 (the red book.) It has many combinations of quarter notes and eighth notes, accidentals, and slurs! These students have been working hard and they did a great job with this recording. (All before 8am, I might add!) Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the special guest in the video who offers moral support and occasional dancing… 😀

3/4 Grade Instrument Lessons

Frere Jacques on Clarinet

Abby has been coming to practice clarinet before school every day for many months. She’s doing a fantastic job! Here is Frere Jacques, as a round! Sing along!

1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade Kindergarten

Dr. Seuss Week Day 5! The Party’s Parting

As we say Good bye to Dr. Seuss week, here is one of his more sentimental songs called, “The Party’s Parting.”
Thanks for sharing these with your family, it’s been fun for me to learn them for you!

The Party’s Parting
Time goes past. Time goes fast.
Comes a time in every party
when the party parts.
Good time ends. Good night good friends.
Good night to all your warm and foolish hearts.

So Rumble, rumble, rumble home now.
Rumble, rumble, rumble home.
Rumble, stumble, stumble home now,
in your rumble, stumble carts.

Bless your souls.
Don’t fall in any holes.
This party’s only parted
till the next one starts!

1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade Kindergarten

Dr. Seuss Week Day 4! Drummers Drumming

Here is another crazy Dr. Seuss song called “Drummers Drumming,” see if you can figure out why it’s called that.

AND this is a round, so grab some buddies and sing it together!

Rap, tap, tap, tap!
Rap, tap, tap, tap!
Rattle, tattle, rattle, rattle,
need a little rattle, tattle,
Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!
need a little Boom Boom!
Rattle, tattle, tap, tap,
Boom! Boom Boom!

1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade Kindergarten

Dr. Seuss Week Day 3! My Uncle Terwilliger Waltzes with Bears!

Day 3 of Dr. Seuss Week-

Today we’re celebrating “Horton Hears a Who,” SO many folks are looking comfy in our PJs… a few of us chose to dress in a “Unique Way,” OVERALL WE LOOK FABULOUS TODAY AT FOLSOM!

Here is another of Dr. Seuss’ wacky songs, “My Uncle Terwilliger Waltzes with Bears!”
You should find that the lyrics have come home with your child today.

My Uncle Terwilliger waltzes with bears
it’s a terrible, terrible state of affairs,
Every Saturday night, he creeps down our back stairs,
sneaks out of our house to go waltzing with bears!

Wa-wa-wa, wa-wa-wa, waltzing with bears,
with polar bears, honey bears, griz-zi-lies too!
And there’s nothing at all that our fam’ly can do,
to stop! My Uncle from wa-wa-wa waltzing,
To stop him from wa-wa-wa, waltzing with bears!