Let’s Read Rhythms!

Good morning y’all! Today, I want you to keep your rhythm skills sharp! Get started with this fun rhythm challenge video from Hanover music teacher Mr. Bakeman. Mr. Bakeman is an incredible teacher who has taught me a whole lot, and you guys are going to love his rhythm challenge video! Wait for the magic word, just like in our music class:

Ok now, let’s talk time signature. Remember those numbers at the beginning of all the song we work on tell us how many beats are in each measure and what kind of note gets one beat. That last rhythm challenge was in 4/4, which means there were 4 beats in each measure. Now let’s try one in 3/4, where there will be 3 beats in each measure:

Alright 4th and 5th graders, I can hear you in my brain already saying that’s too easy…I know, I know! Here’s one for you guys to practice your syncopation-what is the time signature for these rhythms?

And one for your sixteenth notes, too. Remember, if you are using the nicknames (hopefully you’re thinking about the counts instead!) we say TA-KA-TI-KI for our 16th notes. In the video they say ti-ki-ti-ki instead, but really, if you’re clapping rhythms correctly at home that’s all I care about right now! You rock! Keep up the good work friends! Do you know what the time signature is for these?

New Year, New Mindset!

Welcome back to another great school year! This year, I hope to encourage my students that growth comes with hard work and effort, which is why I love this awesome bulletin board about growth mindset for musicians. You can find it here on Teachers Pay Teachers.



We also have a Fisher student participating in the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir this year, and they are always on the lookout for other students to participate. Check out the flyer below for more information.



Horton Hears a What?

We’re celebrating Read Across America week and Dr. Seuss day at Fisher this week! The teachers participated in a door decorating contest to Seuss-ify our school. I decorated my door like one of my favorite books, Horton Hears a Who…check it out:



We’re going to play a game of Horton Hears a What? in music on Thursday to celebrate! Students will listen to different instrument sounds and try to guess what Horton is hearing!

Back to School…Again!

Welcome back everyone! I am so excited to begin another school year at J.B. Fisher Elementary! I’m still holding it down in Room 204, with one exciting new addition to the classroom this year….a big, beautiful, new rug! Check it out:


I’ve updated our upcoming events page for all of the great performance opportunities that we have coming up this year for our students.

I am also excited to share that the VA Opera will be at Fisher on Tuesday, September 27th at 9:30 a.m. for a performance of Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Dr. Glenn Winters. We also have a 3rd grade field trip to the Richmond Symphony coming up next month. Stay tuned for more details!