Monday, December 3, 2018

December Update


Because I am from New York, I absolutely love the December weather in Phoenix. It's chilly in the mornings but by the afternoon, it's the perfect temperature. The best part is that I never have to scrape ice from my windshield!!! :)

In music class this month we will be focusing on the music from The Nutcracker Ballet.
This is one of the traditions that the students enjoy every year. We talk about ballet, Mr Tchaikovsky, and hear the (abridged) story accompanied by a variety of musical selections. Below is the recording we have been listening to.

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We have also been working on our solfege singing (ear training), reading and performing rhythms, and identifying the difference between steady beat and rhythm.

Wishing you peace and joy during this holiday season,

Friday, November 16, 2018


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Congratulations to our K-2 students for a beautiful concert! I was so pleased with their efforts last night. They did such a great job standing in their Perfect Singing Posture, using their most beautiful singing voices, and watching me for their cues. They really stole the show last night. I am so proud of what they have learned so far this year. A big thank you to all the families for your support of this event. I know that it is a long night for all of us. A special thanks to the families who showed their virtue through their actions last night. There were many families present who displayed patience and good will towards everyone around them. I applaud you for your citizenship and humility. I wish you all a restful, and peaceful Thanksgiving!

Save the Date: The Spring Concert will be on Thursday,  April 4th 

Monday, November 5, 2018

K-2 Concert Logistics Thursday, November 15th

All students arrive at 5pm

Parking Lot Assignments:      
v  K:  Lot 1              1st:  Lot 2                  2nd:  Lot 3

v  Check In: Auditorium;   Pick Up: Little Theatre (see map)

1st Graders:
v  Check In: Little Theatre;   Pick Up: Courtyard Area outside (see map)

2nd Graders:
v  Check In: Courtyard Area outside;   Pick Up: Stage (see map)

Things to Remember:

v  Students will use the backstage entrance per Higley’s new policy. There will be staff members in the front of the building to walk them to their appropriate locations. Audience members will use the main entrance at the front of the building.

v  Out of respect for all of the students, please plan on staying until the end of the K-2 concert.

v  The 3rd-5th grade students will be arriving at 6:30pm. To avoid traffic jams, exit promptly once you have your student.

v  The concert will be professionally recorded by Esthetics in Motion. Please refrain from bringing recording devices. DVDs can be preordered for purchase here:

Note to Families with Multiple Students:
·         Please keep 3-5 students with you in the audience during the K-2 concert and pick up the K-2 students before the 3-5 concert begins.

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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Upcoming Fall Concert

Welcome Back! This week your scholars will be bringing home a YELLOW half sheet with the following information on it:

Greetings, Archway Lincoln Parents and Guardians!

Believe it or not, the fourth annual, mandatory Archway Lincoln Fall Concert is fast approaching. It will be held on              
Thursday, November 15th
at the
4132 E. Pecos Road Gilbert, AZ 85295.

The K-2 concert will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. with students arriving at 5:00 p.m.

Attire for concerts is as follows:
Boys: White dress shirt, black pants, black dress shoes, and black socks. Hair should be combed neatly.
Girls: White top, black skirt (black tights optional), or black dress pants, and black dress shoes. Hair should be styled neatly.
Working with your children is a delight and privilege. I look forward to enjoying this beautiful event with you. If you have any questions, please reach out to me:
Thank You,
Rachel Boswell
K-2 Music Teacher │Archway Lincoln Classical Academy

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Welcome, September!

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This month in music class we are beginning our concert songs!
(Fall Concert: Thursday, November 15th at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts)

Your scholars are starting to imagine what it will be like to be on the stage. Many of them have fond memories from last year's accomplishments. Some students have been sharing that they are nervous for the upcoming event. We have had conversations about what to do when we are nervous. I also shared with them that I will help them practice over and over and over again so that when they get on the stage, they won't forget everything. 😄

We are continuing to use our 4 voices in different ways. We are learning to stand when we sing our concert songs to make our legs strong. We are using vocabulary words to describe the music we hear (high, low, presto, largo). We are also getting better at moving to and playing the steady beat (sometimes with egg shakers!).

1st and 2nd Grade:
We are continuing to use our most beautiful singing voices, ear train with solfege, and practice our Perfect Singing Posture. We are discovering the difference between steady beat and rhythm, as well as reviewing how to read simple rhythm patterns. Our composer this month is the esteemed Johann Sebastian Bach or as we call him in class, Mr. Bach. Below is the link to my Spotify playlist. It includes the pieces we have been listening to in class, plus a few extra. 

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See you soon, 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

August Update

We are really starting to get into the swing of things! Your scholars have been practicing and internalizing music room procedures and expectations. We are getting good at remembering our seats, finding our singing voices and walking (not running) into the room. 🙂🙂🙂

One goal for the weeks to come, is to become better listeners! We are working on listening when others are speaking and learning how to track the speaker. This is such an important skill for our young scholars as it will help them become better friends to their classmates, and respectful citizens of their school. I am right with them on this goal. I tell them that I like to talk and I need to remember to be a better listener too.

Kindergartners have been perfecting their High and Low. They have been singing, moving and listening-responding to high and low sounds. We listened to "Teasing" by Bela Bartok and listened for the changing pitch from high, medium low, to very low.

1st and 2nd graders have been learning all about Mr. Vivaldi and The Four Seasons.
They should know at least 3 facts about him so far. We practice saying the facts in complete sentences. They are becoming very adept at this. Here is a link to my Vivaldi playlist on Spotify. If you have an account, you should be able to access it. If you do not have an account, it will only let you listen to 30 second clips of the pieces. This should still be enough for your scholars to show you what they have been learning. Vivaldi Playlist

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Curriculum Night

K-2 Curriculum Night is tomorrow night!

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".   

See you soon!