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SUPER IMPORTANT NEWS!!
Springdale Park is a semi-finalist for the Music In Our Schools Tour contest!! The tour includes a concert featuring a Radio Disney artist hosted by a Radio Disney on-air personality, a Radio Disney "ARDY" award, and a Give a Note Foundation grant of $2500. Tour stops will take between February 10 & and April 22, 2017. We are one of two schools from the South that are moving on to the Voting phase, and if we receive the most votes in the South Region the Music In Our Schools Tour will make a stop at SPARK!
What do we need to do?
Get the word out to everybody you know to watch and vote for our Veterans Day video! One vote per day per IP address can be cast for SPARK at https://www.giveanote.org/2017-mios-semi-finalists/south/ . Voting will end at midnight Pacific Time on December 9, 2016.
Music@SPARK December Dates!
CHORUS/AC Thursday, December 1 call time 5:30pm, concert at 7pm in the Grady HS Auditorium SPARK, Lin, and Grady High School's Winter Chorus Concert with Symp Vibes from Georgia Tech
Come hear our wonderful SPARK Chorus and AC and stay to hear all of the other great musicians!
All AC and Chorus are expected to perform
CHORUS/AC Saturday, Dec 3 11am-1pm this is a change from the time listed in SPARK-e Caroling for Virginia Highland's Tour of Homes
Our SPARK Chorus and AC has been invited to go caroling during the Virginia Highland's Tour of Homes. Meet at the YWCA on North Highland around 10:30am to warm up. Drop ins are welcome~
AC & Chorus invited
CHORUS/AC Wednesday, Dec 7 5pm in the SPARK Gym Community Sing-a-Long with Atlanta Young Singers An informal festive holiday event featuring songs for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and wintertime. Students who can play chords on guitar or ukulele are welcome to bring your instruments or small (reasonably quiet) percussion instruments to play along. We’ll play songs in D, G, C, mostly. Ms. Turgeon will have chord charts available by Dec 2.
ALL SPARK STUDENTS AND FAMILIES are invited
BAND Monday, December 5th 0 5:15-5:30 call time, concert at 6pm BAND Concert in the SPARK Gym
4th and 5th grade Band
ORCHESTRA Wednesday, December 14 5:15pm call time, concert at 6pm SPARK and Mary Lin 4th Grade Orchestra Concert in the Mary Lin Auditorium
4th grade Orchestra
If you have not paid for or picked up your Music@SPARK shirt please do so ASAP! Ms. Turgeon has them in her room!
Friday, December 2, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The MOST IMPORTANT goals of this project:
During the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2 in Music class we will have a quiz over the music & composers from the ASO Composer project. Third graders who have Music on Friday, Dec. 2 (Latimore/Lockwood & English/Lockwood) will have their quiz on either Monday or Wednesday.
- Complete the ASO Composer Project sheet (front and back + timeline)
- Identify at least 4 of the 6 composers/pieces by listening and tell a fact about each composer (including era, nationality, etc)
- Tell 2 more facts about your chosen composer
How should the students prepare for the quiz? Listen to a couple minutes of each piece and try to associate the piece with the composer and their nationality/era/facts. The listening examples will be from obvious places in the music (beginnings, major themes). I will not try to be tricky. We have worked on this in class, and the students seem to be able to tell which pieces are which.
Students who complete #1, 2, & 3 on the quiz will be finished with the ASO Composer Project. No further presentation/project will be necessary.
Students who haven't finished the ASO Composer project sheet by their class day (Nov. 28-Dec 2), or who cannot successfully complete the quiz can complete a poster, diorama, video, dance, song, book, comic by the orignial deadline. The ASO Composer Project Sheet and project must be complete by the deadline. No exceptions.
Students who pass the quiz AND complete a project (or who have already completed the project) will receive extra credit. If they are up to date with their daily grade they will earn a 100 on their report card for Music for Second Quarter.
Left: Rossini's Finale from William Tell was popularly used for The Lone Ranger's theme song
Right: The Star Wars Main theme by John Williams has four different themes or "leitmotifs" that represent different characters.
Friday, November 11, 2016
In honor of Veterans Day our SPARK K, 1st, and 2nd graders recorded a video singing two patriotic songs--"America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)" and "America the Beautiful" to send out to Veterans groups, hospitals, and to post on social media.
My country 'tis of thee sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing!
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrims' pride.
From ev'ry mountainside let freedom ring!
Our fathers' God to thee, Author of liberty, to thee we sing!
long may our land be bright with freedom's holy light!
Protect us by thy might, great God our King!
Second graders featured:
O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine!
Till all success be nobleness and every gain divine!
O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee.
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!
Thank you, VETERANS!
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Permission Slips for ASO, CEP, & Lift Every Voice Field Trips are linked here and above
All Students at SPARK attend an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert each year. These concerts have different repertoire each year, and give the students a chance to become familiar with all of the instruments of the orchestra, concert etiquette, music history, and other Music standards. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will complete their Second Quarter ASO Composer's Project based on the composers whose music they will hear.
Students received their ASO Composer Project info last week--week of October 24-28. Please see the tab above for all of the resources to support your work on the ASO Composer Project This post gives basic info, but if you want to find ALL of the info (playlists, project sheet downloads, tech help, etc) it is on the tab linked above.
The MOST IMPORTANT goals of this project:
Tuesday, Dec. 6:
Wednesday, Dec 7:
Thursday, Dec. 8:
Friday, Dec. 9:
Step 1: Listening: CHOOSE YOUR COMPOSER AND LISTEN to his music. Students will listen to music by his/her chosen composer several times and identify the listening elements using correct Music vocabulary. Music can be here OR on Classics for Kids OR on YouTube
Step 2: About the Composer: Student will complete research about his/her composer using various source (online and hardcopy) and find the Required Facts PLUS More Fascinating Facts. All information must be put into your own words.
Step 3 (may take 2-3 weeks, depending on your project design idea): Perform, Create, Display, Present: Student will create or design a way to present his/her facts using the facts from Step 2.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Thursday, September 22 6:30pm (Call time 5:45pm)
Perform for the Virginia Highland Civic Association Annual Meeting at Inman MS
Thursday, September 29 (Warm up learning, playing 4-6pm) Concert at 6pm:
Grady Cluster's Elementary Chorus Fall Friendship Festival at Grady High School
The main reason for the Fall Friendship Festival is for our elementary Chorus members to get to know some kids from our sister schools and see the ensembles they could participate in at Inman and Grady. Chorus members from Hope/Hill, Mary Lin, Morningside, and SPARK will meet to play games, learn some songs together.
Check out our concert videos! Thank you so much to Bryan Alli and Heather Dominey for our photo and video contributions!
Friday, September 23, 2016
Scroll down to the next post or click here for all the details!
Pay for Music@SPARK shirts $11 by Tuesday, September 27 ($11 cash or check) so we can pay our awesome and SPARK family-owned vendor Squeegee Sharks. Shirts will be distributed to students who have ordered/paid for them on Wednesday or Thursday.
Come hear the Chorus/AC at the Grady Cluster Fall Friendhip Festival
Thursday, September 29
Chorus and AC members should arrive at 4pm dressed, fed, watered, and ready to sing. We'll warm up, learn, & play with our MES, Lin & Hope-Hill kids 4-6pm. Concert at 6pm
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Download the Flashcard Project Sheet HERE
During First Quarter all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will complete the Music Flashcard Project
Music Projects are always accepted any time up until the deadline on the day you come to Music. Early projects are always appreciated and earn extra points. Late projects lose 3 points for every school day (not just the Music day) the work is late. Music project grades ALWAYS include the project itself AND the completed Project Sheet.
Students will officially have 4-5 weeks to complete this work. Students should plan to work on quarterly Music projects for about 30 minutes a week. It's best to plan your Music workday the same day as Music class. Students may work with other students in their grade level.
The flashcard project is an opportunity for students to develop better dictionary and paraphrasing skills, learn music vocabulary, practice using a straight edge to draw a staff, and create a toolbox that will help them learn proper music terminology, symbols, and notes on a staff.
Students: When you write your definitions please don't put the vocabulary word into the definitions.
You may use a blank: _____ means the steady pulse in music.
If you have already finished, an easy way to disguise the word in the definition is just use black crayon to color over the word (Sharpie bleeds through the card).
You can use any online kids' Music dictionary:
- Classics for Kids
Check out the Line and Space Note Tutorial Video:
Fifth Graders will have reversible cards--from one direction they will be Treble Clef cards, and Bass Clef when turned the other way.
Treble Clef: Line notes (from bottom to top): E-G-B-D-F Space notes: F-A-C-E
Bass Clef: Line notes (from bottom to top): G-B-D-F-A Space notes: A-C-E-G
On the answer side be sure to show if the answer is for Treble or Bass Clef
TIPS:If Fourth and Fifth Graders have their cards from last year they may re-use them if they are in good condition and meet the requirements for your grade level.
Line/Space Note Card Tips:
Here are some fun worksheets to help you practice note identification!
This video will not help you much, but if you know any genuine music geeks it will make them laugh hysterically:
Monday, August 22, 2016
Performance video from Ashton's grandfather, William Mills III. THANK YOU for sharing!
Monday, May 23, 2016
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Please note that your child can choose both instrumental music (band/orchestra) AND vocal music (chorus/AC) OR just one, or neither, but we encourage all children to choose to be part of a musical ensemble.
The only choice you cannot make is both Band and Orchestra, because they meet at the same time.
Scroll down to the next post to see/hear what our Music@SPARK Ensembles can do!
Saturday, May 21, 2016
May 9, 2016
Sandra Wade, Conductor
Please note, this is 5th grade only. If you have video of the 4th grade please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Lin & Music@SPARK Orchestra concert
May 11, 2016
Totka Valkova, Conductor
Music@SPARK Chorus and AC present
Somewhere in Time
May 17, 2016
Brianne Turgeon, Conductor
Millie Turek and Jon Marvel, Accompanists
Monday, April 11, 2016
Our Music@SPARK ensembles are deep in preparation for these upcoming events:
- BAND: Music@SPARK Band concert May 9 (the May 5 date had to be changed) and Grady Cluster Honor Band at MES May 12
- ORCHESTRA: Grady Cluster String Fling May 5 and Music@SPARK and Mary Lin's Orchestra Concert May 11
- CHORUS & AC: Music@SPARK Chorus and AC concert Somewhere in Time May 17--call time 4:30, concert time 6pm
Hi! It's time to start working on the 4th Quarter Music Project!
- A third grade girl loves Justin Bieber—she’s going to sing and dance to a song of his (covering 2 GPS) and find out where and when he was born and some other biographical info. She plans to make a poster with the info and lyrics.
- A fifth grader is very interested in the Medieval era, so he’s going to study music from that era, learn & perform a song (maybe on recorder) and dress up like he is in that time period in Europe.
- A fourth grader is interested in what music might sound like in 2050 on Earth...
- Some fifth grade kids have started their own music business writing songs that help kids memorize academic facts. They are re-writing lyrics to popular songs & singing them (they may make a video), and their business manager will write up how she is advertising their company. The time and place are Atlanta, GA at SPARK in 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
SPARK’s Music in (around, near, and far from) our Schools Month
March Music Madness: Kahoot Music Vocabulary Showdown ( some 2015 winners pictured)