A message from our music staff:

Mr. Berger and Mrs. Tosheva 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 Mrs. Tosheva can be reached at ptosheva@sd25.org. Follow Mr. Berger on Twitter! @WEMusic160

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Happy Spring! Upcoming Music Events

Springtime greetings to our Westgate community! Isn't it great to see the sun?

Our first graders will perform a spring concert on April 9th! First grade families are encouraged to read the information letter and contact Mr. Berger with questions.

First Grade Music Concert Information Letter

March is Music In Our Schools Month! It's a way to honor, acknowledge and celebrate the importance of music education in public schools. This year, the theme is:

How has music influenced your life? What are your best musical memories from your time in school?

April Music Events:

Friday, April 5th- 3rd grade field trip to the Elgin Symphony
Tuesday, April 9th- First Grade Music concert- 7:00 pm
Friday, April 26th- Westgate Variety Show @ South Middle School
(Dress rehearsal is Wednesday, April 24th from 4-7pm)

Friday, October 12, 2018

Fifth Grade Concert will be rescheduled

Hello, Westgate families!

All 5th grade families, please note:

Our October 25th fifth grade rescheduled to the early spring. I will send out the firm date once we've chosen one. With non-attendance days and missed classes due to various school-related things, I feel it is important to reschedule and give our fifth grade students the time they will need to put on a terrific and memorable show.
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Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Berger ./`

Friday, September 21, 2018

September Music Happenings

Hello, Westgate families! Here are a few highlights of what we've been doing lately in the music room. Over the past few weeks, all classes had the opportunity to sing Patriotic music for Patriot Day on 9/11, and to review safety procedures while in the music room. Mrs. Tosheva and I are really enjoying sharing music with your children!

Kindergarten: We're working on steady beat, moving creatively to music, and playing a Japanese game called The Cat's Shining Eye. We go into the classroom for several of our classes, so that's a new challenge for us, but we're enjoying the journey so far!

First Grade: We have been working on steady beat, rhythm, singing, and creating short rhythm patterns. Students are sharing their patterns as a performance for the class, and have been doing very well! We have also been listening to different recordings and discussing what we like or dislike about the music.

Second Grade: We have been learning about long sounds (half notes) and preparing to compose and perform short rhythm patterns. We also played the fun singing game, Bow Wow Wow! Second graders have also been listening to different music selections and discussing what they like or dislike. These are great times for the kids to share how they interpret music, and for me to get to know them better.

Third Grade: We just finished the fun folk song and game "Draw Me A Bucket of Water", and have been busy composing eight beat rhythm patterns and sharing them in class. Students are graded on how accurately they play their written patterns, as well as audience manners. They keep asking when they'll be doing recorders! (Order forms will go home in the next few weeks.)

4th grade: Believe it or not, we've started learning music for our December music program! Mrs. Tosheva has all of the fourth grade except Mrs. Wenzel's class. We will be doing native american songs, as well as songs for the Winter months. More information to come!

5th grade: Our concert is scheduled for Thursday, October 25th, so we've been working on music selections for that performance. Please remind students to bring their soprano recorders to music class as soon as possible.

Have a great weekend! Enjoy the cooler weather.

Musically yours,

Mr. Berger ./`