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, February 24, 2017

Drum Unit continued, 1/2 MA Concert & Madagascar!

Our drum unit is still going, and students are enjoying playing rhythms, games galore, and exploring other percussion instruments, such as the shekere, agogo bell, cowbell, and bongo drums. We even played some "Presidential Rhythms" for President's Day! Of course, the Monster Pattern game is always a favorite! If the students play the rhythm pattern in the monster's mouth, they are out and have to "Get In The Belly!" (Go to the center & wait until no students play the pattern, then they get a jailbreak!)

Monster Rhythm

Tuesday night was our 1/2 Multi-Age music concert "February FUNuary", and the students did a great job! They sang the nine songs with great enthusiasm and pitch! Way to go, Westgate leaders!

Finally- I would like to invite all Westgate families to come and see me perform in "Madagascar, the Musical Adventure" in Medinah, IL. I play Marty the Zebra, and it's great fun, perfect for kids! I'll send out information soon. The show opens March 31st, and runs for only two weekends. You can also visit www.overshadowed.org for details.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Berger ./`

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thank You ABC/25 for the grant!

Big shout out to ABC/25 foundation for funding my grant this year! I wrote a grant to purchase four wireless presenter remotes to use in the music room, art room, and for our music teachers at Ivy Hill & Olive Mary-Stitt. The remotes were actually donated, so we were able to purchase one additional with the funds we saved!

Thanks so much to all of the Westgate families who participate in ABC/25!

The wireless presenter remote in action! Using the green laser pointer!
Mrs. Miller & Mr. Berger taking our Twitter pic!

Our fearless leaders!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Coming Attractions- Two Concerts in Two months!

The 1/2 Multi-Age concert is Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. Please click the link below for the information letter I sent home on Friday, 2/10.

1_2MultiAge_Information Letter

The first grade concert is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m.! Students will be singing songs about Spring and St. Patrick's Day. I will send an information letter home in the next few weeks.

The drums are here until March 2nd, so we continue our rhythmic noise making throughout this month! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

7 Habits for Families is Coming Soon!

Please check out this flyer for more information on the 7 Habits for Families workshop.

It's Drum Time!

The Remo World Music Drums arrived last week, and we've been putting them to good use! Here's a video of a fifth grade class playing "Ensemble 1" or "Take Time in Life" from Will Schmid. Click the link below.

We're exploring the drums and other percussion equipment throughout this entire month, so there will be lots of creative rhythms coming from the Music room!