This is my first year teaching in Boston Public Schools and I am delighted to have landed here at the Conley! I completed my student teaching at Mission Hill School – an alternative public pilot school in Jamaica Plain – while pursuing licensure in elementary education through Wellesley College. While I trained as a classroom teacher, I continued to nurture my passion for music and music education, with a particular focus on African Diasporic percussion. I believe music can be an opportunity for communication, deepening understanding, and above all, joy! I am so lucky to have this opportunity to share my joy and passion in music with the Conley community.
When I’m not at the Conley, you might find me gardening, riding my bike, or playing percussion in Zili·fy – the all-female Boston-based band, with which I have played since 2015! (Check us out at: http://www.zilimisik.com/)
September & October
Who makes music? What is music? Where is music in our world? Through songs, stories, instruments, and movement, students will explore the above questions as they explore music in their own lives and in settings throughout the world. During this time, we will focus on building our classroom community and setting expectations for our year in music together.
November & December
K0-1: Found Sound
Students will explore elements of rhythm and qualities of sound through found instruments in our bodies and in the world. Activities will include body percussion, composing representational music (i.e. snow storm, train) using classroom instruments, and composing music to accompany a story. Students will also gain familiarity with musical concepts such as loud & soft, fast & slow, and long & short.
2-5: Ensemble Percussion
Students will explore rhythm, beat, dynamics, and tempo, and practice play and listening on contrasting parts through their exploration of a Haitian folkloric rhythm. At the end of the unit, students will perform Ibo for their classmates, playing the bell, rattle, and segon parts for the rhythm with appropriate tempo and dynamics. During this unit, students will also explore the cultural and historical context of the Ibo rhythm and will learn songs that accompany the rhythm.
January, February, & March
Introduction to the Ukulele
Students in all grade levels will begin to learn to play the ukulele! We will begin with a focus on caring for the instrument and appropriate hand and body positions. Across grade levels, our explorations will focus on chords and strumming rhythms. In grades 2 and 3, students will also explore notes and melodies, and will practice some ear training as we learn to tune our instruments. During our ukulele unit, we will continue to explore elements of music including pitch (high/low), tempo (fast/slow), and dynamics (low/soft). We will practice skills of musicianship including listening to one another and practicing independently.
April, May, & June
Putting it All Together
Having explored rhythmic, percussive, and melodic instruments throughout the year, out final unit will focus on ensemble playing. We will continue to explore and practice ukulele and percussion across grade levels, and will hone the skills of singing and playing simultaneously. Students will work toward combining multiple elements (i.e. multiple rhythms, or multiple instruments and voices) into ensemble performances. We will continue to explore diverse musical styles, driven by the interests of students.