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, January 29, 2016

January 25-29, 2016- Week in review

Wasn't Open House fun? And the Book Fair was totally groovy! Special thanks to all of the families who stopped by the Music room to say hello and play some bells on Thursday night!

Here's what we've been doing in Music this week:

Kindergarten: Our Monday classes did the '5 Little Snowmen' activity, and Friday classes did a lesson on high and low with the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

1st: We have begun learning our songs for the March 8th concert!

1/2 MA- We watched our concert video, then played a major scale on the new bells.

2nd: Mrs. Clark has been working on FORM and instrument families of the orchestra, and we started our music for the March 8th concert! Mrs. Hemme/Smith's class also continued playing the Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra game online.

3rd & 3/4 MA: We continued our review of treble clef note names and played several rounds of Staff Wars!

4th: We are learning about the instrument families of the orchestra, and listened to "Water Music: Hornpipe" by Baroque composer George Frederic Handel. Students learned about the music and architecture of the Baroque period, which was lavish and very ornate.

5th: We are working on music for our April 7th concert, and Mrs. Clark's students are learning about the world of Opera, watching Tourendot by Puccini.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January Updates!

Happy 2016! It's been a busy month in the Music room. Here are a few highlights:

~New bells! Our students have been enjoying the brand new 'desk bells' that the school purchased before winter break. They are colorful, in a C major scale, and can be played by tapping the top, instead of shaking them. We have been playing simple scales in the lower grades, ostinato patterns and counter-melodies in the 3rd and 3/4th grades, and chord progressions in the upper grades!
Here's a video of our 4th grade students playing "Auld Lang Syne" chords on the bells:

1/2 M.A. Concert: The boys and girls in our 1/2 MA classrooms did a fantastic job performing in their concert on January 21st! They had high energy and bulls-eye pitch as they sang eight songs related to friendship and the Leader in Me habits. Our students did a great job!! Here are a few action shots from the concert.

Concert preparations are underway for both our 5th grade students and our students in 1st and 2nd grades. The 1st and 2nd grade students will have their concert on March 8th, and the 5th graders will have theirs on April 7th. Information will be sent home via backpack mail and posted in the Friday packet.

Peter & The Wolf: Our first graders did a study of Sergei Prokofiev's classic winter tale, Peter and the Wolf! We learned about the instruments that represent each character, listened to the story while coloring Peter & the Wolf packets, and even watched the Disney version in class!

Our kindergarten students learned a song about "5 Little Snowmen", and showed their acting abilities as they 'melted' during the song! We also read and added music to the wonderful short book, "Tracks in the Snow".

Have a wonderful week and a happy weekend!

Mr. Berger ./`