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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, April 19, 2013

This week in Music class~Jazz and concerts and water, oh my!

This week we spent time exploring various types of Jazz for Jazz history month. Students heard examples of Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, Big Band, and Latin Fusion. I also shared video examples of great jazz musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald & Mel Torme scat singing, and Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie playing their trumpets. (They enjoyed seeing those giant puffy cheeks!) I have included the Louis Armstrong video link below. He's singing the old favorite "Hello Dolly".

Our second grade concert was held Tuesday evening, and was a success! Students performed songs about springtime, and each class played a song on Orff instruments. Congratulations to all of our second grade students on a fine performance!

How about that weather this week? It reminded me of the old jazz song, "Into each life some rain must fall"! Ella sings that one so well!
Anyway, I happened to be sitting in the music room after school on Wednesday when I heard a 'drip... drip...' coming from the ceiling. Yep! It was a leak. With all of the rain, the roof just couldn't hold all of the water. Thankfully, the rain stopped and the roof is repaired.

Our 5th grade students took a quiz on Voice Ranges, (Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass), and Third graders had a quiz on the notes of the Treble clef. I also shared a few rhythm games from the website TMI- The Music Interactive. The website to download these free activities is www.themusicinteractive.com. We did JamaMambo, Rhythm Blocks and Rhythm Dictation. Staff Wars is also available on this site. Check it out!!

Mr. Berger ./'

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