Music Class Blog

  • Musical greetings to you during this Distance Learning Time!  

    I hope you are finding ways to include music into each day.  I know when I hear birds singing, or  have a song inside my head, my world is brighter.

    Please feel free to email me any thoughts, ideas or questions you may have.  

    I miss you!     Mrs. Reed

    My Office Hours are 8am - 10am every day.  


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  • Memorial Day Songs

    Posted by Karen Reed on 5/21/2020 1:00:00 PM

    In light of Memorial Day coming soon, here are a few of the songs we usually do at our annual Memorial Day Celebration at school, where we remember people who have served our country.

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  • "Bluebird, Bluebird" singing game

    Posted by Karen Reed on 5/15/2020 2:00:00 PM

    In case you missed this on a previous learning template, here’s a fun song about a Bluebird that you can sing as you “fly” about your yard or your house.  It says “Choose a little partner, tap ‘em on the shoulder”, but you can stop and choose anything to be your “partner” (tree, ground, table, stuffed animal, sibling, ect.) and tap that to the music! You can also use different parts of your body to tap. Have fun adapting this singing game!

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  • Take a Listening Walk and listen to "Nature's Orchestra"

    Posted by Karen Reed on 5/15/2020 1:00:00 PM

    When I’m outside, I hear so many sounds.  I bet you do too!  I've created a list of different bird and frog sounds in our area, so click here  to watch some short videos of familiar sights and sounds.   

    Take a LISTENING WALK and write down how many different sounds you hear.  You may notice that their songs have elements of music, such as rhythms, pitches, and repetition (repeats). Besides the songs of birds and frogs, are you hearing anything else? Can you imitate what you hear? If you were a frog or a bird, what would your song sound like?  

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  • Frog Went A-Courtin'

    Posted by Karen Reed on 5/15/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Here's a fun version of the song "Frog Went A-Courin".  It has many nonsense words like “Ro-lly bob- a- rink- tum”,   “Kimo karo, captain karo”, Bom-ba-nee -shee ki- mo”, “shim-mi- nic-ki” and “bom-ba-nick-i”.   Have fun singing!

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  • I went A-Gathering

    Posted by Karen Reed on 5/11/2020 9:00:00 AM

    In case you missed this on last week's learning template, here is Mrs. Reed singing "I Went A-Gathering".

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  • Rhythm Fun with REAL "Gathered Things"

    Posted by Karen Reed on 5/11/2020

    Join Mrs. Reed as she experiments with different rhythms and sounds with 4 objects gathered from her home.  Try gathering 4 objects from your home and come up with your own rhythm piece!

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  • A Walk in the Woods with Mrs. Reed

    Posted by Karen Reed on 4/30/2020

    Join Mrs. Reed as she takes a walk in the woods in search of spring flowers, and shares the song "Let it Be" by Malvina Reynolds

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  • There's a River Flowing in my Soul

    Posted by Karen Reed on 4/28/2020

    Join Mrs. Reed as she sings a favorite  "Green Mountain Sing" song.

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  • Listen to Beautiful Children's Voices

    Posted by Karen Reed on 4/17/2020

    Listen to this beautiful Virtual children's choir singing the song "Rise Up" by Andra Day.  It features students in the Boston Children's Chorus, in collaboration with Denver Children's Choir, Children's Chorus of Washington DC, Gondwana Choirs, Sydney, and Cincinnati Boychoir.

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  • Down By the Bay

    Posted by Karen Reed on 4/16/2020

    Mrs. Reed invites you to sing along to "Down by the Bay" as she plays her ukelele!

    Thank you to our third graders who have come up with new verses!  Try these:

    "Did you ever see a pig eating a fig?" 

    "Did you ever see a katydid saying' “How’s it goin’ kid?”

    "Did you ever see a crocodile running a mile?"

    "Did you ever see a dog eating a frog?"

    "Did  you ever see a pig wearing a wig?"

    "Did you ever see a fox dancing on a box?"

    Thank you third graders!

    Down by the Bay
    Down by the Bay

    Join Mrs. Reed as she sings "Down By the Bay" with her ukelele!

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Welcome to Music Class!

 Karen Reed

Phone: 802-857-7000 x.4237


Degrees and Certifications:

Karen Reed

I am Karen Reed and I have been teaching music at Hiawatha for over 30 years! I think children's voices are the most beautiful sound in the world. I love seeing the children grow and learn to appreciate the beauty and power of music in their lives.

I live in Williston, just down the road from where I grew up, with my husband, Rick, our cat and dog. We have 3 grown children and we love spending time with them,  Besides music (playing piano, flute, accompanying musicians, being a church musician, and listening to music), I love to be active and outside. I regularly swim, run and take lots of walks with my dog, Libby. 

I love teaching music to children and can't imagine doing anything else! 

What we do here

  • Welcome to Ms. Reed's class!

    Music classes are full of a variety of musical activities and the students do a great job exploring their voices, singing songs, playing singing games, doing rhythm work, playing instruments and learning ear training skills.

    It is a joy to work with the children of Hiawatha School and help them grow as musical people! Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions.

    Plato said, "I will teach the children music, physics and philosophy, but music is the most important because in the pattern of the arts is the key to all learning."


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