Anne Gray is our music teacher.
Welcome to MÚSICA where the good vibes flow!
Music education at W.O. Mitchell is designed to be fun and
meaningful. Students have a wide variety
of musical experiences including songs, music and movement games and listening
exercises. Kindergarten through grade 3
play a variety of percussion instruments, while grade 4 and 5 students learn
recorder, hand bells and ukulele.
Through these creative experiences, students are taught to read, write,
identify and create melodies and rhythms, with a focus on confidence and
Kinders begin the year with focussing on how much we use
our ears, and explore sounds in and around the school. From there, they
learn a host of new songs, rhymes and movement games, as well as watching
interactive music videos to discover beat and rhythm.
Students in grade one, two and three continue their focus
on new rhythmic patterns (quarter note, eighth note, sixteenth
note, quarter rest) and simple rhymes and songs for
reinforcement. Solfeggio syllables (do, re, mi, etc.) are introduced along
with corresponding hand signs. Students learn new music and movement games
to reinforce concepts taught in class and build performance confidence. In
December, grades 1 and 2 perform in the Christmas/holiday musical.
Grade 4 and 5 students begin with a review of known rhythmic
patterns and will progress to learning new rhythmic patterns (including
triplets, eighth-sixteenth combinations, syncopation and dotted rhythms).
Students have the opportunity to compose and share rhythmic and melodic
compositions and raps. A variety of new music games are taught to
reinforce curricular concepts. From September to December, grades 4
and 5 have the opportunity to sing in the choir and perform a holiday
concert. In the spring, grades 3, 4 and
5 perform in the school musical, and grade 3 students perform in the Que Pasa Spanish celebration at the