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)


Congratulations to the cast & crew of "The Jungle Book KIDS" on their fabulous performances last week! We would like to send out a huge "Thank you" to all of the students and staff who were involved. Thank you also to parents and volunteers who helped to make things run so smoothly. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming cast party. Bravo to all!

Friday, May 16, 2014

One Show Left!

Congratulations to the cast & crew of our Jungle Book production on 2 amazing performances yesterday! Only one show left! Come check it out tonight at 6:30PM!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Jungle Book KIDS - Final Week!

Here is a copy of the information going home with students on Monday. Please note that there is NOT going to be a rehearsal on Monday after school.

The Jungle Book SHOW TIME!
It’s almost show time! The last 4 months of rehearsal and hard work will come to completion this week! We are so excited to present our musical. Here is some important information with regard to our production week:

Tuesday, May 13 – Tech rehearsal after school until 5:00PM
Wednesday, May 14 – Dress rehearsal after school until 5:00PM

Thursday, May 15 – Show for Parkside students & staff at 10:50AM.
Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16 – Shows for the public($5 ind./$20 family)
5:00PM – makeup/costume call for Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan, Shanti
5:30PM – makeup/costume call for all other cast members
6:00PM – call time for Stage Crew (wear black)
6:00PM – Doors open to the public at this time (Rear Gym Doors)
6:30PM – Show Time!

·         Cast members should wear dark socks as they will not be wearing shoes during the show (except Kaa & Coils – white socks/shoes)
·         Cast members - long hair must be tied back
·         Stage Crew members – please wear black clothing
·         Students - please have something to eat before you come on Thursday & Friday.
·         Take note of your call time for Thursday and Friday! Please be on time.
·         Cast & Stage Crew - use main entrance to the school and meet in the music room
·         Public will enter using rear gym doors (open at 6:00PM)
Thank you and see you at the show!