MUSIC . Mrs. Bartelt
Meet Mrs. Bartelt
Music and Choir Teacher, Asst. Music Director
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 (especially my when my little grandson visits!) walking our dog, reading, working in my yard, and eating dark chocolate.
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 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 “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.
Scroll down to read about current and upcoming events in general music and choir classes below. Also, head over the MUSIC section (drop down under SCHOOL) to learn about classroom choirs, Chancel Choir, Chancel Ringers and Handbells, Band, Musicals, and more.
Current Notes from the Teacher
All Grades – Immanuel's church and school theme this year is “BEYOND”, based on Joshua 1:15-16. Words for the song are found below-email Mrs. Bartelt if you'd like a recording of the song as sung in a recent ILS chapel.
In music and choir classes, students also learn/become familiar with hymns and songs regularly used in Immanuel’s chapel and worship services in order to help them participate actively in singing praises to our Lord. Below is a link with titles of many of the hymns and songs we're using throughout the 2019-20 school year.
Kindergartners will meet a puppet named Marvin to help them learn more about their speaking, singing, whispering and calling voices. They’ll play 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 will be studying various musical elements such as fast/slow, loud/soft, and high/low. They’ll have 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 will learn about pitch, rhythm, and tempo in music. They'll use xylophones and rhythm instruments to play along with “Bounce High, Bounce Low” as they study the pitches mi, so and la. They'll also have fun working in groups and creating movements to go with a rhythmic poem called “Spider, Spider”.
Third Graders will experience first-hand how changing tone color and tempo can really effect the style of a song as they compare sections of “Variations on the Theme ‘Pop Goes the Weasel'”. It is 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 will 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 will soon be 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'll add additional instrumentation to our songs. Fourth grade is a real year of growing as musicians!
Fifth Graders will be using their voices and adding instruments in two and three part songs such as “Autumn Is the Time” and “Zum, Gali, Gali”. They’ll also learn about voice parts in a choir and the wide variety of instrument ranges in an orchestra.
Sixth Grade students will study about harmony using basic chords called triads. They’ll use hand chimes during class to create accompany songs that use I and V chords.
Seventh Graders will soon be deepening their knowledge of rhythms and how silences and sounds are fit together to create memorable music. After watching portions of “STOMP”, they'll work in groups to create their own rhythmic performances which feature 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. What a great opportunity this will be to use creativity, improvisational abilities, and group work skills!
Helpful Links & Resources from the Teacher
Try these inexpensive apps we sometimes use in music classes to practice note names and rhythms:
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.