Overview of Concepts Covered: Class work and Homework:

A Little Bit
About Me:
I graduated from North
K -2 Jacki e
Hi l l
2 0 1 5 - 2 0 1 6
Overview of Concepts Covered:
Central College with a BA
in Music Education and
I moved to the city in
Students will cover the broader concepts outlined below. While concepts are
taught in each grade level, activities are differentiated by grade to meet student needs.
August and have enjoyed
Understanding Musical Elements
this is my Second year
teaching at Chesterbrook.
exploring my new
neighborhood and everything downtown Chicago
has to offer. My main
instrument is voice and I
play piano as well as
many other instruments.
When I’m not teaching, I
enjoy cooking and bike
Beat and rhythm, ear training, music reading
Production and Performance
Singing, instruments, technology, movement, performance etiquette
Music Appreciation and Connections
Listening through various activities, exploring genres and composers,
and analyzing music both past and current). Students will perform in two
concerts during the year.
riding and singing and
playing piano a small
acoustic venues .
Communicatio n
I am available via
email at
[email protected]
or website at: http://
My website includes a
homework section,
where you may find
homework due dates
and assignments. My
weekly newsletter is
emailed directly to
you, as well as posted
outside my classroom
door, and on the website.
Class work and Homework:
Music is very hands on, and most of the activities and assessment will be done in
class through various activities. In class activities are informally assessed and recorded for progress and effort. I ask students to put forth their best effort and
participate at all times. Homework may be assigned occasionally, and graded
for completion and accuracy. Students should return their homework to Miss Hill
during the next music class. Homework is posted on my newsletter and website,
and parents will be notified of missing work via notes home or email.
Students are both self-evaluated and teacher evaluated on the following questions:
Grade Calculations:
Homework: 10%
Assessments: 60%
Effort: 30%
Did I do my best work today?
Was I using my time wisely?
Did I complete the task?
Students can earn their effort grade by showing they are engaged in discussion, participating
through singing or playing, and investing in their own learning. Here are some behaviors I am
looking for when assessing participation:
Active participation
Responding to statements and questions
Signaling when they don’t understand
Daily Points
Student is actively
and positively engaged in their learning, is on task and
displays respectful
behavior towards
teacher and peers.
Student required 2-3
reminders to actively and positively
engage in their
learning, remain on
task, or requires
reminders to demonstrate respectful
behavior towards
teacher and peers.
Student requires 4 or
more reminders or
interventions to
remain actively
learning in class. The
classroom teacher
and parent will be
notified via email or
Music Clubs!
Chesterbrook Singers provides
students K-5, the opportunity to
sing in a large ensemble a variety of songs for performances in
Materials (2nd Grade):
school and around our community.
Beginning third quarter, second graders will be responsible for bringing
their recorders and music to class each time. Parents will receive a detailed outline the first full week back in January describing the program
and expectations. Students will have the opportunity to purchase a recorder for a small fee at the beginning of the unit if need be.
Gold Bell Choir provides students
in 3rd-5th grade, the opportunity
to play the bells in an ensemble
setting with the goal of public
performance in our school and
around our community.
Orchestra is an invitational club
for students enrolled in music
lessons. Students have the opportunity to play their instrument in
an ensemble setting.
Music Lessons are offered for
piano, guitar and violin. Students
meet weekly for a half hour and
participate in an annual recital.
Students are required to participate in two concerts a year as part of their
assessment grade. This year the Winter Concert will be Thursday, December 10th at 6:00 p.m., and the Spring Concert will be Thursday, May 12th at
6:00 p.m. Please let me know as soon as possible if there is a conflict with
either date. Performances take lots of planning and practice from the students. Every student is a piece of the puzzle in putting together a performance. If a student has an excused absence from the performance, a written assessment will be given in place of the performance assessment.
K-2Jack ie H ill
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