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SUSAN TOLAND

SUSAN TOLAND

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Contact Info:

Work Phone:

9036401075

Conference Times:

7:30-8:15

Class Room Number:

B1

About Me

Educational History:

I am a 1981 graduate of Bonham High School. I graduated from Grayson County College in 1983. I was a member of the show choir, concert choir, and the jazz band and Alpha Chi, the academic honor society. In 1989, I graduated from Hardin Simmons University. I participated in the concert choir and the HSU chorale, and was accompanist for various voice students. I was a member of the fine arts academic honor society also.

Degrees and Certifications:

I have an Associate of Arts degree in Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree with a Music Education certification. My emphasis has been on choral music. I am also certified to teach in the general education classroom for grades prek – 4th

Professional Development:

I have been a member of Texas Music Educators Association for 24 years and have attended their conferences for several years. Much of my training and in service in my subject area has come from attending the conferences. I have also attended regional workshops on teaching Orff and other methods of instrumental music. Music is a subject that is cross curricular and I integrate other core subjects into my lessons. 

Current Position:

The 2020-21 school year will be my 25th year of teaching. I started teaching at Finley Oates in 2002, and I am the music teacher. I see each student K through 3rd grade for 30 minutes each week. Prior to teaching at FO, I was at Bailey Inglish for 5 years teaching grades 3-4, and IW Evans, teaching grades 3-5. In addition to teaching music, I also assist with intervention in the regular classroom and tutor individual students. I am the UIL coordinator for our campus and coach our Music Memory team. I am the accompanist for our district choirs. 

Previous Position:

I started my teaching career in 1996 with Bonham ISD, and have been here ever since. Before starting my teaching career, I worked for the Department of Human Services as an Income Assistance case worker.  I was always involved with youth and children in church, and enjoyed working with them in VBS and on mission trips. I love bringing music and children together.

Family Information:

I am a single mom to 3 terrific adult children; Jordan, Jenna, and Jared. I have twin grandsons, Kayson and Grayson. I have a fur baby at home named Abby. She keeps me company. I have a new granddaughter, Madison, that is the prettiest baby you have ever seen!

Personal Information:

In addition to my teaching duties, I am praise team leader/pianist/organist at my church, First Presbyterian Church. I also have a few piano students. My family gathers every Sunday night for dinner at my Mom’s house and we enjoy playing Skipbo or Chickenfoot after dinner. 

SUSAN TOLAND

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Spring is Coming!

We have been very busy in music class. Our 3rd graders just finished their presentation. Since we weren’t able to get on stage and perform as a group (thanks for COVID), each class sang a winter song and played instruments. The videos turned out great and they will be online soon.

2nd and 3rd grade have been working with rhythms a lot since we limit our singing. We play a fun game called Poison Rhythms that they love to play. If you’re interested in seeing the game, I think there are some examples on Youtube.

3rd grade will soon be getting into reading the musical staff. 2nd grade is preparing a presentation that will be ready by May, if all goes well. 1st grade and K have been learning about TEXAS, singing the state song, playing some Texas songs on the bells and learning some singing games that Texans used to play long, long ago. Remember the Alamo!

This will be my last year at Finley Oates. After 25 years of teaching, I am retiring. I hope to be able to see my grandkids more often and travel some. I will still be around FO in some capacity. I will substitute a little and maybe volunteer as well.

I can honestly say that after 25 years, I still enjoy my job. I love the students and I think they are proud when they accomplish things as a group in music class. Every student can succeed in my class. 

 

Welcome Back! January happenings...

I hope everyone has had a great back to school week! We have lots planned for the music room this month.

Kindergarten – Fast and slow, high and low, and the instruments of the orchestra

First grade – Martin Luther King, half notes, moving from lower to higher

Second grade – Rhythm reading, Martin Luther King

Third grade – Martin Luther King, preparing for our winter presentation ( to be presented late January via video).

November and December

I hopee everyone has had a great start back to school. I know I have enjoyed seeing my students after being out of school for so long! We have been busy in the music room learning new things!

Your child’s music grade is based on their participation. I never ask for perfection, but I do expect them to try!

I try to incorporate other subjects into my lessons such as social studies and history. We also summarize lyrics to songs and talk about word meanings. Music is very cross-curricular.

The 2nd 9 weeks of school, we will build on our previous lessons, and focus on these concepts:

K – rhythm and singing games

1st – rhythm reading and form

2nd – form

3rd – form, musical maps, and preparing for our January program, (which will be pre recorded)

Welcome Back to School!

I hope everyone has had a great start back to school. Things are a little different, but we are still learning. 

Because of COVID-19, we are unable to sing right now, but we listen and hum along to our songs.

September learning:

Kindergarten – Steady beat, using our 5 different voices, learning how to use the instruments, following the conductor

1st grade – Strong/weak beats, meters of 2,3, and 4, practicing rhythm

2nd and 3rd grade – Reading rhythm notation with quarter notes, eighth notes and rests. 

 

Contact SUSAN TOLAND

Classroom Number:
B1
School Phone:
9036401075
Conference Time:
7:30-8:15