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A Note From Music ~ Mr. Cohen ~ March 2017



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 2017 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 Toni Manna-Scartuchio 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.

Tyler Cohen


March 2017 Tiger Times