Monday, June 15, 2015

Congratulations!

Congratulations Parkside students on 3 amazing concerts last week!

All extra-curricular music groups are now finished for the year. Stay tuned for next year's activities - including another Parkside musical in the spring of 2016!


Friday, May 29, 2015

Concert Info, Rehearsal Schedule, Grade 6 Closing

Lots of information to share today! 

1. UPCOMING CONCERTS:
Students have been working hard on their music for the upcoming spring concerts. We look forward to presenting 2 wonderful musical events! 

A Celebration of the Arts
On Monday, June 8, students involved in Parkside’s Primary Choir, Elementary Choir, Vocal Group, Show Band, and Art Club will present an evening of music and art!
·        Students involved in the performance are asked to arrive at school between 5:30-5:45PM.  Students should enter the school through the main doors. Guests should enter at the back of the gym.
·        Guests may find seats and peruse the art gallery between 5:30-6:00 PM.
·        The concert will begin at 6:00PM.
·        Admission is free, although there will be a donation jar at the door. All proceeds will go directly towards the purchase of music & art supplies for Parkside’s programs.

Parkside’s Spring Concert
On Tuesday, June 9 Parkside’s student body will present a spring concert. This year’s theme is “Movie Music.” Each class will perform familiar songs from popular movies.
·        Students will present their concert twice: 11:00AM and 1:00PM. Families & guests may choose the concert time that is most convenient.
·        Families & guests are asked to enter the school using the rear gym doors. Doors will be open 30 minutes prior to each concert’s starting time.

·        Admission is free, although there will be a donation jar at the door. All proceeds will go directly towards instruments & resources for Parkside’s music programs.  

2. REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
Rehearsal Schedule June 1-5
Day
10:20AM
12:10PM
Monday, June 1
Day 1
Solo practice
Show Band
Tuesday, June 2
Day 2
Vocal Group
4X/4F/5X instruments
Wednesday, June 3
Day 3
Solo practice
Elementary Choir
Thursday, June 4
Day 4
Solo practice
Primary Choir
Friday, June 5
Day 5
Solo practice
Show Band

3. 

GRADE 6 CLOSING:
The grade 6 students traditionally prepare and perform a song at their closing ceremony in June. This year's song is "Wavin' Flag (Celebration Mix)" by K'NAAN. Here are videos for at-home practice: 





Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rehearsal Schedule May 25-29

Rehearsal Schedule May 25-29
Day
10:20AM
12:10PM
Monday, May 25
Day 2
Vocal Group
4X/5X/4F solo tryouts
Tuesday, May 26
Day 3
3A/3F solo tryouts
Elementary Choir
Wednesday, May 27
Day 4
3A/3F instruments
Show Band
Thursday, May 28
Day 5
4F/5X/4X
instruments
Primary Choir
Friday, May 29
Day 6

Solo Tryouts – June 8 Concert

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Concert Info & Rehearsal Schedule

Parkside’s Spring Concert
On Tuesday, June 9 Parkside’s student body will present a spring concert. This year’s theme is “Movie Music.” Each class will perform familiar songs from popular movies.
  • ·        Students will present their concert twice: 11:00AM and 1:00PM. Families & guests may choose the concert time that is most convenient.
  • ·        Families & guests are asked to enter the school using the rear gym doors. Doors will be open 30 minutes prior to each concert’s starting time.
  • ·        Admission is free, although there will be a donation jar at the door. All proceeds will go directly towards instruments & resources for Parkside’s music programs. 



A Celebration of the Arts
On Monday, June 8, students involved in Parkside’s Primary Choir, Elementary Choir, Vocal Group, Show Band, and Art Club will present an evening of music and art!
  • ·        Students involved in the performance are asked to arrive at school between 5:30-5:45PM.  Students should enter the school through the main doors. Guests should enter at the back of the gym.
  • ·        Guests may find seats and peruse the art gallery between 5:30-6:00 PM.
  • ·        The concert will begin at 6:00PM.
  • ·        Admission is free, although there will be a donation jar at the door. All proceeds will go directly towards the purchase of music & art supplies for Parkside’s programs. 

Rehearsal Schedule May 18-22
Day
10:20AM
12:10PM
Monday, May 18

Victoria Day

Tuesday, May 19
Day 4

4F instruments
Upside Down &
You’ll Be In My Heart
Wednesday, May 20
Day 5
4X/5X instruments
Elementary Choir
Thursday, May 21
Day 6
Primary Choir
3A/3F instruments
Go the Distance
Friday, May 22
Day 1

Show Band

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rehearsal Schedule May 11-15

Day
10:20AM
12:10PM
Monday, May 11
Day 5
No Rehearsals today

Tuesday, May 12
Day 6
No Rehearsals today

Wednesday, May 13
Day 1

Show Band
Thursday, May 14
Day 2

Vocal Group
Friday, May 15
Day 3

Elementary Choir

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rehearsal Schedule May 4-8

It's a big week for our music programs at Parkside! Due to the special events on Monday & Tuesday, there will not be regular rehearsals on those days. Vocal Group and Show Band will have practices later in the week. See the schedule below. 

A reminder to choir students that you will be walking to the music festival on Tuesday morning. A note was sent home last week, and another will go home on Monday with details regarding this trip. Don't forget to wear your choir uniform on Tuesday! 

Monday afternoon is our Music Monday assembly - come ready to sing and enjoy music!



Day
10:20AM
12:10PM
Monday, May 4
Day 6
No Rehearsals today –
Music Monday Assembly
Tuesday, May 5
Day 1
No Rehearsals today –
Choirs @ Music Festival
Wednesday, May 6
Day 2
Vocal Group

Thursday, May 7
Day 3

Show Band
Friday, May 8
Day 4


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Crazy for Composers!

Over the past 2 weeks, students in grades 1-6 have been studying various famous composers. It's important to look back at those who have laid the foundation for the music that we have today! There's a reason that their music has stood the test of time. 

Grade 1 - Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev
Students are introduced to various instruments of the orchestra through this musical story. Each character is represented by it's own instrument and melody. 




Grade 2 - Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens
Carnival of the Animals is a collection of 14 short musical pieces for piano and orchestra. Each piece depicts a different animal. Students completed listening log activities for each animal. Here are a few samples: 



Grade 3 - Ludwig Van Beethoven

Students were introduced to Beethoven with this prezi: 


After much discussion, students began viewing the movie, "Beethoven Lives Upstairs" - a film based on a period of Betethoven's life in Vienna. Grade 3 loves Beethoven!

Grade 4 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart was a child prodigy. He was composing and performing all over Europe as a very young child. Although he lived a short life, his music has lived on for centuries. One of his most famous works is his opera, "The Magic Flute." After learning about Mozart's life and music, students were shown clips of a live opera performance of "The Magic Flute." Then, they viewed the cartoon version based on the opera. 



Grade 5 - Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt was a Romantic Era composer with fame and a fan base we like to call "Liszt-a-mania." He was the 'Elvis Presley' or the 'Beatles' of his day. Much of his music was inspired by gypsies and Hungarian folk songs. One of his most famous works, "Hungarian Rhapsody #2," became the central piece for many cartoons: 





Grade 6 - The Sound of Music

Instead of studying a composer this year, grade 6 students are studying the classic musical, "The Sound of Music." The year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of this film. With its iconic songs, whimsical characters, and intriguing story lines there is bound to be something in it for everyone!

At the most recent Oscars award show, Lady Gaga performed an incredible medley of some of the most famous songs from "The Sound of Music:" Here is a trailer for the original movie: