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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Weekly Review 5/13

Our first grade students got a chance to play Orff instruments. Students learned how to play with proper mallet technique alternating our mallets and going up and down the scale. They learned all about the different family names and the size names.
  • Soprano Xylophone
  • Alto Xylophone
  • Bass Xylophone
  • Soprano Metallophone
  • Alto Metallophone
  • Bass Metallophone
  • Soprano Glockenspiel
  • Alto Glockenspiel
Here is Mrs. Burnham and Mrs. Gearins' class performing:

Our second grade students have been practicing for their Memorial Day Concert that will take place on Friday, May 24th at 10am. Incase you've missed the notice, here it is:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We would like to invite you and your family to the 2nd Grade Memorial Day Assembly on Friday, May 24th at 10:00 a.m. in the Cafetorium. Your child will be singing and dancing as part of their Memorial Day presentation. Students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue - and may accessorize as they please!

We hope to see you there!

Mrs. Rzasa and Mrs. Niu

New centers were introduced to our third grade students this week. We played Musical Don't Break the Ice and Family Instrument version of Old Maid. We also went over going from D, B, G, A, G. We noticed that these notes in the Red Belt song has been a challenging spot. We went over one of their concert songs, March of the Droids and all the different musical symbols. If you are still having difficulties, please don't hesitate to ask!

Now that our fourth and fifth grade students are done with their concerts, they continued to work on their composition projects. We will be performing these compositions for our first and second graders in two weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the nice weather!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Weekly Review 5/6 - 5/10

This week in music, the first graders finished their Carnival of the Animals unit. They moved like animals, listened to different tunes inspired by those animals, AND saw them in a Carnival of the Animals movie set at a zoo! They also got to see each of the songs performed by an orchestra. The musicians did such an amazing job! For their second music class, they learned a song called "Pass the Shoe"- and it has a fun game too!  Ask your child what happened to the tempo of that song as they sang.

The second grade students auditioned for solos for their upcoming Memorial Day concert! Everyone who tried out did such an amazing job, and it was very difficult to choose only a few students. They continued to rehearse for the performance, played the chimes to accompany "Remember You," and even played a few rounds of Hop Old Chipmunk. It was a great week!

The third graders enjoyed their centers once again this week. We will have new centers with new games and worksheets the next time they come to music! They also worked more on the notes high D and high C. Those can be very tricky, especially during the red and brown belt songs. The fingerings are a bit awkward! Next week, they will be focusing more on one of their concert songs, March of the Droids.

The fourth and fifth graders did an AMAZING job at their spring concert this Wednesday. Check out some of the photos from their morning performance!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Weekly Review 4/22-4/26

We have less than 40 days of school left! Despite the rain this week, we had a lot of fun in music. Here is what we did.

The first grade students discussed the instruments of the orchestra and talked about the song, Carnival of the Animals. This hilarious musical suite which consists of fourteen movements is composed by a French composer, Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns.  Each movement is about a different animal (except for the little joke) and features different instruments of the orchestra. The animals are having a carnival and everyone is invited to participate, even our own students! After discussing each part, the students had a lot of fun moving around to the music of the various animals. We went over 10 of the animals. Next week we will finish the rest and hopefully a student can figure out the joke!

Second grade students are busy getting ready for their Memorial Day Concert on Friday, May 24th at 10am. We continued to work on You're a Grand Old Flag and Remember You.  Classes also learned This Land is Your Land and Yankee Doodle Boy. Next week, we will be coming up with dance movements for these songs.

Our third grade students are progressing really well on Recorder Karate. We went over the Red Belt song- Oh When the Saints, which in my opinion, is of the most difficult songs in this series. If your student still needs help, feel free to have them ask one of us.

Our fourth and fifth grade students are in performance mode. They are so excited to perform for you all on Wednesday, May 8th. The evening concert will be held at 6pm in the cafeteria. Students should have their songs memorized. Mrs. Rzasa and I also sent out a notice home (yellow paper) on Thursday and Friday explaining what students should wear and what time they should report to school. Just incase, here is the letter:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The music department at Memorial presents:

Stories of My Life
Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
6:00 p.m.
In the Memorial School Cafeteria

Your child has been working very hard towards this concert and we hope you and your family can be there to support them. Feel free to email or call us if you have any questions.

  • Concert Attire:  
    • Morning - Students may wear regular school clothes in the daytime, but please no t-shirts with logos or words.
    • Evening - Please have your child wear the color voted on by their homeroom class:
      • Conceison - Yellow
      • Burns - Blue
      • Rabazzi - Green
      • Warford - Red
      • Gonzalez/Faliti - Purple
      • Weinberg - White
      • Harlow - Black
      • Olshaw - Grey
    • If your child does not have or cannot borrow a shirt for their assigned color, please have them wear black and white.

Note:  This is a performance, so all students should look nice.  We do not want jeans, sweatpants, or sports gear at the evening concert.  Thank you!

  • Call Times:
  • Band students will report to the music room at 5:40 p.m.
  • String students will report to the lesson room at 5:40 p.m.
  • Chorus students who do not play an instrument will report to the kindergarten wing at 5:50 p.m.
    • Unfortunately, if you bring your child to the school early we will not be able to monitor them until the times listed above. Please stay with your child until these times. Thank you for your cooperation!

  • Please note: ALL 4th and 5th graders must attend the Spring Concert. The students have been working so hard since September to prepare for this performance, and we need all of their wonderful voices and instrumental skills in our ensembles!  (Please contact us in advance if you have a conflict with attendance)

* We look forward to seeing you there! *

Mr. Napierkowski, Mrs. Niu, and Mrs. Rzasa

Have a wonderful weekend and stay dry!