"Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue."  
Plato

Performing Arts

     In our class we will combine both music and theater. There are many things which they both share so we will focus on those aspects as well as some which will be unique to each.  To check what is going on in class click the link below ....

 

“Act well your part; there all the honour lies.”  Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man

Why Performing Arts?

Research has shown that learning music causes positive changes in the brain, helps with muscle memory, concentration, retention, learning of language, both aurally and verbally as well as many other benefits. There are numerous studies that have been done in the past several years and still new ones are being developed. For example at North Western University there is an Auditory Neuroscience Lab which is conducting studies on how the brain affects language ...Through the Arts students learn to creatively solve problems, cooperate, gain an outlet for self expression, increase their level of empathy or in early stages develop that virtue as well as many other character building qualities. The following links help to explain my points:

5 Ways the Performing Arts Benefit Children 

From Scholastic.com 

According to the Washington Post 10 Skills Children learn from the Arts

Advocating Theater or Drama Education

 

Class Syllabus Classroom Management Policy and Performance Dates...

Parents: If you do not receive a hard copy ... then please print the one for your child's class,  5thGradeClassSyllabus2017.docx  6thGradeClassSyllabus2017.docx  7thGradeClassSyllabus2017.docx  8thGradeClassSyllabus2017.docx sign the bottom of it, and return ONLY the signed portion to me...  

Each class all students have a finite number of opportunities for self correction of inappropriate behaviors. Our CM policy is in line with the school's policy with some minor modification ...

found on page 10 of the Handbook ...

1st offense 1:1 talk between student and me

2nd offense 2:1 talk involving student core teacher(s) and me

3rd offense contact parent in person if possible, by phone if necessary, by email as last resort

4th and any after : administrative referral

I give each child the same 3 chance each class so that they learn to be willing to be held accountable for their actions. If parents have any questions please feel free to contact me. 

To join your specific class in Remind.com please follow the instructions on the syllabus.

MS Cultural Arts Night is May 23rd at 6:30 in the SU gymnasium. Call time for all performers is 5:15 in Mr. Patterson's room SU 229. Costume TBA.

Class wish list

If you are willing to donate and can do so, the following items would be greatly appreciated: 

1.    Band-aids – various sizes

2.    Hand sanitizer

3.    Boxes of tissues

4.    Rolls of paper towels

5.    Loose leaf paper

6.    Pencils

7.    Mechanical pencil lead refills .5 and .7

 

 

5th Grade

All students have their recorders and we will begin learning them after Spring Break. At that time please have your child practice their recorder songs  Recorder BAG songs for practice.pdf  Recorder 101 for beginners.ppt for a minimum of 5 mins each day with one day off so that we can move forward in our musical study. Once we we start working on recorder please note that I am holding tutoring sessions each Tues and Thurs during lunch. If you have any known conflicts with the May 23rd performance date, please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.

6th Grade

Starting more advanced pieces now and so, everyone please practice the  Low E and D Songs.pdf as well as  aura_lee.pdf . Older songs are in this 1st PDF file: High C Songs.pdf  The beginning songs are in this file Recorder BAG songs for practice.pdf  and this is for those that are still having difficulty with reading the notes and using correct fingering Recorder 101 for beginners.ppt 

Please remember that if you have any known conflicts with the May 23rd performance date, that I need notification in writing as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.

7th Grade

Our next project is a revision of the Silent Skits. We are now adding dialogue as well as everything else included in the  Skit1ptRubric.docx 

Please remember to sign up on  Remind.com or the Remind app for our class as soon as possible so you do not miss any information. If you have any known conflicts with the May 23rd performance date, please let me know in writing as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.

8th Grade

Our next project is a revision of the Silent Skits. We are now adding dialogue as well as everything else included in the  Skit1ptRubric.docx 

Please remember to sign up on  Remind.com or the Remind app for our class as soon as possible so you do not miss any information. If you have any known conflicts with the May 23rd performance date, please let me know in writing as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.

Since we are using both Google Classroom and the music composition website Flat.io in and out of the class, the students will each be issued an email account for our school's domain so they can login from any device and the password will be supplied by me. Please do not change the password as I need to maintain full access to all accounts for accountability. If you have any known conflicts with the May 23rd performance date, please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.