MUSIC . Mrs. Bartelt


Meet Mrs. Bartelt

1st Grade Teacher

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My name is Mrs. Kris Bartelt.  I love sharing God’s gift of music with the children and adults at Immanuel.  In addition to teaching general music classes, I am also blessed to work with children’s and adult choirs and musicals, plan for/play/sing at church worship services, make music with handbell ringers and other instrumentalists and vocalists.

When not tending to my Immanuel responsibilities, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking our dog, reading, working in my yard, and eating dark chocolate.

Classroom Overview

Immanuel students have many opportunities to learn about, experience and create music during general music and classroom choir times each week. As “The Music Lady” I strive to immerse my students in “all things music” through curriculum related activities such as: movement, playing instruments, singing, dancing, listening, studying, creating, interpreting, and the like. Together, the students and I  have much fun and make plenty of “joyful noises” as we learn about God’s world through His gift of music. It is my goal to expose my students to a wide variety of musical styles, techniques, history, and more–giving them a cache of experiences that will provide a solid foundation for whatever their music future holds. In addition, as a teacher in a Christian School that is part of our church’s ministry, I have the joy of teaching children about worshiping our Lord through music, and intentionally teach and utilize hymns and songs that are a part of Immanuel’s corporate worship services. I wonder if God smiles bigger when he hears His children loudly singing praises from the pew.  (I know I do! It’s one of the best parts of my job here at Immanuel.) I also have the pleasure of working with and seeing students I’ve taught through the years use their developing musical talents to His glory in Immanuel’s worship services as they sing, play instruments, and more.

After reading about recent events in general music and choir classes below, click on the other music related tabs to learn about musicals, bands, hand bell groups, and kids’ choirs at Immanuel.

Current Notes from the Teacher

New This Year-The AARC-a designated place for music classes!  We’re excited and thankful for the Arts and Academic Resource Center (formerly the computer room) which is the new home for music and choir classes.  This shared flexible classroom gives us a large space for creating, playing, moving, learning, and more!  (Plus there’s a centralized location with storage for all our instruments and more!  Praise God!)

All Grades – Our school theme this year is “Share Joy”, so we’ve been singing a whole bunch of songs about joy, including ones such as: “A Joyful Heart” (from Steve Green’s Hide ‘Em in Your Heart” Vol. 2), “I’ve Got the Joy” (by Jamison J. Statema), and “Joy to the World”.   Click on the blue links for lyrics for songs created in recent years to help students put verses/themes in their heads and hearts.

Throughout each school year, students also learn/become familiar with hymns and songs regularly used in Immanuel’s worship services in order to help them participate actively in singing praises to our Lord. Hymns and songs from a suggested list are often used in chapel worship services and choir classes.

Kindergartners have enjoyed visits from a puppet named Marvin who has helped them learn more about their speaking, singing, whispering and calling voices.  They’ve also played singing games such as “Three Little Muffins”, “Pumpkin Stew”, and “We Are Going Down the Numbers” to practice steady beat and learn how to take turns and work together.

First Graders are studying various musical elements such as fast/slow, loud/soft, and high/low. Recently they’ve had fun learning with songs such as “Grizzly Bear”, “A Tisket, A Tasket”, “The Old Gray Cat”, and “I’m Locked in a Candy Store”.

Second Graders are learning about pitch, rhythm, and tempo in music.  Recently they used xylophones and rhythm instruments to play along with “Bounce High, Bounce Low” as they studied the pitches mi, so and la. They also had fun working in groups and creating movements to go with a rhythmic poem called “Spider, Spider”.

Third Graders experienced first-hand how changing tone color and tempo can really effect the style of a song as they compared sections of “Variations on the Theme ‘Pop Goes the Weasel'”.  It was surprising to hear the section where this children’s tune was played in a sad style!  “Long Legged Sailor”, “Down by the River”, and “Lost My Shoe” are several other songs that these students have had fun learning with during class.

In Fourth Grade, it’s time for recorders!  Using these little instruments allows us to take the musical concepts we know to a deeper level.  Students are practicing and learning at school and at home, completing bug sheets to earn prizes, and playing specific songs to earn belts for their recorders. Sometimes we add additional instrumentation to our songs.  We’re really growing as musicians!

Fifth Graders are using their voices and adding instruments in two and three part songs such as “Autumn Is the Time” and “Zum, Gali, Gali”.   They’re also learning about voice parts in a choir and the wide variety of instrument ranges in an orchestra.

Sixth Grade students are studying about harmony using basic chords called triads.  They’ve used hand chimes during class to create accompany songs that use I and V chords.  They even had a recorded visit from some singing cows who demonstrated how triads sound (an experience no one will forget for quite a while).

Seventh Graders have deepened their knowledge of rhythms and how silences and sounds are fit together to create memorable music.  After watching portions of “STOMP”, they worked in groups to create their own rhythmic performances which featured dynamic variations, assorted tone colors, different group formations and movement patterns, and more.  Meter sticks, recycling bins, cones, staplers, and closing books and the like have never sounded this musical.  Way to use your creativity, improvisational abilities, and group work skills, 7th grade!

Helpful Links & Resources from the Teacher

Try these inexpensive apps from music classes to practice note names and rhythms:

Flashnote Derby


Rhythm Swing

Music Photo Gallery

Below are some various photos of the class and all things involving music. Have some pictures you would like to share? For any questions or concerns involving photos, please contact the teacher. Each teacher is responsible for managing all of the photos contained within their own classroom galleries.