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Music Class

Welcome to the Music Classroom!

I am very excited to work with all of you as we embark on finding your musical voice! We will learn about music through singing, dancing, and playing all sorts of musical instruments. The goal is produce life long music lovers who learn how to engage with the musical world around them.

"Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it"
-Aristotle, Politics

Angela Lickiss Aleo

angela@traversechildrenshouse.org

Bachelor of Music, Middle Tennessee State University 2006
Master of Music, The Boston Conservatory 2008
Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of Iowa 2016

The Children's House Experience
2016-2019 substitute in music and classrooms across all the age groups
Fall 2020 Music Specialist

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Classroom Highlights

April 13, 2022 Nadine’s Class

We finished our cycle on the Brass Family Instruments and their long term project about The Magic Flute opera by Mozart before Spring Break. Since then the students have been learning about Mechanics and Music, primarily through hands-on learning. This includes various types of mechanisms that are used in the making of music, like music boxes, a musical tree, marble run chimes, and the marble machine. Ask your student how simple machines combine in different ways to create music!

March 9, 2022 Jamie’s Class

We have finished our time on Orff instruments that we were working on following Winter break. In that time the students were able to put together seven different parts between the mallet instruments and the hand percussion on an arrangement of Havana. This work allowed them to focus on their own parts and also listen to the ensemble simultaneously. They surprised themselves by being able to do this and take charge of the steady beat that is so important to ensemble playing. We recently started a focus on found instruments as a way to expand their ears to different sounds. We will be learning some basic rudiments to then allow the students to pick three sounds that they like and apply the rudiments to their own compositions. 

February 23, 2022 Junior High

Since the last Music update the students have completed a second cycle that involved them producing music and sounds to go along with a silent film. Several students opted to learn how to use computer software to record and manipulate sounds to align with a video while others opted to perform their music live with the video. Both versions produced some amazing results. The students learned a great deal about Foley Art, making the sound effects, and how to use music to either enhance an image on the screen or how to subvert expectations. Now we have started the next project which is playing multi part pieces on Orff instruments and hand percussion. We started with a refresher on reading music and have quickly moved on to playing individual parts and then layering them together. 

February 9, 2022 Karin’s Class

Since coming back from Winter Break we have bebn focusing on playing Orff instruments. This takes the skills of rhythm reading and note reading that we have been working on and combines them together. The students are also learning how to play several different parts at the same time. This makes each person accountable for their own part. They have grown so much doing this work as the amount of concentration and focus is greatly increased. This piece ultimately has 7 different parts to put together at once! And they can do it.

January 26, 2022 Sandra’s Class

Since coming back from Winter Break we have begun working with the Orff instruments. This gives the students an opportunity to put into practice our work on learning how to read music. We started with how to handle and use the instrument, followed by playing the melody to Mary Had A Little Lamb and then we are adding the accompaniment layer this week. The goal is for the students to be able to put together a song with more than one part going on at the same time and playing together in tempo. This is not easy at first, but is made easier through the use of singing the song while playing. That way they can all hear each other and sing together which helps their rhythm. Now we are learning When You Send a Valentine.

January 12, 2022 Nadine’s Class

Since coming back from Winter Break we have begun working with the Orff instruments. This gives the students an opportunity to put into practice our work on learning how to read music. We started with how to handle and use the instrument, followed by playing the melody to Mary Had A Little Lamb. We are adding the accompaniment layer this week. The goal is for the students to be able to put together a song with more than one part going on at the same time and playing together in tempo. This is not easy at first, but is made easier through the use of singing the song while playing. That way they can all hear each other and sing together which helps their rhythm. 

December 15, 2021 Kindergarten 

The Kindergarteners have been spending the Fall learning the basics of ukulele playing and the names for the parts of the instrument. They have learned how to hold and handle their instruments properly. We have learned several one finger chords and we are moving into the two finger chords. They made a new fingering chart to practice from at home over break. We are also preparing to sing our Jingle Bells for the Seasonal Sing. Have a great break! 

December 1, 2021 Jamie’s Class

This Fall we began by reviewing the fundamentals of reading music and rhythms and then applied those to our first instrument cycle, recorders. The students learned a piece, Spanish Blade, start to finish and were able to play with the accompaniment track and in ensemble with each other. The next cycle we are currently working on is Music and Movement. In this we explore music that is intended to have some sort of movement, or dance, involved. So far we have covered Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and this week we engaged with Bernstein’s West Side Story. Later this week the students will be voting on their selection for the Holiday Sing and we will start working on that next week. 

November 10, 2021 Junior High

This Fall the Junior High’s Art and Music schedule looks a bit different. We have been meeting twice a week for an hour each time in a 4 week cycle. Half the students go to Art and the other half come to Music. This first cycle was Songwriting. The students could work solo or in a collaboration with one other student to write a song. We discussed the basic elements of a song, structure, harmony, instrumentation, lyrics, etc. They picked their own genre of music (country, pop, blues, disco, etc.) and then let that decision guide more of their decisions. I have been really pleased with how they have taken up this challenge and created some really fun songs!

October 27, 2021 Karin’s Class

As we are settling into the school year the students have been working on strengthening their basics of music, reading notes and rhythms. The first instrument cycle this year is recorders. As you have hopefully heard practicing at home, we have worked on a few shorter pieces and one longer piece, Spanish Blade. This song allowed the students to work on not only playing the recorder but also starting to notice musical form. The next fun piece they have started this week is a short Halloween song, I’m A Little Ghost. This new piece expands their range of notes on the recorder and includes more complex rhythms. 

October 13, 2021 Sandra’s Class

As we have settled into the new school year we are digging into the instruments of the percussion family. We have been getting hands-on experience with all different types of percussion instruments: castanets, bongos, frame drums, shakers, moon drum, and xylophone. We also have been  working on the fundamentals of music, reading notes and rhythms. Last week we listened to the Trepak from Tchaikovshy’s Nutcracker and represented the musical form in dance with musical ribbons. 

September 29, 2021 Nadine’s Class

Welcome back to the Music room! So far we have been working on the foundations of reading music and rhythms. This year we will be spending time listening to and making music on as many instruments as we can. We are starting our instrument exploration with the percussion family. So far we have had hands-on time with bongos and castanets in a drum circle working on call and response playing.