Monday, August 12, 2019

Curriculum Night [K-2] and Winter Concert Save the Date

K-2 Curriculum Night is Thursday the 15th.

In an effort to save trees, the Specials Team will only have a few hard copies of their curriculum maps. Electronic copies are available on all of our blogs.

The K-2 Music Curriculum Maps are 
on the right hand side of my blog under "Helpful Links".   

Also, don't forget to save the date!

Concert Attire is white dress shirts and black slacks or black skirt.
More details to follow!

See you Thursday!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

August Music Update

We are off to a great start in the music room.
Our scholars have been working heard to learn and practice the music room procedures. 
The music room expectations are on the front wall over my white board. In the beginning of the year, we like to say them together every class to help us have a successful lesson. 

*Conversation starter:  See if your scholar can tell you what they are. They all start with "In this room we..."*

In Kindergarten we have been practicing our 4 voices and learning when to use each of them. 
We have also been marching, dancing and singing. 

*Conversation starter:  See if your scholar can demonstrate their 4 voices*

1st graders get to join the 2nd graders in learning about composers this year!

*Conversation starter: Ask your scholar if they can tell you what a composer is*

 2nd graders have been reviewing their Perfect Singing Posture (PSP) and taking deep breaths when they are singing. 

*Conversation starter: Ask your scholar if they can show you their PSP and how they breathe correctly.*

This month's composer is Mr. Vivaldi. 
Here is my Vivaldi playlist. Vivaldi Playlist
This week we learned that he played the violin and composed The Four Seasons. We will be listening to one season a week. 

*Conversation starter: Ask your scholar which seasons we've listened to so far*

See you Thursday the 15th at curriculum night! 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Meet the Music Teacher

Hello! My name is Rachel Boswell and I am the General Music Teacher for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. I am a native of Rochester, NY and a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College where I completed a B.S. in Music Education. As a member of the Founding Faculty, this will be my fifth year teaching at Archway Lincoln. A few of my hobbies are singing, playing guitar, reading, and hiking.

I am excited to welcome back our young scholars and meet the new additions to our great school. In music class, students will explore and navigate the wonderful world of music! These early years are an essential time in your student’s development to introduce foundational musical concepts. My goal is to provide a rich environment that engages them in singing, playing, listening, creating, performing and responding to music.

 A great way for you to stay up to date on what is happening in the music room is to subscribe to my blog. There is a box on the top right hand of the page for you to enter your email address. Once a month, you will receive an email notification when I have a new post. 

I look forward to our correspondence and a wonderful year ahead.


Rachel Boswell

Saturday, April 6, 2019


I wanted to thank everyone for coming out on Thursday night to support our scholars. They have been working hard to bring you such a dynamic program. It was so amazing for me to be able to step back and let them do their thing. This year the idea of independence has really been in the forefront of my mind. I remember telling some of the second graders at the beginning of the year that I wanted them to really take responsibility for their learning. They are my oldest students and I want to give them the opportunity to really take hold of what they are learning. I told them how awesome it would be if by the end of the year, they could come to music class and run the whole thing without me.

Needless to say, they liked that idea.

I am continually amazed at how quickly they can learn things when they set their minds to do it.
We have spent a lot of time talking about perseverance, and doing our best. When things gets hard, that's when we need perseverance to keep going. Because of their efforts and engagement in our day-to-day lessons, they were able to apply so many musical concepts and bring them to life in their performance.

I also have loved being able to give them the "tools" to incorporate music into their play. Teaching these games and then seeing them dance and sing as I walk through the playground has become one of my favorite things.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Concert Etiquette

A Note from the Higley Center:

·        Please be patient in the parking lot, and be aware of your surroundings at all times because of the high volume of traffic.
·        Cellphones should be turned off upon entering the auditorium.
·        Please wait until the end of the song to applaud.
·        Late comers will be asked to wait to enter the auditorium until the end of the current song.
·        Out of respect for the performers and the camera crew, please exit to the lobby if your small child is causing a distraction.
·        Food and drink are not allowed in the auditorium.

Families Attending Both Concerts:

  • 3rd – 5th siblings must be seated with parents during the K-2 concert and vice versa. Groups of students sitting alone will be escorted back to their parents.

  • Please, pick up the K-2 students before the 3-5 concert begins and keep your 3-5 students with you until 6:45pm. 

  • At 6:45, 3-5 students must exit and make their way to the back door entrance (see map from Parent Logistics).

Friday, March 29, 2019

Pre-Order Your DVD

Pre-order your DVD of the Spring Concert!

DVDs will be available for purchase 1 for $20 or 2 for $35. 
A portion of  the proceeds will be donated back to our school. 
There will be a table in the lobby of the concert to order it as well.