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Mrs. Kalmar, Patterson Primary School

I am teaching Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade students at Patterson Primary School.  I attended Geneva College where I recieved my Bachelors of Science in Music Education.  I look forward to a great year of making music with the students at Patterson!
About Primary Music

All students at Blackhawk Primary Schools receive 40 minutes of General Music instruction once every four days. Learning is experiential and includes active participation in music through singing, moving, playing instruments, and listening. Principles and practices of the Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Orff-Schulwerk methods of music learning are used. Cross-curricular connections are made to other content areas through the use of art, technology, and children’s literature. At this level students are learning to identify and use the building blocks of music. Experiences at the Primary level will prepare the students for further study of music in the district and beyond. Most importantly music encourages community and cooperation providing an environment in which students can grow and learn together.

Kindergarten Music
In Kindergarten Music Class, we will sing, play instruments, move, and play musical games.  Learning how to use a good singing voice and keep a steady beat are important concepts that will be practiced throughout the year.  We will also compare loud/soft, long/short, high/low, and fast/slow sounds.  This will give students the tools to discuss and analyze music.  We will not only learn the basic building blocks to making music, but will develop a love of making music!
First Grade Music
In First Grade Music Class, listening, lessons are designed to bring the building blocks of music to the student through rhythmic movement, singing, listening and creating.  We keep a steady beat and learn to read and perform rhythms.  Students will begin to understand musical symbols and vocabulary.  They will determine if sounds are higher, lower, or stay the same.  We use all of these skills when we improvise and compose our own music.  First Grade music is an exciting stepping stone from the very basics, to understanding more about music!
Second Grade Music
In Second Grade Music Class, lessons are still using rhythmic movement, singing, listening and creating to help build the students' knowledge of music.  We use our singing voices, instruments, and movement to perform.  Music vocabulary such as the names of rhythms, pitches, dynamics, tempi, and other musical symbols will be expanded from their first grade knowledge.  Second Graders will be learning more complex rhythms and will compose their own songs!
Upcoming Concert
Patterson Primary School will have their Holiday Concert on December 17th, 2018.  The concert will take place at Blackhawk High School at 6:00pm.
Blackhawk School District: 500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010 Phone: (724) 846-6600 Fax: (724) 846-2021
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Blackhawk School District:
500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010

Phone: (724) 846-6600
Fax: (724) 846-2021
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