Students in purposeful play


Mr. Raker’s Music Room

Welcome to the Music program at Knowlton Elementary! My name is Mr. Raker, and I am the Music Specialist. This year, my students will sing, say, dance, and play in Music class, building a well-rounded set of skills.

Knowlton Elementary has a 6-day Discovery Time rotation schedule including Music, Art, STEM, and P.E. Students attend Music once every six school days. Music class features a lively mixture of singing, dancing, playing numerous instruments, and playing musical games. 

About Mr. Raker:

This is my third year here at Knowlton Elementary, and sixth year teaching overall. I taught for three years at Mireles Elementary before becoming a Knowlton Knight. Before beginning my teaching career, I was a proud member of the U.S. Air Force Band, playing trombone while stationed here at Lackland AFB, as well as 7.5 years at Hanscom AFB near Boston, MA. Other career highlights include playing with the Disneyland Band for five years, three years with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and a year-plus with the musical group “Blast!” I currently play ukulele, penny whistle and sing in a traditional Irish folk group called “The Happy Out.” 

Mr. Raker's Music Class

Knowlton Music Clubs:

  • 4th & 5th Grade Choir: Choir meets every Monday after school from 3:00 - 4:15pm from September through December. We always perform at Knowlton’s Veterans Day assembly as well as the Winter Concert. Choir also performed at HEB last year, and we’re looking forward to singing the National Anthem at a Missions game in September 2022. 
  • Knowlton 5th Grade Strings: Strings meet every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3:00 - 4:15pm for the entire school year. Ms. Cavazos, Zachry Middle School’s Orchestra Director and I co-teach this group on Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass. We perform at the Winter and Spring Concerts here, as well as several concerts at Zachry MS. 
  • Ukulele Club: This brand new group meets Mondays from 3 - 4:15pm in the Spring semester. We will perform at the Spring concert. 

Here is a link to the Knowlton Music Clubs handbook: Knowlton Music Ensembles Handbook

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