Monday, February 6, 2017

7th Annual

Yarmouth's Got Talent

A K-12 Student Competition

Friday March 31, 2017
Dress Rehearsal at 4:00

Evening Performance at 7:00

Yarmouth Performing Arts Center
at Yarmouth High School
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One first prize for each grade group
Grades K-4: $150
Grades 5-8: $250
Grades 9-12: $350

The Audience at both shows will vote and cash prizes will be awarded.  Visit our  website for more details!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

January in the Music Room

Hello Rowe School Families,

Mrs. Townsend is back and excited to be working with your children again!


This month in the music room the kindergartners will be studying an introductory unit on dynamics.  Dynamics refer to how loud or soft a piece of music is (or should be according to the composer's intent). The students will be introduced to the musical vocabulary associated with each dynamic level, as well as the symbols used to indicate each level. The children will learn to decipher between fortissimo (very loud), forte (loud), piano (soft), and pianissimo (very soft). To solidify this concept the students will participate in movement activities, listen to stories, sing songs, and play instruments at different dynamic levels. In addition, they will be asked to identify and describe pieces of music using this musical vocabulary.

First Grade

This month in the music room the first graders will be studying a unit on energy and calm in music, and beginning preparation for their Rowe Show in the Spring. The students will listen to pieces of music and learn to identify which parts are energetic and which parts are calm.  In doing so they will be asked to describe the music using the musical vocabulary they have learned so far at Rowe school. Some of the musical vocabulary the children will use to describe calm music include legato (smooth), piano (soft), largo (slow), and thin in texture. Some of the musical vocabulary the children will use to describe energetic music include staccato (choppy), forte (loud), presto (fast), and thick in texture.

Along with our Rowe Show preparation and study of energy and calm the first graders are working on rhythm reading. This early introduction to reading music has the students reciting 4-beat rhythmic patterns composed of quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fall Update

Rowe School Families,

Hello! My name is Catherine Newell, and I am teaching music at Rowe while Mrs. Townsend is on maternity leave. Rowe School is a wonderful place, and I feel privileged to be here for the first half of the school year.

Kindergarten students at Rowe are learning to use their singing voices and to find and keep a steady beat. They are singing, moving, and playing instruments during their classes and are establishing routines for music class activities. We have been having a lot of fun together! Coming up, Kindergarteners will be learning about musical opposites - fast/slow, high/low, smooth/choppy, etc. They will be exploring these concepts as a series of units. The first unit will be fast/slow (presto/largo).

First Grade students at Rowe have been reviewing concepts from Kindergarten - steady beat, singing voice, musical opposites, etc. In the weeks ahead, they will be exploring concepts related to form and composition. First graders who have Extra Music classes on Wednesdays have been experiencing music from other cultures and exploring the many movements of The Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux) by Camille Saint-Saƫns.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me an email:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Welcome to Rowe Music 2016-2017

Welcome to Rowe Music!  As some of you may know, my husband and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first child in just a few weeks.  As I head off for maternity leave you should know that your children will be in excellent hands as our long-term music substitute Catherine Newell takes over while I am out.  Catherine is a dedicated music educator with a number of years experience teaching elementary school music in Maine.  After getting to know her and observing her teach, I am confident that Catherine will successfully present our music curriculum with enthusiasm.  Her kind and caring demeanor is sure to win the hearts of children, parents, and colleagues alike.  Catherine will be updating this teacher page periodically to keep you informed on what is happening in the music room while I am on leave.  Looking forward to working with your children when I return later in the school year!