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Music-Mrs. Nadeau



 Thornton Elementary Music  
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Phone: 397-3990 ext. 3159

Conference: 1:55-2:40

Lunch: 11:50-12:20

  
Hi, I'm ReNée Nadeau.  I discovered my love for music as a clarinetist in the Fredericksburg High School Band and earned my Music Education degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  I started my teaching career in NISD as a middle school band director and later transferred to Thornton to teach general music.  I believe music is for everyone!  We all have the talent and ability to enjoy music in our own way, either as a singer, instrumentalist, dancer, or listener, and my music classes provide activities in all these areas.
 
In my music classes, the kindergarten and first grade students sing songs and play instruments and music games that help establish steady beat and singing skills.  Learning to use the higher head voice from early on leads to on-pitch singing in the future, therefore, much emphasis is placed on differentiating between the singing voice and talking voice in the younger grades.
 
Second and third graders build upon this foundation by reading and playing rhythms on instruments and singing pitch syllables (do, re, mi...).  The mechanics of the musical staff play an important part because the students learn their songs and instrumental parts by looking at the printed page rather than echo singing.
 
The fourth and fifth graders take it to the highest level by reading actual music notation as they play recorders.  Musical experiences in the upper grades often become quite complex with layered singing and multiple instrumental accompaniment parts.
 
Along the way, all students listen to selections from a wide repertoire of music, classical and contemporary.  Movement to music is also incorporated at all grade levels, from basic steady beat movements in kindergarten to advanced folk dances from across the world in the upper grades.
 

Bouncing Notes   Credits: Music Graphics Galore (8/21/13)   Bouncing Notes
 



Fun Music Links

Site Description
Learn about the instruments of the symphony orchestra, play musical games, and even compose your own music!
More educational music games, instrument discovery, and composing opportunities!
Play around with musical sounds in the Music Lab of the San Francisco Symphony Kid's Site.

Musical Events

Event Location Date
Thornton Cafeteria/Stage 11/12/2013 6:00 PM
Rudder Middle School Band, Choir, and Orchestra Rooms 2/18/2014 4:30 PM
Rudder Choir Room 2/21/2014 4:00 PM
Laurie Auditorium 2/26/2014 11:10 AM
Thornton Foyer 4/11/2014 4:00 PM

Music Class Information

Project Date
8/21/2013
8/21/2013
8/21/2013

Rudder Band Videos

Site Description
Meet the Rudder Band Directors
Flute demonstration
Clarinet demonstration
Saxophone demonstration
Bassoon demonstration
Trumpet demonstration
French Horn demonstration
Trombone demonstration
Baritone demonstration
Take a sneak peek at the Rudder Band
Tuba demonstration
Percussion demonstration