Thursday, 11 February 2016

Old Mother Hubbard Songs

The Grade 2/3 classes have been making couplet poems that we are turning into songs.  Wow!  I am amazed at how well they are turning out and we're excited to sing you some.  Right now we're in the process of writing lyric drafts.

 PART B (students wrote these)

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Broadway vs. Classical

Tonight I saw a great group of theatre students from Ecole Assiniboine perform Oklahoma.  As the awesome adjudicator, Johanna Hildebrandt, worked with this group, it gave me some great ideas about how to teach Broadway singing and our upcoming Annie rehearsals.  It got me thinking about the differences and how we will need 'change' our vocal instruments to fit the musical genre.  Here's a good video explaining the difference.

Here are also some great tips on how to use facial expressions and gestures when singing Broadway type songs

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Singers

2016 Stevenson Grade 2/3 Choir @ Music Celebration
I was SOOOOO proud of our Grade 2/3 choir tonight.  We sang at the annual SJASD Music Celebration and we had a GREAT turn-out.  This choir has a really lovely sound and there was alot of great things going on with their performance.  Congratulations.  We look forward to competing at the Winnipeg Music Festival on Monday, February 29th.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Global School Play Day

Today was and we got to have 'play time' in the music room.  We explored the arts - music, visual art, drama and dance.  Lots of great ideas and time to express ourselves.  One of my favorite quotes from musician and supporter of music play is from  Carl Orff -"Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study.  They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child's play."
The animals like to talk to each other - Questions and Answers!
Writing songs and playing them.  This is Twinkle Twinkle :)
Working as a team, making up a drum song.
He even came and sang it for me!  Nice job!
SJCI Sr. Jazz Band came and jazzed us up today.  Awesome talent!

Monday, 1 February 2016

Annie Kids

Our Grade 4-5 students have auditioned and we've cast our parts 
in the upcoming Annie Kids musical.

2 shows coming in May!
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 18 (6:00-7:00)
Thursday, May 19 (6:00-7:00)

Stay tuned for rehearsal schedule to come!

More Burgers and Books!

It's I Love to Read month and there are many exciting things planned for us in the music room.  We kicked off the week with Burgers and Books and some fun stories.  Stay tuned for more books and music.
When I say "Lettuce," You say "Read!"  "Lettuce!" "Read!"
Kinders Performance "Dinosaur Roar"
Can you say - Catalina Magdalena Hoppensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name?
Grade 4/5 Orff Club 2016 1st performance
Storytelling using shadow puppets is an ancient method
Our Kinder helpers telling the story!  Rehearsals :)

Lion King Jr.

Congratulations to Cast 2 and Paula Olko on your performance of Lion King Jr.  Today the Grade 4/5's went to the show at Westwood and we really enjoyed it.  Congratulations Bailey and the rest of the cast on a job well done!

Check out the Winnipeg Free Press article.