Mrs. Ciechomski - Music

Upcoming chorus performances:
May 3rd   
The chorus will sing the National Anthem at the Sea Dogs game. Arrive at the Slugger statue at 5:00. In mid April, tickets  can be purchased through the school office for $4.00. I will send more information about this at a later date.
May 24th   Reiche Arts Night at school featuring visual and performing arts.

5-7:00 p.m.
June 9   All Elementary Concert featuring combined chorus, band and string groups from Portland elementary schools. Lyman Moore Middle School.  5:15 rehearsal for all elementary chorus students. 6:00 snack, 6:30 concert.

Field Trip to the Portland Symphony Youth Concert

  • Monday, April 25, 2016
  • 3rd graders, Ms. Murray's and Ms. Provencher's class will be leaving school at 8:40 to walk to the concert at Merrill Auditorium. The concert starts at 9:20 AM
  • Students will return by 11:15

Star Wars and Beyond: A Tribute to John Williams

The epic film compositions of John Williams are a superb example of heart-pounding storytelling through music. This concert features Williams’ greatest hits — from Superman to E.T. and Harry Potter to Star Wars. No other composer has taken us on more adventures using the transformative power of music. This performance is appropriate for learners in grades 3-5.

 March notes from the music room:
4th and 5th graders have just finished playing recorders. It is am invaluable instrument for improving all aspects of musicianship.
3rd graders have been engrossed in learning about the genre of musicals: what are the elements of a musical? How is it different from a play? A ballet? The classes have been learning songs from The Sound of Music and watching clips from the movie.
1st and 2nd graders have been learning about notes and rhythm, practicing their skills with 8 different rhythm centers. Kindergarteners have been exploring high and low sounds with singing, playing instruments and using scarves.


The Reiche School Chorus will perform two concerts on December 21st. At 2:00, we will sing during an all-school assembly. We will also have an evening performance at 6:30. Students should meet in the music room at 6:15 to warm up. Chorus members should  dress as if it were picture day, looking their best for both concerts. The students have been dedicated and preparing for many weeks now and look forward to performing for you!

Notes from the Music Room
There continues to be rich cultural and musical experiences available to our students. Some music class lessons are designed to enhance these educational opportunities.

In November, students in the 4th and 5th grade walked to Merrill Auditorium to see the Portland Symphony Orchestra perform. In the spring, the 3rd graders will also attend a concert. At the concerts, students hear the PSO play different styles of music as they learn about the instruments and the elements of music. The PSO String Quintet performed a kinderkonzert, here at Reiche, for Kindergarten, first and second graders earlier in the month. It was an interactive concert, engaging students in  how music can help tell a story.
On December 1st,  all K,1,2,3 classes will attend a behind- the -scenes look at The Maine State Ballet's Nutcracker. The music of Tchaikovsky will accompany the dances, as students see an abridged version of the story told through ballet and music.


October Notes from the Music Room
Each month in music class, a piece of music is featured, where we learn through movement. During this activity, students sharpen their listening skills, learn about different elements of the music and are exposed to different styles of music.
This month the classical piece is "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg.  It is a piece that changes tempo and dynamics(volume) and the instruments playing, grow from two very soft sounds, to the full orchestra with loud, exciting rhythms.

Students continue to sing in every class and play classroom instruments.

Also, in October most classes began some study of African Culture. The 1st and 3rd graders added instruments to an African folk tale. The 2nd graders have begun learning about "Dinhe", a harvest dance from Zimbabwe.


September Notes from the Music Room

Learning to keep a beat to music is central to successful singing, moving, dancing,playing instruments and listening to music. Here are some September music class activities that develop a feeling for,  and the skill to keep, the beat.

Kindergarten: Tapping with rhythm sticks to The Syncopated Clock by Leroy Anderson- download it for the whole family to enjoy.

1st/2nd  grade : creating  beat patterns with rhythm sticks to the music Blueberry Pie sung by Bette Midler

3rd grade: Learning the  Name Game chant with a pat/clap pattern sustained, without missing a  beat

4th/5th grade: students working in pairs, playing instruments, performing steady beat patterns that include rests.