Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Is Here!!

I have not posted for quite some time, and now it is summer vacation.  I am doing something different this summer -- I'm going to Salzburg, Austria to study music at the Carl Orff Institut!  My classes are all related to teaching music to children, and I just cannot wait to begin!  I look forward to sharing my experiences with you in the Fall...

Happy Summer!!

Carl Orff Institut Salzburg

Friday, May 30, 2014

Essex Children's Choir

I received this great announcement from Connie Price, Founding Director of the Essex Children’s Choir announcing their upcoming performance on Sunday, June 8th, 2014 at 4:30 pm. This performance will be held in the McCarthy Arts Center at Saint Michael’s College.  I am thrilled for my students to have this opportunity to experience such a high quality vocal ensemble!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Aiken Drum

Do you know the song "Aiken Drum"?  Usually he is made from food ingredients, but today, we "made" him from musical instruments we have in our Music classroom!  Mrs. Plunkett's First Graders help make this version, including the following:

"There was a man lived in the moon, lived in the moon, lived in the moon.
There was a man lived in the moon, and his name was Aiken Drum...

And his head was made of a hand drum, a hand drum, a hand drum...
And his body was made of a washboard...
And his arms were made of maracas...
And his legs were made of jingle sticks...
And his eyes were made of finger cymbals...
And his nose was made of a triangle...
And his mouth was made of sleigh bells...
And his hair was made of rhythm sticks...

AND HIS NAME WAS AIKEN DRUM!!!


Monday, April 7, 2014

"HATS!" Musical Performances THIS WEEK!!!

Porters Point School will perform "HATS!" this Wednesday, April 9 and Thursday, April 10, 6:30 pm in the Colchester High School Theater.  Please check out this link for last minute details:

Parent Notice #3

Hope to see you all at Colchester High School!!!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

All Done With After-School Rehearsals!

Both casts have now had their last after-school rehearsals for our whole school musical "HATS!" by John Jacobson and John Higgins.  Students have only three more days to come into the music room during lunch recess, say their lines and leave:  Friday (4/4/14), Monday (4/7/14), and Tuesday (4/8/14).  Then I will be packing up all the stuff and going to Colchester High School to get ready for the dress rehearsals.  We had such fun at our after school rehearsals.  The below video is just a highlight:


 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

"HATS!" Is Off To A Good Start!

UNCLE SAM IS WHO I AM
The first after school practices for our whole school musical "HATS!" were held Wednesday and Thursday this week.  Both casts are off to a good start!  There are 32 speaking parts for each night, meaning 64 students total!  Many students came to the practice already knowing their lines.  The goals for this first practice are:  1) meet the other cast members; 2) discover when the speaking parts occur in the script; 3) learn which microphone to go to, and in what order to stand; and 4) speak "two-fingers away" from the microphone -- can we hear you?  Other goals are to sing the songs, although most of that work happens during music class.  This is the time to work out the speaking parts. 

Students are invited to come into the music room any day from now until the performances during lunch recess and just say their lines into the microphones and then leave.  I do not want them to miss recess!!  But the more comfortable they are with saying their lines the better.  Students need to memorize their lines and learn to project their voices so they may be heard.  I love this part of the process!!