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    Welcome to Mr Sorrells' Music page where you get all of the information you need for 2020 - 2021 

    Email contact for Mr Sorrells:

    michael.sorrells@sausd.us

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    During our current school closure due to Covid, our team of sausd elementary music educators havecreated asynchronous music instruction for grades K through 5. At the present time, my focus is on creating music lessons for our 5th grade students districtwide. Our asynchronous music lessons are provided on a daily basis and are accessible through a dashboard link provided to all classroom teachers in SAUSD.

    Students and families can access music lessons and activities for all grade levels (K-6) through our SAUSD Elementary Music website.  

    Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions about our music program.

    We hope you are managing to get through these diffuclt times and look forward to returning to in-person music instruction when it is safe.


    Warm regards,

    Mr Sorrells

    michael.sorrells@sausd.us
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    michael.sorrells@sausdlearns.net
     
     
    GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODES:
     
    Santa Ana Unified School District Elementary Music Website (K - 5)
     
    Performance schedule 2020 - 2021 school year
     
    Nothing scheduled due to covid 19
     
     
    Music Curricullum and Details at Greenville

    * All 2nd grade students recive general music once a week 

    * All 3rd grade students receive instruction on the Recorder once a week

    * 4th grade students are elidgible to participate in Choir and instrumental music.  Criteria for selection depends on recomendation from their previous third grade teacher AND their perfromance/behavior/interest in 3rd grade recorders

    * 5th grade students are elidgible to participate in choir and advanced instrumental music (limited amount of 5th grade students can enroll in beginning instruments). Criteria for selection as follows: participation in beginning instrumental music and choir.  A few 5th grade students can enroll in beginning instrumental music based on both openings and their 3rd grade recorder "performance/participation record."  

    (NOTE: 5th grade students that may have slipped through the cracks in instrumental music at Greenville have the "option" of taking beginning band at MacArthur.  Please contact Mr Sorrells and/or ms holdcroft at Macarthur to get your child enrolled in the beginning class in intermediate school 

    Recommendation: If you plan to rent or purchase a band or string instrument for your child please (i beg you!!!) don't purchase it from Walmart  costco, a pawn shop, swap meet or anywhere else.  Very often these instruments are inferior, in need of repair or cannot be repaired - especially band instruments - and then you are stuck (unless you want to use it as a lamp stand).  Please visit Jims music in Tustin for inst renta, repairs and purchases 

     

    Fodder and a little bit about Mr Sorrells:

    He's a yuck, yee haw and often tells his students that "He's not that smart" - and they usually agree with him.."but he is efficient." Still, Mr Sorrells has the honor of working as an elementary music specialist in the Santa Ana Unified School District for 25 years. His Monday through Friday schedule will find him teaching music at 2 wonderful schools:  Monte Vista and Greenville! His duties at these 2 fine teaching institutions of learning include teaching choir, general music, recorder, piano, beginning and advanced band, and beginning and advanced strings, as well as the hula-hoop - scratch that - Mr Sorrells couldn't "hula" or "hoop" if his life depended on it.

    His hobbies include music and playing the guitar. On his days off Mr Sorrells also likes to play music and the guitar. For fun and relaxation he also enjoys, you guessed it: playing music and the guitar. Seriously, Mr Sorrells has other interests, but they aren't as important as: playing music and the guitar.

    Mr Sorrells has been married for many years to Mrs. Sorrells and even though she admits "he's weird" she loves him, not because he plays music and the guitar, but she claims no one can "makes chocolate pudding like he can!" Mr Sorrells doesn't know if that's true or not, but he's glad Mrs Sorrells is still married to him because he says "she makes me look good" - and if you have seen or met Mrs Sorrells you know that this is very true!

    Keith and Cami are the names of Mr. Sorrells son and daughter. Keith is a musician like Mr Sorrells - only better. He graduated from orange county high school of the arts where he studied viola. Cami attends Foothill high school and is on the dance team. Mr Sorrells loves his kids, because they always keep their rooms clean, don't eat too much and hardly ever talk back to him - and that's probably a good thing.

    Believe it or not: Mr Sorrells graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a BA in liberal studies and a minor in music. He has 2 teaching credentials (k-8 and music) from National University and a masters in curriculum, design and assessment from Walden university! With that said, if Mr Sorrells can accomplish and earn these degrees and credentials, then anyone can!! Yeah, he figured you would all agree!

    Final silly and fun facts about Mr Sorrells and then we shall conclude this correspondence: He exercises and works out every single day - even when he is sick (and tired), has climbed Mount Whitney not once, but 2 times - and its high! How high?...real high! He loves trains - especially the "Big Boy" steam locomotive, Union Pacific Railroad and is always happy when he has to stop at a railroad crossing to let a train goes by - especially when it's a junk freight! He knows a little bit about everything to the point that it usually gets him into trouble when he works on his car or house. He also loves the music of the Beatles and Grand Funk Railroad! In his extra not so often spare time Mr Sorrells likes to pen original songs: some of his hit titles inlcude: "Another no good for noth'n bad song," "Hanker'n for a cantanker'n," and that yet to be recorded classic: "What ever happened to the Caboose?" Finally, he plays guitar and sings in a local Orange County rockabilly group and hopes to someday sing with Elvis Presley (don't tell anyone, but Mr Sorrells thinks Elvis is still alive and hasn't left the building!).

    Be that as it may, Mr Sorrells wants all of his students and their parents to know that he  loves working for the Santa Ana Unified School District and always wants the best for his students. He appreciates it that everyone puts up with him and truth be told enjoys nothing likes better than teaching music at Greenville and Edison. He loves hearing from parents and students so please feel free to email him anytime @ michael.sorrells@sausd.us He checks his email all the time - even on the weekends and vacation! (for the record, Email is better than trying to call him on the phone in his classroom - just say'n)

    Notwithstanding, in conclusion, and heretofore, Mr Sorrells would like to leave you all with this concluding thought from his favorite movie Nacho Libre: "My life is good. Real good."

     

    Mr Sorrells Family - See we told you Mrs. Sorrells Makes Mr. Sorrells look good!

    (left to right: Mrs. Sorrells, Cami, Keith, ?)

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    Elvis and Mr Sorrells

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    A young more chipper Mr Sorrells

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    on top of Mount Whitney!  All covered with rocks!

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    Mr Sorrells with a fish he just caught just before he stuck it in his ear - naww!  not really, he tossed back in the lake!

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    Mr Sorrells performing with his rockabilly group on the front of a Big Boy Steam locomotive (see I told you he likes trains!!)

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