Samantha Cunanan

About Ms. Cunanan

- Born and raised in Illinois!

- Graduated from Wheaton College in 2012 with a BME

- Received Orff certification from 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 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

New York Philharmonic KidZone

San Francisco Symphony Kids

Classics for Kids

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids

PBS Kids

Joy Tunes Recorder Game

Welcome back!

Welcome back to another exciting year of music here at Hawthorne!  I'm so excited to sing, say, dance, and play with all of you as we learn and grow into better musicians.

This web page will soon be replaced with a Google Site, but until then check back for updates and resources and don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions at

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 and 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 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.

Kindergarten meets once a week for 30 minutes, 1st and 2nd grade 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes, and 3rd through 5th grade twice a for 30 minutes.