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, June 8, 2018

Have a Wonderful Summer!!

Well, we made it! Congratulations to all of our staff and students on a successful year here at Westgate! The Force was definitely strong with this bunch...

I would like to thank all of the families who generously gave me end of the year gifts. You are so thoughtful! I will be sure to put the gift cards to good use over the summer, and I will think warm thoughts of you!

One more note of thanks to Dawn Dalton, who has been my room rep and right hand helper for the last six years. She has been so great to work with, and I am so grateful for all of her time, energy, organization, and encouragement! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Have a great summer, Westgate! I'll see you in August.

Musically yours,

Mr. Berger

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 ./`