My name is Misty Ralphs and am the music specialist at Pocatello Valley Montessori School. I am scheduled to be at the school on Mondays and Fridays during the school year and would love for you to stop by the Music and Art room to say hello. If there is anything specific that you would like for your child to learn in music classes at school, I would love to hear from you. There is a possibility I could incorporate some of your wishes into my lesson plans. If not this year, than maybe next. I like to plan pretty far in advance. My son Carson will be in Mrs. Sandra's class. I will use this page on my website to give an overview of what each class will be learning during our school year together.
Little Maestros: Mrs. Morgan's students will be participating in a course designed to provide children a rich musical environment in which they can explore music. The focus of this curriculum is to provide children (ages 0-2) quality experiences that will nurture their musical development and provide them with the readiness needed for later music instruction. All classes will include songs, chants, movement, and instrument exploration. Many of the songs and chants performed in class will be without words to allow children to focus on musical content rather than language content. I also incorporate a lot of singable stories into this class. I have written four semesters worth of the Little Maestros curriculum to share with the students of PVMS. I will also use the Prodigies Playtime Curriculum with this class which will introduce solfege. I will prepare each group (older & younger) to do one Christmas song at the Gingerbread Jubilee & one song for the spring program in May. I have some really fun songs in Chinese for little ones which could go along with the unit on Asia.
The main curriculum that I intend on using for the Primary classes this year is called Prodigies. With the prodigies curriculum we will work on pitch memorization, playing resonator bells while singing, learning solfege, focus on three note songs, nursery rhymes, primary chord songs, playing listening games, and call and response rhythm. I will prepare each class to preform one holiday song at the Gingerbread Jubilee. For the program in May, I would like for each class to do songs or dances from Asia.
For the fall semester, I intend on using the Prodigies curriculum. The prodigies curriculum for elementary students teaches pitch development, with an emphasis on reading music in the treble clef. Students will learn intervals, chords, and major & minor scales. We will also work on learning solfege through call and response singing. This curriculum uses resonator bells. I will prepare this class to perform two holiday songs at the Gingerbread Jubilee. We will likely sing one song and play one song on our resonator bells. I am specifically looking for European Christmas songs for this group to coincide with the classroom teacher's unit on Europe. For the Spring Semester, I intend on spending most of our time learning the recorder. We will be using a curriculum called Recorder Karate, which would go great with the Aisa unit that students will be doing in class. There are background tracks to play along with our recorder karate songs, which makes learning recorder more fun. The kids earn reward "belts" as they pass off songs. For the Spring Program, I will have the class play one song on the recorders and sing one song. We will be learning the Japanese folk song Sakura "Cherry Blossoms" to go along with the Asia Unit.