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, November 20, 2017

Second Grade Concert, Chicago World's Fair & Recorder replacements

Welcome to the Westgate Music Room blog- Parent-Teacher Conferences edition! I hope you are all enjoying your meetings with our awesome Westgate teachers, and hearing great things about your kids! And, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! We have so much to be thankful for, don't we?


Second Grade Concert: Coming Soon!
Our students in 2nd grade classrooms will perform their concert on Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00p.m. in the Westgate Commons. Please see the link below for details.
2nd grade concert information

The Third Grade Chicago World's Fair is also coming soon! Students will be singing the Illinois State Song, Chicago, That Toddlin' Town, Sweet Home Chicago, and the ever popular Old Lady Leary!

Recorder Replacements: Many fourth grade students have misplaced their soprano recorders, and are needing loaners when they come to class. It is my expectation that all 3rd and 4th graders have a recorder at school to use in music class. Attached is a recorder replacement order form. Please print it and return it to school with the $5.50 fee, and I will be happy to provide a new recorder for your child. I also have paper copies available in the music room if that's more convenient.
Recorder Replacement Letter

Have a great week! We'll see the kids back here on Monday, November 27th!

With sincere thanks~

Mr. Berger ./`

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