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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, December 16, 2016

Fa La La! Ho Ho Ho! Want an update? Here you go!

Mr. Berger & Dr. Carter rockin' the ugly sweaters!
 Greetings and warm holiday wishes from the Westgate Music room! Just a quick update before we head off to winter break.

First of all, I'd like to personally thank all of the Westgate families who gave me gifts or cards this week. Whether it was manna gifts, baked goods, chocolates, or any other goodies, you made me feel very appreciated and cared for! Thanks again!

Getting ready for the sing-along! Fun times as a school community!
Our 5th grade concert is over, and the 5th graders did a tremendous job! Congratulations to all of our student performers. We watched the concert video in class this week, and had some good conversation and reflection time. Special thanks to Mrs. Dalton for being our videographer for the concert. Here's a link to the beautiful pictures taken by Mrs. Nebel. Enjoy!
5th Grade Concert photos

Our other grade levels have been experiencing music from winter traditions such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. We discussed that many families in our community might celebrate one or more of these traditions, while others celebrate other traditions, such as Diwali and Ramadan throughout the year.

Classes played bells, Orff instruments, classroom percussion, including jingle bells, and soprano recorders. We also watched some fun videos and danced to the beat. Here's a link to a favorite from the week: Cray Cray Christmas

We had our annual sing-along Friday morning, and it was really fun! Many teachers, and Dr. Carter, came up on the stage to help lead the songs with me!

Have a wonderful and safe winter break! We'll be back to make more music on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.

Musically yours~

Mr. Berger ./`

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

JingleBells... Techno style!

Hello, and happy first snow week! I shared the following video with a few classes this week. Thought the Westgate community might enjoy it as well!


The young man in the video is my son, Cody. He played this in a concert over the weekend, and my wife posted it on social media. A friend made a few edits and added some cool techno music behind it, which is the version posted here. Needless to say, my wife and I are super proud of him!


Mr. Berger ./`