Friday, December 12, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I found a new fun video!  Thanks to a sweet 2nd Grader for sharing it with me!  Enjoy!

Pets Sing the 12 Days of Christmas

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Musical Mateys Christmas Concert!

Last night was the Musical Mateys' Christmas Concert.  They did a fabulous job!  I am so proud of these 4th and 5th graders!

The Musical Mateys' are an after school choir that meets for 1 hour once a week.

Special thanks to Brent Drake for taking all of these great photos!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Little More Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky wrote a lot of music.  Here are a few more pieces that he wrote.

This video is the 1812 Overture.  It is very unique because he wrote in a part for CANNONS! 

He also wrote the Swan Lake Ballet.  I found this video of the Chinese Acrobatic Ballet.  They combine dancing and acrobatics to create a very cool show!

Peter Tchaikovsky

The Musician of the Month for December is 
Peter Tchaikovsky.

Peter Tchaikovsky is a composer who wrote music for the Nutcracker Ballet!

Here is a "How Its Made" video that shows how Nutcrackers are made!!

The entire Nutcracker is on YouTube Here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sweet Notes!

I love teaching elementary because my students make me feel like a rock star every day!!  Even when I'm feeling bad or not at my best, they still think I'm great.  Here are a few sweet notes that I have gotten over the past couple of weeks.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Name That Tune!

This week in music, 5th graders did an activity called Name That Tune.  They were given this:

First, they had to name all of the notes.  (we've been working hard to learn the Treble Clef notes)

  Then, they chose a partner and an instrument.  They played each line on the xylophone and then guessed the name of the song!  They did great!!  I'm so proud of these musicians!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014


The Musician of the Month for November is STOMP!

STOMP is a group of percussionists who play music, but without any real instruments.  They find objects and use them in creative ways to make music!

Making Music with tubes:

Making Music with Zippo lighters:

Making Music with newspapers:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It's almost Halloween!!

I love Halloween!  Last year we learned about Danny Elfman.  He is a movie composer who writes some pretty creapy music!  We watched this video last year in class.  And, I have had several requests for it this year.  So, check it out!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Music Makes You Smarter!

Ever wonder why we play recorders?

How playing an instrument benefits your brain:

Alan Menken

The Musician of the Month for October has been 

Alan Menken.

Alan Menken is a movie composer who has written the music for lots of movies.  Here are a few videos that we have watched in class about Alan Menken.

Alan Menken intro video:

The Best of Alan Menken:

The King of New York from Newsies!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to DES!  I'm glad to be back and am excited about another great year in MUSIC!!  

This week we are going over rules and then singing some fun songs using the beanie babies!

Click HERE to watch the rules video.

Click below to watch the Frozen Best Day of My Life video:

Thursday, February 27, 2014


The Musician of the Month for February has been Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Mozart is one of the most well known Classical Composers of all time!  He was a child prodigy that wrote his first music at the age of 5!  Here is a short BIO about him!

This week we have been learning about his operas!  Here are a couple of videos we watched in class.

We have participated in many activities using his music (playing instruments, EATING COOKIES!!, and waving streamers!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Recorder Karate!

We are also beginning Recorder Karate with 4th and 5th grades.  We are working hard to make it to black belt!  

In the Recorder Karate program, there are 9 songs that represent the 9 belts.  Students work together in groups to play and test on each song.  When they have "mastered" the song, they test.  If they pass the test (play the song - notes and rhythms - correctly with good tone), they earn their belt.  The receive a colored strong to tie around their recorder and they get to "announce it to the world" by signing the poster in the hall!  This is a great program that my students love.  Some of them get very competitive.  

Elvis Month

Well, its been a while!  I'm sorry that I haven't updated recently!  

This month is Elvis month at DES.  Everyone around here knows how much Mrs. Stahl loves Elvis Presley.  And, he is our Musician of the Month for January.  You can see some videos on the Elvis tab at the top of the page.