Music

SEPTEMBER 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back! It’s a pleasure to see your children again, and to meet those that have just arrived to our school. I’m Mr. Meyers, the Instrumental Music teacher at PS 182. 2015-2016 was an incredible year for our music program. Together, we followed through the many doors opened to us by the students in previous years. We celebrated life and love in our Winter and Spring Concerts, honoring both our school, teachers, families and school community with music that touched all of our hearts. We won’t be slowing down for the coming 2016-2017 school year, for sure!

Here is what we will be doing in the coming months.

1st grade - Students in first grade will start to take what they've learned in Kindergarten and apply it to a musical instrument. Each individual will learn how to read basic rhythms and apply them to melodies on the glockenspiel; a small xylophone that we provide for each student.

2nd grade - As they move into the main building, second grade students will now move to larger instruments such as the keyboard and percussion. In the first few months, students will focus on the keyboard. They will learn how to find the notes they read and how to play basic chords togheter.

3rd grade - Third graders will build on what they learned in 2nd grade with the same instruments. However, they will now focus on the history and culture of the music they are playing, such as Blues, Jazz and Pop. At first, we will review our note reading and chord playing on the keyboard. Immediately after, we will begin studying and playing Blues music.

4th grade - Our fourth graders will become they earliest grade to begin on the guitar. We will start by introducing the instrument, getting a feel for how to hold and play it and then move into how to make sounds out of the strings. Soon they will be begin reading chord charts and playing songs. We provide one guitar per 2 students. They work in partnerships, helping each other to succed.

5th grade - In their final year at PS 182, 5th graders will begin by continuing their studies on the guitar. We will build on what we learned in fourth grade, review what we may have forgotten over the summer and get right into playing songs together as a guitar class ensemble. We will also learn more advanced techniques such as scales and single note playing. Thank you and I look forward to sharing more as we move forward.

Sincerely,

Mr. Meyers - Instrumental Music Teacher

PS 182Q 2015 Winter Concert Sampler from Jonny Meyers on Vimeo.

Dynamite, with adapted lyrics (PS 182 School Song). from Jonny Meyers on Vimeo.

 


PS 182's Whole Music Education

At P.S. 182Q, we believe strongly in the Arts and how a quality education in the arts strengthens the lives of our children. Our music program is called a Whole Music Education, because we try to introduce our students to many different aspects of music making. These include performance, reading and composition, instrumental and vocal music, studies in music theory, music appreciation and music history.

We build our program on a grade by grade ladder, fostering group work and independence from a very early age. The younger grades get their first opportunities to perform as a group, following each other along songs and melodies that range from classic to current material. The middle grades take these performance skills a step further by getting a chance to understand the history of the music they are performing, and to sharpen their performance skills with solo sections, live performance in front of community audiences, and chances to build the skills needed for school band and school chorus tryouts in the coming years. The upper grades prepare for their musical future with studies in reading, writing and composition, while also coming back to the group performance skills they learned in their early grades during performances in school band, school chorus, graduation, talent shows and in the Quest ExpandedED program.

We offer many different programs in music. We are able to do this because of school wide support from teachers, administrators and the parents and families of our students. Our school offers classes Instrumental Music and Modern Band (working on small and large musical ensembles with instruments such as keyboard, guitar, & percussion) with Mr. Meyers, Chorus (vocal music) with Mr. Rustrian, and a special Quest program that focuses on reading, writing and performing original music with Mr. Michael.

Keep an eye out for one of our many performances both at the school or in the community and come see what we do. If you would like to speak with any of our instructors, please reach us at 719-298-7700.

Mr. Meyers - Instrumental Music/Band
Mr. Rustrian - Vocal Music/Chorus
Mr. Michael - Quest ExpandedED Music Teacher

 

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