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, September 15, 2017

Recorder orders, drum unit & Patriotic music!

It's time for thirds graders to order soprano recorders! Please see the attached order form for details, and visit www.maciepublishing.com for information on the recorders we'll be ordering this year!

We are using Kingsley Kolors recorders this year! 
Westgate recorder order form 

Drums! Drums! Drums!
We have been making some great noise over the past few weeks! The world music drums are here at Westgate until the first week of October! We are playing rhythm & listening games, creating rhythms, reading rhythm flashcards, using rhythm Megablocks to create and play rhythms, writing rhythm patterns, and much more!
Students create & play rhythms using Megablocks!

4th graders play Ensemble I by Will Schmid

Patriotic Music in Class:
To honor Patriot Day, I chose to share various patriotic songs with the students. We discussed the history and meaning of our great songs, such as, America, America, the Beautiful, You're a Grand Old Flag, and the Star-Spangled Banner. I also shared the Smithsonian National Museum of American History website with students: http://amhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/- they have a great exhibit of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, which inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words of our National Anthem. Check it out!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Westgate to Help families affected by Hurricane Harvey!

Please see the flyers below for information on how our leaders here at Westgate are set to help those in need in Houston!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Welcome Back!

Hello, Westgate community! Welcome back to another fun musical year! For those who are new to Westgate, Welcome! Please use this blog for upcoming music activities and for updates on what we've been up to in music class.

New this year: Our itinerant music teacher from last year, Miss Hennessy, has moved on to become the full-time music teacher at Ivy Hill this year! We are happy for her, but we will miss her here at Westgate.
Our new itinerant music teacher is Ms. Jennifer Dudlak! She brings many fresh ideas to Westgate, and also shares her talents with Ivy Hill and Olive-Mary Stitt. Ms. Dudlak will teach all 5th grade classes, and our morning kindergarten classes.

On a personal note: I had the pleasure of taking a week long mission trip to Comayagua, Honduras from July 22-29th. Prior to school ending in June, we had a school supply drive, and our awesome families donated five boxes of supplies for me to take down! Here are a few pictures of the donations being sorted out at El Ayudante, our mission home for the week. The supplies will be given to local children who come to the learning center on the El Ayudante property. Thanks to all of the students and families who took the time to donate!