Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Preparations For A New School Year

Greetings from the Porters Point School Music Department!  The start of school is two weeks away, and I have been busy getting things ready.  You would think after many years of teaching that it would be easy to just slip back into the classroom and start teaching classes, but the truth is, there are always lots of preparations that are necessary to make sure those first days go as smoothly as possible.  The trick is in the planning...

Once school starts it is easy to get overwhelmed with everything you HAVE to do, and that can squeeze out any creative new initiatives that were thought about all summer.  So there is a bit of organization of materials and resources that has to go on right now.  And I will still try to squeeze out moments to relax and realize it is still summer vacation!

I look forward to seeing everyone very soon!  Enjoy these glorious days of summer!

Thursday, June 9, 2016


It's time to say good-bye for the summer.  What a wonderful year here at Porters Point School!  Sorry I have not posted on this blog for a while.  Next year I will try to post monthly, or even more.  Have a great summer!


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

How Do We Judge The Quality Of Our Performances?

This is the Essential Question!!  As part of the National Core Arts Standards, it is important for students to respond to understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.  One way to evaluate our work is to view the performance video during a follow-up music class.  While viewing, students have paper and either colored pencils or crayons in hand.  Students apply personal and expressive preferences in the evaluation of music, starting in Kindergarten through Second Grade. Below are three short YouTube videos showing the result of students work.  These videos are separated by grade level.  It is interesting to note that Kindergarten students show more through colorful drawing, whereas First and Second Grade students do a combination of both drawing and writing.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Two Night Success!!

Great job, Porters Point School students!  Our performances of "Squirm!" by John Jacobson and John Higgins last week were superb.  The two below videos are about the preparations (and are not the actual performances).

Half our school performed Wednesday:


And the other half of our school performed Thursday:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What To Wear To The Musical

I have received a lot of questions from parents wondering what their child is supposed to wear to our musical "Squirm!"  To be honest, the answer is "clothes"!  Regular school clothes.  Nothing fancy is required.  Students may choose to wear a color that is included in their headpiece they made in Art Class.  Now that may be confusing because students are not necessarily wearing THE headpiece they made in Art Class.  By dress rehearsal, all students should know what their headpiece is and if they want to wear something that goes along with those colors, that is fine.  I am asking all students to PLEASE WEAR SNEAKERS!!!!  Also, no bulky layers as the stage lights get hot...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

"Squirm!" Parent Notice #2 Sent Home last Friday

Just to keep everyone updated on progress, Parent Notice #2 was sent home last Friday, January 29, 2016.  Students are beginning to get very excited about this performance!

So far, speaking parts have been distributed and those students have now had their first after-school rehearsal last week.  There will be one more rehearsal this week:

Wednesday 2/10/16 Performing Classes:  Weds. Feb. 3, 2016 -- from right after school until 4:00 pm in the PPS Music Room

Thursday 2/11/16 Performing Classes:  Thurs. Feb. 4, 2016 -- from right after school until 4:00 pm in the PPS Music Room

This week, we will add other parts to our performance, including movement and props helpers.  Having other jobs to do during performances helps keep students focused and is another way for students to participate in this whole school experience.  Regardless of whether students do any extra parts, the music is the most important part of a musical, and that is one part ALL students have!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Speaking Parts Have Been Distributed

For our whole-school musical "Squirm" to be performed in February, all the speaking parts were distributed last Friday, January 22, 2016. I am happy to announce that if students expressed an interest in a speaking part, I was able to cast them for a part! However, if students requested a specific part and were not willing to accept a different part, it is possible they did not receive a part. I explain to students that if there is one main part, then only one person will get that part.  So if 8 students requested that part, 7 students would not get that part.  But if they were willing to take another part, then I would try to cast them for an alternate part.  We do not do auditions!!  I firmly believe that anyone who wants to do a part can do it...

So that is how we do speaking parts.  But there are other parts which will be given out in the coming days.  Those parts are for "movement" and also "props helpers".  I like to wait on that a bit and my hope is that many more students will be interested in this, especially if they were not interested in speaking parts.