Music

Music

Welcome to Ms. Carrie Elko's Music Class

Background and Education:
BM in Music Education and Flute Performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Work Experience:
I previously taught at St. Monica Academy in Chicago from 2010-2012. In June 2012, I decided to take a sabbatical from teaching and try out the business world, but continued to teach private music lessons. Although I enjoyed all the unique experience my previous job offered, what drives my life is music. I missed being in the classroom teaching and interacting with students each day. My desire to teach kept calling, which led me to St. Paul of the Cross. 

Additional Responsibilities at SPC:
SPC Choir, prepare music for all school masses and prayer services

Class News

Trimester 2 News

Kindergarteners will continue to identify musical opposites: fast/slow, up/down, long/short. They will also experience playing technique for several classroom instruments, move to music, compose song ideas with movements, and work on singing on pitch.

 

First grade students will demonstrate success with a group pulse, exposed to quater, eighthnote and rest, have opportunites to match pitch on sol/mi, exhibit correct mallet technique, have opportunitites to explore and improvise in movement and instrument playing.

 

Second graders will have opportunites to sing and play songs using sol, mi and la, demonstrate correct mallet technique, experiencing chord bordun as both quater note and half note pulse, perform simple ostinati against a song by either speaking, singing or playing. Introduced to parts of a song form: Introduction, AB, ABA and Coda. 

 

Grade 3 will identify rhythm patterns, practice pulse, movement activities with scarves, discuss what an introduction, interlude and coda is in music, identify instruments in the string family, practice vocal technique through singing of church, patriotic and folk songs.

 

Grade 4 will practice pulse, proper unpitched percussion playing technique, identify instruments of the woodwind family, practice rhythmic reading, perform rhythmic canon on drums, practice vocal technique through singing of church, patriotic and folk songs. We will also be learning the history of ukulele and how to play basic chords and picking. This is brand new this year thanks to the generous donation by the endowment committee. 

 

5th Grade students will practice pulse, rhythm patterns through improvisation, classify unpitched percussion, sing in a canon, identify orchestral instrument families, practice vocal technique through singing of church, patriotic and folk songs. We will also be learning the history of ukulele and learning to play basic chords and picking. This is brand new this year thanks to the generous donation by the endowment committee. 

 

Grade 6 will continue to tour around the world muically. Our lessons will include: Marching Bands in the US, New Orleans, Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha, Latin Rhythms, & Reggae. Students will perform traditional songs both with voices and drums and other classroom instruments.

 

7th Grade students will learn music history during the Reinaissance including types of music and composers of the time. We will then move onward to the Baroque period listening to music of Bach and other great Baroque composers.

 

8th Graders will continue to work on ukulele skills, playing chords to familiar songs. Beginning in January we will start learning basic drumming rudiments and review note reading to master a bucket drumming ensemble piece as a homeroom class.

 

Choir information can be found by clicking HERE.
 

Music Room Wish List

I've created a wishlist of books and DVDs that I would like to add to the music room library to enhance the curriculum. Any item purchased would be greatly appreciated.

 

http://amzn.com/w/26GG1GXYUCDC1

 

If you are purchasing sheet music or music books, if you purchase through this link, I receive an 8% rebate of each order, so I may purchase additional music and resources for the classroom.

 

www.sheetmusicplus.com?aff_id=494539

Resources

Free Educational page of music information & activities for kids through the National Arts Center
 
Free Music theory lessons and training activities
 
Free rhythm ear-training site that helps you recognize rhythms by sound.
 
Free educational page of music information & activities about classical music through the Cincinnati Public Radio.
 
Site where you can test your knowledge of music fingerings, note names and music terms.
 
Site where you can learn to recovnize musical sounds and patterns
 
Free music recording and editing software you may download (requires your own microphone).
 
Free music composition software and online database. Login Required.
 
Jazz site run by the Smithsonian Institute.
 
Various genres of music information and learning activities for kids.
 
Free metronome
 
Explore how music works, scientifically speaking.
 
Free site that offers vocal exercises, information and activities