Sept. 1, 2019: We are off to a great start. Elementary students are learning about rhythms and percussion instruments are being used to play these rhythms. Middle school students are working on writing and acting out their own fables. In music, we are learning about the history of American pop music, starting with the 1920s. We are implementing writing, reading, and other elements of Language Arts as an extension of all music and theatre classes. I am really looking forward to our journey together.

I also am helping Mr. Castro with the 8th grade play, It’s A Wonderful Life.

Ms. Quintero

Music PP3-7th/writing

Theatre/Writing 7th grade

Spanish PP3-Kinder

The Seventh graders will be working on the play, The Wizard of Oz. I look forward to bringing this production to the stage here at United Day School.

Image result for images of a christmas carol

Come see the 8th graders present:

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

When: Wednesday, December 5 

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Where: Gym

Christmas Sing-A-Long Song List:

  1. PP3-Jingle Bells –
  2. PK-Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer –
  3. Kinder-Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Dance) –
  4. 1st -All I Want for Xmas Is My Two Front Teeth –
  5. 2nd -I Wanna Hippo for Xmas –
  6. 3rd -Frosty the Snowman –
  7. 4th -All I Want for Christmas Is You –
  8. 5th -I Have a Little Dreidel –
  9. 6th – Let It Snow –
  10. 7th -Rockin’ Around the Xmas Tree –
  11. 8th -Winter Wonderland –
  12. 5th -Deck the Halls –
  13. 6th Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Traditional) –
  14. 7th Holly Jolly Xmas –
  15. 8th Deck the Halls –
  16. Feliz Navidad (Finale) –

Seventh grade nine-weeks reviews were given. Music and theater test is combined, and it will be Tuesday, Oct. 9.

****Returning students that are now in 3-5 grade, please bring your recorders. We need the recorders by the end of August, since we will start recorder lessons the first week of Sept. and it counts as a grade.  If lost, I can order one for you just bring in $5.00 or you may buy your own. 

New students will get a recorder purchased by the music department.

Thank you to all for a great year. Have an awesome summer. Below you will find projects to do for the summer.

How to make a puppet ideas. Copy and paste

PP3-5th grade are having an awesome time with the Boomwhackers. They are playing melodies and reading rhythms as well as using thier motor skills, which especially helps the little ones. If you would like to order a set for your child to have at home, below is the link. I have had several parents ask me about them so I thought I would share. Please copy and paste on browser.

Cinderella 7th grade play: Wednesday, March 21. School performance was awesome! Congratulation to all the 7th graders for a fabulous job!

Cinderella tracks

Enjoy this Disney medley (copy and paste to browser)

Welcome back for a musically awesome 2018 year!

Seventh graders are working on the production of Rodgers and Hammerstien’s Cinderella.

“Watch Me Whip” tutorial

7th grade here is the Cinderella script.

Cinderella Script

Patriot Voices November 21-2017

The choir was suppose to perform during a school celebration funtion, but the funtion has been postoned.

We will have practice this Wednesday.

Mary Poppins

Willy Wonka Jr. songs


Frozen play 8th grade will be following.

Click Here for script      Ignore the Chinese pages.

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  • Second through 5th graders started learning and playing the recorders. The music department has issued a recorder to all these students at no cost. If a recorder is lost, the student may purchase one for $5.00 through the school. I am super excited to see the progress we are making in learning to read notes and rhythms on the staff as well as proper breathing and seating techniques.
  • Rhythms
  • Learning the notes on the Treble Cleff
  • Recorder basics for new students notes B, A, G
  • Recorder notes C and D
  • Recorder notes E and low D
  • 24, 2017: Recorders have been ordered for students from 2nd through 5th at no cost to the parents. Please keep the older recorders at home in case the new one gets lots. We will begin using them after Grandparents  Day.
  • Welcome back to another fantastic journey. I am looking forward to teaching P3-7th grade music. I will also teach P3-Kinder Spanish and 7th grade Theatre.I can’t wait to meet all my new students and reunite with my former ones. Our journey will be a beautiful one filled with adventure, music, and life lessons. Let us walk together through the yellow brick road we know as UDS.

What to expect for 2017-2018 Music/Theatre 6th and 7th grade

Sixth and 7th grade students are studying the History of American Pop Music. Part of the class requires to watch and discuss the following types of videos or documentaries while the student writes down facts: biographies of the groups related to the decade and genre we are studying; songs performed by the artists; documentaries on related topics and how they relate to our social, political, and cultural world around us. Videos and PBS documentaries are not random and add a lot of visual and interest to the topics, groups, and genres being discussed. They are a good representation of the different styles and movements outlined in the text we use. I also provide additional information from an array of books from my personal library that I have used at the University level for many years while teaching this class. The visual aspect of the class provides interesting insights and information that can assist in the understanding of the music and the recording artists. Recordings by these artists and producers should be included in a comprehensive classroom presentation.

The History of Rock and Roll also details the most important rock styles, how they evolved, and their important artists, as well as a listing of key recordings in each. The text and videos also contain biographical information on recording artists, composers, producers, DJs, record executives, and other figures relevant to the history of the music. It is my hope that any interested student of the music will find the text and visuals to provide a wealth of information that will nurture an understanding of the music and its place in our cultural fabric.

American Popular Music

Think Rock, Dettmar, 2011, Prentice Hall Pub./Teacher resources

Course Description: A listening survey course, with a chronological approach, covering the years 1950 to the present. Emphasis will be on both the music and the sociological climate, focusing on cultural and environmental factors, reflected and advocated by the music.

Course Content: The course will examine rock music from its roots to its appearance in the 1950s to its evolution throughout the 20th century. A main focus of the course will be the cultural aspects reflected in and affected by this popular music.

Course Objectives:

  1. To gain an understanding and appreciation for rock music.
  2. To gain an understanding of the social environment of each era of rock music.
  3. To gain an understanding of the causes of the changes in rock music.
  4. To gain an understanding of the cultural issues dealing with rock music.
  5. To gain an understanding of the effect of rock music on culture.
  6. To learn about pivotal rock artists, groups, composers, and related individuals in the industry.

Course Specific Competencies: To recognize the impact of decisive ideas and events in human heritage.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of representative individuals and groups in the rock music industry.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the various styles of rock music from the 1950s through the 1990s.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the key performers/composers of rock music.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural issues that are reflected in and changed by rock music.

General Education Competencies: Through this course students will acquire and develop abilities in the following areas:

  1. Writing: to communicate effectively using standard written English.

Assessment: variety of written assignments including unit assignments, reports, and essays.

  1. Reading: to analyze, summarize, and interpret a variety of reading materials.

Assessment: reading assignments from text and other required sources.

  1. Integrated learning: Rock music will be studied in light of social and political events and trends, and the impact of these on rock music development.
  2. A goal of this course is to understand the inherent value and role of a particular rock style even when it differs from personal taste.


Overview of Class and Chapter 1: The Prehistory of Rock and Roll (Tin Pan Alley composers)

Continue with Tin Pan Alley composers

Tin Pan Alley composers

Tin Pan Alley overview and Test 1 Chapter 1 and teacher notes

Chapter 2: The “Birth” of Rock and Roll (Louis Armstrong and Big Band) side notes

Chapter 3: The Establishment Strikes Back

Review for Test 2: Chapter 2 and 3

Chapter 4: American Bandstand, Teen Idols, and Race Lines

Chapter 5: Changin’ Times

Chapter 6: The British Invasion

Chapter 7: The Summer of Love and Psychedelic Rock

Review (Test 3: Chapter 4, 5, 6, 7)

Chapter 8: Sirens, Soul Singers, and Sellouts

Chapter 9: Disco, (Eagles/Carpenters/ side notes)

Latin Music Crosses over (Book and Teacher notes)

(Test 4: Chapter 8 and 9 plus side notes: Eagles, Carpenters, Latin)

Chapter 10: New Wave & Synth Pop

Chapter 11: Alternative Rock (1982-1987)

Chapter 12: American Punk: the Second Wave (1987-1994)

Chapter 13: Hip –Hop and rap (1973-)

Chapter 14: Smooth Sounds, Slick Packaging: the persistence of Pop (1994-)

Chapter 15: Hyphenated-Rock & Explorations of the Postmodern Self (1994-)

Chapter 16: Remix Culture

There will be 10 points off each day an assignment or project is late.

Spanish: PP3; Pre-Kinder; Kinder

Ms. N. Quintero

This curriculum is based on a lot of educational videos provided by the school-adopted company, Languagenut. 


Unit 1: About Me (Green Coded Sections)

  • 1 Me
  • 2 Greetings
  • 3 Numbers 1-10
  • 4 How Old Are You
  • 5 Family Members
  • 6 Languages


Unit 2: Hobbies and Pets

2.1 Useful Phrases

2.2 Numbers 11-20

2.3 I Like to Play

2.4 In the Playground

2.5 Hobbies

2.6 Pets


Unit 4: How I Look

4.1 Body Parts

4.2 My Face

4.3 Describing Myself

4.4 Describing Other People

4.5 More Body Parts

4.6 Days of the Week


Unit 5: Animals, Colors, and Sizes

5.1 More about Pets

5.2 Farm Animals

5.3 Zoo Animals

5.4 Animals in Nature

5.5 Colors

5.6 Sizes