3/4 Grade Giants In the Sky

The 3/4 Cast of “Giants In the Sky” Reflect

Finally, the reflection video!
Check out what the 3/4 Cast Members of “Giants In the Sky” had to say about their experience in the play! (TWO VIDEOS ARE MISSING FROM THIS- I’M WORKING ON TRACKING THEM DOWN! DON’T WORRY SOPHIA AND PARKER!)

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!)

5/6 General Music Middle School Chorus

Middle School Chorus ’14-’15 Sings “Round and Round”

Coincidentally “Round and Round” can be sung as a round! SO WE DID.

Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

Holly and Ms. Kauffeld Play a Duet!

Instrument lessons are off to a great start!

5-8 Band Students are encouraged to leave their instruments at school from Tuesday until Friday, then bring them home for the weekend to practice. 

Here’s one of the things we worked on in Holly’s lesson today.
We played “Lullabye” a traditional duet found in the Standard of Excellence Red Book. 
This tune was helpful in practicing playing in 3/4 time, and playing low B natural. Holly also had some crazy jumping around in her part. (Ms. Kauffeld’s was easier, phew!)


Kindergarten 11/22!

Welcome to the first Folsom Music Blog Post!

It only took me a full trimester to get this started… but better late than never!

We’ll start with Kindergarten. We meet twice a week for a total of 90 minutes. We have three main goals in our music classes:

1. To become “Tuneful” be able to match pitch, or, ear a note and match it with your voice.

2. To become “Beatful,” to be able to keep a steady beat whether it be on an instrument, with our voices, on our laps, or in our dancing.

3. To become “Artful.” Now, this one is more vague, and thusly quite expansive in the realm of what it refers to. In Kindergarten we practice telling stories in an expressive way with our voices, faces, and full bodies. I like to think of being Artful as the ability to express what you imagine in your head, through a physical means.

We’ve explored so many different musical elements already in our first trimester, but here are two videos to give you a taste of what we’ve been working on lately!

1. Partners were given cards with notes and were told to create a rhythm that they liked using all four cards. (It was our first time, so you’ll see that some rhythms are being read from right to left, we’ll get there!)

The second video I want to share kind of blew my mind.

2. Students brought me a book from their classroom, When the Root Children Wake Up by Audrey Wood ( There is a song at the end which they asked me to sing. I sang it once, and then I sang again and asked them to move around the room like root children. They begged to hear it one more time. On the third time, they had somehow, without planning, arranged this group dance… I gave them no instruction, suggestion, or cues… I thought it was beautiful, I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you for sharing your children with me!