Linda Layton

March 19, 2020

Hello from a very lonely and quiet music room! 

I have been keeping myself busy this week by cleaning all the instruments, and there are lots! The Handbells look especially bright and shiny. I can almost see myself in the reflection! I can't wait for you all to come back so we can again sing, play and learn together!

Stay safe, keep singing, playing instruments that you have at home, listening to great music and especially keep smiling!

Hope to see you soon



March 3, 2020

Handbell club - Room 9 Grade 5 TLC students and Room 5 Grade 6 students have the opportunity to join Handbells this term. We have performed at one Celebration of Learning and will perform at the next one on Thursday, March 12.   


Music classes in February were focussed on learning more about the instruments of the orchestra. Students learned to identify them by family, sight and sound. The timbre (voice) of each family and each instrument is distinctive and can be easily identified. 


Music classes in March are focussed on the overarching question:

How do elements of music allow us to express feelings or share a message?

The element of music that we are exploring is Expression. Expression is playing or singing using dynamics, timbre, tempo and articulation. Students are demonstrating their understanding of these components of Expression through games and adding sound effects to story text.



December 4, 2019

The Grade 4, 5, 6 students will be taking a written test next week. Following are the topics they will be tested on:

1. Names of the lines and spaces on the staff

2. Parts of the staff - bars/measures, treble cleff, time signatures, repeat sign

3. Recognizing notes and rests and the number of beats for each - whole, dotted half, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth

4. Terms used in recorder playing - tonguing, tie, slur, legato, staccato

5. Recorder fingering: Grade 4 - B, A, G, low D and E

                                   Grade 5, 6 - B, A, G, low D, low E, high C

6. Music terms: Introduction, Interlude, Coda, Ostinato, Tempo - (Largo, Moderato, Allegro) 

    Dynamics - (Piano, Forte, Crescendo, Decrescendo), sharp, flat

Good Luck!



November 22, 2019

The Grade 4, 5, and 6 students are currently improving their recorder skills and earning recorder belts. The attached link will take you to a list of several songs. Some songs are for earning belts and the others are for enjoyment and increased proficiency in playing the recorder. Following is a list of the songs for each belt:

1. White - #7 Au clair de la lune

2. Yellow - #17 Skin and Bones

3. Orange - #21 My Paddle

4. Green - #26 Bouffons

5. Blue - #29 Ode to Joy

6. Purple - #38 Camptown Races

You will need to see Mrs. Layton for the sheets for the rest of the belts.

Happy Playing!


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