Friday, October 4, 2013

School in full swing

All ensembles are up and running in both HS and MS! Pictures will be taken next Tuesday for men's choir; on Wednesday for Eclectic, HS and MS chorus and on Thursday, "Glee!" MS students should wear their lancer shirts!

Friday, September 13, 2013

What's happening in class

Eighth grade general music classes are learning the basics of playing the keyboard, writing simple compositions in "myinsidemusic" and learning how the music of the past affects the music of today. Did you know that we still sing some of the hymns sung by the puritans? ("O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Joy to the World" for example)

There are about 40 students in Middle School chorus - this is the biggest number since I started here 11 years ago! Yeah, Middle School! We are working on "U Bun Tu," based on a South African philosophy that we are all connected with one another. In a nutshell it means, "A person is a person through other people."

I am very happy that there are enough male singers in the High School chorus to sing four part SATB choir music!

Men's Choir is going strong with eight wonderful male singers who are quickly getting "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" down in four part acapella harmony.

Select Choir consists of some very serious and competent musicians who are working on learning the Allstate and District audition piece, "Waldesnacht, " which will also be performed during the winter concert on December 18th.

 The Tri-M induction ceremony is tentatively set for Oct. 15th.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

First week of school

It's been a great first week of school! I love all my classes so far and am looking forward to starting HS select choir, HS men's choir next week and middle school chorus the week of September 9th!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Getting ready for school

Summer break went faster than ever. This week is a time to prepare for students to arrive for classes. Yikes! There is so much to do!  I am looking forward to a new and wonderful year!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer school

Today the students who were in singing class performed songs. The internet was down so we could not use you tube for the karaoke singing. Thankfully, we had a couple of boys who sang some songs acapella. They were a huge success. Then the theater kids performed a football sketch and did an awesome job. Very funny. Afterwards, we all went to the movies in Essex to watch "Despicable Me 2." What a fun day! 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Summer Institute

Hey, everyone! I learned what a blog is AND how to manipulate it to include noteflight. I also learned how to get to insidemusic and create my own stuff! I am very happy to have some kind of grasp with some of this technology. THANK YOU!!! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013