Music at Twain

Hello my name is Miss Melisa Rutkelis and I am pleased to teach music to students at Twain. If you have questions please email me anytime at

The students in classroom general K-5 music:

K-2 students learn about rhythm, steady beat, singing, and play classroom instruments

3rd grade students are beginning classroom mariachi music, while learning to read music in every music class. If a student has their own guitar, they may bring it to school on their music day. ALL STUDENTS IN 3rd GRADE SHOULD HAVE A GUITAR PICK FOR EACH MUSIC CLASS (write their name/room or initials on their pick in sharpie marker)

4th grade students are strengthening their music reading skills by playing classroom instruments while reading music each class. 257 MUST BRING THEIR MUSIC AND INSTRUMENT TO CLASS EVERY THURSDAY. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CALL HOME, THEY WILL BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATE ASSIGNMENT AND LOSE POINTS FOR THE DAY.

5TH grade students are learning the modern band instruments in each class. By using Little Kids Rock curriculum materials and instruments, the students play popular songs and choose instruments they enjoy playing each class period when demonstrating good behavior. If a student has their own guitar, they may bring it to school on their music day. ALL STUDENTS IN 5th GRADE SHOULD HAVE A GUITAR PICK FOR EACH MUSIC CLASS (write their name/room or initials on their pick in sharpie marker)

Fall Marching Band Parade Dates All are welcome to come out and support the band!

October 10th Columbus Day Parade

Wacker and State to Vanburen @ 1:00pm!

October 29th Pumpkin Jamboree Parade

Archer Ave from Harlem to Kennedy High School for the Jamboree 11:00am

Marching Band/Concert Band
Students that were in band the previous year and who started this summer and auditioned on their instrument are the ONLY band members invited to march the fall parades. Band is on Friday from 3:30-5:00p.m. Please pick up your band student PROMPTLY at 5:00 p.m. at Door #1.

Cadet Band
Cadet Band is the beginning band for 5th – 8th grade students every Wednesday from 3:30 – 5pm Please contact Miss Rutkelis if you have any questions.

Mariachi Band
Students are separated by ability level into two groups for an AUDITIONED mariachi group after school. The groups are set this year, so please check your school calendar to see when your student comes to Mariachi Mondays. If not noted A or B all students come from 3:30-5pm each week!

Attention ALL Twain Students

ALL CITY SOUTH REGION 3rd-8th Students at Curie High School

Check the grades listed below to get your child involved in Saturday arts at Curie High School. Your student should register online and show up to Curie on October 15th to be placed in the correct group. Please let me know if they cannot make the audition, they will still be accepted.

Elementary Band 4th-8th grade: Students may join if they have played their instrument for at least 1 year or already in concert band. Miss Lawrence is the director of the elementary band for Curie. Band Students should arrive from 10-12pm on the 15th audition.

Choir 3rd – 8th grade: Student can join the choir with no choral experience!

Modern Rock Band 5th- 8th grade NEW THIS YEAR- Enjoy playing rock band instruments? (guitar, piano, drums, singing) Audition for the new Curie site All-city modern band!

Dance or Theater 8th Grade only: Students can participate in dance or theater with students that are in high school. This is a great networking opportunity for your child to meet students from other high schools and perform.

Please register your child today for any of the groups above at:

School Partnerships:

Little Kids Rock

Orchestra Explorers


Resources for Band students

Instrument Music Retailer

Instrument R/Music Supplier

Sheet music for students


Music Lessons

Merit School of Music

VanderCook College of Music


Summer Music Camps

Blue Lake

Illinois Summer Youth Music


Mark Twain Elementary School

5134 South Lotus Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638
Tel: (773) 535-2290
Fax: (773) 535-2248

Laura Paull, Principal
Mary Ann Correa, Asst. Principal
Jennifer Crall, Asst. Principal

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