Makowski Music Classroom News

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    October 2021

    In music we are growing into Musical Citizenship.


    Students will discuss how to be a good citizen in our community and in our music class. They will analyze examples of responsible and cooperative choices that good citizens make. They will connect key concepts of citizenship to grow into peaceful, collaborative music makers.


    Mastery learning goals are to develop active listening, creative movement, body rhythms and foundational singing skills.


    Our budding Musical Citizens shall engage with culturally inclusive patriotic songs:

    To practice at home, click the link below to access "Songs About America" powerpoint resource.  You may also scan the QR code. The resource includes lyrics and links to videos. Students may listen to all the songs, but should focus on their grade-level assignments outlined in the powerpoint so they can become more familiar with the music and lyrics.

    Songs About America Link 

    Songs About America QR Code


    September 2021

    Welcome Back! 

    It's 2021-22 and I am looking forward to another wonderful year in music at School 99, the Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center!

    Music Curriculum


    Music class is a special time where students can develop understanding and hands-on talents for singing, instruments, dancing and creative dramatics.
    Throughout the year students will listen to music from many cultures around the world, learn about music-fundamentals like rhythm and pitch, and may participate in classroom or school-wide performances.

    Music learning experiences are carefully tied to the schools IB Programme of Inquiry in all grade levels, as well as Common Core Standards for Music.
    Through hands on learning they will develop the IB Learner Profile to be balanced, caring, communicators, inquirers, knowledgeable, open-minded, principled, reflective, risk takers and thinkers.

    Music Class Expectations
    Students are expected to follow the school-wide rules of being Safe, Respectful, Cooperative, Active Learners in music.

    Grades are based on weekly participation and accomplishment of base-line skills.
    Attention parents of students entering 4th Grade

    If your child is interested in attending the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (BAVPA) for 5th grade, please be aware that audition dates are usually in the fall.

    I will be more than happy to write a letter of recommendation.

    Contact BAVPA for details: 816-4220.

    Parent Volunteer Opportunities

    Parents are welcome to volunteer as music class helpers (any time)  and at school concerts or other events (dates TBA).

    In the fall we usually take a field trip to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (dates TBA). Parents are provided a free ticket and may take the school bus along with students.

    Here's to a great school year!
    Please feel free to stop by the music classroom, call or email me if you would like to know more about our music program. 

    Kilissa Cissoko
    716-816-4180, x 1154