John Farnsworth, Music
Welcome to Music!
4/5/2014 Update: Spring is FINALLY here. Our Basic Piano Unit is just about complete. It has been a pleasure teaching grades 5-8 about some basic piano techniques and having them able to play most, if not all, of Ode To Joy with the right hand. Again, please review all of the Spring Concert lyric sheets below as I have changed a few words and have added some mp3's.
3/5/2014 Update: Spring is just around the corner. We have just completed our unit on Patriotic songs and are now finishing up our units on Black History Month and Women's History Month. I hope the students have enjoyed these units as much as I have. Please review all of the Spring concert lyric sheets below as some have been updated.
1/30/2014 Update: Welcome to the new year. Before we know it, the Spring Concert will be upon us. It has been scheduled for May 22 at 7pm. I am excited to have begun rehearsing the songs for the concert with each grade. I have attached the tentative song list with lyric sheets for each grade as well as the lyrics for the Patriotic Songs we have been learning.
PreK 3 and 4: (1) You Are My Sunshine (2) He's Got The Whole World
K: (1 )Do, Re, Mi (2) Zip a Dee Doo Dah
Grade 1 and 2: (1) Sing (2) Jesus Loves Me
Grade 3 and 4: (1) Simple Gifts (2) Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Grade 5: (1) Don't Stop Believin' (2) Day By Day
Grade 6 and 7: (1) Happy (2) I'm A Believer
Grade 8: (1) Lean On Me (2) Roar
PATRIOTIC SONGS: 1. America 2. Star Spangled Banner 3.America The Beautiful 4.You're A Grand Old Flag
11/13/2013 Update: Here are some details in regards to the Christmas concert on Thursday, December 12, 2013. The concert will begin at 7pm at the school. The students should arrive no later than 6:45 pm, dressed for the performance (no jeans, t-shirts or sneakers). I am attaching the lyrics for three traditional carols that we invite everyone to join in for the closing of the concert. Please enjoy singing these carols at home with friends and family.
9/18/2013 Update: I am excited to have begun rehearsing the selections for our upcoming Christmas Concert with the students. The following are the Christmas Concert Selections for each grade. Students should be working on memorizing the words for their grade's performance.
PreK3 and 4: (1) We Wish You a Merry Christmas and (2) A Time For Love
K: (1) Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and (2) Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Grade 1 and 2: (1) Frosty the Snowman and (2) Silent Night
Grade 3 and 4: (1) Jingle Bells and (2) Good King Wenceslas
Grade 5: (1) Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree and (2) Holiday, Holiday
Grade 6 and 7: (1) Rock 'N' Roll Snowman and (2) Lend a Helping Hand!
Grade 8: (1) Feliz Navidad and (2) Jingle Bell Rock
9/5/2013: I would like to extend my personal welcome to all new and returning students to Mother Teresa Regional School. I look forward to working with all of the students and sharing my experience and love of music with them.
Participation is the key to success in music class. When the class is singing, every student is expected to participate. When the class is listening to music, every student is expected to sit quietly and listen. When instruments are being played, every student is expected to take their turn and try to play as instructed. All students are expected to treat each other with respect, regardless of the varied levels of abilities. All equipment, textbooks, instruments and classroom furnishings must be handled with care. There will be occasional quizzes relating to the topics discussed in our weekly classes.
Two concerts will be performed during the school year. The first will be the Christmas Concert on December 12, 2013, followed by the Spring Concert on May 22, 2014. These concerts showcase what the students and I have been working towards in class. Every student in every grade will be expected to participate in these events. Emergencies and serious conflicts must be excused through the principal’s office.
Please look to this class page for updates regarding our music curriculum and songs selected for the concerts.
I look forward to making music with the MTRS community this year, John Farnsworth
John Farnsworth, Music
John Farnsworth holds a Master of Music from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. Mr. Farnsworth is a professional saxophonist/ trombonist, composer, arranger and educator. His jazz quintet can be heard every Monday night at the prestigious jazz club Smoke in NYC. He has toured the world playing in the orchestras of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Aretha Franklin and Illinois Jacquet. Some of his many television credits include performances with Rob Thomas and Alicia Keys on VH1 Save The Music, Kid Rock and Mary J. Blige on VH1 Live from Radio City and Aretha Franklin and Boyz II Men on NBC 25 Years of Number 1 Hits. As an educator, Mr. Farnsworth has conducted clinics at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges. He teaches brass, woodwinds and piano to students of all ages and levels at Bernardsville School of Music, as well as offering private lessons.