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

Monday, May 21, 2018

May Showers Bring... Music Flowers???

Ok, so maybe not the best bit of poetry, but things are blooming in Music class lately!

Our fourth grade classes just finished watching the musical film "Bugsy Malone"- starring young versions of Scott Baio and Jody Foster. With memorable songs such as: "Fat Sam's Grand Slam" "Tomorrow", "So You Wanna Be A Boxer", and "You Give A Little Love",  and characters named Bugsy, Blousy Brown, Fat Sam, Knuckles, and Dandy Dan, it's a fun musical story for kids and adults alike!
Here's a clip from the ending of the film- where a huge pie-fight takes place between the rival gangs, led by Fat Sam and Dandy Dan. It starts at about 2:30 into the clip.
Bugsy Malone Pie fight scene  Our 4th grade classes then took a quiz to test how well they knew the characters, setting, and plot, using our MimioVote clickers. They all did a great job!

Third grade classes just finished a short unit on American folk instruments (banjo, fiddle, accordion, acoustic guitar, ukulele, harmonica, dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and mandolin), and had opportunity to try a few of these instruments in class. I also brought out the Spamjo- a one stringed banjo made from a Spam can, the LimberJack dancing toy, and an autoharp! We then had a MimioVote quiz to test their knowledge and understanding of these wonderful instruments! Here are a few pictures of the kids exploring the instruments.

Working the Limberjack

The Spamjo!
Trying out the Mandolin

Friday, April 27, 2018

Everyday People, and Everyday Learners! And, Westgate Variety Show

Hello, Westgate families! I trust you are enjoying this wonderful weather.

Westgate will soon be participating in an all-district video "Everyday Learners" based on the song "Everyday People" by Sly & the Family Stone. I have been teaching our singing parts to the students over the past few weeks, and they are doing great! We will soon record our part and do a video that will be edited together with those from our other 8 schools. Stay Tuned!

Here's the video that inspired our district video. It was originally done to raise awareness and funding for schools in the United States that had either lost their music classes, or were in jeopardy of doing so. It's a star-studded group, which includes musicians, singers, actors, dancers, and more!

Everyday People

Variety Show!! It's tonight from 6-9pm at South Middle School. We had a great dress rehearsal on Wednesday, and the show is sure to be a smash hit!

Have a wonderful weekend~

Mr. Berger ./`

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 2018~ Information for our ESO field trip!!

Welcome back from Spring Break! It's been a busy week here at Westgate, to be sure!

Please see below for information about the upcoming field trip to the Elgin Symphony.

Our students in 3rd grade and 3/4 Multi-Age classes will attend the Elgin Symphony on Wednesday, April 11th! The theme of the concert is "Music Emojis~ Feelings. Connections. Life
I have been sharing excerpts of the music selections they will be hearing during the concert, and asking students to select their own emojis that fit how they feel after hearing each piece. They also designed their own 'machines' by drawing pictures that might be chosen to be displayed during the concert! We have some very creative leaders here!

Please read the 'concert etiquette' suggestions below and discuss them with your 3rd or 3/4 MA student prior to Wednesday. Thank you!