March Music 2019

Marching in like a Lion!!!

Well we are starting March off pretty snowy and busy like a Lion! Hopefully we will go out like a lamb!

Liturgy music has really picked up as we have learned all new mass parts: the Holy, Holy, Holy, When we eat this bread, Great Amen, and Lamb of God. We also are learning new Lenten songs to be sung at Ash Wednesday Mass and throughout Lent. We will work on Stations of the Cross songs as well in the coming weeks.

In Music for the month of March we will continue to study World music and all the music families. I have found that the students really love playing the DRUMS! I’ve always known this, but bringing them out has really let the students grasp something they like to learn more about how to play, where it came from, and how they can even write their own rhythms to play.

All preschool classes are learning instrument families, pretending to play them, or actually playing the the rhythm instruments I have. We are also working on body percussion.

Kindergarten will continue to play drums, creating rhythms and using their dynamics to play on the drum. We are working our way to play the xylophone, by reading the notes on the staff as well.

In 1-2nd grade they are wrapping up a unit on reading rhythms by using the story “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. They will continue to use rhythm instruments and start to compose their own ostinato-repeating patterns.

In 3rd-4th grade they will continue with World music studies listen, play, and analyze music of different cultures. They are also learning a circle game called “Take 5” using a bean bag, making their own pattern, and team work to keep the rhythm steady and going.

In 5th they will continue bucket drumming! They have really picked up this skill! Steady beat, and drumming!

I’m very excited for this month as it is busy, but the fun never stops in music!

Still offering***Choir- 4th and 5th grade every Tuesday from 3-4 PM in music room. $10 a session. 

All the best,
Mrs. Haas

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February Music 2019

Last week on January 30, 4th and 5th grade students who volunteered to stay after school for rehearsals participated in the Day of Giving during Catholic Schools Week at Edgewood Summit Retirement Community. We sang a medley of American songs, West Virginia Hills, a medley of Disney songs, Peace is Flowing Like a River, and Jesus in the Morning. The residents were so happy to see us and the students were thrilled to be able to use their talents to give back to our community that doesn’t get such treats as young children smiling and having a great time! Thank you to our parents and families that supported this endeavor! I look forward to taking them out again!

In the music classroom for February:

In Pre-K and Kindergarten, we will work on steady beat using heart shapes and simple rhythm instruments, work on matching our music symbols to their words or abbreviations, and also sing simple songs that are based on love and kindness.

Ingrades 1 and 2 we will continue to review note names, lines and spaces, dynamics. We will use the story “The Mitten” by Jan Brett to act out the story with instruments and sounds that make the story into music. Since it is Black History month we will even continue to study Ella Fitzgerald  and Louis Armstrong.

Grades 3 and 5 will study World Music using hand drums and listening assignments that expand their ears to different types of instruments used in different cultures. Grade 5 will take a different spin on drumming and do “Bucket Drumming” this will be a 6-8 week project that focuses on rhythm, composition, and performance together using a popular song.
Grade 4  worked on their Jazz unit in January, so they will now go back to playing the dulcimer reviewing, and playing simple Folk tunes.
***If any 4 and 5th graders are interested in CHOIR. I will be starting on Tuesday, February 19 a weekly choir that will prepare for our Art Extravaganza. I am also trying to work out another opportunity that we can reach out to our community as well. Each session will be $10. Please sign up and let me know if you are ready to sing!!
Many blessings to you all,

Mrs. Haas

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January Music 2019

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I first have to congratulate 1-3rd grade on a beautiful  Christmas program in our Basilica! What a beautiful way to start the Christmas season! Thank you to all for your support and help during such a busy time. Also, bravo to Kindergarten and the teachers for a great Gingerville! Wow the kiddos really held the Christmas spirit and made me know why we celebrate the way we do at Sacred Heart! The love that these kids have is unbelievable!

I hope you all had a wonderful and restful holiday break! I am looking forward to being back with the students refreshed and ready to Jazz up January! In most classes we will study and focus on Jazz composers, the swing feel in the rhythms, jazz instruments, and games that will help us with scatting, and snapping on the 2 and 4 beats.

We will also celebrate composer birthdays such as Elvis Presley, Mozart, Bach, and Franz Schubert to name a few classical composers.

In Pre-K and Kindergarten, we will keep working on steady beat and now introducing a swing rhythm just by using simple songs like “There was a Baby Jesus” for instance. We will also use winter themed penguin and snowmen games and dances to learn lines and spaces  and note names.

In grades 2-5 we will continue to review note names, lines and spaces, dynamics, and reviewing dulcimer strumming (4th and 5th). We will also keep preparing for weekly liturgies and our upcoming Catholic Schools Week All Schools Mass on Feb.1.

I’m looking forward to a great 2019!

Many blessings to you all,

Mrs. Haas

“It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” -Ella Fitzgerald

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December Music 2018

(insert Mrs. Haas singing….)”It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!”

Dear parents,

We are preparing for one of the most special and busiest times in the music department! The Advent and Christmas season! We will be preparing our hearts in music class for the birth of Jesus through singing advent songs such as Waiting by the Window, Stay Awake, O Come, O Come Emmanuel,  and Ready the Way.

In Preschool classes we will learn music concepts of rhythm and instruments, the voice using high and low pitches, movement, genres of music by using Christmas songs such as Away in a Manger, Must Be Santa, selections from the Nutcracker, Jingle Bells and the Reindeer Pokey.

In Kindergarten through 3rd grade we will be singing many Christmas Carols and learning musical concepts on the bells, handchimes, dulcimers, and xylophone to enhance our songs. We will also listen to different Christmas music and use tinsel for freeze dancing!

1st-3rd grade will perform in their Christmas program on December 18th at 6:30 PM in the Church. More details will be sent home of specific times to meet and where. They have already been working so hard; it is going to be beautiful! ***Please have students read and memorize the word sheets sent home before Thanksgiving.

In 4th and 5th grade they will prepare for liturgies and also learn Christmas Carols and songs on the dulcimer. This is a three stringed folk instrument and very simple to pick up on through a number system. Students will also listen, and study selections of Beethoven as he is our composer of the month! We will also celebrate his birthday.

As we prepare, I wish you all a blessed Advent and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Your children are a blessing to teach!

Many blessings,

Mrs. Haas

Isaiah 9:6“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

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November Music 2018

Happy November to you all!

Thank you all for celebrating Halloween in true Halloween fashion with costumes, parades, songs, dances, and games! The students had so much fun, but so did I! What a Faboo-lous Program and day!

Now that Halloween is over, we will continue to learn our musical concepts such as treble clef, lines and spaces, dynamics, and rhythm through fall themed activities in singing, playing instruments, and dancing.

In the preschool, we will be making our very own shakers out of water bottles and corn kernels, while singing songs Thanksgiving themed songs like “Five Little Turkeys Sitting on the Ground.” We will also be able to play on the xylophone this song, as we started to learn “Five Little Pumpkins.”

In Kindergarten, we will work on the lines and spaces on the treble clef through the theme of “Turkey Treble.” Students will also recognize notes and rests and color by note.

In K-5 we will celebrate and honor our veterans on Nov. 9 through singing American songs such as The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, and American Tears. We are learning the importance of these songs and who and why we honor our veterans and active military who serve.

In grades 1-3 it is that time to start preparing for our Christmas program. Each class is going to learn an instrument 1st- colored handbells, 2nd- the dulcminer, and 3rd- handchimes. Each grade will get to showcase what they learn over the next 8 weeks at the Christmas program. Students will learn traditional Christmas carols and be able to portray the Nativity of our Lord with the Christmas Story.

In 4th- 5th grade we will prepare for liturgies, learn musical concepts through fall themed activities, and study famous composers. Students will also get opportunities to play instruments such as dulcimers and hand chimes.

Christmas Program Save the date: Dec. 18 at 6:30 PM in the church. Performing are grades 1-3. 

Many blessings,

Mrs. Haas



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October Music 2018

Welcome to Music in October!

We have been making “Boo”ti-ful Music in the music room and church the last six weeks! I am impressed of the growth the students have shown so far of using their singing voices and blending with one another! Each class has really caught on quickly. A couple activities students seem to enjoy are Rhythm Drill practice and a singing Solfege Game where they can’t sing a certain phrase or else I get the point! They really like winning.

In October, we will continue to work on steady beat, but now putting it to practice with performance pieces. We are starting to learn Halloween songs in each grade while focusing on instrument skills, and movement to perform for our Halloween Sing- Along.

In classes throughout the month students will work on the following instruments and skills

  • 5th grade will play handchimes
  • 4th grade will play xylophones
  • 3rd grade will play hand drums
  • ECE, Pre-K and K-2 will focus on percussion instruments and hand motions

October is a busy month, as it will also be a time for starting to learn Patriotic music for Veteran’s Day and Christmas music. I do keep things moving in music class as you will find students learning how to sing, play instruments, dance, or doing a music activity each time they come to class.

Music in the Liturgy notes:

  • Sung Responsorial Psalms will continue
  • Adding instruments to appropriate songs

Have a Fa-“boo”-lous October!

Many blessings,

Mrs. Haas

“Sing and make music from your heart, to the Lord.”-Ephesians 5:19

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September Music

Welcome to music at SHGS for 2018-2019 school year! I am Renae Haas, and I am thrilled to be the new music teacher! It has been a pleasure to work with the students these last couple of weeks!

**The students did a superb job on the first All Schools Mass. We practiced very hard with such a short amount of time and our efforts surely showed! Thank you for your support and kind words!

Our classes will consist of preparing for our weekly liturgies musically and then allowing time for activities that focus on a musical concept.We will be exploring a lot of musical concepts throughout the year such as singing, rhythm and movement, dynamics, instruments, composers, music families, note and staff recognition, and composing.

In the next coming weeks, we will continue to review our procedures and focus on steady beat, note and staff recognition, and start to play instruments.

  • ECE and Pre-K will sing songs, use simple instruments (rhythm sticks, claves, and shakers) to practice steady beat, and dance!
  • K-5 will be focusing on singing and blending within the group, using Magic Feet terms to learn about the notes and use hand drums and rhythm sticks to practice rhythms. Grades 3-5 will use xylophones to practice steady beat and learn how to read music. Students will also learn a clapping game to focus on the beat!

We will be working very quickly in music as we have a lot to get through in such a short amount of time. My goal is for them to be able to use their talents, whether it be playing an instrument, singing, or writing music. I look forward to a wonderful school year and seeing/meeting you all.

Many blessings,

Mrs. Haas
“Those who sing, pray twice.”- St. Augustine

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