Grade 4 and 5, Week of May 11th

Happy Monday 4th and 5th Graders!
Did you try the Twist and The Limbo last week?
Remember, dances have always been part of popular music. What dances do you know?

Show me on this week’s Flipgrid!

You could also use the QR code to quickly get to the Flipgrid from the phone or tablet app.
Here’s a Just Dance Disco song to try. Disco is a style of music prominent in the late 70s that bridged Rock and Roll to Hip Hop.

Do you have a guitar or ukulele in your house with you?
Join me Monday at 1pm on The Facebook group (or right here afterwards) and play along!

Back to the Science of Sound, I would like you to please try the quiz on Google Classroom again. It is a review of all of our terms.

I also put together a quick review video that ends with the glass shattering! #Spoiler alert, it was pretty disappointing.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade, Week of May 4th

May the 4th be with you!
Let’s begin this week like every week, with We Are Cloverbank

Next, sing along with Baby Beluga! This time it’s my sister, Mrs. Clark from Winchester Elementary in West Seneca (Yes, my sister is also an elementary school music teacher…so was my dad!)
Her daughter Natalie makes (a big) appearance!

Next, let’s do another at-home Musication Video!

Add on to this with a Dance!

Lastly, please check out my virtual Music Room!
My suggestion is to click the Legos in the bottom-left corner.

Grade 2 and 3, Week of May 4th

May the 4th be with you!
We’re still working on reading treble clef notes! Some of you sent me some drawing of Treble Clefs and they looked amazing!
On top of the treble clef reading, I’ve also started a FlipGrid for recorder songs for the third graders.

You can record yourself playing any of our Recorder Monster songs, even ones from which you already have a belt.
The password for May is “monster”. I will comment on each to say 1-2-3 or 4. Record as many as you’d like.

I’m also uploading all of the songs to this link:

Now on to Treble Clef once more. Here is a video from The Royal Irish Academy of Music that describes treble clef.

Here is another diagram. Hopefully you’re starting to see that where the note is on the staff determines it’s pitch. With letters, it’s a different shape that tells them apart. An “A” looks very different than a “B”, but in music, they’re all circles, so it depends on whether it’s on a line or a space, AND which line or space it’s on.

Lastley, try this game on

I miss you all. Feel free to explore my virtual music room this week too if you want to do some more activities!
Mr. Panfil’s Virtual Music Room

Grade 4 and 5, Week of May 4th, 2020

Good morning!
We’re finishing up the Science of Sound by talking about Amplitude!
Amplitude is the height of a sound wave and it determines how loud or soft the sound is.

A sound with a high amplitude CAN be damaging to your ears. in fact, even though high pitched sounds can be annoying, with a low amplitude, they’re perfectly safe to listen to.

Any sound played with a high enough amplitude can be dangerous to your hearing.

Amplitude is measured in decibels. Here is a chart to see some common decibel readings:


This doesn’t mean that you will lose all your hearing from being exposed to a higher amplitude sound, but they get more and more dangerous the higher the decibel level. In general, you should wear hearing protection when being exposed to sounds higher than 85 decibels, even more so if you need to be around the sound for a long time.


In 4th grade, we were just about to get to the best part of American Music History…The Dances!
Much of American Pop Music is based on popular dances at the time. Studios and artists are still creating new dance crazes and dance challenges on TikTok are launching huge careers for artists that may not have gotten radio air time before. Think about all of the songs in 2019 that had a specific dance tied to it.

Let’s do some dances that helped launch Rock and Roll, both of them this week by Chubby Checker:

Lastly this week, I’m looking for a time to go live and break a glass with sound. Stay tuned to the Cloverbank Facebook Group, Google Classroom, and for info!

If you want more music activities this week, check out my virtual classroom!

Kindergarten and 1st Grade, Week of April 27th

As always, let’s start with We Are Cloverbank!

Next, let’s sing the song we tried last week! Did you bounce the ball on the beat? Did you have someone do it with you?

Bounce High, bounce low, bounce the ball to Shiloh!
Here is a video of the song as a reminder:

Next, let’s do a few movement songs!
My daughter Emma helped with “Jim Along Josie”

And lastly, try “Do Your Ears Hang Low” with me:

4th and 5th Grade, Week of April 27th


There is an optional Mystery Science this week.
Please watch these videos on the science of sound.

All sound is vibration and it travels in waves. The waves have an amplitude and a frequency.
The amplitude of a wave shows us how loud or soft the sound is.
The frequency tells us how high or low the sound will be.
see the link here:
Then watch this video:

Now if all sound is vibration, and certain frequencies produce certain notes, why do different instruments sound different?
If they’re both vibration the air at the same frequency, shouldn’t they sound the same?

Let’s take a look at Timbre:

Lastly, Is it possible to break a glass with sound?
It is! I try it with my voice here:

Here’s a video of a successful break in class last year (Everyone had earplugs)