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A Note From Music – March 2016


In like a lion, and out like a lamb! March is a time of change and growth for Tashua. As we begin our
journey toward spring, it is important to keep improving our musical minds. Tashua students are
achieving at high levels in all grades. Our kindergarten and 1st grade students are identifying notes
and rhythms, as well as learning to use their voices safely while singing. 2nd graders are enjoying new
motor function games that are helping to create steady and complex rhythmic structures. Perhaps
one of the most exciting musical endeavors this month is in 3rd grade. They have received their
recorders! The recorder is the first wind instrument that most students are introduced to. The
benefits of this new unit will stay with the students throughout their musical careers, in school or
otherwise. Reading music while correctly playing an instrument is not easy, but they are up for the
challenge! 4th graders will be continuing to experiment with new ways to write music and poetry to
be presented to the class. Finally, I am proud to report that our fifth graders are working hard to sing
music that is rated for middle school chorus students. They sound amazing! This month they’ll finish
writing the Class of 2015 Tashua Blues, which will be performed at the spring concert. What an
exciting time to be a musician at Tashua! Also, a special congratulations to Joe-Eddy Vilsaint for being
this year’s recipient of the Connecticut Association of Schools’ Outstanding Arts Award for Music.
This is a true honor for any 5th grader.
Mr. Cohen

Tiger Times March 2016