KRE Music classes
for Kinder – 5th grade with Mrs. Cathy Clark!
Hello, my name is Cathy Clark!
Though I've been teaching music for 33 years, this is my 11th year at Klein Road Elementary School. Originally from Dallas, TX, I first attended Centenary College in Louisiana, but graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Music. I have Level I Certification/training in both Orff-Schulwerk (from SMU) and Kodàly (Texas State Univ.).
Several years ago I was one of the three co-founders/directors of the NBISD Elementary Honor Choir, which was unfortunately suspended when the district went K-5 in all elementary schools. Thankfully, due to the wonderful support of our district administrators, this group had a very successful come-back last year, and we're looking forward to another fantastic year!
It has been an absolute delight and privilege to have been the Children's Chorus-mistress (director) with the Mid-Texas Symphony's Children's Chorus for their Christmas Concerts over the past 20+ years (New Braunfels/Comal ISDs perform with them every other year).
My class schedule follows this pattern:
7:45–8:30 4th grade
9:25–10:10 2nd grade
10:15–11:00 1st grade
11:00–11:45 Mon.–Wed. = Planning, Thu.–Fri. = Lunch Duty
1:05–1:50 3rd grade
2:00–2:45 5th grade
NBISD Elementary Honor Choir:
Each Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 – 5:30 pm at the Ninth Grade Center, Chris Thomasson (NGC & ORMS Choir Director) and I direct this auditioned group of 4th and 5th graders from all of the Elementary schools throughout NBISD.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. The BEST way to contact me is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org - I usually reply within 8 hours. My phone number at KRE is 221-1743, and I try to reply to phone messages within 24 hours.
I am a member of / support:
Texas Music Educators Association
Texas Choral Directors Association
Central Texas Orff
Kodàly Educators of Texas
Circle Arts Theater
New Braunfels Music Study Club
First United Methodist Church New Braunfels
Oakwood Baptist Church
The following is an interactive recorder fingering chart to help you with homework:
Interactive Recorder Fingering Chart
These sites have lots of fun activities from experimenting with rhythm, tempo, instruments of the orchestra, making up your own compositions, etc. Go PLAY!
San Fransisco Symphony Orchestra - Kids
Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Kids
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
New York Philharmonic Kid Zone
The last sites have recorder activities or help. Have FUN!
Studio Kay - for recorders
Our 2018-2019 programs are over.
Check back next year to see who's performing, when!
In order to access songs (to practice at home), YOU MUST FIRST SIGN INTO YOUR NBISD STUDENT GOOGLE ACCOUNT. Once you are "in", you can access all of my shared files.
HERE'S HOW TO ACCESS THE PTA SONGS TO PRACTICE AT HOME:
Sign into their school Google account with their first initial & last name, last 4 digits of their lunch number @nbisd.org (example: email@example.com). Then, their password is their entire lunch number (example: 123456). If their number has had to be reset, they may have an nb in front.
KRE 12th Annual Talent Show FUNDRAISER
is scheduled for May 21st at 6:00 pm.
In Music class, KRE students are expected to:
* consistently follow all directions.
* consistently demonstrate respectful behavior and listening skills.
* consistently demonstrate appropriate use of all materials and equipment.
* consistently demonstrate, through performance and activities, an understanding of all skills and TEKS.
Conduct in Music:
When a student misbehaves in Music, I give a warning/redirection/reteach expectation on the first infraction, then depending on the severity, either a consequence (time out/loss of privilege) or a Student Incident Report will be issued on the second infraction. This will automatically bring the child's daily music grade to an S or N, depending on the severity/amount of learning time lost. If there is yet another incident that day, then the child will be issued an office referral. Students may not make up grades which were lowered due to behavior problems.
Grading guidelines for KRE Music:
All students are expected to consistently demonstrate proficiency towards improving upon or mastery of their music education grade level TEKS.
E = Excellent: (90-100)
Your child shows consistent proficiency in mastery of (or improving upon) his/her grade level's music education TEKS. These students participate fully, put forth their best effort with a good attitude and their behavior or conduct does not interfere with their ability to participate or
perform safely. They try their best and bring necessary materials to class for participation.
S = Satisfactory: (80-89)
Your child shows frequent proficiency in mastery of (or improving upon) his/her grade level's
music education TEKS. These students participate at a satisfactory level with few or no behavior problems. They try all or most of the activities presented to them with a good attitude. Their behavior or conduct periodically interferes with their ability (or others' ability) to perform and or to perform safely. They sometimes forget to bring necessary materials to class for participation.
N = Needs Improvement: (70-79)
Your child shows occasional proficiency in mastery of (or improving upon) his/her grade level's music education TEKS. These students sometimes participate but with a less than desirable attitude or at an unsatisfactory level. They receive many verbal reminders for not following directions or breaking school rules. Their behavior or conduct occasionally affects their participation, the ability for others to participate, and the safety of others. They may do just enough to get by and often forget to bring necessary materials to class for participation.
U = Unsatisfactory: (69 or less)
Your child shows little or no proficiency in mastery of (or improving upon) his/her grade level's music education TEKS. These students sometimes refuse to participate, or do so with a less than desirable attitude. They perform at an
unsatisfactory level and may receive several daily verbal reminders for not following instructions. Their behavior affects their ability (and others' ability) to participate, and compromises the safety of others. They show little concern for improvement, often forget to bring necessary materials for class, or frequently break school rules.
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