Music at Valley View is fun!
- Full of activities, performance experiences,
fifth grade state honor opportunities,
choir for 4th and 5th graders,
lots of instruments, tons of movement,
an abundance of singing and playing games,
challenging and varied ways
of reading and writing music notation,
and a huge learning experience
for every student at every grade level.
Come and join the creative, exciting,
energetic, enthusiastic Valley View Elementary
students as they learn more about
and explore the vast and exciting world of MUSIC!

image of students dancing on a piano

Quote of the Week:
"The spirit of music is great enought to include all of us, whether scholars, composers, clowns or vagabond minstrels"
Walter Starkie
Irish author and musician


V.V. Choir accepted into Music ExpressVideo Mash-Up
Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that your entry for the “All In!” video mashup contest has been selected as one of our winners!
Here's the link to the Video Mash-Up: We had a difficult time selecting winners this year - there were so many wonderfully creative entries! Yours was truly exceptional. Thank you to you and your students for all of your extra efforts to put your video together! We are in the process of having the mash-up video created, and we will send you a link to the video as soon as we receive it - hopefully by the end of January. We will also send you a DVD of the video as a recognition of your accomplishment soon after that. So spread the news - your students are winners (which you already knew)! Thanks again for participating in our contest - we look forward to sharing the video with you soon!

children singing with text that says voices neededBest,
Andrea Pelloquin
John Jacobson's Music Express Magazine
Kittitas Valley Children's Honor Choirs
A terrific program available for1st-8th grade students is the
Kittitas Valley Children's Honor Choirs.
These choirs have opportunities for performance that are are many and top rate. Students who participate in these choirs learn quality music, sing in fun performances with top musicians, plus these choirs draw children from all over the county, so students get to meet new friends and share musical experiences with a wider variety of people and places than they can at their own schools.

Contact Sue Wilson at for more info.

Ellensburg School District Strings Program
BEGINNING STRINGS CLASS Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7:30-8:15 a.m. at Mt. Stuart Elementary. (Students ride their own bus back to their own elementary school in time to begin class at their own school.)

Ms. Kara Hunnicutt instructor, 509 679-5123

ADVANCED STRINGS CLASS Thursdays, 7:30-8:15 a.m.For string players who have played for 1 year or longer

Recorder information
Recorder parent letter for 3rd, 4th& 5th grade parents
All 3rd-5th grade students need a recorder they can use to practice and keep at home.
Valley View 3rd grade students play recorder all year. 4th grade students play recorder after Winter Break to the end of the year. 5th grade students play recorder from the beginning of school to the Winter Break. All 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students also need a quiet place where they can concentrate and practice at home and a place where they can keep their instrument and music safe and ready to use. Only 5-10 minutes of practice a day will keep their recorder skills growing. Boogie Man Music, Fred Meyer, Bimart, and Jerrols all sell recorders. You can also find recorders in Yakima at Walmart, K-Mart and any music store, like Ted Brown Music in the old Ward's Plaza on Nob Hill. A good recorder usually costs about $5.00. A student should only need one recorder for all three years of playing in elementary school. It is the students responsibility to take care of their recorder and keep it safe and clean. 3rd and 4th grade students use recorder for their grade level state assessments in the spring. 5th grade students have the option of choosing an instrument to play for their state assessment. So your $5.00 recorder investment goes a long way in your child's musical success. Structured, daily practice helps students learn much more than music: dedication, concentration, follow-through, time management, and positive self worth are just a few of the character-building traits students can build with practice.
A very cool link for recorder fingering is:)

Composer of the Month

Michael Giacchino

Early life[edit]

Giacchino was born in Riverside Township, New Jersey. His father's ancestors came from Sicily and his mother's ancestors emigrated from Abruzzo in the center of Italy; he holds dual American and Italian citizenship.[2] Giacchino grew up in Edgewater Park Township, New Jersey.[3] He graduated from Holy Cross High School in Delran Township, New Jersey in 1986.[4]

Giacchino began combining images and music at age 10, when he began creating stop-motion animation with homemade soundtracks in his basement. While in high school, an art teacher who mentored Giacchino recommended to his parents that he attend the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Giacchino describes visiting the school with his parents thus:[5]

I thought, wow, this is fantastic. They actually have colleges like this? Where I can do the things that I am really interested in doing? That was amazing to me. I loved SVA. I loved the kind of freedom that it provided. It was kind of like this great experiment—okay, you're here because you like something. So let's see how much you like it. We're not going to regulate you too much. We're going to see how passionate and driven you are, and how much you want this thing.[5]

Giacchino enrolled at SVA, majoring in film production and minoring in history. During his final year at SVA, his instructor in film publicity announced an unpaid internship was available at Universal Pictures. Giacchino, who was the only one interested, obtained the six-month position, which he filled at night while attending school during the day and working at Macy's to pay his rent. He graduated from SVA in 1990 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, after which he took music classes at the Juilliard School.[5][6][7]


Video games[edit]

When Giacchino's internship ended, Universal hired him, giving him a job upon graduation from college. He later moved to Disney, and when Disney relocated to Los Angeles, Giacchino moved with them, working in publicity, while taking night classes in instrumentation and orchestration at UCLA. His work for Disney had him interacting with the various personnel who worked in films, such as the producers who hired composers, so when a job at Disney Interactive opened for a producer, Giacchino obtained the job, thinking he could hire himself to write music for the games he produced.[5][6][7]

Giacchino's composition work for Disney Interactive during the 16-bit era included the Sega Genesis game Gargoyles, the SNES game Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow and the various console versions of The Lion King.[8] However his first major composition was for the DreamWorks video game adaptation of the 1997 movie, The Lost World: Jurassic Park.[9] The video game was one of the first PlayStation- (also on Sega Saturn) console title to be recorded with an original live orchestral score. Giacchino has since continued his relationship with DreamWorks which also included composing the score for the Small Soldiers video game in 1998, providing full orchestral scores for many of their popular videogames. He also worked with Pandemic studios to create the theme for Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction. Giacchino's award-winning compositions covers the first four instalments of the Medal of Honor series, (Medal of Honor, Underground, Allied Assault and Frontline), Heroes: 2, and also the scores for several other World War II-related video games like Secret Weapons Over Normandy, Call of Duty and Call of Duty: Finest Hour.[10] Additionally, Giacchino composed themes for The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer, and co-wrote the theme of Black with composer Chris Tilton.[11] He also composed the score for Alias, which was based on the television series of the same name. In 2008 Giacchino wrote music for Turning Point: Fall of Liberty.[12] In 2007, he returned to the Medal of Honor franchise as he composed the music for Medal of Honor: Airborne.[13]

Film and television[edit]

Giacchino's work on various video games led to his entrance into television.

In 2001, J. J. Abrams, producer of the television series Alias, discovered Giacchino through his video game work and asked him to provide the new show's soundtrack. The soundtrack featured a mix of full orchestral pieces frequently intermingled with upbeat electronic music, a departure from much of his previous work. Giacchino would go on to provide the score for J.J. Abrams's 2004 television series Lost,[14] creating an acclaimed score which employed a unique process of using spare pieces of a plane fuselage for percussion parts. The score for Lost is also notable for a signature thematic motif: a brass fall-off at the end of certain themes.[15] Just like his counterpart Stu Phillips, he worked with the television show creator Abrams on his shows with his music scores while Abrams supplied the show's main themes on certain series such as Alias.

In 2004, Giacchino received his first big feature film commission. Brad Bird, director of Pixar's The Incredibles, asked Giacchino to provide the soundtrack for the film after having heard his work on Alias.[16] The upbeat jazz orchestral sound was a departure in style not only for Giacchino but for Pixar, which had previously relied on Randy and Thomas Newman for all of its films. Director Brad Bird had originally sought out John Barry – perhaps best known for his work on the early James Bondfilms—but Barry was reportedly unwilling to repeat the styles of his earlier works.[17]

Giacchino was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2005 for The Incredibles: Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and Best Instrumental Composition.[18]

Like his other counterparts Joel McNeely, J. A. C. Redford and Frank DeVol, Giacchino mostly associated with Disney from early in his career up to most recently, ranging from video games such as Mickey Mania and Gargoyles to films such as The Incredibles and eventually collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering in creating two new soundtracks for the updated versions of Space Mountain at Disneyland, Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris, and Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland.[19]

Giacchino also composed scores for the 2005 films Sky High and The Family Stone, and the television movie The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. Additionally, he wrote the music for Joseph Barbera's final theatrical Tom and Jerry cartoon The Karate Guard, and scored the Abrams-directed 2006 film Mission: Impossible III.[20] Giacchino's next musical achievement was his Paris-inspired score for the Disney-Pixar film Ratatouille, which includes the theme song "Le Festin", performed by French artist Camille. He received his first Academy Award nomination for this score. He also created the score for Abrams' 2009 Star Trekfilm.

Giacchino scored the Pixar film Up (and its accompanying animated short Partly Cloudy), for which he collaborated with director Pete Docter. This marked the first time Giacchino worked with a Pixar director other than Brad Bird. This work gained Giacchino his first Academy Award for Best Original Score: the first-ever win for Pixar in that category. Giacchino notes that he won on the same night as his SVA classmate Joel Harlow won for Best Makeup Oscar for Star Trek.[5]

Giacchino has continued his collaboration with J. J. Abrams. For the Abrams-produced monster film Cloverfield, Giacchino wrote an homage to Japanese monster scores in an overture entitled "ROAR!", which played over the credits, and constituted the only original music for the film. He also composed for the pilot of the Abrams-produced American television series Fringe, after which Giacchino gave scoring duties to his assistant Chad Seiter, who scored the first half of season one. The task was then passed on to Chris Tilton, who scored the latter half of season one and all subsequent seasons.

In 2016, Giacchino composed the score for the Marvel film Doctor Strange, as well as the score for the Disney film Zootopia. In September 2016, it was announced that Giacchino had been chosen to replace composer Alexandre Desplat as the composer for the Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One, after Desplat was unavailable following reshoots.[21] Giacchino then scored another Marvel Studios film, 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming.[22]

In November 2015, it was announced that Giacchino would be returning to Pixar to score The Incredibles 2.[23]

Additional compositions[edit]

In addition to his long list of soundtracks, in 2005 Giacchino collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering in creating two new soundtracks for the updated versions of Space Mountain at Disneyland, Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris, and Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland.[19] Giacchino was also contracted by Sarah Vowell, who played character Violet in The Incredibles, to compose the score to the audio version of her book Assassination Vacation. Michael Giacchino's music can also be heard in "Star Tours: The Adventure Continues" during the "travel log videos" shown in the queue for both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of the attraction.

In 2009, he was asked to conduct the Academy Awards orchestra for the 81st Academy Awards. For this project he rearranged many famous movie themes in different styles, including a 1930s Big Band treatment of Lawrence of Arabia and a bossa nova of Moon River. Giacchino also composed the fanfare for the 100th Anniversary logo for Paramount Pictures.


Although he has collaborated frequently with J.J. Abrams, when Abrams was hired to write and direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he opted to have renowned series symphonist John Williams compose the music instead of Giacchino. By way of apology, Abrams cast his friend/collaborator Giacchino as First Order Stormtrooper FN-3181 who, during the raid on Jakku in the opening sequence of the film, throws Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) down to his knees in front of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).[24]


Giacchino is noted for using humorous titles filled with puns on his soundtrack albums.[25][26] Dawn of the Planet of the Apesand Jurassic World in particular had many ape and dinosaur-related double entendres such as "Gorilla Warfare" and "Raptor Your Heart Out".[27] Many of those have references to previous works of his, both in style and naming. Giacchino used themes from the track "U-Boat" from the Medal of Honor soundtrack in the tracks "Sawyer Jones and the Temple of Boom" and "Sub-Primed" from the 5th and 6th season Lost soundtracks as the submarine motif. In terms of naming, the score for The Incredibles contains a piece named "100 Mile Dash", and subsequently Ratatouille had "100 Rat Dash", Up had "Three Dog Dash", and Coco had "Shrine and Dash". Another series of examples: "World's Worst Beach Party" from the first Lost album, "World's Worst Last 4 Minutes To Live" from the Mission: Impossible III soundtrack, "Galaxy's Worst Sushi Bar" from Star Trek(2010 deluxe release), "World's Worst Landscaping" from the second Lost album, "World's Worst Car Wash" from the soundtrack album Lost: The Final Season, and "World's Worst Field Trip" from the soundtrack of Super 8. The soundtrack for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol also has a track titled "World's Worst Parking Valet", and the score for Zootopia contains a track titled "World's Worst Animal Shelter". Inversely, the score for Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction has a track entitled "World's Best Carpool Lane"; the Speed Racer score has tracks entitled "World's Best Autopia" and "World's Worst Road Rage."

Class Links

Class Links
African Dance Video
Awesome music videos
Arts Activity Packs - PBS Teachers
Hand lesson ideas for teachers and great information for students about the arts and subjects within the arts
This article reminds us of the importance of THE ARTS in every child's educational development.
Assorted Lyrics
Alphabetized lyrics of songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein not sorted by musical.
Bach Fugue
Thanks, Shanna!
beginning guitar playing help
guitar information about reading charts, fingering, strings and reference links
Benjamin Zander - 20 minutes of exquisite listening
listen to the magic of classical music played wih passion and emotion and how people can better understand how to listen and perform
Brass Family video
Britten's Young People's Guide To The Orchestra Video
Central Washington University Music
performance schedule and events at CWU Music Department
cool games to learn notes, rhythms and lots more
creating music
explore this children's music site to discover more about music
CWU Prep Program
Information and schedules for CWU Prep Program
Dallas Symphony Orchestra kids activities
fun activities for kids as they learn about orchestra
Dry Your Tears Africa video
Wonderful middle school animation video to John William's choral Dry Your Tears Africa from the movie Armistad
EHS Percussion Ensemble
Watch the EHS Garbage Can Percussion Ensemble play at 2A Basketball Tourney
Electric bass guitar lessons
All about electric bass and how to start a band
Ellensburg School District Music Home Page
ESD 105 Artsfusion
Art information and events throughout ESD 105 and the artsfusion grant
Finale Notepad download

Free drum machine download
Free Eartraining site
Test your ear
Free Music Notation program
Musette music notation program free for Windows users
Free music programs and online lessons
Lots of free links all together in one link. Look here for online music notation programs, lots of instrument lesson choices and tons of other things.
free music staff paper
Want to write some music, but have no staff paper? Go to this site for lots of choices - homework help.
free online metronome
experiment with tempo markings - homework help
free rhythm loops download

Fun music games and quizzes

fun website for music + learning
music games, music + reading, music + math, music +spelling... spanish....
guitar information
chords, guitar fingering, playing guitar information
help learning music theory
help learning note values, how to count notes in a measure, how to read line and space notes and lots more information and help
History Of Jazz website
Thank- You Ms. Rivera and also thanks to her students for locating and sharing this awesome site - check out the amazing links - very cool!
instrument pictures
information about music instruments and other interesting musical topics
instruments of the orchestra and their sound
see and hear instruments of the orchestra
Instruments of the Orchestra video

Jazz recorder - amazing!

Jazzy recorder duo
fun - 2 kids playing a mean jazz duet
k12 station
tons of music research information and music reading homework help
kids songs with lyrics
Link to cool games learning staff note names, recorder fingering, counting rhythm and much more!!!
music learning games for recorder, note names, keyboard recognition and much, much more
Math + Music
Cool site to show relationships between math and music. Fun things to explore .
Math + Music
cool experiments with fractions, math, music and insturments
Math + Music
Another cool site to show relationship between math and music.
Math + Music songs
very cool songs to help teach math
Free Online Metronome
MuseScore Free Music Notation Software download
Here is another free music notation download for students to try
Music Dictionary and reference material

Music Express Kids Corner
games, activities and songs from Music Express Magazine
Music Express Youtube channel
music information websites
music websites created by students
music instrument information
see, hear and learn more about music instruments
Music Instruments
See, hear and learn about music instruments
Music instrument videos

research musicians and music topics
Music notation assistance
homework help
Music resources for educators
Lots of information to help educators find things they need to teach
music scholarship information
Thanks Susan!
Music Theory Lessons and Information
Great site for learning notes, helpful lessons on music theory
National Music Standards

New York Philharmonic Orchestra kids zone
games, activities and information about orchestra instruments, musicians and composers
Best free music notation software on the web
note name worksheets
note trainer from Children's workshop
Thanks Bella!
odd music instruments
explore interesting odd instruments and information
online music games
online games and links for extra music exploration
online piano keyboard with sound

online piano with key names
Learn the names of the white keys and the black keys with piano
orchestral instrument video
Orff Method teaching ideas
Orff lesson plans, ideas and materials
PBS Arts Activity Paks for kids and students of all ages
Lots of fun and lots of information
PBS Jazz site for kids
percussion and keyboard families video
Peter And the Wolf story youtube
phone inside guitar
Check out the science of sound waves. A guy put his iPhone inside his guitar - very cool!
Piano Guys Video
5 Piano Guys - 1 Piano : What Makes You Beautiful. Simply amazing way to play the piano! Thanks Carson and Julie!!!
Quaver's Marvelous World Of Music
Awesome site to learn more about everything music - hands on exploring
Recorder documentary video
Shows all the different recorders - you can hear them play separately and together
recorder fingering chart
Here is where you can find recorder fingerings if you need help
Recorder music to practice for free!
Lots of great music and practice mp3's for recorder from John Jacobson's Music Express Magazine
Recorder perf. Bohemian Rhapsody
Bohemian Rhapsody on the electric recorder - very different sound
Recorder player - amazing guy playing 2 recorders at the same time
recorder player Harry Potter
Theme from Harry Potter played on a recorder - check it out!
recorder songs to play
very nice site to help practice recorder playing - words and music available - slow, medium and faster tempos to help build skill
Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Museum

San Francisco Orchestra kids site
A very cool site to view many different schools and their music lessons and concerts
Sound Effects You Can Use For Free

String family video

The Power Of Music
How music brings life back to an elderly man in a nursing home. Thanks, Shanna
top 10 classical composers
Very interesting video analyzing music from famous classical composers
Treble Clef Note Name Game
Practice your note names with this fun game - other games and worksheets are here too
Washington State Arts Standards
OSPI Arts Website
State Arts Standards, GLE's, Music Glossary, Other Arts documents
What's New In Arts In Our State
Arts Assessments
News From Washington State Arts
Wonderful Jazz information - thanks, Beth!
Woodwind family video

Class Files

Class Files

3rd Grade Recorder
4th Grade Recorder
5th Grade Recorder
Choir 2015-16
Choir parent information
notes home and other pertinent information
This is a chart listing the arts elements, fundamentals and skills/techniques as described by the state in music, visual art, dance and theatre
Extra Music Instructors in and around Ellensburg.doc
Want more music? Here is a list of music instructors in Ellensburg. Missing anyone? Let me know!
Music Instrument Families Power Point Download
V V Choir Remind invite.pdf
Here are instructions for joining the text message reminder service for Choir.
Word Of The Week terms.doc

Class Webpages