Parent / Teacher conferences - Parent / Teacher conferences will be taking place February 16 and February 21. An email from Mr. Hart will be coming out next week with additional information. Please note, conferences for related arts teacher follow a different format than with house teachers. Music teacher conferences are walk-in only. If you would like to meet with me during conferences all you need to do is 'pop in'. My conferences are student led, so if I am with another family you and your child can simply grab a handout on your way into my room and begin working your way through the list. I will work my way around the room and visit with all families who do show up and answer any additional questions you may have. Please note, my schedule for conferences is different than the school schedule. Please see below for my availability.
- Thursday, February 16: 5:15-7:30
- Tuesday, February 21: 5:30-7:30
Spring Concerts - Yes you read that right. Lineville Choirs have 2 concerts in the spring. Please save both of the dates. Each of the concerts is unique in format and offers to very different learning experiences for the students.
Thursday, April 27: This is our district wide concert and involves all 10 Howard-Suamico choirs grades 5-12. Each choir will get to perform 1 song. To conclude the concert all 10 choirs will perform a final selection together as a grand finale. This is the one concert where the students get to be both performers and audience members. It is a great opportunity to teach audience concert etiquette to the students. Even more importantly the students get to hear the natural progression that occurs with the choirs as they listen to each group perform from youngest to oldest!
Thursday, May 11: This concert will be the same format as our Winter Concert. The focus for this concert will be on sharing everything we have learned over 3rd and 4th quarter. 5th Grade will perform at 5:30 and 6th Grade will perform at 7:00.
Choir T-shirts - I will be placing another t-shirt order in March. If your child is new to choir, or has lost or out-grown their t-shirt they will be able to place an order. These shirts will be ready in time for both of our spring concerts. I will send out additional information on cost and how to place an order in April.
We are now beginning to learn out music for the Spring Concerts. For these concerts we will be focusing on styles of music that are native to American and/or that were invented in America. The students have already begun work on 'Cripple Creek' which is a traditional Appalachian folk song. Technically, it was a fiddle tune before it became a folksong. We have been discussing how and when folk songs were created and how they were shared.
We will also be performing a Spiritual. Spirituals are a uniquely American style of music that were created by the African-American slaves. The students have been learning about how and why the songs were created and were often used to convey secret messages about meetings and how to use the underground railroad to escape to the north. The 5th graders have begun learning 'Chariot's Comin' which is based on the spiritual 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'.
The 3rd style we will be focusing on is Broadway Musicals. They will be learning 'I won't grow up!' from the musical 'Peter Pan'. The final style we will be exploring is jazz. Students will be learning the ever popular jazz standard 'It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing'.
We are now beginning to learn out music for the Spring Concerts. For these concerts we will be focusing on styles of music that are native to American and/or that were invented in America. The students have already begun work on 'Pick a Bale of Cotton' which is a traditional African-American work song. African-American work songs were sung during the slave and post-slave era (by sharecroppers) while they were working in the fields to help pass time and keep a steady work tempo.
The 2nd song the students have begun work on is 'Route 66'. This piece represents jazz. Jazz was also created in the US in the early 1900's in New Orleans and is a fusion of African and Western-European music. We will explore how jazz was created as well as the history behind the historic american highway Route 66, that the song 'Route 66' is based upon.
We will also be performing a Gospel tune. Gospel is a uniquely American style of music that was created by African-Americans in the early 1900's. Gospel music was a blend of jazz, blues, and traditional spirituals. They will be performing 'How Can I Keep from Singing?'
The final style we will be focusing on is Broadway Musicals. 6th graders will be learning 'Little Shop of Horrors' from the musical 'Little Shop of Horrors'.