Ms. LaMotta


Anne-Marie LaMotta

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Welcome! 
My name is Anne-Marie LaMotta. My email at school is:
anne-marielamotta@whschools.org 
I wear many hats at Carrigan Intermediate School. I teach General Music, Chorus, Drama and run a Summer Theater Program. 

Dates to mark on your calendar:

Winter Choral Concert: December 18, 2017
Disney's Lion King Junior: April 11,2018
Spring Choral  Concert: April 24, 2018
Fine Arts Festival: TBA

   
The following units are studied during the year:  Score Reading, Vocal Study, Percussion (utilizing the djembe), Chorus,
 Keyboard Lab, and Basic Guitar. There are 2 after school programs as well: Drama Club and Summer Theater

Score Reading: Standard Music Notation, following the score, lyrics and their meaning, composition, historical framework for each piece, and ensemble performance utilizing a multitude of instruments including: voice, hand chimes, drums, hand held percussion instruments and keyboard

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Vocal Study: vocal projection (which includes anatomy of the voice and how your body functions as it's own musical instrument), enunciation, pronunciation, and pacing

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Percussion: Standard Musical Notation (focusing on note and rest values, measures and time signatures), African drumming techniques, historical references, facts about Africa, and drum circles

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Chorus: ensemble singing, basic vocal techniques, singing posture, basic breathing, and choral singing vs. solo singing culminating  in classroom and public performances


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Keyboard Lab: navigating the keyboard controls (yes, that's all the buttons),
basic playing techniques, (and yes, that means using all your fingers), note name and value identification, melody notation,  basic Standard Music Notation, working cooperatively with your keyboard partner and performing simple melodies


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Guitar:
Grade 6 will begin an Introductory Guitar course this year. Students will learn: proper guitar positioning, basic chords, correct grip and use of the pick, and simple melody playing.


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 Drama


This is the eighth year of the Carrigan Drama Club. Some of our past shows include: Clowns, Dragon Tale, The Castaways,  Disney's Aladdin Jr., Disney's Alice in Wonderland, and A Christmas Carol.  This year, students will present Disney's Lion King Junior.
April 11, 2018


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Summer Theater

For
 two weeks in the summer students from the fifth grade head to the Carrigan Auditorium to learn about everything theater: history, vocal projection, skit writing, improvisation, and more! On the last day, they present a presentation that is almost entirely student generated. Students also receive a Carrigan Summer Theater tee shirt when they graduate from the program!



Drama Camp

For two weeks in the summer students from the fifth grade head to the Carrigan Auditorium to learn about everything theater: history, vocal projection, skit writing, improvisation, and more! On the last day, they present a presentation that is almost entirely student generated. Students also receive a Carrigan Summer Theater tee shirt when they graduate from the program!



  


 

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Check back in June for dates to mark on your calendar for  
2018-2019 




What else are we up to...


Students from the Carrigan Drama Club will be performing in the West Haven Fine Arts Festival in May at the Savin Rock Conference Center.


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What's next for Carrigan music students?

stay tuned.....