The students have been working diligently on their music for the holiday concert! For students involved, it is this Thursday at 6:30 PM at the Forum in Harrisburg. Please have your children there by 6:15. They must sit in their assigned seats so they can be ready to go. To clear up any confusion about dress code, I have included the information here:
MS/US Concert Black Attire (i.e. Holiday Concert; MS and US Fall, Winter, and Spring Concerts):
Boys: solid black dress slacks, solid black dress shirt, neck tie (any color), black dress socks, and black dress shoes (solid black sport coat optional).
Girls: semi-formal appropriate length solid black dress or solid black skirt or pants and black blouse or shirt, with black dress shoes (and socks if applicable.)
EC/LS Concert Dress (Seasonal) Attire (i.e. Holiday Concert, EC and LS Spring concerts, EC and LS Closing Ceremonies):
Boys: seasonal color dress slacks, seasonal color dress shirt, seasonal color dress socks, and dress shoes (seasonal color tie and sport coat optional). Girls: seasonal color semi-formal appropriate length dress, or seasonal color collared blouse or shirt with pants or appropriate length skirt, with dress shoes.
The early childhood classes have been moving, shaking, singing, playing instruments and games learning music.
The Hats students enjoyed singing “Over the River and Through the Woods” for the Thanksgiving all-school assembly. They have been working on their music listening skills with Freeze-Dance game, and action songs that require them to move to the beat in different ways. We sang “Do Your Ears Hang Low?”, read a book about the colors of the rainbow and sang “You can Sing a Rainbow” and did movement with colored scarves. We will finish out December with movement to various Nutcracker movements, holiday sing-along, and playing the new classroom gathering drum to the beat of songs!
The Junior Kindergarten students have been singing songs that connect with their classroom learning. We sang “Mary, Mary Quite Contrary” and “Do You Know the Muffin Man?” as well as “Over the River” for the Thanksgiving all-school assembly. We played and sang “London Bridge”. We danced with scarves and moved them to various classical music pieces, as well as sang “I’m a Little Teapot” with movements. We also played a game from Africa, called “Obwasanasah”. They played instruments to the beat of the song as we sang. We will finish up December with snowflake dancing, listening to Nutcracker pieces and moving with scarves and singing some holiday songs in a sing along!
The Kindergarten classes have been singing up a storm in November and December! They played the “Button You Must Wander” circle game where they sang a song, and passed the button around the circle and the student in the middle had to find who had the button. They also sang a song about a “Fine Turkey” and “Over the River and Through the Woods” for the Thanksgiving all-school assembly. They also began an Orff instrument unit with the song “Abiyo Abiyo,” an Aboriginal song from Australia. We played rhythm instruments with various beats while singing this Echo song, took turns being the leader for the class to echo, and began learning the various Orff instrument parts. The Orff instruments are small classroom instruments similar to xylophones. I fixed up 2 bass instruments (one Xylophone and one Metallophone) and 2 alto xylophones that I found in the band room storage area. We also ordered new mallets for the instruments, and the students have been enjoying playing various melodies and rhythms on the instruments. We will eventually have 4 parts playing at the same time for this song, plus students will have the opportunity to improvise their own melodies and patterns as well. It is such exciting music making!
The first grade students learned the “Over the River and Through the Woods” song for the Thanksgiving all-school assembly. They also have been preparing for their first appearance in the Holiday concert! They learned their piece for the Lower School Medley – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as well as the “Reindeer Pokey”. The classroom teachers purchased blinking red noses for the students and made reindeer antler hats for them. The Reindeer pokey was sung for the ECLS Morning Meeting in December. They also have been practicing the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” – our grand finale for the Holiday concert. We also learned “Frosty the Snowman” for the Lower school combined piece for the Holiday concert. We will finish up December with beginning an instruments of the orchestra unit, listening to Peter and the Wolf and identifying instruments by listening, by sight, and by description. There will also be a holiday song sing-along before we leave for break.
The 2nd grade students have been working on their song for the holiday concert, Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty the Snowman and Let there be Peace on Earth. We also worked on singing “Over the River and Through the Woods” for the All-school Thanksgiving assembly. The 2nd grade students also began rehearsing their pieces for their play. I want to make sure that all students have access to the music for the play, and if the website link the classroom teachers sent did not work for you, please let me know, and I will provide a CD so your children can practice at home!
The 3rd grade students worked so hard in November on their play. They performed it so well, and I am so proud of the work they put into it! We spent the majority of the class time working toward the play music and movement. They worked hard to learn their music for the Holiday concert as well, by learning “Silver Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman” as well as “Let there be Peace on Earth” quickly. Not to mention their chorus pieces of “Skatin’ and Sleighin'” and “Light a Candle” quickly as well. They are a great group of students! We will be finishing off December with a holiday sing-along as well as starting their RECORDERS! They are so excited to begin work on their recorders, and I have created a color-level based curriculum for the recorders that will not only teach them note reading, rhythm reading and music writing, but it will also motivate them to work their way through the levels. Every level they test through, they will get a colored “belt” to put onto the end of their recorder in a chain. There are 10 levels to progress through, and when they get to the end, they can work on Disney songs from another book. The students will work at their own pace, work together in duets, trios, composition and have performance opportunities for their peers. I am very excited to begin as well!
If you have any questions about what your child is accomplishing in music class this year, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org!
Have a wonderful Holiday Season! See you in 2014!