Thursday, September 18, 2014

Show Band Auditions & Elementary Choir Startup

Show Band Auditions

Students in grades 5 & 6 who sing or play guitar, bass, drums, or keyboard were invited to a meeting on Tuesday of this week to find out about Parkside's Show Bands. Interested students signed up for audition times. Audition times were sent home along with audition information and a short questionnaire. The questionnaire must be returned to Miss Gallant at the audition. If you child is interested in auditioning but missed the meeting, please ask him/her to see Miss Gallant by Monday morning, September 22.

Elementary Choir Startup
Students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 who love to sing were invited to a meeting today (Thursday) to find out about Parkside's Elementary Choir. This group is open to anyone who loves to sing. If your child is interested but missed the meeting, it's not too late! The first rehearsal will take place on Wednesday, September 24 at 10:20AM. Students will have the opportunity to try choir for 2 practices to decide if they'd like to join officially. If they decide to join, they are committing to remain in the choir until after the Christmas concert in December. Students can then decide if they'd like to join choir again in January or not.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Show Band & Elementary Choir

Extra curricular music groups will be kicking off this week! I send a rehearsal schedule to homeroom teachers each week. I will also post the schedule outside the music room as well as list rehearsals on the weekly calendar on the music room whiteboard. I also put rehearsals in the daily morning announcements.

Monday, Sept. 15

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Meeting for students in grades 5 & 6 who are interested in Show Band
Wednesday, Sept. 17

Thursday, Sept. 18

Meeting for students in grades 3, 4, 5, & 6 who are interested in Elementary Choir
Friday, Sept. 19


·        Show Band is an auditioned group for experienced vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, and keyboard players. If all spots are not filled by grade 5 & 6 students, Show Band auditions will be opened to students in grade 4.
     Elementary Choir is open to any students in grades 3-6 who love to sing!
     Primary Choir is open to any students in kindergarten, grade 1, or grade 2 who love to sing! This group will begin later in the fall. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Welcome Back! September 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!
There will be lots of exciting things happening in the music department at Parkside Elementary this year.
In addition to making music in class, students also have the opportunity to join various extra-curricular musical groups. This year we will begin with choir (grades K-6) and show band (grades 5-6). Stay tuned for more information about these groups!

This week, grades 4-6 students were introduced to this video:
Then, students used their hands/feet/bodies to create new rhythmic patterns to accompany our song of the month (Stompa by Serena Ryder). Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the above video. Skip to 2:30 if you want to see their tutorial on how to perform the hand clapping routine.

Have a wonderful first week of school!

Miss Gallant

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Music Fun in June

Over the last week, students in grades 3-6 have started each music class time with a 5-minute video about how various instruments are made. We've learned about the electric guitar, snare drums, drum sticks, cymbals, and the flute. Feel free to explore other "How It's Made" instrument videos at home!

Students in grade 6 have also been practicing a song to perform at their closing ceremony. Grades 4-5 students have been participating in various musical stations around the music room (composing, note naming, music ace, instrument memory match, fly swat rhythms, Busted rhythm game). 

Students in grades K-1 were introduced to Ethan and his musical friends on Melody Street using this short video clip. Feel free to explore the other videos at home. 

Kindergarten students have also been exploring various percussion instruments and have also become composers using symbols and shapes to represent their instrument sounds. They have also been working on pre-rhythm activities using animal names, rhythm sticks, and various other manipulatives. 

Students in grades 1-3 have been learning various "campfire" songs & other silly songs. Even though the weather wasn't very nice, we sang around a (fake) campfire in the music classroom over the last two days. Below is a list of the songs that we have learned. Ask your child to sing them for you!
  • Boom Boom Ain't it Great to be Crazy?
  • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
  • The Little Skunk
  • I love the Mountains
  • Threw it Out the Window
  • Down By the Bay
  • An Austrian Went Yodeling
  • Pizza Man

Friday, June 13, 2014

Great Show!

Congratulations to Parkside's Show Band White and Show Band Blue on a fantastic concert last night. Great job, everyone!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Show Band Concert

Parkside Show Band Concert

This is a reminder that Parkside’s Show Band students will be performing in the Parkside gymnasium on Thursday, June 12 at 6:00PM.

·        Doors will open to the public at 5:30PM.
·        Students involved in the concert should arrive at school at 5:30PM and meet in the music room.

Admission to the concert is free, although there will be a donation jar at the door. Any proceeds collected will go directly towards purchasing musical instruments/equipment for Parkside students.

If your child (show band member) is unable to attend the concert, please contact Miss Gallant ASAP.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Instruments of the Orchestra & Famous Composers

Students in grades 1 and 2 have been learning about the instruments of the orchestra over the last week. Here are some great videos that explain the 4 families of instruments and allow you to listen to each one!

String Family

Woodwind Family

Brass Family

Percussion Family

Students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 have been learning about various composers. Ask you child to tell you about their composer. We've also been looking at one major work by each composer:

Grade 3 - Ludwig van Beethoven (Symphony No. 9)

Grade 4 & 5F - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (The Magic Flute opera)

Grade 5A & 6F - Franz Liszt (Hungarian Rhapsody)

Grade 6A & 6F - Antonio Vivaldi (The Four Seasons)