Samantha Cunanan

Music Links

Clink the links below to get to websites full of extra resources, information, and games to help you practice and learn about music outside of music class:

Brain Pop

Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Kids

New York Philharmonic KidZone

San Francisco Symphony Kids

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids

Classics for Kids

PBS Kids

About Ms. Cunanan

- Born and raised in Illinois

- Graduated from Wheaton College in 2012 with a BME

- Received her Masters in Music Ed from VanderCook College of Music in 2022

- Completed Orff certification at VanderCook College of Music in 2019

- Loves to sing, play piano, ukulele and a little guitar

- Has a weakness for chocolate and coffee

- Enjoys listening to all kinds of music

Music at Hawthorne

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
― Plato

Music at Hawthorne is a class where each child is able to enjoy, learn and participate in music making in an active environment through singing, chanting, moving, and playing.  Together we learn musical concepts through imitation, improvisation, and exploration, eventually moving into notation and music literacy.  Students experience music through a variety of mediums and instruments, starting with the development of proper vocal technique, rhythmic body percussion, creative movement/dance and active listening.  Eventually students learn to incorporate and play smaller unpitched percussion instruments, eventually leading up to barred instruments such as the glockenpiel, metallophone, and xylophone, then finally recorders and ukuleles.  The foundational skills taught in Kindergarten music continue to be built upon during their years at Hawthorne as students develop their musical vocabulary and skills through 5th grade.

All grade levels meet twice a week for 30 minutes.