Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December Happenings!

So much to post, so little time!

First of all congratulations to all my former JFK and Parmenter students on their amazing concerts last week! It makes me so happy to see so many of my students pursuing music after they leave me and sounding wonderful!

Thanks to our very cool sound recording teacher at FHS, Mr. Peacock, and his crew, you can listen to the Horace Mann, Remington, and FHS winter concerts at FHS's Sound in the Hall web site.


Speaking of some very cool music teachers here in Franklin, you can find Mr. Barrett (DT, Jefferson, and formerly Parmenter's music teacher) performing tomorrow afternoon at the Franklin Public Library! Who knows, you might even see me and my little guy there singing along!

Holiday Sing-Along 
at the Franklin Public Library 
Wednesday, December 19th, at 5:00 p.m.!

Check out the following link for more info:

Finally, we have been having some fun at Parmenter and JFK! Check out these classes learning about form:how music is organized. See if you can figure out what famous ballet these two pieces are taken from!

"Dance of the Flutes" Mrs. Zarrella's 1st Grade Class

"March" Mrs. Schreiber's 3rd Grade Class

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Celebrity Singers

Celebrity Singers

Q: What's a celebrity singer?
A: A celebrity singer is a student in chorus that demonstrates great effort, leadership, and focus. They also show great singing technique such as good posture, vowel shapes, pitch, breathing, etc. Sometimes I also pick a student whom I feel has shown great improvement. With the help of the educational assistants and celebrity singers from the previous week, I try to chose one boy and one girl per week. Some weeks I can't help myself and pick more!

Q: Where did this idea come from?
A: I wanted to show students that anyone can join and love chorus and become a singer. It's not just for a certain type of person. On my bulletin board in the cafeteria, I have pictures of celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Beyonce, Matt Damon, etc. that were all in chorus when they were younger. Sometimes the best singers are the people you would least expect!

September 4th Grade Parmenter

September 4th Grade JFK 

September 5th Grade JFK
October 5th Grade JFK
October 4th Grade Parmenter
October 4th Grade JFK

October 4th Grade JFK

November 4th Grade Parmenter

November 4th Grade JFK
November 4th Grade JFK

November 5th Grade JFK
November 5th Grade JFK

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Musicians of the Month

Musicians of the Month!

Every month 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders love to celebrate a musician's birthday along with their fellow classmates' birthdays!  We learn a little about a new musician and their music. Students with birthdays that month put their name up on the bulletin board for the school to see! Check out our past musicians along with our very famous December composer!

September 23, 1932
Ray Charles
"Hit the Road Jack"

October 7, 1955
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma on Sesame Street

November 6, 1854
John Philip Sousa
"Stars and Stripes Forever"

December 16, 1770
Ludwig Van Beethoven
"Ode to Joy" Flashmob!:)