Music K-5
Franklin Academy
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August 15th, 2018: Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Welcome, all of our new and returning and Franklin Academy family and friends!  The 2018-2019 school year is ready to kick-off with new and exciting surprises around every corner.


To begin, our kindergarten and first grade friends will be tapping and stomping their way right into reading rhythm notes with percussion instrument based games and exercises.  We will also be covering several musicians, songs, and genres that span rock, blues, reggae, and jazz!


Our second, third, fourth, and fifth grade musicians will be starting a review on reading and playing rhythm notation as well as learning about famous musicians and musical innovations.


Students will not need to bring any instruments until after winter break but feel free to check in here for all the latest updates on the newest cuts from our Music Video Club, our upcoming Hispanic Heritage Night, and accepted music room donations such as hand sanitizer, tissues, paper towels, soft soap, and music books or instruments that need a good home.


Music is always known to have a few wild cards but we're looking forward to the new school year knowing that everyone will have a winning hand!

May 1st, 2018: Recorder Karate - Purple Belt Test (5th Grade)

Below is the music for our fifth recorder test.  "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" serves as a recorder review for some students and as the fifth opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  This piece serves as an excellent song to practice reading notation and searching for multiple patterns in the notes.


Pro Tip: While this song does feature a new note ("D"), it also re-introduces the previously learned note "B" and for this reason students can keep in mind that they will be playing a total of five different notes in this piece.  Something tricky to watch out for is the new rhythms which feature a quarter note rest and a dotted half note (3 beats).


Bonus Pro Tip: The entire song only consists of two different patterns with the exception of one line that is primarily comprised of the same note.  Each pattern repeats three times.


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Purple Belt - "Old MacDonald Had A Farm"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Purple Belt Test is below.

April 23rd, 2018: Ocarina - "London Bridge"

Below is the music notation for our latest ocarina song that features notes in both the right and left hands.  This song includes all five pitches (C, D, E, F, G) in the right hand as well as "A" in the left hand so this serves as a great way of practicing the transition between playing right and left hand notes.  As always, start slowly and don't forget about the repeat sign!

April 10th, 2018: Recorder Karate  - Green Belt Test (5th Grade)

Below is the music for our fourth recorder test.  "It's Raining" serves as a recorder review for some students and as the fourth opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  This piece serves as an excellent song to practice reading notation and searching for multiple patterns in the notes.


Pro Tip: While this song does feature a new note ("E"), it also omits the previously learned note "B" and for this reason students can keep in mind that the thumb, middle, and pointer finger in the left hand will remain over the finger holes for the entire song.  Something tricky to watch out for is the new rhythm which features two consecutive eighth notes.


Bonus Pro Tip: The entire song only consists of two different patterns.  One pattern repeats twice and the other pattern repeats three times.


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Green Belt - "It's Raining"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Green Belt Test is below.

April 2nd, 2018: Ocarina - Notes "B" & "High C"

Below is a chart with the two newest notes that we have been studying on the ocarina in 2nd and 3rd grade.  Feel free to save and print the image so it serves as a study guide for our two new notes.

March 23rd, 2018: Recorder Karate - Orange Belt Test (5th Grade)

Below is the music for our third recorder test.  "Merrily We Roll Along" serves as a recorder review for many students and as the third opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  


Pro Tip: Unlike "Gently Sleep", this song never skips any notes which means that each note will always be proceeded by either the note before or after it.  Something tricky to watch out for is the "B" after the fourth measure because after playing the three "B" notes in the fourth measure, a common habit is to prepare for the upcoming "A" but looking ahead to the next measure on the second line will reveal that there is still one more "B" that needs to be played before moving on to the "A" in the fifth measure.


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Orange Belt - "Merrily We Roll Along"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Orange Belt Test is below:

March 16th, 2018: Ocarina Song Test - First 6 Notes!

Below is the first ocarina song for 2nd - 4th grade that features the first six notes they have been learning and practicing.  Students should remember to follow the repeat sign on the second line which means playing the second line twice before continuing to the third and final line.


Students may also save and print the image below if they would like to create or add to their own collection of ocarina exercises and songs:

March 14th, 2018: Glasses Swap!

Sometimes your student's glasses are so cool that you have to swap specs and take a selfie!

March 12th, 2018: 5th Grade Recorder - Yellow Belt Test!

Below is the music for fifth grade's second recorder test.  "Gently Sleep" serves as a recorder review for many students and as the second opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  


Pro Tip: The fourth measure on each line requires a skip from "B" to "G" to make sure that both the middle and ring fingers in the left hand land at the same time when transitioning from the "B" to the "G".


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Yellow Belt - "Gently Sleep"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


The sheet music of the yellow belt song shown below may be saved and printed for reference:

March 5th, 2018: Ocarina Exercise - 2 Up + 1 Down!

Many of our second, third, and fourth grade ocarina students are strengthening their finger skills by practicing exercises that feature new challenging patterns.  The exercise below features a note skipping pattern for the right hand where students can practice their first five pitches by starting on middle "C" and gradually working their way up to "G" and then back down.

This exercise also helps students remember how to incorporate repeat signs and is included in the beginning of the following video:

Students may also study the rest of the video to prepare for our upcoming lessons!
The notes for the exercise are also shown below:

February 26th, 2018: 5th Grade Recorder - White Belt Test!

Yes, it's that time of year already!  It's time for our fifth graders to step up and test their might by preparing for their first playing test to earn their Recorder Karate white belts!

Students can prepare by rehearsing with the video lesson below:

The sheet music of the white belt song shown below may be saved and printed for reference:

February 17th, 2018: Reaching out to Marjory Stoneman Douglas

We appreciate everyone's care and contributions as we all work together to help our friends and family who were impacted by this week's events.  For those looking for more ways to contribute, please check out the links below.

Broward Schools has created an online Crisis Support resource, which includes information on receiving assistance – as well as tips for parents and families for helping their children cope with this tragedy:  BrowardSchools.com/crisissupport


Additional information can be found at: http://www.facebrowardschools.com

or by calling 754.321.1599


Another resource if you are seeking assistance, e-mail: [email protected]dalegal.com


Ways You Can Help:

Gofundme.com/stonemandouglasvictimsfund

Redcross.org/volunteer

BrowardSchools.com/WeSupport

February 14th, 2018: Happy Valentine's Day!

One of the best ways to express love is through the gift of music!  Our fifth graders are well on their way to completing their final year of playing the recorder with many fun and challenging songs on the horizon.  Although all Yamaha soprano recorders include an extensive fingering chart, students may also save and print the chart below as a quick and simple reference:

February 2nd, 2018: Happy Groundhog's Day!

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and for many, that means six more weeks of winter ahead.  Luckily, for us it means that grades 2nd - 4th are starting to learn their first ocarina song that uses the first five notes they've been studying in the right hand.

Practicing at home is always encouraged so students can review by clicking the link below to view the complete "OcTalk" video lesson featuring our first five pitches and our first two songs:

Students can also save and print the sheet music below to practice our first song using all five notes:
January 16th, 2018: First 5 Ocarina Notes!
Our second, third, and fourth grade students are well on their way to learning and reviewing their first five pitches on the ocarina.  We still have plenty of concert tuned STL plastic 12-hole ocarinas in various colors to ensure that every student is prepared for Music Class!

Below are the first five pitches played with the right hand on the 12-hole ocarina:
January 2nd, 2018: Happy New Year!
As we begin 2018. third quarter brings many fun and exciting new adventures and surprises for our Franklin Academy students!

Kindergarten and first grade students will begin to read and play notes on the treble clef music staff as they begin their glockenspiel curriculum. (shown below)

Second, third, and fourth grade students are currently rushing to turn in their ocarina order forms and payments ($10 check or money order made payable to: Franklin Academy) to ensure that they have their ocarinas ready to begin learning how to play this fun and exciting wind instrument! (shown below)

5th Grade Recorder Flutes: These Yamaha soprano recorders will be the instructional focus in Music Class for the remainder of the 2018 school year. They may be purchased by submitting a check or money order for $10 made payable to Franklin Academy. 

December 21st, 2017: Thank You to All of Our Winter Show Participants!
A big warm thanks goes out to all of the wonderful students, teachers, staff, and parents who helped with our 2017 winter performances!  We had a fun filled evening of songs, dance, performances, even hot chocolate and we couldn't have done it without you!  We look forward to starting an adventurous 2018 full of even more performances and surprises which may even include a student talent show.  So don't forget to check back in here for more details on upcoming performances!
November 23rd, 2017: Happy Thanksgiving - We're thankful for you!
Our Franklin family along with the recipients of our canned goods drive would like to thank everyone who participated with food donations!  More families will have delicious meals to enjoy this week thanks to you!  We hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend.  Our Music Club has also been working hard on our winter show performances which is currently scheduled for Thursday, December 21st in our cafeteria.  More details coming soon!
October 30th, 2017: Hispanic Heritage Night - Thank You!
We would like to thank everyone who came, participated, and assisted in our Hispanic Heritage Night on Friday.  The event was "tremendo" success and everyone had fun sharing and learning about different Hispanic cultures.  We are already planning next year's celebration full of songs, dances, and delicious food!  Thank you and gracias!

October 23rd, 2017: Be Safe & Brush Your Teeth!
Franklin friends and family, as many of us prepare to wear costumes and collect candy next week, please be safe.  Below are some helpful tips for a fun and safe evening:

1. Make sensible costume choices. Stay away from costumes that make seeing or breathing difficult.

2. Do not eat any treats that aren't fully sealed.

3. Carry a flashlight and always stay in a group.

4. Only eat a small amount of candy each day to avoid tummy aches.

5. Drink water.

6. Brush your teeth before going to bed.

7. Never eat any suspicious candy or treats.

October 2nd, 2017: Master Builders' Club Hurricane Make-Up Day!
Lego family and friends, many of us were very disappointed to find out that we would be missing one of our after school Lego sessions due to Hurricane Irma.  As we originally disclosed on the club registration form, this first quarter already had a few Thursdays where we could not schedule clubs due to early release and teacher work days.  As a result, I would like to offer our Lego friends an opportunity to make up the club session that we missed due to the hurricane.  So for this week and only this week, our Lego club students are being invited to come to our usual club day on Thursday October 5th AND the next day, which is Friday, October 6th as our hurricane make-up session.


This only applies for this week (Friday, October 6th) if you are currently enrolled in first quarter Master Builders' Club.  Looking forward to our double Lego sessions this week!

September 27th, 2017: Hispanic Heritage Night - Save the Date!

We are proud to announce that this year's Hispanic Heritage Celebration will take place from 6pm - 8pm in our cafeteria on Friday, October 27th.  The celebration will feature live performances from Zumba Club, Music Club, and much more!  Please feel free to contact us if you would like to contribute, participate, or simply RSVP for the festivities by sending an e-mail to: [email protected]

September 15th, 2017: Hurricane Irma Support & Relief Funds

As we prepare to return to school, many of our family, friends, and neighbors are still without power and, in some cases, sustainable living accommodations.  Below are a few links that provide ways to help those that have been critically impacted by Hurricane Irma.  We look forward to seeing all of our Franklin friends back on campus this Monday and urge you to please contact us if you are experiencing any major difficulties as a result of our recent storm conditions.


USA Today - Hurricane Irma: How Can You Help

Red Cross: Hurricane Irma Donations

Global Giving: Hurricane Irma Relief Fund


In addition to local impact, this storm has also disastrously impacted many islands south of Florida such as Barbuda which is currently completely evacuated for the first time in 300 years.  For more details on Barbuda click here: USA Today Reports on Rebuilding Barbuda

August 28th, 2017: New Music Video Club Premier!

After much hard work, we'd like to thank all of our Music Video Club friends and family for their patience in waiting for the completed videos of our talented performers.  Although a few of our videos are currently nearing completion in the editing room, today we proudly present the first of our 2017 music videos.  This new video was filmed during the third quarter of the 2016-2017 school year and it features one of our favorite songs with a creative view on what it takes to become a school safety patrol.  To see this latest video, click the link below:

Franklin Academy Cooper City Presents: "PATROLS" (2016-2017)

August 26th, 2017: Thank you for your contributions to our Music Class!

We'd like to thank our fantastic teachers, parents, and P.T.O. for funding our first project in record time!  Thanks to your contributions we successfully gathered enough funds to purchase our first set of Hokki Stools which offer an innovative approach to helping our students use their excess energy to rock back and forth to a solid beat while improving their posture!


The project was such a success that we're already in the process of raising funds for a second set of similar stools from K'Motion so that more of our students can benefit from these exciting new seating choices.  We even have an opportunity to explore Eastern culture with a Chinese gong for our classroom!  You can contribute to this new project by clicking the link below:

https://www.donorschoose.org/project/mastering-tempo-multicultural-music-/2737243

August 16th, 2017: Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

Welcome, all of our returning and new Franklin family and friends!  The 2017-2018 school year is ready to kick-off with new and innovative surprises around every corner.


One of the newest innovations that we'd love to introduce in our elementary music program is the incorporation of Hokki stools.  These stools feature a rounded base that allows students to safely channel their excess energy into the productive movement of swaying or "rocking" to the beat while playing any song in class.  In an effort to bring these inventive stools into our music class, everyone can contribute by making a donation by clicking the link below:


https://www.donorschoose.org/project/improving-our-posture-tempo-while-roc/2710197/


For the next 6 days, any donation you make to our project will be doubled if you enter the code:

LIFTOFF at checkout!


DonorsChoose.org is a website that has helped many of our teachers collect funding for projects that have helped us provide useful books, supplies, and technology for our students.  Everyone who helps fund a project will receive "thank you" notes and photos from our students to show our appreciation for your contributions.  With "fidget" toys such as fidget spinners and fidget cubes no longer permitted in classrooms due to the distractions they create, Hokki stools are quickly gaining popularity in classrooms as a result of their success in providing an effective means of channeling that excess energy productively and with minimal distraction. Read below for more info!

May 22nd, 2017: Recorder Karate - Blue Belt Test (Grades 4th-5th)

Below is the music for our sixth recorder test.  "When the Saints Go Marching In" serves as the sixth opportunity to earn a recorder belt.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  This piece serves as an excellent song to practice reading notation and searching for multiple patterns in the notes.


Pro Tip: While the previous song (Purple Belt) introduced "D" as a new note, this song introduces the high "D" and high "C" notes which are indicated by the apostrophe next to the letter: D' and C'


Bonus Pro Tip: In the past, finger holes have only been covered sequentially and the thumb in the left hand has always remained covering the back finger hole on the recorder but the new note (C') is played by only covering the thumb hole on the back of the recorder and the second finger hole which means that the first finger (pointer) is lifted while the second finger (middle) is down.  The new note (D') is played simply by ONLY covering the second finger hole with the middle finger.  This is the first note in our curriculum that is played without covering the thumb hole on the back of the recorder.


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Blue Belt - "When the Saints Go Marching In"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Blue Belt Test is below.

May 15th, 2017: "Thank You" to Our Wonderful PTO Parents!

The biggest "thanks" goes out to our amazing PTO family who worked so hard to give us the best teacher appreciation week full of delicious food, gifts, and even the much needed spa day massage on Friday!  Thank you for making our jobs that much better!  We are all truly fortunate to have such caring and dedicated parents.

May 3rd, 2017: Kindergarten Graduation Song

Yes, it's already that special time of year when our little kindergarten friends prepare for their graduation ceremony!  In addition to practicing their individual class graduation songs, they have also been practicing the song that all of them will sing together during their graduation ceremony.  This song is an original lyrical composition that is set to the tune of "How Far I'll Go" from Disney's "Moana" and it features new lyrics written especially for the kindergarten graduation.  It's an ambitious song to attempt but they've been doing an outstanding job rising to the challenge.  Below is a copy of the lyrics so that you can help them practice at home by following along with these words:


"How Far We'll Go" - Kindergarten Graduation

(Intro: 8 beats)

I've been, learning here in kindergarten,

'Long as I can remember, reaching every goal I try.

I’ll miss, learning here in kindergarten,

but now, I am a first grader, because of how hard I’ve tried.


Every test I take, every treat I snack,

every grade I make, every “A” leads back,

to the place I know, where I’m going to go,

soon the world will see…


See the arrows, on the floor in the hall? They guide me…

And we all know, how far they go.

If my clip, on the chart, on the wall, defines me,

today I'll know, if I go, first grade is where I’ll learn--


I know, all my friends, here in kindergarten, love to be in kindergarten.

Memories will never fade.

I know everybody here in kindergarten, wants to, grow from where we started

So now we’re ready for first grade.


I can write my name, I can read sight words,

I can win chess games, sing the songs I’ve heard,

color in the lines, reach my A.R. goals,

now it’s time to see…


All the new things we’ll learn and we’ll see, remind me,

how much I’ve grown, how much I’ll know.

If first grade wants to play hide and seek, come find me,

cause now I know, that I’m in first grade, cause I got good grades.


See the arrows, on the floor in the hall? They call me…

And we all know, how far they go.

If my clip, on the chart, on the wall, defines me,

Today we know, how much I’ve grown,

now that I’m in first…   grade!

April 24th, 2017: Recorder Karate - Purple Belt Test (Grades 4th-5th)

Below is the music for our fifth recorder test.  "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" serves as a recorder review for some students and as the fifth opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  This piece serves as an excellent song to practice reading notation and searching for multiple patterns in the notes.


Pro Tip: While this song does feature a new note ("D"), it also re-introduces the previously learned note "B" and for this reason students can keep in mind that they will be playing a total of five different notes in this piece.  Something tricky to watch out for is the new rhythms which feature a quarter note rest and a dotted half note (3 beats).


Bonus Pro Tip: The entire song only consists of two different patterns with the exception of one line that is primarily comprised of the same note.  Each pattern repeats three times.


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Purple Belt - "Old MacDonald Had A Farm"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Purple Belt Test is below.

April 19th, 2017: 2nd & 3rd Grade - New Notes: A & B

Below is a chart with the two newest notes that we have been studying on the ocarina in 2nd and 3rd grade.  Feel free to save and print the image so it serves as a study guide for our two new notes.

April 17th, 2017: Recorder Karate - Green Belt Test (Grades 4th-5th)

Below is the music for our fourth recorder test.  "It's Raining" serves as a recorder review for some students and as the fourth opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  This piece serves as an excellent song to practice reading notation and searching for multiple patterns in the notes.


Pro Tip: While this song does feature a new note ("E"), it also omits the previously learned note "B" and for this reason students can keep in mind that the thumb, middle, and pointer finger in the left hand will remain over the finger holes for the entire song.  Something tricky to watch out for is the new rhythm which features two consecutive eighth notes.


Bonus Pro Tip: The entire song only consists of two different patterns.  One pattern repeats twice and the other pattern repeats three times.


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Green Belt - "It's Raining"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Green Belt Test is below.

April 10th, 2017: Ocarina Exercise - "2 Up, 1 Down" (Grades 2nd-3rd)

There are many exercises that help us learn fingering patterns that are very useful in playing songs on the ocarina.  One of those exercises uses a pattern that begins with every finger covering the ten main finger holes to start on the note "middle C".  Once this note is played, the bottom two fingers (pinky and ring) lift to play "E" and then only the ring finger lowers to play "D".  Next the ring and middle fingers lift to play "F" and then only middle lowers to play "E".  This is followed by lifting the middle and pointer fingers to play "G" and then only the pointer finger lowers to play "F".  Since the pattern consists of repeatedly lifting 2 fingers and then lowering 1 finger, we call this exercise "2 Up, 1 Down" and the music notation for this exercise is shown below:

April 3rd, 2017: Recorder Karate - Orange Belt Test (Grades 4th-5th)

Below is the music for our third recorder test.  "Merrily We Roll Along" serves as a recorder review for many students and as the third opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  


Pro Tip: Unlike "Gently Sleep", this song never skips any notes which means that each note will always be proceeded by either the note before or after it.  Something tricky to watch out for is the "B" after the fourth measure because after playing the three "B" notes in the fourth measure, a common habit is to prepare for the upcoming "A" but looking ahead to the next measure on the second line will reveal that there is still one more "B" that needs to be played before moving on to the "A" in the fifth measure.


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Orange Belt - "Merrily We Roll Along"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Orange Belt Test is below.

March 27th, 2017: Music Notation - Rest Symbols

Since reading music notation (music notes) is an instructional focus for grades K-5, we have been spending some time learning and identifying the various symbols for rests.  Every type of music note has a rest symbol that's worth the same number of beats.  This allows us to play notes and to take rests for varying amounts of time.  Below is a chart to help students identify and match up every music note that we've covered with the rest symbol that is worth the same amount of beats.


The values are as follows:

Whole    = 4 beats

Half         = 2 beats

Quarter   = 1 beat

Eighth     = 1/2 beat


The corresponding symbols are shown in the chart below:

March 20th, 2017: Recorder Karate - Yellow Belt Test (Grades 4th-5th)

Below is the music for our second recorder test.  "Gently Sleep" serves as a recorder review for many students and as the second opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  


Pro Tip: The fourth measure on each line requires a skip from "B" to "G" to make sure that both the middle and ring fingers in the left hand land at the same time when transitioning from the "B" to the "G".


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Yellow Belt - "Gently Sleep"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Yellow Belt Test is below.

March 15th, 2017: 2nd & 3rd Grade - C-G Review Exercise

Below is an exercise with the first five notes that we have been studying on the ocarina in 2nd and 3rd grade.  Feel free to save and print the image so it serves as a review for our first five notes.

March 13th, 2017: Recorder Karate - White Belt Test (Grades 4th-5th)

Below is the music for our first recorder test.  "Hot Cross Buns" serves as a recorder review for many students and as the first opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - White Belt - "Hot Cross Buns"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - White Belt Test is below.

March 6th, 2017: 2nd & 3rd Grade - Ocarina Song: "Ode to Joy"

Below is sheet music for the song that uses our first five ocarina notes.
Feel free to save and print the image below.

February 27th, 2017: 2nd & 3rd Grade - First 5 Ocarina Pitches

Below is a chart with the first five notes that we have been studying on the ocarina in 2nd and 3rd grade.  Feel free to save and print the image so it serves as a study guide for our first five notes.

February 15th, 2017: IB Family Night - Celebrating Black History!

Our Music Club is happy to annouce our first performance of third quarter which will be on campus in the cafeteria at 6pm on Friday, February 24th for our Black History Month celebration!  The evening will include performances, poetry, music videos and a few surprises from many of our school clubs and organizations. Come join the fun and celebrate with us!

February 9th, 2017: Ocarina Fingering Chart

All of our STL 12 hole tenor ocarinas come with a fingering chart located at the bottom of the box but if any students have broken or misplaced their ocarina box, the same chart is down below for easy reference.  Feel free to save and print this chart:

February 8th, 2017: Recorder Fingering Chart

While many recorders do come with a printed fingering chart, a simplified version is shown below for easy reference.  Feel free to save and print this image:

February 1st, 2017: Ocarina & Recorder Curriculum

Third quarter marks the beginning of our ocarina curriculum for 2nd & 3rd graders as well as our recorder curriculum for 4th & 5th grade.  Please remember that students will lose points from their grade in Music Class for every day they do not come prepared with their instrument.  Ocarinas and recorders are still available in Music Class for purchase with a $10 check or money order.  If you have any questions or concerns about your recorder or ocarina purchase, please do not hesitate to contact me directly to ensure that students do not lose points for not coming to class prepared with their ocarina (2nd & 3rd) or recorder (4th & 5th).

2nd & 3rd Grade Ocarinas

Now available in the following colors:

Dark Blue (pictured)

Green

Black

4th & 5th Grade Recorders

Now available in the following colors:

Translucent Pink

Translucent Teal

Translucent Green

Ivory (shown below)


January 25th, 2017: New Music Video Club Video Posted!

We're proud to present our latest completed music video featuring Europe's classic hit, "The Final Countdown".  The completed video is available for viewing here:
Keep checking in here for more new videos from our Music Video Club!

January 11th, 2017: Ocarinas & Recorders

Third quarter marks the beginning of our ocarina curriculum in second and third grade and our recorder curriculum for fourth and fifth grade.  Thus far, our music curriculum has focused on introducing and familiarizing students with how to read music rhythm notation which means that we’ve played musical instruments such as drums, tambourines, rhythm sticks, and other assorted percussion instruments with the goal of reading music notes and becoming familiar with how many times or how long to play each note.  After becoming more familiar with how to determine the duration of each note, the focus has now shifted to learning and practicing how to identify and locate notes on the flute instruments that are typically referred to as the ocarina and recorder.  Our ocarina and recorder curriculum is designed to present students with a foundation to reading notes that will prove equally useful with any other instruments they may choose to learn in the future.  Since learning how to read and play music notes on the ocarina and recorder will be our instructional focus in Music Class until the end of the school year, it is critical that every second and third grade student come prepared with their own ocarina and every fourth and fifth grade student come prepared with their recorders from now until the last music class of the school year.

Students who already own an ocarina or recorder are asked to please bring them to Music Class as soon as possible in order to confirm that they play the same notes and are accurately pitched to match the STL 12-Hole Tenor Plastic Ocarina and Yamaha YRS24B Soprano Recorders that will be used by all students who purchase them from Franklin Academy.  If your child is told that their current ocarina or recorder will not be adequate to use in class or if they simply do not currently own one, you may purchase an ocarina or recorder directly from the school by filling out the form which will be available for students in Music Class and returning it to the school as soon as possible along with a $10 check or money order made payable to: Franklin Academy (NO ONLINE PAYMENT and PAYMENT CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH LUNCH, FIELD TRIP, PTO, CLUBS, OR OTHER PAYMENTS).

This is crucial to ensure that every second through fifth grade student completes the school year with a passing grade in Music Class.  Please keep in mind that any upcoming grades in Music Class will be primarily based on each student’s performance with either their ocarina or recorder which is why it is imperative that every student have their own for the remainder of the school year.  In short, students will not be able to earn an “A” in Music Class if they do not come prepared with their ocarina or recorder.  If you encounter any difficulty purchasing these instruments, please contact me directly so that we can ensure that your child is prepared with their own ocarina or recorder for the remainder of the school year.

2nd & 3rd Grade Students:

STL 12-Hole Tenor Plastic Ocarina


Cost: $10 check or money order made payable to: Franklin Academy


Now available in various colors upon request!

4th & 5th Grade Students:

Yamaha YRS24B Soprano Recorders


Cost: $10 check or money order made payable to: Franklin Academy


Available in ivory, translucent green, translucent teal, and translucent pink!

January 2nd, 2017: Happy New Year!

As we return to school and prepare to complete our second quarter, I'd like to wish everyone a happy new year!  We're looking forward to kicking off the new year with a strong start to our third quarter curriculum which includes the introduction of the 8 note glockenspiel (xylophone) for kindergarten and first grade, the ocarina (12 hole flute) for second and third grade, and the recorder (8 hole flute) for fourth and fifth grade.  A class set of glockenspiels is provided for kindergarten and first grade.  New updates are coming soon on how students can order their own ocarinas and flutes directly from Franklin Academy!
December 3rd, 2016: Franklin Academy Winter Performances
The winter holiday season at Franklin Academy Cooper City is full of fun instruments and sensational performances!  We'd like to thank everyone who helped and participated in our first annual performance for "Light Up Cooper City" on December 2nd and we encourage everyone to come out to our own I.B. themed holiday show titled "Holidays Around the World" taking place at Franklin Academy Cooper City on Wednesday, December 14th.  The show will feature performances from many of our school clubs and organizations which include Music Club and Zumba Club.  Attendees will be invited to participate in a cookie decorating station and enjoy hot chocolate with treats!
November 28th, 2016: Thank You For Your Donations and Support!
A massive "THANK YOU" goes out to the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation for donating a powerful new bass amplifier and a wonderfully generous collection of brand new percussion instruments for our students!

Our latest project calls for donations from anyone to help us purchase a set of Hokki Stools for our classroom.  These innovative stools have rounded bottoms which allow students to rock back and forth in order to channel their energy and need for movement in a constructive manner.  Having this freedom of movement will also allow students to stay seated while moving along to the beat when playing music.  This will in turn strengthen their rhythm and allow them to keep steadier tempos.  With less than 20 days to complete funding for this project, everyone is encouraged to contribute by visiting the following page:
https://www.donorschoose.org/project/rockin-tempo-on-hokki-stools/2173285/
November 15th, 2016: Fun with Drums!

Our K-5 music class will soon begin our drum and percussion unit which focuses on the Remo frame drums and features artists such as Evelyn Glennie, Tito Puente, and Buddy Rich.  Second and third grade students are reminded to prepare for our ocarina curriculum starting third quarter.  Fourth and fifth grade students should be preparing their recorders to continue our Recorder Karate curriculum which also begins third quarter.  Purchase forms for ocarinas and recorders will be sent home before winter break.

October 26th, 2016: 2nd Quarter Performance Dates
A big "thanks" goes out to all of our wonderful performers from this year's Hispanic Heritage Night!  We had a wonderful evening enjoying the performances and food from so many Hispanic cultures and it wouldn't have been possible without the participation and support from so many of you!

As we prepare to begin the second quarter of the school year, some very exciting performance dates are on the horizon.  Students enrolled in second quarter Music Club can look forward to having an opportunity to perform in any of the following events:
December 2nd, 2016 @ 6pm -  Light Up Cooper City
Where: Memorial Park 9001 SW 51st Street 
This is right down Stirling, making  a left on 90th Ave (right after the high school)
Songs: Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock, Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Wardrobe: Students should wear a white long sleeve shirt (does not need to be buttoned down), black pants, and black shoes (any). Blue vests will be provided.

December 14th, 2016 - Holidays Around the World
Where: Franklin Academy Cooper City
More information coming soon!
October 10th, 2016: Date Change for Hispanic Heritage Night!
Franklin Academy's 2nd annual Hispanic Heritage Night has been rescheduled to Friday, October 21st, at 6:30pm.  Please update your calendar's from the original Thursday date to Friday, October 21st.  This event will feature live performances, food, and artwork that reflects and celebrates our many Hispanic cultures.  Music Club students will be performing at this event along with students from other clubs as well.  More updates coming soon!
September 9th, 2016: Club Updates & Early Release
Now that we've begun our first quarter clubs, some important dates for Music Club and Master Builders' Club (Lego Club) members are posted below:

Thursday, September 15th: Early Release - All Clubs Cancelled
Friday, September 16th: No (Lego) Master Builders' Club
Monday, September 19th: No Music Club

Coming Soon: Music Club performance date for Hispanic Heritage night!
August 29th, 2016: Rockin' Tempo on Hokki Stools
Our K-5 music class is a springboard for musical exploration and one of the central goals is establishing fluency in reading rhythm notation. Hokki stools allow the movement needed to rock back and forth as a means of reinforcing tempo while reading and playing rhythm notation.

By donating to this project, you will be helping our current class as well as future students by allowing us to offer more diverse and innovative solutions for our young students to channel their energy and excitement in a way that strengthens their musicianship.

Anyone can donate to our project by simply clicking on the link below which leads to our DonorsChoose.org classroom request:

CLICK HERE TO DONATE: Rockin' Rhythm on Hokki Stools!

Anyone who donates to our classroom before September 5, 2016 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code LIFTOFF during checkout and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100). 

If you know anyone who may want to help my students, please pass this along! 

In return, you'll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks.
Thank you so much,
-Mr. Capote

August 22th, 2016: Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 School Year!

Greetings to all of our new friends as well as our returning Franklin Academy rock stars!  This year's K-5 Music Class at Franklin Academy Cooper City is packed with new activities, song, instruments, and musical exploration.  In order to ensure the best and most productive school year, parents are encouraged to review teacher "wish lists" such as the one on this website under the "Class Wish List" section which is also available here: Mr. Capote's Music Class Wish List


Any contributions you can make for supplies and teaching materials will be greatly appreciated. In addition to the usual classroom supplies such as paper towels, tissue boxes, hand soap (pump dispensers), and other cleaning supplies, parents are also encouraged to donate any instruments or music supplies such as books, cables, speakers, amplifiers, vinyl records (yes, we have a record player), and any other music related items that may need a good home.


What does my child need for music class?

Supplies varies for each grade as the school year progresses and any updates will be posted right here on this page but for now, students in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades will only need the following:

-Writing Utensil (pencil, pen, crayon, washable marker)

-3 Ring Binder (which may be shared with the other Specials classes)

-Notebook Paper (to be kept in 3-ring binder for taking notes)

-Notebook Dividers (to separate each Specials class in the binder)  - optional


Since our music classroom does not have desks, music stands are often provided as a writing surface.  However, the texture of the music stands create a bumpy writing surface so bringing a 

3-ring binder with paper to class will always ensure a secure and comfortable writing surface.


As the school year progresses, you can always check in on this page for any updates and current events related to the Franklin Academy Cooper City Music Class.  Sheet music for recorder flutes and ocarinas will be posted here as well.  Feel free to scroll down and read some of the previous updates if you'd like a better idea of the information that will be updated on this page.


Thank you for your participation and support!

Go Falcons!

August  15th, 2016: Music Video Club Videos from 2015-2016

I'd like to thank all of the students and parents of the students who participated in last year's Music Video Club for their patience in awaiting the 2nd - 4th quarter music videos.  While the music video produced each quarter in Music Video Club is typically completed before the end of the school year, 2016 presented the new and time consuming challenge of preparing for my wedding and going on my honeymoon.  Since these "once in a lifetime" activities significantly reduced the time I typically have to edit our music videos, this year's Music Video Club will be postponed until 2nd quarter in order to allow myself enough time to finish editing our previous videos.  Previews, completed videos, and other updates will be posted on this page as the editing continues.  Thank you again for all of your patience and support!   -Mr. Capote

May 18th, 2016: Recorder Karate - Red Belt Test (Grades 3rd-5th)

Below is the music for our seventh recorder test.  "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" serves as the seventh opportunity to earn a recorder belt.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  This piece serves as an excellent song to practice breath control, reading notation, and searching for multiple patterns in the notes.


Pro Tip: This song introduces the new note "F#" (F Sharp) which is indicated by the note on the bottom space of the staff.


Bonus Pro Tip: In the past, finger holes have only been covered sequentially but the new note (F#) is played by only covering the back thumb hole and the first three holes with the left hand. Then the right hand is added by skipping the fourth hole and covering the fifth hole with the middle finger and sixth hole with the ring finger in the right hand.


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Red Belt - "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Red Belt Test is below.

April 26th, 2016: Recorder Karate - Blue Belt Test (Grades 3rd-5th)

Below is the music for our sixth recorder test.  "When the Saints Go Marching In" serves as the sixth opportunity to earn a recorder belt.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  This piece serves as an excellent song to practice reading notation and searching for multiple patterns in the notes.


Pro Tip: While the previous song (Purple Belt) introduced "D" as a new note, this song introduces the high "D" and high "C" notes which are indicated by the apostrophe next to the letter: D' and C'


Bonus Pro Tip: In the past, finger holes have only been covered sequentially and the thumb in the left hand has always remained covering the back finger hole on the recorder but the new note (C') is played by only covering the thumb hole on the back of the recorder and the second finger hole which means that the first finger (pointer) is lifted while the second finger (middle) is down.  The new note (D') is played simply by ONLY covering the second finger hole with the middle finger.  This is the first note in our curriculum that is played without covering the thumb hole on the back of the recorder.


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Blue Belt - "When the Saints Go Marching In"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Blue Belt Test is below.

April 25th, 2016: Big Thanks to Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.

Our students delight in the opportunity to play different instruments and enjoy learning about the cultural origins of them. Our school is currently in its third year of operation so we are still trying to build a fun and diverse inventory of musical instruments. Many students come to music class not just to learn about music but to discover which instruments may inspire further exploration on their part. As their music teacher, I feel it is my duty to provide them with as many different instruments as possible to help them make the best choices when it comes to selecting an instrument to pursue further.


With a new collection of international percussion instruments, students will learn more about percussion instruments and how they are played around the world. This will lead to discussions that inspire a dialog about music on an international scale with a focus on percussion which is the foundation of our K-5th grade music curriculum. 


To help ensure that our students have the materials they need to succeed, a DonorsChoose.org classroom request was created which allows anyone to donate and within hours, Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc. from Deerfield Beach, FL gave enough to fund the entire project!


Thank you so much, KTBA!

-Mr. Capote

April 19th, 2016: Recorder Karate - Purple Belt Test (Grades 3rd-5th)

Below is the music for our fifth recorder test.  "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" serves as a recorder review for some students and as the fifth opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  This piece serves as an excellent song to practice reading notation and searching for multiple patterns in the notes.


Pro Tip: While this song does feature a new note ("D"), it also re-introduces the previously learned note "B" and for this reason students can keep in mind that they will be playing a total of five different notes in this piece.  Something tricky to watch out for is the new rhythms which feature a quarter note rest and a dotted half note (3 beats).


Bonus Pro Tip: The entire song only consists of two different patterns with the exception of one line that is primarily comprised of the same note.  Each pattern repeats three times.


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Purple Belt - "Old MacDonald Had A Farm"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Purple Belt Test is below.

RECORDER KARATE - PURPLE BELT TEST :
"Old MacDonald Had A Farm"

April 4th, 2016: Kindergarten Graduation Song!

The beginning of fourth quarter marks the end of this school year which means that it's also time for all of our kindergarteners to start practicing their graduation song. At the risk of ruining the surprise, our little soon-to-be first graders need to start rehearsing their song at home as well as in school so (spoiler alert) I'm excited to announce that this year's kindergarten class song is to the tune of "The Banana Boat Song" (aka: "Day Oh!") by Harry Belafonte and the updated lyrics for kindergarten are posted below:


Kindergarten Graduation Song: First Grade!

First! Grade! Time for first grade!

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!

First! Yes, in first! Yes, in first! We’ll be first!

We’ll be first! We’ll be first graders soon!

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!


Learn all year long and have some fun.

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!

Our time in kindergarten’s done!

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!


Come Mr. Principal, tally all my good grades.

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!

Come Mr. Principal, tally all my good grades.


First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!

Now 1st, then second, and third, fourth, fifth!

Middle school's just a hop and a skip.​

It’s 1st, then second, and third, fourth, fifth!

Middle school's just a hop and a skip.​


First! We’ll be starting first grade!

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!

First! We’ll be first! We’ll be first! We’ll be first graders soon!

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!


A beautiful bunch of kindergarteners,

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!

Now we are all, one school year smarter,

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!


Now 1st, then second, and third, fourth, fifth!

Middle school's just a hop and a skip.​

It’s 1st, then second, and third, fourth, fifth!

Middle school's just a hop and a skip.​


First! We’ll be starting first grade!

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!

First! We’ll be first! We’ll be first! We’ll be first graders soon!

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!


Come Mr. Principal, tally all my good grades.

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!

Come Mr. Principal, tally all my good grades.

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!


First! Grade! Time for first grade!

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!

First! Yes, in first! Yes, in first! We’ll be first!

We’ll be first! We’ll be first graders soon!

First grade comes, I don't wanna go home!

March 31st, 2016: New Videos Online from Music Video Club!

As we prepare for our fourth quarter Music Video Club, it is a pleasure to premier a few more new videos from earlier in the school year.  The second and third quarter videos are still in their editing and revision stages but there are still a couple fun videos that are now available for viewing.


The first video is the blooper reel from Ray Parker Jr.'s theme from "Ghostbusters" which was completed with the first quarter club.  The second video is the official trailer for our third quarter video.


These videos may be viewed by visiting our FACC Music Video Club Film Hub or by clicking on the links below:


FACC 2015-2016

1st Quarter Music Video Club Presents: "Ghostbusters Theme (Blooper Reel)


FACC 2015-2016

3rd Quarter Music Video Club Presents: "Jedi Training Academy" (Official Trailer)


FACC 2015-2016 2nd Quarter Music Video Club Premier:    COMING SOON!

FACC 2015-2016 3rd Quarter Music Video Club Premier:     COMING SOON!

FACC 2015-2016 4th Quarter Music Video Club Premier:     NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS!

March 17th, 2016: Recorder Karate - Green Belt Test (Grades 3rd-5th)

Below is the music for our fourth recorder test.  "It's Raining" serves as a recorder review for some students and as the fourth opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  This piece serves as an excellent song to practice reading notation and searching for multiple patterns in the notes.


Pro Tip: While this song does feature a new note ("E"), it also omits the previously learned note "B" and for this reason students can keep in mind that the thumb, middle, and pointer finger in the left hand will remain over the finger holes for the entire song.  Something tricky to watch out for is the new rhythm which features two consecutive eighth notes.


Bonus Pro Tip: The entire song only consists of two different patterns.  One pattern repeats twice and the other pattern repeats three times.


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Green Belt - "It's Raining"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Green Belt Test is below.

RECORDER KARATE - GREEN BELT TEST: "IT'S RAINING"

February 29th, 2016: Family Fun Saturday!

Family Fun Saturday is THIS SATURDAY March 5th. Come join us for a day of fun with old school field day activities, a car wash, food, and the highly anticipated Old School Gentlemen VS. the New School Boys Basketball Team. We will also be pre-selling meals. Please RSVP to the link below!

http://evite.me/FHyay5dJ57

February 16th, 2016: Ocarina Fingering Chart - Second Grade

Keeping the box that came with our STL ocarinas is important not only because it protects the ocarina but because it includes a fingering chart printed on the bottom of the box.  This fingering chart shows which finger holes to cover in order to play the notes we will be studying in class.  If anything happens to your ocarina box, try your best to save the fingering chart on the bottom but if you can no longer save it or have lost or already thrown away your ocarina box, feel free to save and print the ocarina fingering chart shown below.  The chart below will serve as a very valuable learning tool for the remainder of the school year so please feel free to contact me if you need the chart and have any issues saving or printing it.


12 HOLE SOPRANO OCARINA FINGERING CHART:

February 9th, 2016: Recorder Karate - Orange Belt Test (Grades 3rd-5th)

Below is the music for our third recorder test.  "Merrily We Roll Along" serves as a recorder review for many students and as the third opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  


Pro Tip: Unlike "Gently Sleep", this song never skips any notes which means that each note will always be proceeded by either the note before or after it.  Something tricky to watch out for is the "B" after the fourth measure because after playing the three "B" notes in the fourth measure, a common habit is to prepare for the upcoming "A" but looking ahead to the next measure on the second line will reveal that there is still one more "B" that needs to be played before moving on to the "A" in the fifth measure.


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Orange Belt - "Merrily We Roll Along"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Orange Belt Test is below.

RECORDER KARATE - ORANGE BELT TEST: "Merrily We Roll Along"

February 2nd, 2016: Recorder Karate - Yellow Belt Test (Grades 3rd-5th)

Below is the music for our second recorder test.  "Gently Sleep" serves as a recorder review for many students and as the second opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  


Pro Tip: The fourth measure on each line requires a skip from "B" to "G" to make sure that both the middle and ring fingers in the left hand land at the same time when transitioning from the "B" to the "G".


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - Yellow Belt - "Gently Sleep"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - Yellow Belt Test is below.

RECORDER KARATE - YELLOW BELT TEST: "Gently Sleep"

January 28, 2016: 2nd-5th Grade Students MUST Bring Their Instruments

Since the weeks right before winter break, students in second grade were made aware that they would need to purchase an ocarina flute to bring to Music Class for the remainder of the school year.  During that same time, students in third, fourth, and fifth grade were told that they would need to bring their recorder flutes to Music Class for the remainder of the school year.  Since this is now our third Music Class of the third quarter, this reminder is being posted for the various students are still have not brought their instrument to Music Class.  As a result, many third quarter interim reports will indicate that certain students no longer have an "A" in Music Class since they have not brought their ocarina (2nd grade) or recorder (3rd-5th grades) to Music Class.


Since these instruments are our instructional focus for the remainder of the school year, it is crucial that each student come to Music Class prepared with their instrument in order to receive a passing participation grade.  Ocarinas and recorder flutes may be purchased with a $10 check or money order made payable to: Franklin Academy.  These instruments have been made available two students for over a month now so please take the necessary actions to ensure that your child comes to Music Class prepared with their instrument.


Hint: Most students have P.E. the day before they have Music so when they have P.E., this may serve as a good reminder to pack those ocarinas and recorders for Music Class the following day.


If you have any difficulty purchasing these instruments, please do not hesitate to contact me!

January 18th, 2016: Recorder Karate - White Belt Test (Grades 3rd-5th)

Below is the music for our first recorder test.  "Hot Cross Buns" serves as a recorder review for many students and as the first opportunity to earn a recorder belt for others.  Students are encouraged to practice this song slowly and carefully while making sure to play each note by making a "tu" sound to ensure that every note is played clearly.  


An online lesson for this song is available here:

Recorder Karate - White Belt - "Hot Cross Buns"


Video lessons for more upcoming songs are available at YouCanPlayIt.com by clicking this link:

http://www.youcanplayit.com/recorder-karate-songs/


As we progress through the Recorder Karate curriculum, more songs will be available here with video supplements at the website shown above so don't forget to check in for updated sheet music and more details!


Recorder Karate - White Belt Test is below.

RECORDER KARATE - WHITE BELT TEST: "Hot Cross Buns"

January 11th, 2016: Recorder Fingering Chart for Grades 3rd, 4th, & 5th

Although our Yamaha soprano recorders do include a paper with a complete fingering chart, the colorful chart shown below offers a simpler view of which finger holes to cover on the recorder in order to play the notes shown below.  Remember that if a circle is not colored then it means to leave that corresponding finger hole uncovered.  If a circle is colored in, then it means to cover that finger hole.  The hole shown to the left of each recorder diagram represents the hole on the bottom of the recorder and should be covered by the thumb in the left hand if that circle is colored in on one of the diagrams below.


Using Google Images with the search phrase "soprano recorder fingering chart" will also generate even more images of fingering charts for the soprano recorder.  It is important for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to familiarize themselves with how to play the notes below since we will be utilizing those notes to play new songs in class.


Please remember to keep those recorder flutes in each backpack so they are not forgotten on the day for Music Class.  Students who do not bring their recorder to Music Class will receive a progressively lower grade for each day they do not bring their recorder so please make any necessary arrangements to assure that recorder flutes 

SOPRANO RECORDER FINGERING CHART:

January 4th, 2016: Curriculum Updates

The Music K - 5 Curriculum has been recently updated and is available for viewing by clicking this link: Franklin Academy Cooper City: Music K - 5 Curriculum (2015-2016)


This curriculum guide provides an easy and concise summary of what has been covered in our K - 5 music program from the beginning of the school year up to today!  Additional updates will be made as the school year progresses so feel free to check back in to see what's happening next!

January 1st, 2016: Happy New Year!

The beginning of third quarter brings the happy chimes of the glockenspiel for kindergarten and first graders, the mellow tones of the ocarina for second graders, and the lively whistle of the recorder flute for third, fourth, and fifth graders.  As we continue our adventure in reading music notes and exploring these exciting instruments, it is imperative that all second graders remember to always bring their ocarinas to Music Class and all third, fourth, and fifth graders remember to bring their recorder flutes to Music Class.  Since these instruments will be our instructional focus for the remainder of the year, their grades in Music Class will derive from the preparation and participation in bringing and playing these instruments to class.  Kindergarten and first graders will share a class set of glockenspiels (aka: xylophones) since those are not wind instruments and thus do not present any sanitary concerns so they will not be required to bring any additional instruments to Music Class but all second graders must come prepared with their ocarinas and third - fifth graders must all come prepared with their recorder flutes if they wish to earn a passing grade.  Images and descriptions of each instrument are available in the post below this one.  Ocarinas and recorder flutes are available at Franklin Academy and may be purchased with a $10 check or money order made payable to: Franklin Academy.  Order forms are available in the Elementary Music Room (Room 215).  Order forms are also available via e-mail upon request.

December 17th, 2015: Third Quarter Awakens!

As we prepare to begin the new year, third quarter brings many new activities, adventures, and surprises for our Franklin Academy students!


Kindergarten and first grade students will begin to read and play notes on the treble clef music staff as they begin their glockenspiel/xylophone curriculum. (shown below)

Second graders are rushing to turn in their ocarina order forms and payments ($10 check or money order made payable to: Franklin Academy) to ensure that they have their ocarinas ready to begin learning how to play this fun and exciting wind instrument! (shown below)

And third, fourth, and fifth graders are cleaning up their recorders and also turning in their recorder order forms and payments ($10 check or money order made payable to: Franklin Academy) to prepare for another exciting level of our Recorder Karate curriculum. (shown below)

Each of these instruments are designed to offer students a simple and fun introduction to reading music notes which is a skill that they may also apply in playing any other musical instruments they may choose to pursue in the future!

October 31st, 2015: First Quarter Music Video Club Premier!

After a very productive first quarter, the FACC Music Video Club is proud to premier the 2015-2016 First Quarter music video!  This video features Ray Parker Jr.'s theme from "Ghostbusters" and may be viewed by visiting our FACC Music Video Club Film Hub or by clicking on the link below:


FACC 2015-2016 First Quarter Music Video Club Presents: "Ghostbusters Theme"

October 26th, 2015: Drumming Through 2nd Quarter

The second quarter of our school year is a busy time full of note reading exercises, new music instruments, featured musicians, games, exciting new videos, and the much awaited opportunity to play the drums.  While first quarter focused primarily on an introduction to reading rhythm notation and playing the rhythm sticks, second quarter promises to take this one step further by incorporating the "frame drum" made by Remo.  The frame drum is one of the most ancient musical instruments and is reputed to be the first drum to be invented.

These drums serve as a fun and challenging means of strengthening note reading skills in preparation for playing the ocarina (2nd graders) and recorder flutes (3rd-5th graders) which will begin after winter break at the start of third quarter.


Please make a note that order forms for the ocarinas and recorder flutes will be sent home a couple weeks prior to winter break.  Each instrument will cost $10 each and may be purchased with a check or money order along with a completed order form.  Once you receive the order form, it is imperative to submit all order forms and payments before winter break to ensure that students are able to receive their ocarinas or recorders upon returning to school in January.


More details will be posted here as second quarter progresses!

August 18th, 2015: Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

Happy back-to-school, everyone!  As we kick off this school year, please remember to check in here for any updates on policies and changes in our Music K-5 curriculum.  This page is your hub for the K - 5 music program at Franklin Academy Cooper City.  You can check in here for information on music curriculum, any supplies you need to purchase, any music donations we accept, upcoming events, sheet music for the songs we will learn in class, photos, and any updates about Music Club, Music Video Club, and Lego Club.  We're all looking forward to another epic school year full of music and excitement!

July 1st, 2015: FACC Music Video Club - "Now Streaming!"

The Franklin Academy Cooper City Music Video Club is proud to unveil its newest online hub where you can click on links to view all of the videos created by our talented Music Video Club members!  All of the videos are currently streaming and accessible by either clicking on the "Music Video Club" link on the menu bar at the top of this page or by simply clicking the link shown below:

The Franklin Academy Music Video Club's Film Hub


I'd like to thank everyone for all their contributions and patience.  We all look forward to making even more fun and creative videos for the 2015-2016 school year.  Club registration dates and more info coming soon!

May 15, 2015: 4th Quarter Wrap-Up!

I've had a lot of ambitious students request the "blue belt" song so without further delay, the blue belt song is posted below and features two new notes!

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2nd - 5th Grade Recorder Karate: Blue Belt Performance Test (Song #6)

April 14, 2015: New Recorder Songs on the Horizon!

Many students are asking about the upcoming songs that we will be learning on our recorders so below you'll find music for the purple belt song which is "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" and features the introduction of the new note "D" which is also shown on the diagram below.

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2nd - 5th Grade Recorder Karate: Purple Belt Performance Test (Song #5)

March 30, 2015: Welcome Back From Spring Break!

After this restful and productive break, it feels fantastic to come back to all the happy and smiling faces. While many students in 2nd - 5th grade are still working on their orange belt song, some students had some very productive practice time over break and are ready to start practicing for their green belt. Below you'll find the music for our green belt performance test. In addition to using this website as a resource, always keep in mind that cross-referencing these songs on YouTube may also lead you to some additional helpful resources such as instruction and demonstration videos for many of the songs. As usual, student grades for 2nd - 5th are based on performance grades and a participation grade that's determined by whether or not a student brings their recorder flute to class so please take any necessary measures to ensure that our students come prepared with their recorder flutes to every Music Class.

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2nd - 5th Grade Recorder Karate: Green Belt Performance Test (Song #4)

March 9, 2015: Mr. Capote's Fourth Quarter Clubs

A big thanks goes out to everyone that registered and participated in our third quarter clubs which ended last week. Club registration forms for fourth quarter were sent home last week so if you haven't received one, please ask your child's teacher or simple click the link below to save and print your own copy of the fourth quarter club registration form:

Franklin Academy Cooper City - 4th Quarter Club Registration Form


Music Video Club

If your child has registered for Music Video Club for any of the sessions during this school year, you will receive a DVD with the music videos for all four quarters by the end of the year. Thanks so much for your support and patience!


Below you'll see the schedule for 4th quarter clubs

which will run from Monday, March 30th to Thursday, May 21st:


Weekly Club Schedule

(Note: all clubs are from 2:45pm - 4pm)

Monday: 2nd - 5th Grade Music Club

Tuesday: Music Video Club (3rd - 5th)

Friday: Master Builders' Club (2nd - 5th Lego)


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2nd - 5th Grade Recorder Karate: Orange Belt Performance Test (Song #3)

January 28, 2015: Mr. Capote's Third Quarter Clubs

I'd like to thank everyone that has registered for Music Club, Music Video Club, and our new Friday club for master builders (Lego). Below you'll find some updates about each of these clubs.


Weekly Club Schedule

(Note: all clubs are from 2:45pm - 4pm)

Monday: 2nd & 3rd Grade Music Club

Tuesday: Music Video Club

Thursday: 4th & 5th Grade Music Club

Friday: Master Builders' Club (Lego)


Music Club

Our Monday and Thursday Music Clubs have been learning about instruments such as the electric bass guitar and hollow body electric guitar. Students have practiced accompanying these instruments by playing along with various rhythms on drums of assorted shapes and sizes. Students are encouraged to bring their colored markers along with any another supplies for our upcoming project where they will be creating and decorating their own percussion shakers made with uncooked rice and the cardboard center tube from paper towel rolls.


Music Video Club

We are currently on our second week of filming for our latest production which the students have voted on and selected. This quarter will feature a music video for the song "U Can't Touch This". Students are encouraged to bring sunglasses, brightly colored clothing (especially neon colors), parachute pants (if anyone actually still has a pair), fun hats, wigs, and any early 90's style clothing or props. Any type of colored lights or appropriate props are also welcomed. DVDs of the completed video production will be distributed before the end of the school year.


Attention 1st & 2nd Quarter Music Video Club Parents:

Your DVDs of the 1st & 2nd Quarter music videos are currently in production. They will be distributed to the students as soon as they are completed. Thank you so much for your patience!


Master Builders' Club (Lego)

Welcome and thank you for all of your support with registrations and donations for this new and exciting club! As we venture into our second week of club, the building skills and creativity of our young master builders will be challenged even more with their upcoming build challenges. The first day of club began with a historical overview of the Lego company and concluded with their first build challenge. Every student was given a cup filled with various pieces and they were challenged to create any type of vehicle by utilizing the pieces in their cup. Check back in to this page for pictures of their original creations and more exciting updates!

January 25, 2015: Third Quarter Updates (K-5)

As we kick off 2015, many fun and exciting events and activities lay ahead for our students.

Below you'll find third quarter updates for grades K-1st and 2nd-5th.


Grades K-1st

Third quarter for grades K - 1st takes their music note reading skills to the next level by incorporating the ability to read the note value of standard music notation in addition to the rhythm value of the notes which was previously covered and practiced in first and second quarter. Instead of simply identifying notes as quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, etc., now students will also identify what letter each note is, based on where it falls on the music staff. Beyond just identifying the notes, students are now challenged to locate and play the notes that they read by playing an eight note glockenspiel much like the one pictured at the top of this page. Students practice on the glockenspiels (also recognized as "xylophones") by reading and playing simple two line songs comprised of the notes B, G, and A. As the school year continues, students will be challenged to play more complex melodies comprised of a more varied selection of notes and rhythms.


The glockenspiels are provided as a class set that stays in school but anyone that wishes to purchase a glockenspiel for practice at home is encouraged to check out any basic eight note glockenspiel in the key of C. Students are not required to purchase their own glockenspiels but for any that express a strong interest, many different kinds are available online. Hohner makes one similar to the ones used in class and may be purchased here:

  Hohner 8-Note Glockenspiel on Amazon.com

Grades 2nd - 5th

Playing the recorder flute comprises the bulk of our curriculum for 2nd - 5th grade throughout the third and fourth quarter of the school year. A letter was sent home with students just before our winter break that explained our recorder curriculum in greater detail and the bottom of the letter included a section for students to order a recorder by filling out the order form and returning it along with a check or money order for $10 made payable to Franklin Academy. While many students either purchased their new recorder flutes or are bringing in their flutes from previous years, there are still several students who have never brought a recorder flute to class. It is important to note that every 2nd - 5th grade student receives a grade in music class based on their performance of the songs from our "Recorder Karate" curriculum and whether or not they bring their recorder to class. In short, all 2nd - 5th grade students need a suitable recorder flute in order to receive a passing grade in music class.


Students receive 100% for their weekly grade every time they come to music class with their recorder flute. If a student forgets to bring their flute one day, they receive a 90% for that week and if they forget it the next time, they receive an 80% for the second consecutive music class, a 70% for the third and their daily grade continues to drop by 10% for every consecutive day where they do not bring their flute to class. If a student has a lower grade because they had consecutive weeks where they did not bring their recorder flute to class, they may boost their grade by consistently bringing their recorder to music class and by scoring 100% on their performance tests. Every time students learn a new song to play for a performance grade, the song will be displayed in class and on this website. The last two songs are available here by simply scrolling down. Their first performance grade is earned by performing "Hot Cross Buns" which they play to earn their white belt and their second performance grade is earned by performing "Gently Sleep" which they play to earn their yellow belt.


Since music is an art form, it must be graded as such so students are allowed infinite opportunities to test for all of their performance songs. Students simply continue to test for each song until they are able to perform the given song with a satisfactory level of proficiency. Upon performing at that level, they receive 100% as their performance grade for that song. With that in mind, please note that when reviewing students' music grades online, any grade below 100% is simply due to the student not bringing their recorder to class and has no correlation to their talent or ability as musicians. If you are concerned about your child's grade in music class, here are some helpful tips to ensure their success:

1. Have them put their recorder flutes in their backpacks the day before they have music class.

2. Remind them to always put their recorders in their backpacks after they're done practicing.

3. Put the recorder flute somewhere visible in the car on the day before music class.

4. Leave a note on the inside of the front door that says, "Don't Forget Your Recorder!"

5. Purchase two recorder flutes: one to keep at home and one to keep in class.


Below you will see the music notation that we reviewed and read in class for the first two songs covered on recorder. More songs will be posted on this page as the school year progresses. If you wish to print any of the songs at home, we recommend right clicking each image, saving the image and then printing the saved image. This will avoid the entire website being printed and ensure that you only print the desired song.


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2nd - 5th Grade Recorder Karate: Yellow Belt Performance Test (Song #2)





















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2nd - 5th Grade Recorder Karate: White Belt Performance Test (Song #1)

December 4th, 2014: Winter Break Approaches!

A big congratulations goes out to all of our thankful kindergarten students after their triumphant performance at their Fall Feast. We're all very proud of how quickly they learned all their songs and how well they performed each one!


In other news, in these weeks before our Winter break, students in grades K - 5 will be practicing their rhythm skills by playing the long awaited drums! During this time, the order forms are also available in my room for any students who need to purchase recorder flutes. We will begin our recorder curriculum upon our return from Winter break so it is crucial that every student have a recorder by that time since their grade in music class will be based on their performance and participation with their recorder flutes.


MUSIC CLUB & MUSIC VIDEO CLUB

More info coming soon!


October 27th, 2014: The Dawn of a New Quarter

After a successful first quarter, many exciting things are on the horizon for our 2014-2015 school year. Students have been expanding their knowledge and exposure to a variety of instruments that include bongos, congas, rhythm sticks, stringed instruments from other countries (during Hispanic Heritage week), as well as histories and demonstrations of various electric and acoustic guitars.


Second quarter will focus on solidifying a stronger grasp of rhythm notation which will include the introduction of "rests" in addition to reviewing the beats covered in first quarter. Students will also have the opportunity to interact by showing their mastery of reading rhythm notation through playing multiple types of hand drums in various sizes.


Many students and parents have inquired about when we will begin our Recorder Karate curriculum and when recorders will be available for purchase. The time is fast approaching but rest assured that students will have ample time to purchase their Yamaha Soprano Recorders (now available in translucent green, teal, and pink!). Parents and students can check in right here for updates on when we will begin Recorder Karate and students will receive the recorder order form several weeks in advance.


MUSIC CLUB & MUSIC VIDEO CLUB

I'd like to extend a big thanks to all of our Music and Music Video Club members from first quarter and all of our returning friends for second quarter in addition to welcoming all of our new members as well! Since our first quarter Music Video Club was significantly shorter than usual due to testing and early release days, DVD duplication is still in process but as soon as they're ready, all first quarter Music Video Club members will receive a DVD copy of their video. As always, students are encouraged to bring a USB flash drive with over a gig of free space if they'd like a digital copy of the video before the DVD copies are complete.


As a reminder, please keep in mind that the second quarter club schedule is as follows:

SECOND QUARTER CLUB SCHEDULE

Music Club (2nd & 3rd grades): Monday

MUSIC VIDEO CLUB: TUESDAY

Music Club (4th & 5th grades): Thursday



October 1st, 2014: First Quarter Wrap Up!

Our Franklin Falcons are off to a great start this year after a visit from Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir and a fantastic kick-off to reading music rhythm notation with body percussion and rhythm sticks! Congratulations to all the boys who auditioned. Keep in mind that the FSSB has multiple opportunities for future auditions and any additional information may be found here:

http://www.singingsons.org/


MUSIC CLUB & MUSIC VIDEO CLUB:

A big thanks goes out to everyone that signed up for Music Club (2nd & 3rd grade) on Mondays, Music Club (4th & 5th grade) on Tuesdays, and Music Video Club (2nd-5th grade) on Thursdays! Registration for our second quarter session is fast approaching so with that in mind, please make a note of our most significant scheduling change shown below.


SECOND QUARTER CLUB SCHEDULE

Music Club (2nd & 3rd grades): Monday

MUSIC VIDEO CLUB: TUESDAY

Music Club (4th & 5th grades): Thursday


As shown in the schedule above, Music Video Club is being moved from Thursdays to Tuesdays and Music Club for 4th & 5th grade is being moved from Tuesdays to Thursdays. My apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but since Music Video Club requires more time for planning, filming, and editing, this change was made in order to maximize the amount of days for Music Video Club by avoiding any holidays or early release days that typically occur on Thursdays.


August 25th, 2014: FIRST WEEK OF BENCHMARK TESTING!

As our Franklin Falcons ascend into the 2014-2015 school year, it's very important to us that we have a strong start with our first round of benchmark testing this week.  As usual during benchmark testing, music class will be on hold for this week but rest assured that I will still be visiting certain classrooms for a small sample of music time throughout the week.  Once we conclude this initial benchmark testing period, all schedules will return to normal which includes Music and any other specials.


MUSIC CLUB & MUSIC VIDEO CLUB:

I'd like thank everyone that signed up for Music Club (2nd & 3rd grade) on Mondays, Music Club (4th & 5th grade) on Tuesdays, and Music Video Club (2nd-5th grade) on Thursdays!  Clubs for our first quarter session will begin on Tuesday Sept. 2nd so I look forward to seeing all of my new and returning music club members!  All club registration forms and payments are due by Thursday, August 28th this week.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or any corresponding club coordinator.

Yes, the drums are already set up and ready to rock!


This year will feature drums, percussion, glockenspiels, recorders, after school Music Clubs and some other surprises as well!


We are all looking forward to starting the 2014-2015 school year off on a high note!

August 18th, 2014: WELCOME TO THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR!

Greetings and salutations to all of our new friends as well as our returning Franklin Academy rock stars!  This year's K-5 Music Class at Franklin Academy Cooper City is full of fun new songs, instruments, and even some surprises.  In order to ensure the best and most productive school year, parents are encouraged to review teacher "wish lists" such as the one on this website under the "Class Wish List" section which is also available here: Mr. Capote's Music Class Wish List


Any contributions you can make for supplies and teaching materials will be greatly appreciated and in addition to the usual classroom supplies such as paper towels, tissue boxes, markers, pencils, pens and cleaning supplies, parents are also encouraged to donate any instruments or music supplies such as books, cables, speakers, amplifiers, vinyl records (yes, we have a record player), and any other music related items that may need a good home.


What does my child need for music class?

Excellent question!

Requirements will vary for each grade as the school year progresses and any updates will be posted right here on this page but for now, students in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades will only need the following:

-Writing Utensil (pencil, pen, crayon, washable marker)

-Music Folder (any type of durable folder with pockets)

-Notebook Paper (to be kept in Music Folder for taking notes)

-Clipboard for 2nd-5th grade (optional)


Any students that may have difficulty writing by placing paper on top of their music folders and writing on their lap, are encouraged to also bring a clipboard with them to Music Class. While music stands are often provided as a writing surface, the texture of the music stands create a bumpy writing surface so bringing a clipboard with paper to class will always ensure a secure and comfortable writing surface.


As the school year progresses, you can always check in on this page for any updates and current events related to the Franklin Academy Cooper City Music Class.  Sheet music for recorder flutes will be posted here as well.  Feel free to scroll down and read some of the previous updates if you'd like a better idea of the information that will be updated on this page.


Thank you for your encouragement and support!

Go Franklin Falcons!

August 15th, 2014: 2014-2015 Music Clubs!

Yes, Music Clubs are back and better than ever!

All clubs are scheduled to start after the first two weeks of school so registration begins immediately. Club registration forms are available in the front office and the details for Music Clubs are as follows:

Mondays: Music Club for 2nd & 3rd Graders from 2:45pm-4pm ($75 per quarter)

Tuesdays: Music Club for 4th & 5th Graders from 2:45pm-4pm ($75 per quarter)

Thursdays: Music Video Club for 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders from 2:45pm-4pm ($90 per quarter)


Below are some brief descriptions of each club:

Music Club (Mondays & Tuesdays)

The “Music Club” will provide a forum for students to learn about the fundamentals of music, an overview of various instruments and genres, and the incorporation of music in film in a manner that allows students to explore these topics beyond what is covered during class time. Students will also explore their musical abilities with other similarly talented students with the greater goal of preparing the students for performance scenarios and instilling them with the knowledge, ethics, and practices needed to successfully compose music, record music, and perform with other students unified as a band of ambitious musicians. NOTE: This club will not serve as an opportunity for parents to enroll students to learn how to play a new instrument from scratch. Students must exhibit some prior knowledge of music and/or an instrument to enlist in this club as a means of further pursuing what they have already begun to explore. Any parent contribution of instruments and equipment is welcomed!


Music Video Club (Thursdays)

The “Music Video Club” will give students an opportunity to explore their musical abilities and more with a focus on video production. They will be able to share these interests with other similarly talented students with the central goal of creating a professional music video. NOTE: This club will not serve as an opportunity for parents to enroll students to learn how to play a new instrument from scratch and this club will not require students to participate in the editing and mastering aspect of the audio or video. Students do not necessarily need to exhibit prior knowledge of music and/or an instrument to enlist in this club but it would be beneficial. The goal of this club is to produce the finished product of a four to five minute music video. Any parent contribution of instruments, equipment, and supplies is welcomed!


Registration forms available in the front office will also contain additional info about payment and start/ending dates for the first quarter session.

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May 28th, 2014: 2ND-5TH GRADE RECORDER FLUTE TESTS

Congratulations to all of the 2nd through 5th grade students that have either already earned or are very close to earning their green belts for playing the song "It's Raining" on recorder! Below you'll see our next song, "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" which will be the test to earn the purple belt on recorder. This song utilizes the notes "B", "A", "G" and "E" from the previous songs but also adds the new note "D" which is played by using all the same fingers used for playing "E" plus adding the ring finger in the right hand as shown in the diagram below. This song also introduces a new rhythm containing quarter rests and dotted half notes! Since the end of the school year is upon us, this song is being introduced as a Summer learning assignment to ensure that students continue practicing their recorders over the break so good luck and HAPPY SUMMER!

May 28th, 2014:

Recorder

Song #05

Old MacDonald

(Purple Belt)

May 1st, 2014: MUSIC CLASS IS BACK IN ACTION!

After this year's successful round of FCAT testing, it's time to commend our diligent students for continuing to "make their mark" by committing to put forth their best efforts throughout the past couple weeks. As we return to our usual school schedules it is crucial to continue practicing the most recently introduced recorder songs (shown below) as well as all of the previous recorder songs to ensure the best possible transition out of our FCAT testing schedule. Any necessary reviews on how to play these songs will be available in class and all students are encouraged to come to class with any questions about how to play the songs and also to check on this page for helpful review material or tips. Keep up the great work, Falcon students and parents!

April 2nd, 2014: 2ND-5TH GRADE RECORDER FLUTE TESTS

Congratulations to all of the 2nd through 5th grade students that have either already earned or are very close to earning their orange belts for playing the song "Merrily We Roll Along" on recorder! Below you'll see our next song, "It's Raining" which will be the test to earn the green belt on recorder. This song utilizes the notes "A" and "G" from the previous songs but also adds the new note "E" which is played by using all the same fingers used for playing "G" plus adding the pointer and middle fingers in the right hand on the next two holes as shown in the diagram below. This song also introduces a new rhythm consisting of eighth notes!

April. 2nd, 2014:

Recorder

Song #04

It's Raining

(Green Belt)

March 12th, 2014: 2ND-5TH GRADE RECORDER FLUTE TESTS

Congratulations to all of the 2nd through 5th grade students that have either already earned or are very close to earning their yellow belts for playing the song "Gently Sleep" on recorder! Below you'll see our next song "Merrily We Roll Along" which will be the test to earn the orange belt on recorder. This song utilizes the same notes as "Hot Cross Buns" and "Gently Sleep" and is actually very similar to "Mary Had A Little Lamb" with the exception of one note that is omitted.


The fingering pattern for "Merrily We Roll Along" is as follows:

1-2-3-2

1-1-1

2-2-2

1-1-1

1-2-3-2

1-1-1

2-2-1-2-3

Mar. 12th, 2014:

Recorder

Song #03

Merrily We Roll Along

(Orange Belt)

February 12th, 2014: 2ND-5TH GRADE RECORDER FLUTE TESTS

Congratulations to all of the 2nd through 5th grade students that have either already earned or are very close to earning their white belts for playing the song "Hot Cross Buns" on recorder! Below you'll see our next song "Gently Sleep" which will be the test to earn the yellow belt on recorder. This song utilizes the same notes as "Hot Cross Buns" but they are simply played in a different order. Additional points also include the apostrophe or ( ) that is referred to as a "breath mark" which indicates appropriate opportunities to take a breath while playing the song.


Additional notes to keep in mind for playing clearly and accurately on recorder are the following:

1. Play with your fingers flat over the holes. You should be covering the finger holes with the area near the center of your finger print. Do not play with the very tips of your fingers!


2. Press your fingers tightly and use your right hand to hold the far end of the recorder to give you extra support while you cover the finger holes with your left hand.


3. Sit up straight and play with soft and warm breaths as if you're trying to fog up a mirror or glass.


4. Not all practice times needs to be spent actually playing the recorder. Spend some time just working on where and when to place your left hand fingers without actually blowing through the recorder. This will allow for quiet practice time as well as give you an opportunity to get a better look at what the fingers in your left hand are doing. Check for misaligned finger placement and finger holes that aren't fully covered.


5. If you wish to print the song below (or any other songs posted here), simply right click on the image of the song, click "save image as", name and save the image and then print it from your saved copy. Trying to print the song directly from this page may result in your printer trying to print the entire website.

Feb. 10th, 2014:

Recorder

Song #02

Gently Sleep

(Yellow Belt)


January 21st, 2014: 2ND-5TH GRADE RECORDER FLUTE PURCHASES

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Please keep in mind that as our "Recorder Karate" curriculum continues, we still have several students who either consistently forget to bring their recorder to class or simply have not purchased one yet. Every second through fifth grade student MUST have a recorder if they wish to pass music class. For every day that a student attends music class without their recorder, their daily participation grade goes down by ten points. As soon as they bring their recorder to class, their daily grade goes back up to 100% but until that happens, their daily participation grades will continue to drop by ten points. Currently we have several students who will soon be on their fourth consecutive week of not bringing a recorder to class which means that this week they have an 80% for their daily participation grade and if they do not bring their recorder next week, that grade will drop to a 70% and then 60% the following week. Helping your child either purchase their recorder or making sure that they bring it with them on the day they have music class will ensure that they have a 100% participation grade. You can get a copy of the recorder order form required to order recorders at the upstairs front office. Simply walk up to the front desk upstairs and ask them for a copy of the recorder order form, fill out the bottom, and send it to Room 215 (Music) along with a check or money order for $10 made payable to: Franklin Academy. Students may order two recorders and then keep one at home and one in the classroom to ensure they always have one in class or they may simply choose to always return it to their backpacks whenever they're done practicing. Reminders such as notes and weekly alarms are also helpful so let's work together to help every student get 100% each week and that will help us reach our goal of perfect recorder attendance!

Jan. 13th, 2014:

Recorder

Song #01

Hot Cross Buns

(White Belt)

January 6th, 2014: 2ND-5TH GRADE RECORDER FLUTE PURCHASES

Dear Parents and Guardians:

This week marks the beginning of our "Recorder Karate" curriculum for grades 2nd-5th. After receiving many payments and order forms for recorder purchases, there are still several students that do not have recorders. Please keep in mind that your child will not receive a passing grade in music class if they fail to bring an approved recorder flute to class on the days that they have music class. Student grades will consist of performance grades that occur every few weeks along with class participation grades that occur every time they come to music class. A large component of their participation grade is based on whether or not they bring their recorder to music class which is why many students have opted to purchase a recorder to keep at home and a second recorder to keep at school in order to prevent the possibility of forgetting to bring their recorder. All participation grades will start at an "A" and if a student consistently fails to bring their recorder to music class, their participation grade will drop by a letter grade for every consecutive week that they fail to bring their recorder. Please take any necessary measures to ensure that your child either brings their current recorder to music class or that you submit the recorder order form along with a $10 check or money order made payable to "Franklin Academy" as soon as possible.  Recorder order forms are available by request at the upstairs main office and payments along with order forms may be either dropped off at the main office or delivered directly to the Elementary Music Room (Room 215).  If you encounter any difficulty purchasing the recorder before winter break, please contact me directly so that we can ensure your child is prepared with their own recorder for the remainder of the school year. 

January 1st, 2014: THANK YOU FOR ALL THE FANTASTIC HOLIDAY PRESENTS!

To the Students, Parents, and Guardians who sent holiday gifts for Mr. Capote:

I'd like to extend my sincerest thanks to all the awesome students, parents, guardians, and anyone else that sent gifts my way this holiday season. I was very deeply moved and would have loved to send out individual "Thank You" cards to everyone but once I started opening gifts, I quickly realized that tracking everyone down would be a bit more challenging than I thought so I'm writing this post to thank all of you that sent me all of the wonderful (and in many cases delicious) gifts this winter. It truly means so much to me and I appreciate all of your kind thoughts and wishes. So to you and everyone else, I wish you all the best 2014 and look forward to continue "making our mark" as we continue this fantastic inaugural school year at the Cooper City Franklin Academy!


December 16th, 2013: 2ND-5TH GRADE RECORDER FLUTE PURCHASES

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The day we return to school from winter break will mark the beginning of our music recorder curriculum in second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. Thus far, our music curriculum has focused on introducing and familiarizing students with how to read music rhythm notation which means that we’ve played musical instruments such as drums, tambourines, rhythm sticks, and other assorted percussion instruments with the goal of reading music notes and becoming familiar with how many times or how long to play each note. After becoming more familiar with how to determine the duration of each note, the focus will soon shift to learning and practicing how to identify and locate each note on a flute that is typically referred to as the “recorder”. Our recorder curriculum is designed to present students with a foundation to reading notes that will prove equally useful with any other instruments they may choose to pursue in the future. Since learning how to read notes and play them on the recorder will be our instructional focus in second through fifth grade music class until the end of the school year, it is critical that every student come prepared with their own recorder starting on the day we return from winter break until the last music class of the school year.


Students who already own a recorder are asked to please bring their current recorder to music class as soon as possible in order to confirm that it plays the same notes and is accurately pitched to match the Yamaha YRS24B Soprano Recorders that will be used by the students who purchase a recorder from Franklin Academy. If your child is told that their current recorder will not be adequate to use in class or if they simply don’t currently own a recorder, you may purchase a Yamaha YRS24B Soprano Recorder directly from the school by simply filling out the form below and returning it to the school before we begin winter break along with a $10 check or money order (NO ONLINE PAYMENT and PAYMENT CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH LUNCH, FIELD TRIP, PTO, OR OTHER PAYMENTS), made payable to: Franklin Academy. This deadline is crucial to ensure that every student has a recorder when we begin our recorder curriculum on the first day that we return from winter break. Please keep in mind that any upcoming grades in music class will be primarily based on each student’s performance with their recorder which is why it is imperative that every student have their own recorder on the day we return from winter break. If you encounter any difficulty purchasing the recorder before winter break, please contact me directly so that we can ensure your child is prepared with their own recorder for the remainder of the school year.


December 12th, 2013: WINTER WONDERS PERFORMANCE

I'd like to thank everyone who participated, helped, and came to support and experience our first Winter Wonders Performance last night.  After many rehearsals, preparation, and fun, we were all fortunate enough to enjoy a magical night with about 30 faculty members and over 500 parents, friends, and family members that came to see the show.  The result was a rewarding and fun experience that has helped us truly make our mark this holiday season.  We all deeply appreciate all of the help, support, and participation from everyone that was a part of our Winter Wonders Performance and we all look forward to many more successful performances in the future!

December 11th, 2013: WINTER WONDERS PERFORMANCE

Dear Parents, Guardians:
Our Winter Wonders Performance is indeed this week on Wednesday Dec. 11th, starting at 7pm in the cafeteria but if you have a child performing in the show, we ask that you please come at 6pm so we have ample time to prepare and get ready to start on time.

The dress code for the 2nd-5th grade performers is anything festive and somewhat formal which means collared shirts and pants for the boys and dresses or festive tops and skirts for the girls.  Please avoid shorts, jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, or anything with words printed on it.  Patterns and/or festive colors are a safe choice.

Please ensure that your child has any print-outs with lyrics they may need for the performance and please let me know if your child is unable to attend the Winter Wonders Performance so that we can make any necessary accommodations.  Tickets for anyone not performing will be available at the door for $5 per ticket and please keep in mind that we are a NO CASH school so check or money order will be needed to purchase tickets.

Feel free to contact me via e-mail for a faster response if you have any questions.
Additionally, please keep in mind that if you wish for your child to continue participating in Music Club for the third quarter once we return from winter break, a new club registration must be submitted along with a $75 check made payable to Franklin Academy as soon as possible in order to ensure that they maintain their spot in Music Club.
Thanks and hope to see you at the show!

December 5th, 2013: WINTER WONDERS PERFORMANCE ON DEC. 11th

As we enter December, we are quickly approaching the date of our Winter Wonders Performance which will be held at 7pm on Wednesday December 11th in our school cafeteria.  Ms. Fernandez is currently selling tickets and they are available for $5 per ticket.  You can contact her directly at: [email protected]


Our plan is for the 2nd and 3rd grade Music Club students to sing "Jingle Bell Rock" and "I Want A Hippopotamus This Holiday".  The 4th and 5th grade Music Club students will be singing "Mele Kalikimaka" and 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Music Club students will all be singing "Feliz Navidad" together.


In order to ensure our best possible performance, I've sent e-mails home with file attachments that include mp3's with the music and Word documents with the lyrics for the songs that our students will be singing for this performance.  Please feel free to download and/or print any of the files to facilitate any practice time at home.  Since this Tuesday (Dec. 10th) will be our last Music Club before the performance, I'm inviting all of my 2nd and 3rd grade Monday Music Club students to attend Music Club during their usual time on Monday (Dec. 9th) as well as the following day on Tuesday (Dec. 10th), so that they will have an opportunity to rehearse with the 4th and 5th graders as well.  Please let me know if your child is unable to attend the final rehearsal on Tuesday Dec. 10th and/or the Winter Wonders Performance at 7pm on Wednesday Dec. 11th so that we can make any necessary accommodations.  Once again, Ms. Fernandez is currently selling tickets and they are available for $5 per ticket.  You can contact her directly at: [email protected]


Thanks and hope to see you on Dec. 11th and as always, please feel free to contact me with any questions!


December 4th, 2013: THIRD QUARTER MUSIC CLUB RENEWAL FORM & PAYMENT

Music Club Students and Parents,

As we near the third quarter, please keep in mind that ALL Music Club students must re-submit a new sign-up form and payment check in order to continue participating in Music Club when we return from Winter Break.  Club membership is paid on a quarterly basis so new members that wish to join the Music Club or existing members that wish to remain in Music Club must submit their payment in the form of a $75 check or money order only (NO ONLINE PAYMENT and PAYMENT CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH LUNCH, FIELD TRIP, PTO, OR OTHER PAYMENTS) made payable to Franklin Academy by Friday, December 13th, 2013 in order to participate in the Music Club for our third quarter.


If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to send a message or call the school directly: 954-780-5533

November 19th, 2013: WISH LIST UPDATE

One particularly important addition to my class Wish List is any number of personal size Dry Erase Boards w/Marker and Eraser. These small marker boards are typically about the size of a sheet of computer paper and I'd like to collect a class set of them so I can begin to incorporate them with short quizzes and written assessments in an effort to help save trees by wasting less paper. You can view and purchase them from Amazon online here:

Pack of One: $1.49

Dry Erase Board w / Marker and Eraser, 8.5 x 11

Pack of Ten: $27.80

10 Pack of Chenille Kraft Student Dry-Erase Boards (12" x 9")

Any other personal size Dry Erase Boards similar to the ones shown above are also acceptable.
Thank you so much for your help and cooperation!

November 15th, 2013: MONDAY MUSIC CLUB NOTICE

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS OF 2ND & 3RD GRADE STUDENTS IN MONDAY MUSIC CLUB:

Music Club for Monday, November 18th is rescheduled for Thursday, November 21st.  Again, there will be NO MUSIC CLUB Monday, November 18th; instead it will be held on Thursday, November 21st. Please make any necessary preparations to make sure any Monday Music Club students have a means to get home by normal dismissal time on Monday (Nov. 18th) and any necessary accommodations to get picked up by 4pm on Thursday if they wish to attend Music Club during the rescheduled time.  This change only applies for Monday, November 18th.  We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you have a great week!


October 11th, 2013: Wrapping Up The First Quarter

As our first quarter comes to a close, I urge everyone to help our students become familiar with the core musical concepts and symbols that have been the focus of these first nine weeks.  This first quarter was intended to set a strong foundation for reading and comprehending rhythms in music.  In order to properly grasp and continue expanding on music principles, it is critical to establish a strong understanding of the symbols shown below.  Most of the symbols shown below have been presented to students since the second week of school.  


Kindergarten & First Grade

Kindergarten and First grade has covered all of the notes below except for the "sixteenth" note and the only "rest" symbol that has been covered thus far is the "quarter rest".  These symbols have been presented in various songs and games that are designed to assist a child's memorization through practice and repetition.


Second to Fifth Grade

Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade have had lessons addressing all of the "notes" and "rests" shown in the diagram below with the exception of the "dotted half rest".  In addition to being prominently displayed on the board since before their first interim reports were issued, these symbols along with their names and values have been addressed in class through various games and songs that have helped to reinforce the names of these symbols, how many beats they are worth, and how to read and apply them practically when playing various beats.


Many students took detailed notes that indicate the names and values of each symbol but if you have a student that does not have these notes, I encourage you to let them copy and/or study the chart shown below in order to ensure that they will retain the necessary information to continue growing and learning as they explore their adventure in music.

In addition to covering various music notation symbols, students have also learned and played several beats that will not only expand their musical horizons but also help them to maintain a steady beat during practice, jam sessions, and musical performances.  For example, the "CORE BEAT" shown below is a simple rhythm that can be played along with progressively more complicated rhythms.  This is particularly helpful if someone accidentally "loses the beat" for a moment when playing a more complex rhythm.  If this happens during practice or a performance, students will be able to come back in with the simpler "CORE BEAT" and continue to sound in time as they play along until they are able to re-focus themselves and continue playing the original more complex beat.


Students will also receive exposure to various beats from all over the world.  One beat that was thoroughly covered in the first nine weeks is the "One Drop" which is a very integral rhythm in Reggae music.  Some of the details that were covered about this beat are shown below along with an illustration of the "CORE BEAT".  I urge students to study the information below and add it to their collection of music notes.

October 2nd, 2013: Franklin Academy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

I would like to proudly thank every student who auditioned to sing our Franklin Academy Alma Mater for our ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013. The auditions and final performance filled me with pride and excitement as I got a first-hand glimpse of just how many talented students we are lucky to have in attendance. I would also like to emphasize that any students that were not chosen for this performance should not be disappointed because the most likely reason why many students did not make it to the final audition is because we were very limited on space and time for this particular event. Every student that auditioned and did not make the final audition will have their name saved on a list to ensure that they will have a chance to participate the next time we organize a K-5th grade choir performance.


We are currently in the process of starting the Music Club for 2nd and 3rd graders on Mondays from 2:45pm-4pm and for 4th and 5th graders on Tuesday from 2:45pm-4pm so please feel free to send me a message that includes specific info such as name, age, grade, and teacher name if you are interested in this club.  Please note that the Music Club will not serve as an opportunity for parents to enroll students to learn how to play a new music instrument from scratch. Students must exhibit some prior knowledge of music and/or an instrument to enlist in this club as a means of further pursuing that which they have already begun to explore. We currently do not have any music events planned beyond the October 1st ribbon cutting ceremony but any updates will be posted here so feel free to check in regularly to see what we have planned for our very talented Franklin Academy music students!

Thank you so much!

-Mr. Pablo Capote

K-5 Music Teacher


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