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The students have been learning a lot in Music class. Sixth grade students are learning about the Baroque composers. They are also playing the ukulele. They are learning tunes such as "Are You Sleeping" and "Ode to Joy" on the ukulele. Fifth grade students are practicing the drums. They have rehearsed 2 drum ensembles. In addition to the drums, they are learning about the Orchestra instruments. They are learning to recognize the instruments by sound. The Fourth grade students are learning the recorders. They are earning colored belts to put on the end of the recorder once they have conquered their piece. They are practicing " Rain, Rain Go Away" and "Gently Sleep". Third grade students are learning the notes to the recorder. Notes "B", "A" and "G" are being practiced. Students in Second through Primary are learning fun songs. "Henry the Octopus", "Doe a Deer", and "On Top of Spaghetti" are a few favorites.
EPISCOPAL SCHOOLS WEEK!
Saint James Church is celebrating Episcopal Schools week on Sunday October 1, 2017. The students of Saint James Day School have been invited to sing as the choir on SUnday morning. Students in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth grade classes are invited to participate.
Students should arrive as Saint James Church (417 Olive St. Texarkana, TX 75501) on Sunday morning October 1 at 9:00am for dress rehearsal. The students will be singing "Sing a New Son to the Lord". They should wear their dress uniform. The service will begin at 10:00am. It should last about an hour.
We have had such a great year of Music at Saint James. We've had numerous performances including Candlelight, Grandparent's Day, Spring Musical, and Talent Shows.
We've explored instruments such as recorders, bells, drums, keyboards, and numerous percussion instruments. We've learned some great songs including "All Dog Alert", "On Top of Spaghetti", and "Gaudeamus Igitur". Students have learned rhythm, pitch, and music symbols and terms. The Middle school learned about Baroque and Classical composers. We had guests artists come and perform for us, including JoJo's Dad in Pre-K. (Pictures enclosed). We went to hear the Symphony play. (Picture enclosed)
We have had a spectacular year in Music class.
Graduation: Sixth Grade graduation is scheduled for Thursday, June 1st at 6:00pm. All students in 3rd through 6th grade are required to attend. They will be performing special pieces for the ceremony. Students should arrive in Sunday best at 5:30pm. The service is at Saint James Church.
Perseverance Award: Our Perseverance award in Music goes to Kate Hindman. She is a fabulous musician, and I am very proud of her. (Picture enclosed)
Everyone have a great summer! I hope you will sing every chance you get. I will miss you, and I look forward to seeing you in August!
The students are finishing up the school year with some fun activities. Fifth and Sixth grade classes are playing Bells. The fifth grade class played "God is So Good" for the prelude at Chapel on Tuesday May 9th. The students are learning about performance, service, time signatures, counting rhythm, and notes. We will continue to play bells until the end of the year.
Third and Fourth grade students continue to practice the recorders. They learned and new note this week "E". They played several exercises and songs with the new note exhibiting correct finger position and note reading.
Kindergarten is practicing for the BIG graduation day. Paul David has a solo on "Let's Go Fly A Kite", and the other children sing the chorus. They are singing with piano accompaniment.
Pre-K classes are practicing for the "Talent Show". They are singing "We're Going to the Zoo", "The Bare Necessities", and "How Much is that Doggie in the Window". They are acting out the songs.
Sixth Grade Graduation rehearsals are going well. The students are practicing several new pieces for the service. They are all meant to be inspirational. The Sixth grade will sing "Gaudeamus Igitur" as a class. The Latin is piece is going well. Graduation is scheduled for Thursday June1st at 6:00pm at Saint James Church.
The students did a great job on our Spring Musical. I am very proud of them, and I know you are too. They performed "101 Dalmatians" with excellence.
Our next big performance on graduation. It is scheduled for June 1st. Students in the third through sixth grades are to participate. They will be singing some great pieces such as "A Prayer For Today", "From the Moment You Were Born", and "Gaudamus Igitur". The students have been practicing during their choir classes.
In our General Music classes, the Fifth and Sixth grade have been playing bells. The Third and Fourth grade classes are practicing their sight-reading skills using the "Solfege" system. First and Second grade classes are singing some great spring pieces which include "I've Got the Sun in the Morning", "Here Come Peter Cottontail", and "My Favorite Things". The Kindergarten and Pre-k classes are getting ready for their graduations. They are singing "Let's Go Fly a Kite" as well as some other inspirational pieces.
The students are getting ready for the big Spring Musical. The performance is scheduled for Wednesday April 12th at Sullivan Center. All students must arrive no later than 6:00pm. The show will begin at 6:30pm. The classes have been rehearsing non-stop for out BIG night. They are singing, dancing, and acting. It has been so much fun seeing the students develop their characters. This show has truly gone to the dogs!! Invite your friends and family to attend. They will be in for a great evening of music and fun.
On a personal note, it has been a great privilege working with your children. They amaze me everyday on how quick they pick up lines, steps, and songs. I am so proud of them.
After the show, out 5th and 6th grade students will be practicing bells. 4th and 3rd will continue their study of the recorder, and Pre-k through 2nd grade will practice singing songs. Looking forward to a fabulous ending to our school year.
The show is coming up! Students 1st-6th grade are performing "101 Dalmatians" on Wednesday April 12th at the Sullivan Performing Arts Center. Students should arrive no later than 6:00pm. The show will begin at 6:30pm. The students have been working very hard for this exciting event. Make sure students get enough rest and drink plenty of water over the next two weeks. It is crunch time, and students have been practicing non-stop in their music classes. Looking forward to a fabulous show! Enclosed is a sneak peak of the Dalmatian vests the students will be wearing in the musical.
The 5th and 6th grade students have just finished a unit on keyboard. They learned note names, keys, and fingerings for several pieces. Pictures enclosed.
Rehearsal Schedule "101 Dalmatians 2017"
Choreography smaller numbers Tuesday 2/23/17
Review All Dance Numbers Thursday 3/2/17
Blocking 1st half of the show Tuesday 3/7/17
Blocking 1st half of the show Thursday 3/9/17
Blocking OFF BOOK! Tuesday 3/21/17
Blocking 2nd half of the show Thursday 3/23/ 17
Blocking 2nd half of the show Tuesday 3/28/17
Blocking OFF BOOK! Thursday 3/30/17
Run Show 4/4/17 Tuesday
Run Show 4/6/17
Spring Musical Wednesday April 12th
All rehearsals are at 7:00am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Congratulations to the Cast of the Spring Musical, "101 Dalmatians".
Cruella De Vil- Catherine Joyce, Horace-Elliot White, Jasper-Macy Maynard, Pongo- Jon Chatelain, Perdita -Aimme Womack, Anita-Emma Burks, Roger-Dawson Palmer, Dot- Ella Crouch, Lucky-Katie McKinney, Patch-David Mayo, Pepper-Jonah Brown, Penny--Kavya Kurichety, Spot- Ayres-Fuqua, Narrator 1- Kate Hindman, Narrator 2- Bella Fuqua, Narrator 3- Haley Langley, Narrator 4-Carolina Womack, Dog Catcher- Heath Wood, Nanny- Kennley O'Rorke, Police Officer- Zaine White, Sergent Tibbs- Elle Floyd, Scottie 1- Fendy Zhang, Scottie 2-Staten Crossland, Poodle 1- Hannah Brown, Poodle 2- Maddie Small wood, Chihuahua 1- Abbie York, Chihuahua 2- Norah Jordan.
All rehearsals will be in the mornings before school at 7:00am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Students should have received a rehearsal schedule. Please notify Mrs. Tipton immediately if you have not received a rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals be gin Tuesday 14th at 7:00am in the music room.
The students are getting ready for several performances coming up. Grandparent's Day is scheduled for Friday, February 17th and the Spring Musical is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12th. The students have been practicing and auditioning to get ready for these exciting events.
For Grandparent's Day, the sixth grade will be singing "What a Wonderful World". This is such a great group of talented students, and I know they will sing beautifully. The fifth grade students have been practicing their drums. They are working on two ensembles, and they have been very consistent in rehearsal. The third grade class has been practicing the recorders. They are ready to perform, "Barcarolle". It is an Italian boat song. Pre-k students are practicing patriotic pieces to sing. We are planning on having some nice performances from our students on Grandparent's Day.
Auditions for the Spring Musical are Tuesday Jan. 24th and Tuesday Jan. 31st. Students must perform one solo piece and read lines from the script. We are all excited to be presenting "101 Dalmatians". So, think SPOTS! The cast list will be posted soon, and rehearsals will begin in February. A reminder, that all students will be participating and auditions are only for character roles.
In class, fifth and sixth grade students are practicing the keyboards. They are learning key names, rhythms, and fingerings to play the pianos. The students are doing a great job, and I am very pleased with their progress. Third and fourth grade classes are practicing the recorders. First and Second grade classes are singing songs and learning music symbols. Kindergarten and Pre-K classes are singing songs and creating movements to their pieces.
MUSIC IS FUN!
Christmas Shows are going well. Both Kindergarten and Pre-K have had their performances. They were a great success. Enclosed are pics. from dress rehearsals.
We have two Candlelight services on Tuesday Dec. 13th and Thursday Dec. 15th. Students in First, Third, Fifth and Sixth will perform on Tuesday and students in Second, Fourth, and Sixth will perform on Thursday. Students should have on their Sunday best clothes. Both services are at 6:00pm. Students should arrive no later than 5:30pm. Soloists should perform on both nights. We are looking to have a fabulous night of music.
Mrs. Tipton is very thankful to serve at a school where Christmas and Advent music can be performed.
Music Class has been busy preparing for many upcoming performances. The Pre-K will be performing their Christmas program on Thursday, Dec. 8th. The students have been practicing very hard to learn all the words to their Christmas Carols and songs. Their favorite piece is "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". They are doing a great job.
Kindergarten has been practicing too. They are performing at Chapel on Tuesday, Dec. 6th. They are singing pieces such as "Go Tell it on The Mountain", "Angels We Have Heard on High", and "Away in the Manger".
First through Sixth grade students have been practicing for Candlelight. They are working on memorization. They are singing pieces such as "Hosannah", "Soon and Very Soon", "Let There Be Peace on Earth". The FIRST, THIRD, FIFTH, and SIXTH grade classes will perform on Tuesday Dec. 13th. The SECOND, FOURTH, and SIXTH grade students will be performing on Thursday Dec. 15th. Students that received a solo must perform on both nights. Students should wear Sunday Best.
Looking forward to some fabulous performances!
Fall Festival/Halloween Songs
The students have been singing Fall Festival and Halloween songs. Third grade has been rehearsing "Every Witch Way" to perform on Character day on Oct. 31st. First and Second grades practiced "Have You Ever Seen A Spider". They created spider webs. They are adorning the hall outside the music room. Another favorite song has been "Better Watch Out". The students created verses to the most beloved refrain.
Veteran's Day Chapel
Veteran's Day Chapel is scheduled for Thursday Nov. 10th. The first grade will be singing "This Land is Your Land" for the prelude. We will also be singing patriotic songs throughout the service. Looking forward to a special service honoring our veterans.
The students have been practicing their pieces for Candlelight. Songs such as "Let There Be Peace on Earth", "I Have Three Candles", and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" are being rehearsed. The middle school students auditioned for solo parts last rehearsal. They will be performing in trios and quartets. Results of the auditions will be announced on the week of Oct. 31st-Nov. 4th.
The schedule for the performance is as follows: First, Third, Fifth and Sixth will perform on Tuesday Dec. 13th. Grades Second, Fourth, and Sixth will perform Thursday Dec. 15th. The trios and quartets will also need to perform at both concerts. More details will be given as performance times draw near.
The Third and Fourth grade students have been practicing the recorder. They have been playing pieces such as "French Song". "Hot Cross Buns", and "Merrily We Roll Along". They are concentrating on notes B,A, and G.
The FIfth grade students have been learning about the orchestra. They have created orchestra packets, orchestra seating charts, and "Peter and the "Wolf" finger puppets.
The Middle School Choir has been selected to sing at Saint James Church on Sunday October 2, 2016. This is a special service that recognized Episcopal Schools Sunday. Students should arrive at 9:30am for a quick rehearsal. The service begins at 10:00am and will last about an hour. Students should wear School Dress uniform.
This is a wonderful opportunity to serve with our talents. Please fill out ant return the letter, so we will know how many students to expect on Sunday morning.
The students have been learning a lot in Music class at Saint James Day School. The choirs are practicing for the Candlelight performance. They are rehearsing, "Hosanna", "O Come, O Come Emmanuel", and "Ave Maria". They are singing with piano accompaniment.
The general music classes have been singing and playing instruments. Kindergarten, First, and Second grades have been singing fun songs, movement songs, and playing percussion instruments. The Third and Fourth grades have been practicing the recorder. They are illustrating simple rhythm patterns, correct fingering, and notes B,A, and G. The Fifth grade students have been studying the Orchestra. They created an Orchestra chart that categorizes the instruments into families. The Sixth grade has been studying the composers of the Baroque Era. They are also playing drums and learning some Music Theory.
We are MAKING MUSIC!