A message from our music staff:

Mr. Berger and Ms. Dudlak are glad you're here! Check back often for updates and info about our Westgate music program. Mr. Berger can be reached via email at gberger@sd25.org, and Ms. Dudlak can be reached at jdudlak@sd25.org. Follow Mr. Berger on Twitter! @WEMusic160

Friday, October 13, 2017

Music this Week

Hello, Westgate families! Happy October, and... GO CUBS!!!

Here's a brief recap of what's been happening in the Westgate music room this week.

The drums are packed up and ready to go to their next school. We'll miss them, but I'm glad to be able to move on to other music activities and concepts!

Our 4th grade classes are busy preparing for their concert, which is Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00. We're singing songs with a tropical feel, and including a few partner songs, which will prove to challenge our 4th grade performers! I sent lyric sheets home with students, so please remind them to practice and review their music over this long weekend! Thanks!

Third grade and 3/4 MA classes are anticipating the arrival of the soprano recorders! I shared a brief the history of the recorder,  and we watched a few videos of different sizes within the recorder family! See the link below for a fun use of four of the members of the recorder consort.
Super Mario theme on 4 recorders

We also learned and performed a sea shanty called John Kanaka! You might have heard this catchy tune being hummed around your home!

Our second grade classes learned a folk song and dance from Mexico, called El Juego Chirimbolo, and a lovely autumn song called Otono. I enjoyed teaching them a few Spanish words to tie-in with Latin American Heritage month!

First grade classes spent time reinforcing their understanding steady beat vs no beat.

I didn't see the Kindergarten classes this week, but we continue working on basic music skills, such as steady beat, singing in tune, and fast/slow.

Have a wonderful weekend! Let's hope the CUBS take it to those LA Dodgers.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The 4th grade Music Concert is coming soon!

Students in 4th grade classrooms will be performing a music concert on Wednesday, October 18th! The theme is island music!

Attached is the parent information letter for the concert. Please contact me with any questions. Thanks!

Mr. Berger ./`

Fall concert information letter

Monday, October 2, 2017

Mud Monkeys!?

Mr. Berger and his oldest son took part in their first 5K 'mud' race this past Saturday! It was called  "Terrain Racing", and it was really challenging and fun! Talk about sharpening the saw. It was held in Joliet at the Chicagoland Motor Speedway. There were actually race cars practicing on the track that day! The roar of the engines was pretty cool while we were running our race.
Below are a few pics from before and after the event. We'll probably go again next year, so come join us!

 Obstacles included:
Water, mud, walls of various heights, rope climbs, rope swings, cargo nets, more water, climbing about 12 flights of stairs & coming back down, climbing 6 flights with a sand bag on your shoulders, a tire yoke carry, flipping a giant truck tire, monkey bars, more walls, more cargo nets, and much more! 

Our goal was to try everything (which we did), and to finish- which we also did! Just think of how much better we could have done if we had trained!! :-)