Specialist Update - Music with Ms Anita
Sunday, February 9, 2020 8:55 PM

Congratulations to the 4th and 5th grade students in room 115 (Christian Houdek’s class) and room 119 (Marie Voreis class) who sang and played jingle bells accompanying our song “Let It Snow” for the January Student of the Month program. For the first time in our Student of the Month history, we also had dancers for our performance. Students learned the part, practiced, signed up and auditioned for the special opportunity. We had 64 students audition! Armatage students are AMAZING!!! Congratulations to the following dancers and alternates who helped to make our January Student of the Month program extra special (in alphabetical order: Joszette Andresen, Heath Campbell, Atnacia Dawit, Josiah Connelly, Trey Domenick , Jean Claude Glissou, Tayehu Hanson,  Nadia Hussein, Oliver Jacobson, Oskari Lehto, Daiana Marcias Suarez, Dakota Reichenbach-Carr, Ruby Saindon, Liam Streff, and Lila West.

Our next Student of the Month program will be Friday February 21st. This month will feature 2 third grade classes and they will be singing “The Rainbow Connection” as a special request from Principal Franks! Good Luck!

Grades Pre-K and K  Students are learning 2 new songs “Martin Luther King”, and “We Shall Overcome”. We are talking about caring for others, kindness, being inclusive, and treating people fairly and with respect. Classes have also been working on their Spring Music Program performance songs and are doing an excellent job. 

We have started using song sheets and students are doing a very good job of getting them, managing them, following along as we sing, taking care of them, and putting them away. This is giving them good practice with their music room expectation “Be Responsible”.

One of our learning targets is: “I CAN: sing with a good singing voice”. We are learning to find that proper (and sometimes elusive) balance between good supported (breathing and) singing, projection, and shouting! ☺

Grades 1 and 2  Students are continuing to work on their music room jobs, and we have added the learning target: “I CAN get into performance order to perform”. As class time becomes available, we will get into performance order and begin preparations for performing on stage. We will visit the Little Theater and learn to get on and off the risers, and exhibit stage presence and voice projection. 

Our March Student of the Month program will feature grades 1 and 2. They will be singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.  Our April Student of the Month program will also feature grades 1 and 2. The song will be “Big Beautiful Planet” in honor of Earth Day. Good luck to all 8 of our 1st and 2nd grade classes!

Grade 3  Third graders are continuing to work on the music class expectations, routines, and jobs.  Two of our new learning targets are: “I CAN define a round” and “Remember the order of our Add-On song”. Our song “Kookaburra” will provide the opportunity to learn about and practice singing in a 4-part round. Our goal is to get this song performance ready and present it in our Spring Music Program (May 7th). Our Add-On song is “Hi! Ho! The Rattlin’ Bog”. There are 6 verses literally filled with words and it is sung in a fast tempo. We are hoping to perform this in our Spring Music Program as well!

(Just a reminder - Our next Student of the Month program will be Friday February 21st. This month will feature 2 third grade classes and they will be singing “The Rainbow Connection” as a special request from Principal Franks!)

Grades 4 and 5   We are continuing to work on our performance songs. Because there is such amazing talent in the 4th and 5th grade level, we are working on a song that will feature solos and a bongo accompaniment. Classes have just begun learning the words of the song and before the end of February will learn the bongo part (and each student will play the part on a cherry bucket for practice). After learning the part and practicing, those interested will sign up in March and audition in April (on the bongos) to be selected for an instrumental part in our Spring Music Program.

Our music class periods are packed as we work to memorize the songs, memorize our performance line ups, start learning program specialty parts, and will soon begin work on our traditional (Spring Music Program) canon. We must get our performance ‘rough draft’ ready by mid March to allow us time for all of our solo auditions, instrumental parts, as well as signing up for specialty parts (information to follow).

 

Our Spring Music Programs are on Thursday May 7th 2020:

Grades 3, 4, and 5  at 8:30 a.m.

Grades Pre K, K, 1, and 2 at  12:30 p.m.

Both programs are held in the Lower Level Gymnasium and each program will last approximately 45-60 minutes.

 

Have a nice week!

Anita Webster

Music Specialist

anita.webster@mpls.k12.mn.us