Author Archive: mrswootenmusic

Name that tune!

This year in grades 1-2-3 we are studying major composes and their most popular works.  Some of those are linked here in this thinglink!


Jingle Jumble

Tech assignment for today:

Search Jamendo for a version of jingle bells.

Download to your computer.

Open a garage band “loops” new song.

Add the Jingle Bell file into a new basic track.

Add loops, etc to create your own mashup.

PART TWO: create a short video in Imovie, using your composed jingle bells mashup as a soundtrack.  See Ms Wooten for more details!

NASA Sound library

Nasa has released sound clips of launches, conversation, and other “space sounds” on Sound Cloud for public use.  We will be using these in some of our mashups in garageband this spring.  Check it out!


What’s been happening in music class this fall?

We’ve been busy creating, singing, playing and dancing!  Here’s just a small snapshot of our work this year!


Jingle Bell Dance

Here’s Rob Amchin in his college level dance class.  Will we do as well?  We will see!


Concert Next Week! MONDAY DECEMBER 8


Reminder:  all students grade 1-6 should report to the gym and sit with their class on the bleachers by 6:45.  We will begin promptly at 7 pm.

Performers to include:


Beginning Instrumental Ensemble

Grade 1-5 chorus

Grade 6 Drumming circle

Grade 6 percussion (plunger) ensemble

Grade 6 orff accompaniment for singing

Break a leg!  we will rehearse on the stage all week!



How is a Guitar made?

This week we’ll be talking about guitars – continuing to play them in grade 7/8, and how they are made.  Here’s some videos we will use to start our discussion:

How Les Paul Guitars are made (science channel)

Factory Made: Acoustic Guitars

Fender Guitars (company overview)images


Concert Monday December 8

By now all grade 1-5 students have received music to learn at home, and we are working hard in class to learn all our songs by the 8th!  Here’s some fun video links to help you learn our words and music at home!

Here Comes The Snow:

Start Your Day With A Song:

Jingle Jive:

We Will Jingle:

Rock The Holly:



Join The Band!


In the next few weeks, fourth graders (and some fifth graders) will choose beginning instruments to play for the year.  We offer instruction primarily on flute, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone.  Ms Wooten will send out information this week – and here’s some introductions to the instruments we will be watching in class!  

Flute                Clarinet

Trumpet          Trombone




New Music and Art Room!

WHAT has been happening at the Barnard School? While we have all been on summer vacation, Mrs. Sheckells and Mrs Wooten have been getting a new space all ready for our music and art classes. This year we will be downstairs, and are working hard to make sure the space is perfect for learning. We can’t wait to show it to you all! Here’s a few sneak previews….994450_10203581170302691_3543321749082899555_n