Welcome to the Music Classroom!
I am so excited to be working with your kiddo!
Hi! I am Mrs. Hartman. I am the Music teacher at Washington Elementary. I think I have the best job in the world because I get to sing, play musical games and instruments with children all day long!
I was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. It was in Decatur, Illinois where I met the love of my life, Mr. Hartman, who is one of the most gifted educators I have ever known. He teachers AP Economics, AP Psychology, AP Government and the PALS program at Sherman High School. We have 2 boys who keep us busy. When we aren't teaching, we are enjoying our time as a family. I enjoy baking, photography and quilting. I also love listening to music of all kinds, and watching a few of my favorite shows on television.
I graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2006. Then in 2009, I graduated from McKendree University with my Master of Education in School Administration. I have been teaching since 2006, my first three years were spent teaching in Illinois and then the rest of my teaching career has been at Washington Elementary.
My goal is for all students to develop their musical skills in my classroom but most of all, my hope is that they develop a love and appreciation for music. It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together!
Main Units of Study per Grade Level:
We focus on developing our singing voices and being about to demonstrate a steady beat accurately. These are foundational skills that are necessary to be success musicians!
We continue to develop our singing voices and steady beat skills. We start reading basic rhythm patterns and transfer those skills to instruments.
At the beginning of the year we focus on learning about the instruments of the orchestra. We also increase the difficulty of our rhythm reading and we continue to develop our sight singing skills. Ukuleles are also introduced to our second graders.
The third graders develop their ukulele skills and are introduced to the recorder. We increase the complexity of our rhythm reading and sight singing.
Our fourth graders dive deep into the world of recorders. They become fluent in reading notes on the treble clef staff. It is the perfect transition instrument for students are condsidering being a part of the band in the future.