Bonnie Litteral 

Music

Email: Bonnie.Litteral@ocps.net

 

Meet Bonnie Litteral

Mrs. Bonnie Litteral received her Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University in 1974, and has held the position as Princeton's music teacher since 1984.

She holds a Master's Degree in vocal performance, magna cum laude, from Boston Conservatory, and was an apprentice artist at Sante Fe Opera in 1980.

She holds Level I and II Orff certifications, and is a former president of the Central Florida Orff Chapter. Currently, she serves as president of the Central Florida Chapter of Choristers Guild, is part of the Leadership Team for OCPS music teachers and is a committee person and former chair of the OCPS Honor Festival.

Mrs. Litteral was selected as Teacher of the Year at Lake Helen School (1978) and at Princeton Elementary in 1985. She is included in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities (1973-74) and in Who's Who Among American Teachers (1998).

Additionally, Mrs. Litteral is active in her church, serving on the Worship Committee, Ladies Tea Committee and the Adult Choir. She also directs three children's choirs at Oakland Presbyterian Church. She is married and has three children, all Princeton Elem. graduates and three grandchildren.  

 

Class Goals and Expectations

 

How often is music class scheduled?

 

Princeton Elementary students come to the music room according to the following schedule:

Pre-school – 30 minutes once a week.

Kindergarten through fifth grade - 40 minutes once a week.

In addition, we offer the following performance groups:

Chorus – open to all third, fourth and fifth graders. No auditions. Meets after school. Activity bus provided.

Fourth Grade Recorder & Fifth Grade Recorder Ensembles – No experience needed. Meets before school.

Orff Mallet Ensemble – Audition only group for 4th/5th graders. Meets before school.

 

What will we study?

 

In music class we study rhythm, melody, form, dynamics, harmony, timbre, meter, and style. We concentrate on learning to sing in tune and on reading simple notation and rhythms. Each month, we learn about a new composer. Music at Princeton is a sequential experience. Each year’s studies are built on previously learned skills, just as in a regular classroom.

Lessons are taught through the Orff and Kodaly approaches, using speech chants, dance, singing, playing instruments, listening experiences, written work, and computer games.

We use rhythm instruments, melody bells, Orff mallets instruments, autoharps, recorders, and keyboards.

 

How are students graded?

 

Students in grades two through five are tested every nine weeks. They will receive letter grades on their report card that will reflect participation, written classwork and a written test. Please look for the study packets to come home and help your child to study. Grades given in music affect the overall grade point average (A “C” in music will keep you off the Honor Roll!

How do you determine what grade my child earns in music class?

 

Participation – Does the child participate? Give intelligent answers to questions when asked? Volunteer to answer questions? Need to be reminded to stay on task? Children are given a dot next to their name whenever they must be reminded to stay on task. Each dot lowers their grade.

Written Test Score – Children are given a study sheet a week before the test date. Review sheets are also given. Test dates are advertised during Morning Announcements, in the Princeton Newsletter, and on a large bulletin board by the school office. Extra study sheets are also posted there for reference. Children are asked to write the date down in their homework booklets. The test requires children to complete fill in the blank, multiple choice and/or essay questions concerning our unit.

Oral Test – Children are asked to read a rhythm pattern, sing, play a song, etc. Points are awarded for each correct beat or measure.

Class Packet – Every music class, time is spent on written papers relating to our unit. Children are given a grade for each page, and the totals are averaged to provide the packet grade.

 

Other Musical Opportunities:

 

In addition to weekly classes and performing ensembles, children enjoy the following opportunities:

-Viewing performances by the Orlando Opera Company, Southern Ballet, and The Orlando Philharmonic; selected students are chosen as participants in the Orange County Honor Choir and The World’s Largest Concert Chorus. Students in grades 4 and 5 can compete in the essay contest to earn tickets to an orchestra concert.

-Additionally, all students are involved in the annual Winter Holiday Program and all those who are interested may participate in the Spring Talent Show.

 

MCAT Essential Skills for All Standards:

 

Kindergarten –

1)Sing; demonstrates use of singing and speaking voice. Sings and signs sol-mi.

2) Play; Demonstrates steady beat based on a personal and/or group pulse.

3) Read & Notate; responds to nontraditional symbols for long and short or high and low sounds.

4)Improvise & Compose; improvises vocally using speak/sing and high/low.

5)Listen, Analyze & Evaluate; identifies specific music characteristics using appropriate music vocabulary: high/low

 

First Grade –

1)Sing; Sings, sol-mi-la-sol-mi, melodic pattern, maintains tonal center in personal range.

2)Play; plays rhythmic patterns using quarter notes and rests and paired eighth notes. Plays upward and downward melodic patterns.

3)Read & Notate; reads and notates rhythmic patterns using quarter notes and rests and paired eighth notes. Reads and notates melodic patterns from a three-line staff using sol-mi.

4)Improvise and Compose; Improvises a rhythmic phrase of four or more beats using quarter and eighth notes and quarter rests. Improvises a melodic phrase of four or more beats using sol-mi.

5)Listen, Analyze & Evaluate; Identifies specific music characteristics using appropriate music vocabulary: upward/ downward.

 

Second Grade –

1)Play: Sings triad outline (sol-mi-do) ascending and descending, sings mi-re-do.

2)Play; Plays rhythmic patterns using quarter notes and rests, paired eighth notes, half notes and rests. Plays short melodic patterns (sol-mi-la) and harmonic patterns (octaves, simple borduns, one-chord songs). 3)Read & Notate; Reads and notates rhythmic patterns using quarter notes and rests, paired eighth notes, half notes and rests. Reads and notates melodic patterns from a three-line staff using sol-mi-la.

4)Improvis & Compose; Improvises/Composes rhythmically using quarter and eighth notes, quarter rests and melodically using so-la-mi. (Creating rhythms and melodies as separate skills.)

5)Listen, Analyze, Evaluate; Identifies pattern, phase, same and different phases, and contrasting tempo.

 

Third Grade –

1)Sing; Sings mi-re-do stepwise melodic pattern, sol-mi-do patterns.

2)Play; Plays rhythmic patterns using quarter notes and rests, eighth notes, half notes and rests, whole notes and dotted half notes. Plays a melodic patterns in a 3-note range and plays harmonic patterns (alternate borduns, one-chord songs).

3)Read & Notate; Reads and notates rhythmic patterns using quarter notes and rests, eighth notes, half notes and rests, whole notes and dotted half notes. Reads and notates melodic patterns from a five-line staff that move by step (mi-re-do) and skip (sol-mi-do).

4)Improvise & Compose; Improvises/Composes a phrase combining quarter and eighth notes and quarter rests with sol-mi-do. (Creating music that combines rhythm and melody skills).

5)Listen, Analyze, Evaluate; Identifies contrasting sections of song or composition using appropriate music vocabulary.

 

Fourth Grade –

1)Sing; Sings do-re-mi-fa-sol stepwise, ascending and descending.

2)Play; Plays rhythmic patterns using quarter notes and rests, eighth notes, half notes and rests, whole notes, dotted quarter, single eighth notes and syncopation. Plays melodic patterns in a 3 to 5 note range and plays harmonic patterns (crossover borduns, I-V chord progression).

3)Read & Notate; Reads and notates rhythmic patterns using quarter notes and rests, eighth notes, half notes and rests, whole notes, dotted quarter notes and syncopation. Reads and notates do-re-mi-fa-sol, ascending and descending, on the treble staff.

4)Improvise & Compose; Improvises/Composes a phrase combining quarter, eighth, half and dotted half notes and quarter rests with mi-re-do and sol-mi-do.

5)Listen, Analyze, Evaluate; Identifies how repeated and contrasting elements (rhythm, melody, timbre, expressive devices, texture) contribute to the form and style of a selected composition.

 

Fifth Grade –

1)Sing; Sings do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do’ stepwise, ascending and descending, and identifies major scale.

2)Play; Plays rhythmic patterns using quarter notes and rests, eighth notes, half notes and rests, whole notes, dotted notes, syncopation and sixteenth notes. Plays melodic patterns in a 5-note range and plays harmonic patterns (layered ostinati, I-V chord progression).

3)Read & Notate; Reads and notates rhythmic patterns using quarter notes and rests, eighth notes, half notes and rests, whole notes, dotted notes, syncopation and sixteenth notes. Reads and notates do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do’, ascending and descending, on the treble staff.

4)Improvise & Compose; Improvises/ Composes a phrase combining Isol-fa-mi-re-do and high do using know rhythms.

5)Listen, Analyze, Evaluate; Identifies how repeated and contrasting elements contribute to the distinctive musical style of various world cultures and historical periods.

 

Culture & History –

all grades K-5; Knows America, The Star Spangled Banner, and other patriotic songs and understands their historical significance through varied experiences. (singing, playing, moving, listening, etc.) Knows about composers and their music through age-appropriate listening experiences.

For grades 3-5, listening repertoire is guided by the materials provided to prepare students for the Orlando Philharmonic Young People’s Concert.

For grades K-2, repertoire may include Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

 

 

 

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