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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, November 22, 2013

Music Happenings- Thanksgiving Edition!

Greetings, Westgate families! It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week, and that the first trimester of school is coming to an end.
Mr. Berger will be available for conferences on Monday, 11/25, from 9:00-11:30, and from 1:00-7:30, with an hour break for dinner. He will also be available on Tuesday morning from 8:00-12:00. Please feel free to stop by the music room if you would like to speak about your child, or just to say hello.

Here's a quick update on the music events of the week:

Many classes experienced songs and activities related to the autumn, Thanksgiving and Chanukah.

5th grade: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come, and "Chanukah Catch" a song performed as a three part round. For 'Everybody Counts!' week, we discussed famous musicians who had or have disabilities such as: Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Ludwig Van Beethoven, J. S. Bach, Justin Timberlake, and Kesha.

4th grade: Classes continued preparing for our December 12th concert. Lyric packets and recorder sheets have been sent home, as well as a parent information letter- linked below. Students can also access mp3 files of the concert songs by clicking on the "4th grade Concert Selections" page on the right side of this blog. These songs are for practice purposes only.


3rd grade: Students continued their introduction to playing B A and G on their soprano recorders, sang "Over the River and Through the Woods" and "Hanuka, Hanuka", and heard a humorous version of the Dreydl Song. We allowed them to take recorders home, but we ask that they bring them back asap after Thanksgiving break. Thank you!

2nd grade: We discussed FORM this week, listening to "Viennese Musical Clock" by Zoltan Kodaly, which is in RONDO form. (ABACADA). We also had a lively discussion of what a turkey would eat on Thanksgiving! (A few ideas were: Pizza, Pumpkin Pie, Chicken Stew, Cookies, and Turkey!) We finished the week with a dance about a Turkey Named Burt, who learned to dance so he wouldn't be eaten by the King and Queen!

First Grade: We learned and sang several Thanksgiving songs, including "Big Tall Indian" and "Pavo, Pavo"- Turkey, Turkey- a fun game song from Chile.

I enjoy doing songs about native americans, because it allows me to use the old campfire from my days in YMCA Indian Guides- 35 years ago! (My dad made it for our tribe- The Blackfoot Tribe).
Students enjoyed making a circle around the 'fire' and singing "Big Tall Indian" and "Lullaby Little Papoose".



 Have a great Thanksgiving Week!
Mr. Berger./`

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