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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Martin Luther King day 2017

He had a dream...

We took time in class to learn a bit about Dr. King, and learned songs from the civil rights movement.

Miss Hennessy and I also shared this video with our 3rd-5th graders. It's a rap, but also really educational!

I Celebrate MLK- Rap

Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy New Year! Music Happenings for January 3-6

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great winter break. Thanks again to all of the Westgate families who gave me thank you gifts before break! I was able to use the manna gifts and gift cards, as well as share the chocolates and other goodies with family and friends. Thank You!

Here's a brief overview of our first week back:

5th grade: We started with singing the old Scottish folksong Auld Lang Syne, they reviewed the idea of major scale and chords. Students played a simple chord accompaniment and sang the song using the hand bells. It was lovely to hear! We also discussed New Year's day traditions, and listened to a song that is used in Japan for their own New Year's celebration. Did you know they eat buckwheat noodles (toshikoshi soba) as a sign of good luck? They also ring temple bells 108 times at midnight to cast out 108 evil or bad thoughts for the new year. It's interesting to learn about other cultures!

Later in the week we reviewed the Japanese song, and I shared video clips of a few Japanese folk instruments: the Koto, Shakuhachi, Shamisen, and Taiko Drums. Students were then given the task of writing new lyrics for Auld Lang Syne. They will share the new version of the song next week in class!

4th grade: We learned about 1950's Do Wop music and sang "We Go Together" while doing a fun hand-jive. Students chose groups and created their own hand-jives. They'll share next week.

*Miss Hennesy's 3rd and 4th grade classes did a fun game to choose new seats, and then started "Recorder Karate"- a fun program that helps the students improve their recorder playing while earning 'belts' as they progress.

2nd grade: We started our week by learning a couple of fun movement songs- Tony Chestnut and Riddle Riddle Ree. We also worked on performing Riddle Ree as a two and three part round!

1/2 MA and 1st grade: Peter and the Wolf! We learned about the wonderful music of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, and started listening to the narrated story while coloring some fun packets. Students were asked to identify the instruments that represent each of the characters in the story.
** Our 1/2 MA classes will begin work on their concert music very soon! The concert is Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 pm.

Kindergarten: I only saw one section of students this week, but we had some fun! We moved and practiced steady beat, acted like Penguins with "Doin' the Penguin", and read the wonderful short book, Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee. Next week we will add some instruments as we sing a refrain with the book.

If you're still reading, thanks! Have a great weekend!

Mr. Berger ./`