Quick Notes



We are working hard on identifying and performing quarter notes, eighth notes (beamed together, which means two eighth notes=one quarter note), and quarter rests in 4 beat patterns.

Staff (5 lines, 4 spaces):    

   See the source image

Measure (vertical barlines at                                                         ends of staff):

See the source image

The first thing to understand is that most, if not all music symbols, are placed on either a staff (music symbol with 5 lines and 4 spaces) or a measure (music symbol with vertical barlines at the ends of a staff).


Each symbol or pairing of symbols below are worth one beat each. Here are what they look like:


quarter note:  quarter note   eighth notes (beamed) Beamed Eighth Notes

quarter rest   Quarter Rest 

four two-beamed sixteenth notes

There are music symbols which helps us know if we are singing or playing instruments in a high or low range. These music symbols are placed to the left of a staff or measure before any other music symbol.   Here they are!


Treble Clef (a.k.a. "G" clef).                          See the source image

                                                                       Related image  Bass Clef (a.k.a. "F" clef)

Please practice making four-part rhythmic patterns by clapping rhythms with the quarter and eighth notes, and by doing a "two hand shoulder touch" for quarter rests.

When practicing your clapping of rhythms, clapping at head or shoulder level indicates notes which would be connected to high notes with the treble clef. Clapping at stomach or waist level indicates notes connected to low notes with the bass clef.


When clapping the notes and rests, sounds can be made with these music symbols as well! Here's how you say them as you clap themquarter note= Ta      Beamed Eighth Notes= Ti-ti (tee-tee)  Quarter Restrest (shoulder tap)


ti-ki-ti-ki (tee-kee-tee-kee)=



How many different 4 beat rhythms can you make? Try it and have fun together!


​​ All 3rd through 5th graders, as well as their parents/guardians are welcome to use this music study guide in order to help them with any activity, quiz or test they may have in music throughout the year!

Music Study Guide.pdf

Music Symbol Review Sheet.pdf




All trimester newsletters​ will be available here on the Quick Notes page of Mr. Bolden's website! Enjoy! 

2018-2019 School Year


Cherry Valley Trimester 1 Newsletter 2018-2019.pdf

 Cherry Valley Trimester 2 Newsletter 2018-2019.pdf

2019-2020 School Year

Cherry Valley Trimester 1 Newsletter 2019-2020.pdf


In celebration of The RPS All-City Fine Arts Week from (March 2, 2020 through March 7, 2020), selected students will represent Cherry Valley at the Elementary All-City Elementary Arts and Music Festival on Saturday March 7, 2020 at 2pm at East High School. All from our community are welcome to attend.

Please feel free to check out our Fine Arts Page to see all of the wonderful things taking place in our music, art, theatre and drama community as the lights of those within and around the city continue to shine!


For those interested in participating performance  the Fairhaven Retirement Concert in the Spring of 2020, please stay tuned for details to come! I'm looking forward for the opportunities to do our best to shine a light in our community with the spirit, passion and fun of music!






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