Music at Salem Hyde

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Supplies for Making Intruments

Thank you all for sending your everyday items to school for us to transform into something magical!  We now have plenty of 16-20oz bottles and enough large plastic containers for the entire 2nd grade to use for making instruments!

We are VERY CLOSE to having enough 2 liter bottles and are only short about 10-15 shoe boxes- those are the HARDEST items to come by!  I’m impressed we have so many already!

We are still very much in need to paper towel rolls, so please keep the music department and second graders in mind next time you finish a roll!

I can’t thank you enough!  I am so honored to work with such great kids and families!

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Busy Week!

It has been a busy and wonderful week!

September collage

Fifth and Sixth graders are finishing up their first projects already!  Sixth will be moving on to music history, learning about composers, and playing guitars!  Fifth graders have an exciting year of songwriting ahead of them!

Fourth grade has been working SO HARD on solfege, and one class got to try out a new solfege game!  I look forward to playing with the other two classes!

Third graders are working with their recorders and are almost ready to begin testing for their recorder belts!  I have had MANY orders for recorders and will be ordering them on TUESDAY EVENING!  All orders must be in before Tuesday, October 10th.  Ordering Recorders

Second graders are practicing their skills reading rhythms and solfege, not to mention the hard work they are doing with Carnival of the Animals!

First grade has been singing Fanga Alafia and Sambalele, practicing their rhythms and solfege, as well as practicing for the PTO meeting at 5:30pm on October 26th!  Kindergarten will also be singing with them- please join us for the concert and meeting!  Dinner is provided and it would be wonderful to see everyone!

Kindergarten, in addition to practicing their concert songs for the PTO meeting, have listened to two wonderful song-stories: Abiyoyo and There’s A Hole In The Bucket.  They are also beginning work on rhythms and high/low sounds!

And that’s just general music!  I hope your 4th, 5th, and 6th graders are keeping you up-to-date on the first few weeks of instrumental lessons.  I love seeing the kids walk around with their instruments!

We also had a guest teacher last week, Mr. Andrew!  He won Music Teacher For A Day raffle at the community picnic and he did a fantastic job!  The younger students were asking for him again this week!

That’s all for now, have an awesome long weekend!

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Spotlight on Mrs. MacDonough’s class working hard! Third graders, don’t forget to order your recorders this week!

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Post-Curriculum Night

What a fantastic evening!  I remember my first couple of years at Salem Hyde when curriculum night was just me in my classroom for a few hours.  I am so grateful for all the visitors who came last night to see the music room!  I hope you enjoyed yourselves and have a lovely weekend!

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Curriculum Night!

I can’t wait to see everyone!  Stop by and check out the great pictures outside the music room, grab a music newsletter, or just say hi!  I’ll be here!

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Welcome BACH

I have been so excited to see everyone the last few weeks!  You may have gotten the music newsletter home, I hope you enjoy it!  ::Spoiler Alert:: Below is the newsletter for each grade WITH ANSWERS!

Newsletter Answers 2017

Every September I make a New School Year Resolution, and I am hoping this year to update the music web page more often!  We do a lot of exciting things in music and I hope to keep you posted!

Please visit, call, or email me any time!

-Mrs. Lefkus

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Great Performances!

It has been a wild and crazy couple of weeks!

Willy Wonka Jr. was fantastic!  Thank you to everyone who helped up prepare, especially Ms. Trent, Mrs. Sampson, Mrs. Murphy, Mr. Oliver, and many other amazing parents, teachers, family members, and friends!

Hats off to Mr. Willard and our Band and Orchestra members for a fabulous concert this week!  I’m still humming the final song!

We truly could not bring such incredible musical opportunities to Salem Hyde without the help of out community.  Thanks, everyone!

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Ending on a High Note

This young man stayed late in the music room to earn his black belt in recorder before break! Such dedication! Congratulations, Dante! 

We now have nine black belts in third grade! Dante had joined ranks with Noah, Austin, Murphy, Loyi, Jerome, Jack, Isak, and Emma! With their help we will have many more before the end of the year!

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Who’s That Guy?

Does anyone recognize this man playing the keyboard?  Seen performing in the pit of Wicked while it is touring in Syracuse… It’s Mr. Willard!  Who knew?!


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