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n style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 200%;"> Welcome to

S.S. Palmer and Parkside

Elementary Music 

                                     Picasso -  Three Musicians 1921


Welcome to my page for your child's music class. This year we will be continuing to explore new skills and concepts that will help him/her with the tools to enjoy music throughout their lifetime.  We will be singing songs, playing classroom instruments, and creating our own music and movement as well as listening to a variety of styles of music from America and beyond. I am so excited to have the privilege of working with your child and hope that we together can learn about what moves us, not only physically but emotionally as well.


Please during our extended time away from each other let  your child explore the many links below to reinforce what they are learning here at school. Sharing with them the music that you love, going to concerts and plays (virtually for now), or eventually signing them up for additional music lessons, dance or theater. Please talk to your child about what we've done in class each week and let them share their new songs with you!


I miss my students and can't wait to make music again with them hopefully soon!


Musically yours,

Carole Burkhardt





Kindergarten   -  We're busy working with beat rhythm, melody, dynamics and tempo. We're also working hard on our songs for the Spring Concert May  31st at 6 PM.  I'm adding the songs to your class page with the words so you can practice them at home.


Ist grade - We are reading melodies with so and mi and la. We are reading rhythm patterns as well using regular musical notation. We've also been composing our own songs to poems. We're also working hard on our songs for the Spring Concert May 31st at 6 PM.  I'm adding the songs to your class page with the words so you can practice them at home.


2nd grade -We  have a complete pentatonic scale of pitches to read now. We know meter in duple and triple groups and we are becoming better music readers. Since we won't be in school for our concert, sing it for your parents... if you need some help download the songs that are linked on your class page!


3rd grade- We are in full swing with our recorders. It is SO important for your child to spend some time each day practicing their recorder. We have been working on 3 pitches B, A and G. and E are relatively new pitches that we are working with. We are earning our Recorder Karate Belts. Many of us have earned 4 belts already.  Our new note is dangling D. Please encourage your child to practice at home a little each day, and to bring their recorder to school on music day. Keep practicing those songs on your recorder. Remember fingers first before air. It will help you sound better when you add the air, if your fingers know where to go!

Since we won't be in school for our concert, sing it for your parents... if you need some help download the songs that are linked on your class page!


Don't forget, you can earn belts while you're home! Just send me the videos. I'll give you feedback and keep track of your progress so that when we see each other I can hand out lots of recorder belts!




4th grade - We've been singing lots of songs with syncopated rhythms. We are working with recorders again and have been working with all kinds of rhythms involving sixteenth notes.  Some of us have already tested for our brown belt!

*A great channel on youtube to check out for recorder is  You Can Play It.  Our recorders use Baroque Fingering. The music notation is there and note names are written above the notes. You can change the speed on the video by pressing the little gear in the lower right of the video box... then a pop up screen will show. Click playback speed to change speed faster (1.25, 1.5, 1.75, and 2 ), slower (0.75, 0.5, and 0.25), or normal. There are a LOT of songs you can learn this way. Have fun but try not to drive your parents crazy!!!! 


Don't forget, you can earn belts while you're home! Just send me the videos. I'll give you feedback and keep track of your progress so that when we see each other I can hand out lots of recorder belts!


5th grade  - We are learning lots about meter signatures and subdivisions of the beat. It's like a math class  in music. We're also learning about tonality and how the tonal center of the song affects the mood the song creates. We have begun to write a blues in class.

I'll post the picture of each classes words and rhythm. See if you can make up a melody for your blues using a C scale (C, D, E, F, G, A, B and C)

Remember to use some blues notes (E-flat, G-flat and B-flat in this key) I'll figure out a way for you to hear what it sounds like or you can send it to me and I'll record it and send it back to you!


6th grade - Listen to and write about 3 of your favorite songs. Send your writings to me. Be sure to include what you think the meter (duple, triple or other), tonality (major or minor) and any instrumentation that you can identify. Links to the songs will be appreciated. 




How to keep learning about music when you're not at school

     (Especially during the Corona virus shutdown)


Kindergarten/1st grade:


  Creating Music easy music games for KDG and 1st graders


Kindergarten - 4th grade:


Play online games that reinforce what we do in music

Melody Direction tell which way the melody is going up or down. 


Meteor Match a game to identify quarter notes (ta) or half notes (too-oo) 


SING!  One of my favorite music artists for kids, Tom Chapin, hosts a free kids concert every morning on Instagram  and Facebook. If you miss it live, visit  YouTube and search Mornings with Papa Tom. I've used lots of his songs for school concerts!  If you listen to any of his online concerts, please tell me your favorite songs... we can work them into class. I love all his songs!


READ POETRY and find the rhythm and rhyme!



All 3rd-6th grade:


Facetime with Composers is a really fun way to hear about the composers and their lives. Again shared with me by another music educator.


Reading which melody?   a little game to keep your eyes and ears sharp and working together in reading how music should sound. See two melodies, hear one of them and identify which is played. Instant feedback. 


Treble staff spaces A timed quiz to check how well you know the letter names of the 4 spaces of the Treble staff 


Downhill Rhythms A game that involves reading 16th note patterns. You hear a pattern and choose from 2 patterns which is playing. 



I'll be attaching a really great activity that was shared with me, to do about the Broadway Musical the Lion King. It involves watching some videos of behind the scenes activity. If you write about what character you'd like to play or have an idea about scenery or costumes. Please <a href="mailto:cburkhardt@palmerton.org">send</a> them to me. I'd love to see your work!



All 5th and 6th grade

Tumble Triads an aural game to identify if a triad is Major or minor. You have to pick the correct spelling of the triad that you hear.



For everyone:


Virtual Concerts

NPR Music is compiling a list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links out to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Some will require registration or a subscription, but most will be free, often with digital tip jars and opportunities to directly support artists by buying music and merchandise. (from the NPR page) Check it out and find something to enjoy!



The National Theatre in London will be streaming a free play every Thursday 2PM EST. 


See who in your family can get Bingo using this Music at Home Bingo Card

Chrome Lab is a website that lets you explore many different aspects of music. Some are for the more advanced students. But I encourage you to poke around the site and have some fun with the 13 different ways to play with music. These include:


      song maker - color in the blocks and it will play your song each block in the column is one step of the major scale. You can even build major triads to play along with your melody


     rhythm - echo the rhythm that the small animal plays by playing on elf the instruments of the large animal. Maybe some of you can even notate the rhythm... or play your own rhythm with the instruments of the large animal. Click on the arrow key to change animals and instruments



     melody maker - like song maker but limited to one pitch at a time. You can regulate the tempo but not the rhythm


      strings - shows how string length affects pitch.. you can click on the long or short side of the string... maybe make up your own song with that!


      chords - plays either major or minor (your choice) of the chord showing the piano keyboard. This keyboard starts on C (white keys move by the musical alphabet after G is A) You choose the tonality and press the key and it plays the chord and shows you on the keyboard what notes are playing.


     arpeggios (chords that are played one note at a time instead of simultaneously) - you choose the arpeggio to play. Colors tell you what notes are in the arpeggios. The outer circle is major, the inner circle is minor. Adjust the speed of the playing of the notes with the metronome button.



     piano roll (think of a music box) - choice of a few classical pieces... you can record your voice and it takes that wave and plays the song in your voice. Funny!

and some cool STEM ones: 

      sound waves - hold the piano key down to see the sound wave



      spectogram is so cool... you can see how sound looks. and make your own sound shape to hear its pitches. Don't miss trying this one!



The Remarkable Farkle McBride



Cello Wars




Line Writer -  line drawings set to classical music. while you're watching, be sure to listen and see if you can identify the instruments that are playing. Notice how his lines match the dynamics o f the sound, length of the note and follow repeated patterns! Let me know what you think of these line analysis!


Musication isn't new to anyone that has played boomwhacker songs with me in class. This one might be hard to do at home but you could sing along with the song, following the shape of the melody or pick a note to play along with. Use your imagination on how to do this!


Incredibox lets you create your own music with a merry crew of 7 beat boxers


HAVE FUN WITH THE BINGO CARD... Let me know which boxes you fill!


Learn and practice ukelele, recorder and rhythm reading with  Visual Music Minds you tube channel

Body percussion tutorials to some cool music. If you don't have a partner to try it with, just clap your own hands in the spot where they clap each others!

Rhythm resources to help practice reading rhythm patterns at home!

Soundtrap lets you create your own music and share it with others. The app is free. I'd love to hear your creations! 


FREE MONTH OF PIANO LESSONS  with code  PIANOATHOME  at  Busy kids do piano




Professional Orchestra Pages for Kids to explore:

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids Page

London Symphony Orchestra Play - explores the orchestra up close in 6 different compositions 

New York Philharmonic Kids Page

 San Francisco Symphony Kids


More about individual Families of Instruments:

Brass Instruments and Pitch  

Brass Instruments of the Orchestra Read about the instrument then click on its picture to hear its sound 

Percussion Instruments and Pitch

Some Percussion Instruments of the Orchestra   Read about the instrument then click on its picture to hear its sound 

String Instruments and Pitch 

String instruments of the Orchestra Read about the instrument then click on its picture to hear its sound 

Woodwind Instruments and Pitch 

Woodwind Instruments of the Orchestra  Read about the instrument then click on its picture to hear its sound 

Chinese Instruments 


Instrument Family quiz 

Music Instrument Battleship Game needs flash

Once you know all there is about the instruments of the orchestra, take this quiz



Composers and their works

Classics for Kids 6 minute podcasts generally 4 for each composer that give information about the composer and their works while his/her music plays in the background. The web page offers work sheets for each composer as well which can be done while listening to the podcast. 


TLS books worksheets and musical coloring pages

Music Tech Teacher awesome website with lots of fun games that grade your musical smarts

Music Darts Tutor A review of basic musical symbols

Music Darts Game A game to play after you feel confident in your skills

Music Symbol Battleship  needs flash

Treble Clef Staff game Matching game for naming lines and spaces of the treble clef staff

Treble Clef Note name Flash Cards Make sure that Side b is the top side




Dynamics quiz





Sphinx Kids Games for kids

Arts Alive all kinds of fun ways to learn about and experiment with music  

Soul Music for kids 

African American Spirituals and their use with the Underground Railroad

Hidden messages in African America Spirituals

Native American Music and the Navajo weaving legend

Melodies and math experiment composing music with a touch tone phone

History of the National Anthem

Popular Songs in American History



SONGS to teach about LOTS of SUBJECTS some are for purchase only, some show lyrics and some allow you to listen to the song.










Our spring concert is Thursday May 7th at S.S. Palmer in the gymnasium beginning at 7 PM.  Come join us in letting a positive attitude lead your behavior! I'm posting new recordings while we're confined at home. I hope you have your music at home! If not, just listen to your part, you can learn it that way too!  (and there's one new piece coming)



I hope you didn't miss the Music In Our Schools Month concert at the High School Auditorium on March 4, 2020 at 7 PM. We sang one selection with the Towamensing Chorus and one selection that all of the choruses in the school district sang together. This was a preview for our concert on May 7. 












Music: Expressive Sonic Design


  • The science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity
  • Vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony
  • Music is the arithmetic of sound as optics is the geometry of light.  ~ Claude Debussy
  • Mathematics is music for the mind; music is mathematics for the soul.   ~ anonymous
  • It is the only sensual pleasure without vice.  ~ Samuel Johnson
  • Music is a safe kind of high.   ~ Jimi Hendrix



Links to other musiciselementary pages:
















FREE MUSIC APPS for smart phone or iPad Users:

iPad/iPhone/iPod Music reading apps:

Let's Read Music HD LITE by Let's Read Music Team

Music Tutor (sight reading improver) by JSplash

Master in a Minute - Music Note Trainer


Droid Phone Apps:

Learn Music Notes by Ferran Caellas Puig

Note Teacher by Agent-10

Musical Note Memory Cards by Sky 11078002

Learn Musical Notes Flash Cards by Decrux Infotech.

Music Tutor Sight Read has a free version

Fun With Notes LITE




For our instrumentalists

     Free Childrens Sheet music with transpositions for B-flat (clarinet and trumpet) and E-flat (alto saxophone) instruments and simple accompaniments!



National Standards in Music Education

1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. 

2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. 

3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments. 

4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines. 

5. Reading and notating music. 

6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music. 

7. Evaluating music and music performances. 

8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts. 

9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.




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Comments (2)

Kerry Palumbo said

at 5:47 pm on Jan 31, 2010

This looks fabulous!! I can see what you were doing all weekend! :) Kerry

Carole Burkhardt said

at 2:57 am on Feb 1, 2010

Thanks Kerry. I didn't spend 'too' much time on it.... there's lots I need to do yet, but it's starting to come together.

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