Chanukah excitement!

There’s an excitement in the air at SPHDS, and it has the faint scent of frying latkes and sufganiyot and the sound of whirring dreidels/sevivonim! As we prepare for Chanukah, the students in music classes have been singing Chanukah tunes, spinning like dreidels, bringing a Chanukah story to life through instruments and drama (make sure […]

Sign Language in Kindergarten

Kindergarteners and preschoolers have been learning the song, “The More We Get Together” in sign language. We’ve learned that some people cannot hear the way we do, and they use their hands to speak. If you have a kindergartener at home, ask him or her how to say “more,” “together,” “happy,” and “friends” in sign […]

The many benefits to a music education

There are many exciting things going on in music classes at SPHDS. Students in multiple grades have been doing ear-training on solfège singing (think: do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do) and by echoing and leading clapped rhythms. We have played musical games that encourage students to sing both alone and together, others that […]


At this time of year, we change our davening to include “mashiv haruach u’morid hageshem” – God causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall. This week in music class, pre-school through 2nd grade students listened to a rainstick, pictured below. They used their ears and their imaginations to describe the sound. Rainsticks […]

Yonah was a dude with an attitude…

Fourth and fifth grade students have been busy orchestrating, dramatizing, and rapping the story of Yonah HaNavi in anticipation of Yom Kippur. Using rhythm and rhyme, students told all about Yonah’s journey from when he was given the task to speak to the people of Ninveh, though his adventures at sea, through his episode with […]

1st Grade: Steady Beat Compositions

First graders have been busy composing (creating their own music) using handheld percussion instruments such as hand drums, tambourines, and maracas. They notated their 16-beat compositions by drawing pictures of their instruments of choice. Some students chose to create a pattern, while others opted for a more random order. Students are in the process of […]

Welcome to Musical Notes!

Welcome to Musical Notes, where you can stay “tuned” to all that is happening in music classes at SPHDS! This week, students in 2nd through 5th grades played Boomwhackers to accompany the chords to the popular song “Ivri Anochi (I’m a Jew and I’m Proud),” as performed by Benny Friedman. First graders got busy composing […]