John Farnsworth, Music

Welcome to Music!

6/3/2015 Update

As we are approaching the end of the school year, I would like to thank the entire MTRS family for their support. I could not have been happier with the Spring Concert. The students took the time to learn some songs that really pushed them. There will be a CD of the concert available soon. Please inquire with the office. I wish everyone a wonderful summer.

4/13/2015 Update

I hope that every one enjoyed their Easter break. I was lucky enough to have a mini tour of Spain playing music during that time.The spring concert is rapidly approaching. It will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7pm in the Parish Center. Please have each student continue to memorize the words and melody for the songs that their grade will be singing. I am excited about the concert. Once again the Farnsworth family band will be accompanying the students.


2/22/2014 Update and Homework Assignment:

As part of the upcoming Spring Concert, each student is learning to sing songs from Broadway shows.  I have asked the students in each class to learn something about the show(s) their songs are from.  This can include the plot of the show, a star from the show, how their song fits into the story, or other information that they find of interest.  I would like for every student to bring into class something they have learned about their show.  We will be using this research to pull together something for the class to present during the spring concert.


For Grades Pre-K, K, and 1: please have each student learn at least one fact about their show and be able to share it with the class orally.

For Grades 2-8: please have each student write out a short paragraph of at least 2 facts they have learned about the shows their songs are from.  This should be brought into class by March 12.  Some students have already brought in their responses and we will begin discussing these over the next few weeks.

Students should also be memorizing their lyrics and will be expected to know them from memory by the end of March. 


 2/7/2015 Update: We have begun to rehearse the songs that will be performed in this upcoming Spring Concert.  I have listed these songs below so the students and their families can begin to work on the words for each song at home.  The words in the links below may be a bit different than some of the recordings you may find - but these are the versions we will be using in the concert.  I hope you enjoy learning - or remembering - some of these classic Broadway Show selections. 

Pre K3 and 4:

1. Hello Dolly- Hello Dolly

2. I'd Do Anything- Oliver


1. A Bushel and a Peck-Guys and Dolls

2. I Don' t Need Anything- Annie


1. Happy Talk- South Pacific

2. Supercalifragilsticexpialidocious- Mary Poppins


1. I Got Rhythm- Girl Crazy

2. Who Will Buy?- Oliver


1. Under The Sea- The Little Mermaid

2. Part Of Your World- The Little Mermaid


1. Ease On Down The Road- The Wiz

2. Seasons Of Love- Rent


1. You Can't Stop The Beat- Hairspray

2. I Feel The Earth Move- Beautiful

Sing a Long

1. Give My Regards To Broadway- Little Johnny Jones

1/7/2015 Update: Happy New Year to everyone!  I was very pleased with the performance of the Christmas Concert.  A special thank you to the enthusiastic parents and teachers for their support, as well as each student for putting in the necessary rehearsal time in learning the music and having fun doing so. I was especially proud to introduce the MTRS band during the finale of the concert. This week I will present the music that will be performed in the Spring Concert. The theme of the concert will be Broadway show tunes, past to present. Each class will continue their study of music theory, solfeggio and Patriotic songs. The MTRS band will rehearse three Fridays a month. The upper grades will prepare music for Mass held on the first Friday of the month and the lower grades will be introduced to selected Mass music. I look forward to being a part of each child's musical development.

The Spring Concert will be on May 21, 2015 at 7pm.


Update 10/13/2014. I am happy to say that every class has shown improvement in their singing abilities as well as their knowledge of music theory. We have been working through Book 1 of Master Theory by Charles Peters in grades 2-8, so each student can better understand music, play music and even write music. The earlier grades are continuing with their vocal warm-ups using Solfeggio, a technique which assigns the names of the notes of a scale to a particular syllable (Do, Re Mi etc.) The upper grades 6-8 have been rehearsing songs for Mass and leading the music during Mass on the first Fridays of each month.

All of the grades have begun learning their two songs for the Christmas Concert, which will be on December 18, 2014 at 7pm in the Parish Center.

Pre K3 and 4:

1. Jingle Bells

2. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer


1. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

2. Up On The Housetop


1. Here Comes Santa Claus

2. Away In The Manger


1. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas (singing and playing on the recorder)

2. Go Tell It On The Mountain

G4/5: Recorder Class

1. O Come, All Ye Faithful

2. We Wish You A Merry Christmas


1. All Alone On Christmas

2. Feliz Navidad


1. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

2. Happy Christmas (War Is Over)


8/29/2014 Update: I would like to welcome all of the returning students as well as the new students to Mother Teresa Regional School for the 2014-2015 school year. I am excited to be given two days a week to teach this year. Here are some of the additions to this year's music program.

2nd and 3rd grade: I will start this class with recorders.The parents do not need to purchase these since the school has enough to offer each child. It is, however, encouraged for the students to own their own so that they may practice at home. Music stores in Red Bank have recorders for under 10 dollars.  

4th and 5th grade:  classes will continue with their successful first year of recorders.

6th, 7th and 8th grade: These classes will be combined on Fridays to rehearse and learn music that they will sing in Mass on the first Friday of each month.

4th-8th grade: there will be an instrumental class offered that will meet during the 2nd period on Fridays, other than Mass Friday. For more information, click on the 2 links below:

Program Description         

Elefante Rental Agreement

I will supply each student with a two pocket folder along with music manuscript paper and white lined paper. Each student from grade 2- 8 will be required to bring their own pencil.

Thank you for your support and interest in the MTRS music program, John Farnsworth



5/23/2014 Update: Thank you to the ENTIRE Mother Teresa community for doing your part in making the Spring Concert so amazing. The students really put their best foot forward. I am proud to be their music teacher.

5/19/2014 Update: There are just a few days until our Spring Concert. The concert will begin at 7pm on May 22, this Thursday. All students should dress in their 'Sunday Best". Arrive at school no later than 6:45pm. Please have memorized all lyrics and hand movements for the concert. I am looking forward to this special evening. Anyone who is not able to attend this concert should let Principal Sorci and myself know.

 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.

Piano Diagram

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

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

You Are My Sunshine

You Are My Sunshine.mp3

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands.mp3

K: (1 )Do, Re, Mi (2) Zip a Dee Doo Dah

Do, Re, Mi

Do,Re, Mi .mp3

Zip A Dee Doo Dah

Grade 1 and 2: (1) Sing (2) Jesus Loves Me



Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me.mp3

Grade 3 and 4: (1) Simple Gifts (2) Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Simple Gifts

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Grade 5: (1) Don't Stop Believin' (2) Day By Day

Don't Stop Believin'

Don't Stop Believin'.mp3

Day By Day

Day by Day.mp3

Grade 6 and 7: (1) Happy (2) I'm A Believer



I'm A Believer

I'm A Believer Mp3

Grade 8: (1) Lean On Me (2) Roar

Lean On Me

Lean on Me.mp3



Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

Good Riddance.mp3


PATRIOTIC SONGS: 1. America  2. Star Spangled Banner  3.America The Beautiful  4.You're A Grand Old Flag

Patriotic Songs


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.

Christmas Carols

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,_Holiday.pdf


Grade 6 and 7: (1) Rock 'N' Roll Snowman and (2) Lend a Helping Hand!

Rock 'N' Roll Snowman



Grade 8: (1) Feliz Navidad and (2) Jingle Bell Rock

Jingle Bell Rock

Feliz Navidad


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.

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