Mrs. Amy Cholod
WELCOME TO THE 2019-2020 School Year
Music Enrichment Work please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or class dojo me if you have questions or want to say hello
Grades Pk-2 --- Watch any Disney Musical and draw a picture. Popcorn is optional.
Prek-2 Music Bingo
Choose one activity to do each day. Once you have completed the activity, put an X through the box. How many boxes can you fill?
a song about
Draw a pathway on the sidewalk. Follow and sing it
Make up a story for Mrs. Cholod
List 5 things that make loud sounds/
Move like a bird, elephant, or kangaroo
Have a dance party with your family
Make a rhythm pattern out of stuffed animals.
Sing a song about the weather
Say the ABCs using each voice - sing, speak, whisper, shout
Make a drum or shaker out of things in your home
Sing a song to your favorite stuffed animal
Tell a grown up about musical opposites
Draw a roller coaster & sing the pathway
Create movement for a song you know
Sit quietly and notice 5 sounds around you.
Practice drawing music notes.
Ask your family to share a song from their childhood
Teach someone the It’s Raining Tacos or Party in the Elevator Song(youtube).
Listen to slow music and practice moving slowly
Create a song to sing while washing your hands
List 5 things that make high sounds/ low sounds.
Tell the story of the 3 Little Pigs. Use a high voice & low voice
Put Legos into patterns of short & long. Read your pattern
Sing to someone on the phone or on Facetime.
Music Enrichment Work Grades 3-5 please email email@example.com or class dojo me if you have questions or want to say hello
Watch any Disney musical and write a one paragraph summary
Go to this website;
Pick one opera.
Read the illustrated synopsis
Find one song from the opera on youtube and listen to it. Write answers to these questions.
1) How did the song make you feel?
2) Was the song high or low? Loud or quiet? Short and detached or long and connected?
2) What colors did the song make you feel? Or what lines, shapes or images would you connect to the song?
3) What movement would work for this song - ballet, hip-hop, a sport like dibbling, gymnastics, etc?
Music Enrichment--Grades 6-8 please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions
Please consult google classroom for assignments and submitting.
Two pages 12 pt font in google doc submitted through drive
Identify who wrote the dialogue, lyrics, score, wrote the original script, book or directed the movie
A brief plot summary including who: main characters, what: the conflict and what: the major conflict (but don’t give away the ending!)
where/when: the setting, time, mood, social circumstances
A brief but specific history of the original production, including:
who produced, directed, and starred in the first production of the musical. Where the musical was performed theater, city country; Broadway or off-Broadway?
5 interesting facts about the musical for example social impact of the musical,
key actors (who have performed in the musical), major changes to the original script/score
A character description for each of the main characters (4 minimum), including: who they are age, gender, social status, what their conflict is and an outline of important relationships held with other characters
Include at least 3 pictures of different sets which have been created for previous performances of the musical with captions.
SPELLING, Grammar and punctuation.
DON'T merely cut and paste research or paraphrase your text
Please Do include a list of your sources (web links)
Examples of Musicals
West Side Story
Phantom of the Opera
A Chorus Line
Bring it ON!
Guys and Dolls
Into the Woods
High School Musical
Little Shop of Horrors
Crazy for You
The Book of Mormon
Me and My Girls
Jekyll & Hyde
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
and the list goes on......
HITCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Presents
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the Book by William Steig
Books and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire Music by Jeanine Tesori
Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions
Original Production Directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford “I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond
POSTPONED.... We will announce days later
All PRESALE Tickets are $5.00
Tickets day of show and at the door---
Adults $8.00 Children $5.00
All seats reserved.
Questions please call 773-534-1189
Shrek the Musical Jr. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by
Music Theater International 421 West 54th St. New York, NY 10019
My hopes and dreams ....
I hope my students feel like a musician in the piano lab.
Learning a musical instrument changes the brain for the better!
The Lang Lang International Music Foundation Keys of Inspiration Lab is here at Hitch School.
All students in 2nd through 8th grade are studying keyboard and taking class piano lessons.
"When you give a child the gift of music, you give a child the world." - Lang Lang
PK-8 General Music Syllabus,
Amy Cholod, Music Specialist, Arts Liaison
General Music Course Description
The major goal of this program is to increase sensitivity and understanding of students to the expressive qualities of a wide range of musical styles through listening, performing and creating music. The music education program is designed to help students perceive the art of music keenly and respond to it deeply. Thus, it is conceived as aesthetic education. Nonmusical benefits - the social, psychological, physical and other benefits of involvement in music - are recognized and included. They are treated, however, as contributory to the main purpose.
Keys of inspiration is an innovative program that weaves rigorous, keyboard-centric, musical instruction into the music curriculum. Students will have group piano classes for grades 2-5. Students in 6-8 will have group piano class with personalized keyboard instruction where students will be able to choose songs to learn.
Units of Study: Rhythm, Melody, Form, Tone Color, Dynamics and Music History
Curriculum Materials: Textbook:
Pk-1 GamePlan and Music k-8
The Lang Lang Piano Method Book Level 1, 2 and 3
Yellow -- Raise hand and wait until you are called on to speak
Green -- Listen to directions the first time given
Blue -- Use only kind words when speaking to others
Pink -- Play instruments only when given permission
Orange -- Keep hands and feet to self
The music grade represents a composite of the student’s achievement and performance in daily assignments and assessments. The grade may be derived from objective and subjective teacher evaluations and observations, including the student’s demonstrations of criteria-based skills and techniques in music
k-1 – participation, effort , singing and playing instruments
2-5 participation, effort, singing and playing keyboards
6-8-- Grade participation,Note taking, Tests, Writing, Projects and playing keyboards.
Work is due on the posted due date. Late work will be marked down one letter grade for each subsequent week that it is late. Most assignments will be submitted through google classroom. NO WORK will be accepted the last week of the quarter. This allows time to ensure grades are accurate.
Grading Weight Categories
30% Formative/Summative --Written Tests, Projects, Performances
Teacher Contact Information:
Amy Cholod – Music Teacher – Room 106, Arts Liaison
Hitch Elementary School 773-534-1189 ext86542 email: Amcholod@cps.edu please consult monthly Hitch Happenings
CPS ARTS MANDATE
Arts minutes instructional requirement “CPS Arts Education Plan’s guiding principle is that every CPS student will receive ongoing high quality arts education both in and out of the classroom.” The plan mandates 120 minutes of arts instruction each week for every student in the district. The Arts consist of Music, Visual Art, Dance and Drama. If you would like to read the cps arts plan it is online please visit www.cpsarts.org.
National Coalition of Core Art Standards https://www.nationalartsstandards.org/
Kids and Music Are Made To Be Loved
Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants. He found that 66% of music majors who applied to medical school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. 44% of biochemistry majors were admitted.
As reported in "The Case for Music in the Schools," Phi Delta Kappan, February 1994
For decades, NAMM (National Association of Music Makers) has funded scientific research to explore the relationship between music making and health, wellness and the brain. Music making has been scientifically proven to:
- exercise the brain
- inspire creativity
- increase productivity
- fight memory loss
- reduce stress
- lower blood pressure
- stave off depression
- enhance cognitive development in children
- build confidence
- create social connections/bonds
Music Making has been tied to a number of scholastic benefits:
“96 percent of public school principals believe that participating in music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school longer.” (Harris Poll)
“Students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math than students with no arts participation, according to the The College Entrance Examination Board.” (College-Bound Seniors National Report)
“Students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self confident and better able to express ideas, according to a Columbia University study ” (The Arts Education Partnership)
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