KRE Music classes
for Kinder – 5th grade with Mrs. Cathy Clark!
Hello, my name is Cathy Clark!
Though I've been teaching music for 32 years, this is my tenth 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 and Kodàly.
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 has made a come-back this year!
It has also been a real privilege to also be a frequent Children's Chorus-mistress (director) with the Mid-Texas Symphony's Children's Chorus for many Christmas Concerts over the past 20+ years.
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: email@example.com - 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
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 will be our
1st and 2nd grade PTA performances!
1st grade will perform in the gym at 6:00 pm
2nd grade will perform in the gym at 6:35 pm
All students are asked to wear Red, White, and/or Blue!
To access any of the song files for the 3rd or 4th grade PTA songs below,
YOU MUST FIRST BE LOGGED IN
TO YOUR STUDENT'S GOOGLE ACCOUNT!
LOGIN: student's first initial, last name, & last 4 digits of Student ID (lunch number)
PASSWORD: entire Student ID (lunch number)
Students should be practicing these songs for their PTA program, click here! (under construction)
Word sheets have been passed out, and can be printed here.
COMING SOON! The .mp3s of the songs.
Our 2018 5th grade Musical, A Pirate Christmas,
will be performed on December 20th at 6:00 pm.
Auditions are THIS WEEK after school on
Wed. & Thur., Oct. 10th & 11th from 2:50–4:00 pm.
There are parts for Santa Claus, Elves, Reindeer, Pirate Captain, and Pirates. Santa will be played by a boy, and must sing a solo; the other characters are non-gender specific. (According to the script, the girl pirates wear beards - that's how they are named.)
To download and print your audition form click here!
KRE 11th Annual Talent Show is scheduled for May 23rd 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:
Special Areas teachers make conduct marks in a folder which goes with their homeroom class.
Their teacher then transfers those conduct marks into the student's agenda or home folder to
inform parents of any issues for that day. When a student is misbehaving, I give a warning on the first infraction, then fill out a Student Incident Report 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. 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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