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, February 23, 2018

February Fun, Is Winter on the Run?

Hello, Westgate families! Hasn't this been a crazy month? It snows, it melts, it rains, it's 60, it snows, schools are closed, it rains, it's 55 & sunny...

Anyway~ here's a brief update on what we've been doing in Music class this month:

First graders have been working on their music for our upcoming concert. I sent out an information letter this week, along with lyric sheets for the kids to study at home. We look forward to performing for our Westgate families on Tuesday, March 6th.
Concert Information Letter

Our second grade classes have learned songs for Valentine's Day, and have experienced folk songs and instruments from both China and Korea. We also compared two different versions of the Olympic Fanfare: One by Leo Arnaud from 1972, and the more commonly heard version by John Williams.
Olympic Fanfare- John Williams

Third and fourth grades have been busy learning soprano recorder, and recently learned the note C. I also wrote a student friendly version of the Olympic Fanfare theme to honor the Winter Olympics!
Please encourage your student(s) to practice their recorder at home. Students in 3rd and 3/4MA classes should also go online to www.bearecorderstar.com to access their digital workbooks!

Many classes also experienced African American spirituals and Jazz to honor and explore African American History month.

That's all for now! Have a great weekend and GO USA!

Mr. Berger ./`

Friday, January 26, 2018

January Fun- Is this FLU all done?

Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that January is almost over and Groundhog Day is just around the corner. We've been busy this month in Music class, playing recorders in 3rd-4th grade, singing songs for New Years (Japanese and Chinese), playing rhythm instruments and Orff, and much more!

Our students in 1/2 MA classes did a great job in their concert last Wednesday, January 17th. I was out with the flu, so the classroom teachers and Mr. Walton took over and helped make it a success! We viewed the video in class, and the students really did a great job, even without their fearless leader! Special thanks to Dawn dalton and our other volunteers for your help!

Here is a link to some great pictures from the evening. 1/2 MA Concert Photos

Our first grade students are busy preparing for their upcoming concert, which will be March 6th. We're doing a Dr. Seuss theme, with fun songs inspired by the clever writing of this great author!

I hope all of our Westgate families can manage to stay healthy and beat this flu bug that's been going around.

Have a Musical Day!

Mr. Berger ./`

Friday, December 8, 2017

Two Down in One Week! December 4-8

This week we had two performances here at Westgate. Our second grade classrooms performed their music program, "Winter Wiggles" on Tuesday, and our 3rd and 3/4 MA classes held their Chicago World's Fair on Thursday evening. All of the kids did a great job!