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Liam Sullivan » WES Music

WES Music

Hello WES parents! My name is Liam Sullivan, and I teach Music to grades 3 and 4. The links in the sidebar menu will take you to my Googles Sites page, WESmusic.org, where I post videos and PDFs of sheet music we play in class. The links will all open in a new tab or window, depending on your browser settings.
In 4th grade, we will be learning to play the recorder, and at the end of the year we will take our recorders to a performance by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance is part of the RI Philharmonic's annual Link Up educational concert series, and we will play along with the orchestra!
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Westport Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
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Grading Policy

My grades consist of short assessments of students’ performance of musical skills. For example, I might sing a short fragment of melody made of three or four notes to each student and have them echo me. I use the following rubric to score students’ performance.

Performance is entirely correct
Performance is mostly correct; there may be some errors
2 Performance is mostly incorrect; some parts are correct
1 Performance is entirely incorrect

I often score a student’s performance on more than one dimension. For example, if I have students echo a short bit of melody, I might score them on the accuracy of both pitch and rhythm. These scores are treated as separate for grading purposes. At the end of the term, I average all a student’s scores with equal weight. An average of 3.5 or higher is graded as O (Outstanding) and an average of 2 or lower is graded as U (Unsatisfactory).

Not all of my assessments are counted towards a student’s grade. Some are formative assessments, which are meant only to give me an idea of students’ current level of ability and help me plan instruction. Only summative assessments, those given after instruction and practice, are counted toward the term grade.

Recent Posts

Take The A Train

Click the link below to watch a video of Duke Ellington and his band perform the song Take The A Train.

Symphony 9 by Dvorak

Click the link below to watch a performance of Symphony 9, "From the New World", written by Antonin Dvorak and performed by the New York Philharmonic. The second movement, the part we are learning a recorder part for, starts at 10:10.

Georgia Bound

Check out this performance of the song Georgia Bound by blues singer Blind Blake. Arthur Blake was a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who played in the blues and ragtime styles. He was born blind and performed under the name Blind Blake. Not much is known about his life except that he lived in Florida and recorded music in Illinois and Wisconsin between 1926 and 1932.