Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spring Concert Information


Hello!
It it spring time! Get ready to sing time! Our students at Archway Arete will be performing their second concert of the year on May 2nd!!! Your students have been working hard to learn and memorize music for this year’s Spring Concert. Spring music for Kindergarten-2nd grade is harder than the beginning of the year. 1st graders are learning several verses to their songs. Kindergarteners are perfecting their French and 2nd graders are working on partner songs! Wow! It will be an amazing night for these little ones. We are so proud of all the work they have put in during class and cannot wait to show you. Here are some frequently asked questions, FAQs if you will, to help with communication.

What is the date of the concert?
May 2nd, 2017

Where is the concert?
Higley Center for the Performing Arts
4132 E. Pecos Road
Gilbert, AZ 85295

What time does my child need to be at Higley?
Kindergarteners have a call time of 4:45pm.
1st & 2nd grade have a call time of 5:00pm.

When does the concert begin?
K-2 Concert begins at 5:30pm
3-5 Concert begins at 6:45pm

What does my child wear to the concert?
Gentlemen will wear a plain white collard shirt, black pants, black socks and black closed toed shoes. (Solid dark colored vests and ties are optional for gentlemen.)
Ladies will wear a white top, black skirt and black closed toed shoes.

Will there be food at the concert?
No, there will not be food at the concert. Please fuel your child(ren) beforehand with dinner.

If you have any other questions, please email me at jweddle@archwayarete.org.

Kindly,
Miss. Jocelyn Weddle
jweddle@archwayarete.org

Music in March and April


Hello!
Welcome to 4th quarter music class where we are prepping our concert music, perfecting our musician stance and learning how to follow the conductor instead of mirroring the conductor!

In Kindergarten we had our first experience with labeling dynamics (volume) in music. We learned piano (soft) and forte (loud) from one of our Aesop’s fables the Lion and the Mouse. The challenge is to sing beautifully while changing from soft to loud while not shouting or whispering. You will get to hear our work at these dynamics at our Spring Concert on May 2nd.

Our first graders are now reading music on a 5 lined staff and have been easily reading Sol and Mi in multiple keys. We began with a challenge in the 4th quarter with discovering and adding a new note to read: La! Adding a third note can be surprisingly difficult for our ears to get used to so we work on relating these pitches together by playing a musical Simon Says game called “Poison”, if the students sing the poison phrase, they are out! Here is the poison phrase:
         













These second grade students continue to shock me how well they absorb new information about the musical language. They have read and sung music on the staff using the notes Do, Re, Mi, Sol, La! That is a complete pentatonic scale. Our second graders are also perfecting their memorization of Spanish and how to sing two songs at the same time called partner songs for their concert pieces.

Kindly,
Miss. Jocelyn Weddle
jweddle@archwayarete.org


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Choir Club Song Links


Hello Choir Club members! 
Here are audio links to the songs we are performing for the concert. Make sure that you are following along with the music because these recordings have different parts than ours. Some of them have 4 parts and ours have two! If you are confused or need additional help, come and see me and we can work together to perfect your section.

*Deep River
*Give My Regards to Broadway
*A La Nanita Nana (Follow the sheet music! There is a repeat on page 7 that the recording does not do)

Good Luck!

Miss Jocelyn Weddle
jweddle@archwayarete.org

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Music in February


Hello!
February is one of my favorite months to teach music, probably because we get to sing Skidamarink for the week of Great Hearts Day! As the quarter comes to a close, we look back and see how much our students have accomplished in third quarter.

Kindergarteners have listened to more of Camille Saint-Seans’ Carnival of the Animals comparing the tempos (or speed) of “Tortoises” and “Fossils” with the help of our puppet friends Tommy the tortoise and Harriet the hare. These super cute puppets remind us of our musical words for slow and fast: adagio and allegro, respectfully. Tommy obviously enjoys everything adagio, so Saint-Sean’s “Tortoises” is just for him. Harriet loves allegro music; “Fossils” is just her speed. We have aurally identified and sung adagio and allegro music.

We began this month in First grade we began learning how to correctly write a quarter note, two beamed eighth notes and a quarter rest. Now they are enhancing their aural skills by listening to a rhythm I play and notate these notes and rests. They also had a challenge this month of reading their sight singing on a five lined staff while sol and mi change from lines to spaces! Wow!

Second graders are working intensely on our wordy concert songs! They have a great challenge a head of them to sing two verses in Spanish and four verses of Battle Hymn of the Republic! If you would like to sing with your student, here are the words to Battle Hymn of the Republic we are learning:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory Glory Hallelujah His truth is marching on.
I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory Glory Hallelujah His truth is marching on.
He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is Wisdom to the mighty, He is Succour to the brave,
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory Glory Hallelujah His truth is marching on.
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

Miss Jocelyn Weddle

jweddle@archwayarete.org

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Music History in January

Hello!
Thank you for entrusting your wonderful children to us. It is an honor to teach and love them every day! This blog post will highlight the music history section of Kindergarten through 2nd grades.  I hope you enjoy.

In Kindergarten we continue to learn about our steady beat through beautiful classical compositions. In January we moved to two pieces of music- Victor Hebert’s “March of the Toys” and Edvard Greig’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King”. We are working on our knowledge of vocabulary words: composer and composition. A composition is a written piece of music and the composer is the person who wrote it. We have fun traveling around our map seeing where these composers lived and grew up.  Another important piece of music we have listened to is Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”. I performed an illustration of the music on the white board and the students were captivated. Music tends to have at affect on us, like when we are reading a great book. We tune out what else is going around us and we do not want it to end! We not only listen and move to these pieces of music, we discuss which instruments Prokofiev chose for the characters in the story and why. To answer the question of “Why?” is an important step for our kindergarteners. To know that there is purpose in instrument selection helps them when they get to older grades we can continue to analyze music on a deeper level.
The Israel Philharmonic performing “Peter and the Wolf”


In music history, 1st graders just finished one of two units on how music tells a story. We began in December after our concert watching The Metropolitan Opera perform Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”. Watching this opera gives the students an insight into how classically trained singers sound. We discussed why Hansel, a male character, was played by a female singer and compared her voice to the father’s in the story. We also discussed how voices change when we get older and that adults who are trained can be heard over an orchestra and a chorus of children. Now those are some powerful lungs! I must admit, since my background is in classical singing, I geek out during these lessons. I love the students discovering these “oddities” in the opera and walking it through their thought process with them.


Vibration was the word of the month in January! The 2nd graders have astonished me with their observation skills this past month studying the families of the orchestra and how they create sound! We touched on the families of the orchestra in 1st grade, but this time around we ask deeper questions i.e. “How does this family vibrate to create sound?”. We listen to a myriad of classical pieces highlighting a specific family including Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”. This was all good and normal until our discussion on the percussion family. We had our instruments out in the music room and a few students were playing these instruments, the rest carefully observing from where the vibrations were coming. They did a phenomenal job of recognizing what was vibrating, what caused it to move and how the vibrating stopped in some tough instruments. That was a wonderful lesson to facilitate. Now that our review of the families is finished, we will single out each instrument and see how they produce sound and use words to describe the quality of the sound.
The Cologne Philharmonic of Germany performing “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”



Miss Jocelyn Weddle

jweddle@archwayarete.org

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Music in November

Hello, 
Our concert was a success! Thank you for coming and supporting your kiddos at our Winter Concert! We worked hard to bring together a well-rounded concert. The beginning of November in music classes was packed with concert prep. We finished memorizing and perfecting our repertoire. We learned how to properly walk on stage and how to stand while performing. We rehearsed with our accompanist Mr. Kolden, which gave us more experience in how to sing as a team with an instrument and other classes all while following a conductor. We also focused our thoughts on (and practiced) how a respectful audience member would act. All of these cumulated to create our Winter Concert performance.

For the music class directly following the event, we reflect on what the concert was like, what we loved and how we excelled at singing as a group. In second grade I asked the students to pick one aspect of the concert they did well. I was proud to hear specific musical elements we had worked on during rehearsals as well as concert etiquette!

After the concert, we shift our focus in music class from our concert performance to a deeper inquiry into music theory and music history.

Kindergarteners now recognize a quarter note and two eighth notes are long and short sounds, respectfully and have listened to Camille Sant Sean’s “Aquarium” and “The Cuckoo in the Depth of the Woods” from his Carnival of the Animals suite.
1st graders have added a new rhythmic element to their vocabulary- the quarter rest. This sign reminds us to create silence for one beat. Creating silence is crucial for creating any music and it is a delicate art form- creating silence- in a 1st grade classroom. J Our kiddos do it well!
2nd graders continue to delve into their theory books as we write notes on the treble clef staff and assign beat numbers to rhythms. Most recently, 2nd graders added a new (and important) note to their sight singing: Do (pronounced as dough). Do is the home tone to which all tonal music is based. This is exciting!!


I look forward to exploring these new elements of music with our scholars throughout December! (But that is for another post!)


Kindly,
Miss. Jocelyn Weddle
jweddle@archwayarete.org

Monday, October 30, 2017

Winter Concert Information


The concert is coming! The concert is coming!

Hello,
We have some exciting news. Our students from Archway Arete will be performing their first concert of the year in less than three weeks!!! Mrs. Kaye and I are making last minute preparations on logistics; all the students are putting the finishing touches on their concert stances and memorizing their concert pieces! We are so proud of all the work they have put in during class and cannot wait to show you. Here are some frequently asked questions, FAQs if you will, to help with communication.

What is the date of the concert?
November 15th, 2017

Where is the concert?
Higley Center for the Performing Arts
4132 E. Pecos Road
Gilbert, AZ 85295

What time does my child need to be at Higley?
Kindergarteners have a call time of 4:45pm.
1st & 2nd grade have a call time of 5:00pm.

When does the concert begin?
K-2 Concert begins at 5:30pm
3-5 Concert begins at 6:45pm

What does my child wear to the concert?
Gentlemen will wear a plain white collard shirt, black pants, black socks and black closed toed shoes. (Solid dark colored vests and ties are optional for gentlemen.)
Ladies will wear a white top, black skirt, black tights and black closed toed shoes.

Will there be food at the concert?
No, there will not be food at the concert. Please feed your child dinner beforehand.

If you have any questions I did not answer please email me at jweddle@archwayarete.org.

Kindly,
Miss. Jocelyn Weddle
jweddle@archwayarete.org