Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Show Time!


Congratulations to Stevenson for putting on a fantastic Circus Show and Celebration of the Arts 2017.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Cup Song Pattern


POINTERS - Use your right hand to pick up cup and the sweep.  When you grab the 'bottom' it's with your left hand.

CHALLENGE - Once you've mastered this pattern, how can you do it with a partner.  Check out the other groups in the song.  How else are they making new routines?




Tuesday, 16 May 2017

ArtCirq


Just heard about this REALLY cool group of Artic Circus artists and performers.  Check out the link to learn more about ArtCirq!

Monday, 15 May 2017

It's Show Time!


SHOW ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 (5:00-6:30, Show at 5:45)

On Wednesday, May 17, Stevenson is celebrating the arts by putting on the first ever, Cirque Du Stevenson!  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and there will be a number of ‘busking’ venues to stop and see as well as the creativity and beauty of everyone’s art work displayed around the main floor.  At 5:45 p.m. we will be putting on a show in the gym.  Students have been working very hard to get ready for this event.  Dress rehearsal is Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.  All students must be accompanied by a parent/adult for the evening show.

All students will be participating in the final song and have work on display.  In addition, several students have volunteered various talents for the various performances and need to be in attendance.
  • ·         Buskers – Grade 4/5 volunteers (Group 1 – 5:00-5:15 / Group 2 – 5:15-5:30)
  • ·         Ring Masters – Arsenni, Essence, Denise
  • ·         Circus Arts - Grade 4/5 Circus Performers
  • ·         Circus Demos – Fedor, Riley, Krystal, Jack
  • ·         Kindergarten Dance (Room 7 & 8)
  • ·         Tap Dance (Room 5)
  • ·         Grade 4/5 Hip Hop Performance (Room 3, 4, & 5)
  • ·         All school (K-5) sing and dance to Stand In the Light with special dance by Mrs. Hardy’s Dance Team and Grade 4/5 soloists (Ashley, Aliyah, Asraa, Hannah)


We hope to see you out!  Come join in the fun as we celebrate the arts at Stevenson!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Circus Coming SOON!


The circus is coming to town!  Stevenson students are busy getting ready for a fun evening of sharing and the celebration of the arts, mainly circus arts, dance, and visual art.  All students will be performing our "Stand in the Light" song and dance.  Come out and visit our art displays and various buskers around the main level prior to the show.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m.  Show starts at 5:45 p.m.

Examples of Hand-to-Hand / Pyramid Poises


 




Wednesday, 3 May 2017

How to Draw a Treble Clef


The Grade 2/3 classes are learning to draw treble clefs.  There are 2 ways to draw them and the above is the way we learned today.  It's important to wrap the body around the G line and not go outside line 1 and 3.


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Thousands of students, musicians, parents, and community members from Charlottetown to Vancouver will come together tomorrow to celebrate the 13th annual Music Monday to raise awareness for music education. Created by the Coalition for Music Education, Music Monday will bring the nation together for the simultaneous singing of the Music Monday anthem, Sing It Together, on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Honouring Canada 150, this year’s National Showcase Concert will take place in Ottawa with a free concert at the National Arts Centre hosted by MP Seamus O’Regan and opera singer Measha Brueggergosman. The event will be live-streamed at MusicMonday.ca from 12-1 pm EST (11-12 pm Winnipeg time).

Showcase Concert performances include a mass children’s choir, the Métis Fiddle Quartet, singer-songwriter Mimi O’Bonsawin, a harp and soprano duo, youth jazz and strings ensembles, and the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra. Songwriter Marc Jordan, musicians from the official Music Monday video, and the children’s choir will also lead the nationwide sing-along of Sing It Together.

Sing It Together was commissioned by the Coalition for Music Education and features Inuit throat singing, Métis fiddling, Indigenous drumming, and children’s choirs in celebration of Canadian diverse and vibrant musical heritage.

Events are scheduled in communities across Canada, and participants are encouraged to join the conversation using the hashtag #MMC2C2C.

ARTICLE REFERENCE: musiccanada.com

@StevensonElem
All are welcome!  Come check it out :)
Performances by Room 9, Kindergartens, and whole school singing!



Voca People


I just saw this video and it is a great example of the flexibility and creativity of using the voice and the joy of singing together.  Our voices are instruments and when we train them properly, you can do amazing things like we see with the Voca People group.  Some of my students question why we 'have to be in choir,' which is a mandatory class at our school.  This is a perfect example of why... because our voices are incredible instruments and my job is to teach my students how to use them.  Anyone can learn this.  This type of training takes years and the first couple of steps for beginner singers is to learn to match pitch, body posture, and breathe correctly.  We get to develop our listening skills while singing in an ensemble and together we practice, practice, practice.  It's not easy to discipline ourselves and our voices, but together we will be stronger.  Sing together!


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Music Monday 2017


Come and join us as we celebrate music in our school.  Thousands all across Canada, from sea to sea to sea, will be lifting up their songs in support of the music arts.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Seussical the Musical Auditions

Each year up to 120 students from across the School Division are selected to make up two casts for a selected musical production. Ms. Rempel and a team of teachers will be selecting students to audition for next year’s production, ‘Seussical, Jr.  The show will run Jan 27 – Feb 3/17.  If students make the first audition at Stevenson, they are then invited to do a second audition with Mrs. Olko on May 17 or 18th.  If you are interested, please contact Ms. Rempel and send back the audition form that was handed out. Stevenson auditions will take place on Tuesday, May 2 at 11:40 in the music room.

The criteria that Ms. Rempel and her audition team look for are:
1. musical talent (in-tune singing, dancing) / preparation
2. acting / reading / expression / voice projection
3. following directions
4. stage presence / confidence
5. excellent behaviour / student leader
6. parental commitment

Guidelines for the Division consist of choosing students from twenty-one schools, with representation from all the schools and grades. Selection is based on the quality of the audition and the character needs of the musical, which includes in-tune singing, voice projection, acting, and stage presence. Elementary students will be required to attend one weekly rehearsal on either Monday or Tuesday.

Being part of this group is a devoted commitment for four months: Sept., Oct., Nov., Jan. and the first week of Feb. Each cast will rehearse on a specified day, beginning in September. Students with lead roles will be required to attend two weekly rehearsals. There will also be additional rehearsals three weeks prior to the show. Attendance is of the utmost importance, and students must make up for all rehearsals missed by attending on the alternate cast’s day.

For audition:
1. Have your teacher/parent help you to learn one song from the attached list.  Link to Audition Material
2. Practice reading and acting out from memory, one of the passages supplied on the attached list.
3. Practice marching in time, and the box step. 

If you are selected from Stevenson, parents must do the following:
1. Fill out the application form and bring it to your audition.
2. Sign up for an audition time on line by going to Audition Sign-up Link
Second stage auditions will be held at Westwood Collegiate in the cafeteria.



Thursday, 13 April 2017

Work in Progress

We are now preparing for our Music Monday concert on Monday, May 1st at 8:50 a.m. on the back playground pad.  Here's a little sneak peak of what we have been working on...


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Theatre Shows

Looks like an amazing line-up of shows going on in St. James this spring.  Go and check them out and support the arts!  We have amazing talent here in this division.  
Good luck and congrats to all the cast and crew.






Westwood Collegiate production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat takes place from May 2-6 at 7 p,m. Tickets are available here.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Canadian Mosiac Concert

Getting ready to watch the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
 The Grade 4/5's went to a fantastic show at the Centennial Concert Hall this afternoon.  We watched the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra play and heard the St. Jame's Children's Choir and Junior Choir sing several numbers.  It was magical and informative as we learned about various Canadian composers and the interesting numbers they created.  Other special performers joined the show including a special lyrical dance, a tabla drummer, a recorder and string group, and a French singer.

Ready, set, listen!


SJSD Children's and Junior Choir singing with WSO

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Stand in the Light


Our students have started listening today to our upcoming Music Monday 2017 song.  We will be performing it as a school on Monday, May 1st at our Music Monday assembly and our Celebration of the Arts evening on Wednesday, May 17.

This powerful song has a very important message to us.  Take a listen.  Grade 4/5 students are invited to come audition for the open verse 1, verse 2, and bridge solos on Monday, April 3 at lunch.

Stand in the Light background track



Stand in the Light by Jordan Smith



Tuesday, 21 March 2017

GW Showband


Thanks Mr. Johnson and his Grade 6 George Waters Showband for coming over and sharing with us your music and amazing playing on the woodwinds and brass instruments today.  We were very impressed.  To learn more about the band program at George Waters, check out Mr. Johnson's  band website.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Songwriting Collaboration



Mrs. Lowe and Mrs. Atcheson were working on developing a wacky idea to write a song about Winnipeg with Room 9 in their study of Winnipeg.  Mrs. Lowe and her students developed lists of ideas and facts and grouped them.



 Mrs. Lowe asked if we could somehow take these ideas and make them into a song. As we were thinking about the music and ideas, Mrs. Lowe remembered a song she liked by the band, The Weakerthans, called I Hate Winnipeg.  She played it for me and right away I thought, "Let's write verses for how we LOVE Winnipeg."  Almost immediately I started to pull phrases from the student ideas and wrote several verses.  I figured out the chords and developed a rough track on Garageband.  The next week I brought the song to the kids and they got excited and we started to develop their own verse.  After several attempts to make words fit, we felt it was good and then started to rehearse it to learn all the words.  We also want to add some body percussion and rhythm to the song and we are working on that as well.  Mrs. Lowe and her class also plan to make a video.




Just the other day I pulled a few kids to record a rough copy of the song with their voices.  There were a lot of giggles as they learned about the process of recording.  We have to wear the headphones to hear the music and we can also hear our voices when we speak into the microphone.  We also had to practice not singing too loud or it can distort the sound and make it fuzzy.  Some other things we have to work on are matching our voices, hitting the right notes, and singing in the beat.   We look forward to singing our song live during music listening in May.



We hope you enjoy our song about Winnipeg!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Instrument Petting Zoo



Come on down to the music room during our Student-Led Conferences this Thursday, March 16th and check out our Instrument Petting Zoo from 4:30-7:00.

Parent-Teacher meetings are on Friday, March 17th (between 9:00-11:30) and by appointment only so please call the school to schedule a 10 minute conference if you need to see Ms. Rempel.


Muted Trumpet


As we were listening to the opening of White in the Moon the Long Road Lies by the amazing Sri Lankan/Canadian composer, Dinuk Wijeratne, we were wondering what instrument was playing during the introduction.


We discovered it was a mute or plunger or stopper that is placed in the bell of a trumpet that created that buzzy, hazy sound.



We have been learning about East Indian music and the tabla drums in White in the Moon the Long Road Lies.  Several students have a connection with these drums in their culture and we are going to attempt to learn a 14 beat rhythmic cycle called Deepchandi and see if we can incorporate some of the drumming techniques (which are VERY difficult!).




Thursday, 9 March 2017

Melody Makers


It says Kindergarten but this is our Grade 2/3 choir.  Saturday, March 4, 2017 - Winnipeg Free Press
Great job on the gold Grade 4/5 choir!

Grade 4/5 choir singing at Winnipeg Music Festival on March 8, 2017

Congrats Grade 2/3 choir on your silver!

Grade 2/3 at the Winnipeg Music Festival on Friday, March 3, 2017

Monday, 6 March 2017

Robert Munsch

The Grade 1s have been working really hard to learn instrument parts for the song "Clang Clang" from the famous Robert Munsch story, Mortimer.

Check out Robert Munsch telling the story!



Our Song


The Grade 4/5's are learning about the true stories behind our national anthem, "O Canada."  They were shocked!

This is the person who wrote the melody for O Canada.  His name is Calixa Lavallee.  He was a composer but also an adventurer.  The story goes that while at his Quebec home in St. Hyacinthe to give a concert in 1880, he was resting by the Yamaska waterfall when he heard the song in the pounding water.  The melody swept throughout Canada and was played in music halls, theatres, churches, and various festivities, capturing the heart of many.

Adolphe-Basile Routhier

The French words of the song then came from Adolphe-Basile Routhier who wrote the words for a Quebec city festival in 1880.  The French lyrics have never been altered!


Robert Stanley Weir

There have been several versions of the English words altered throughout the years, but the one that has stuck the most was by a Montreal judge, Robert Stanley Weir, who wrote a poem in 1908 to commemorate the 300th year anniversary of Quebec City.  He wrote 3 additional verses and made some changes to the poem along the way.  His version of the English lyrics were sung up until 1980.


See the song sung below with words from Weir's poem.  This recording was from 1914!

In 1980, the 100th birthday of O Canada, there was yet again disagreement about the English words and they were altered yet again to what we sing today.  The song officially became Canada's anthem in 1980 through the National Anthem Act.

To read more about the history and changes, check out this link.

Throughout Canada's history, there has been various important songs of the people of the land.  Check out this compilation of the historical anthems of Canada and other countries and colonies that are now part of Canada. 



Another interesting tidbit about our anthem is that it has a very similar resemblance to the "March of the Priests" from the opera the Magic Flute, composed in 1791 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Check this out!