Tuesday, January 26, 2016

3rd Quarter Project: Write, Read, Sing, Play

Students are receiving the Write, Read, Sing, Play project information this week. WRSP is an application of skills project and we will do parts of the projects in class; however, students will still need to practice and memorize their song parts outside of class. Students MAY work with a partner. 

 Click HERE for the Write, Read, Sing, Play Project Sheet!

Song Choices for Write, Read, Sing, Play MUST come from our Music textbooks. No exceptions. Please be aware that this document link has 60+ pages--be careful to only print the page you want!  If the song your child chose is not present, please email me at bturgeon@atlanta.k12.ga.us 

Below is a helper video. You should be able to find everything you need on this post!

Deadlines & Things to Note:

  • Students may perform their project and turn in this Reflection & labeled song sheet any time between now and your Music class day during the week of March 1. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE to complete your performance parts! Start getting ready now!
  • If students wish to do their performance during class or during recess they must sign up at least 2 school days in advance—there will be limited class time available. Sign-up sheets will be on the tables outside of the Music room. 
  • Students may submit their work via video, but a live performance is better so I can give immediate feedback and allow kids to keep polishing their work. I go by "Angry Bird Grading" for this project, so kids can keep trying until they receive 3 stars for each component. 

  • Don’t forget to turn in the Reflection and your labeled song sheet!

"I'm sending a video. What should I include?"

A. M. included singing on the words, the solfege (with hand signals) and guitar.

Below are some Music reading helpers:

C Major Solfege and finger numbers (up to 5)

F Major Solfege and finger numbers (up to 5)

G Major Solfege and finger numbers
                                            1     2        3      4       5                                    

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                                               Do        Re          Mi          Fa          So         La          Ti

D Major Scale

G Major scale
G major scale (piano)

F Major scale
F major scale piano fingering

all of the keyboard notes on the staff
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Finger numbers
piano finger numbers

Music Georgia Performance Standards Covered in this project:

  • M_GM.1 a. Sing melodies expressively using appropriate head voice accompanied and unaccompanied. 
  • M_GM.1 c. The student will sing from memory multiple songs representing various genres, tonalities, meters, and cultures including at least one song in a foreign language. 
  • M_GM.2 a. Perform melodic patterns on an instrument from a major scale with appropriate technique. 
  • M_GM.2 b. Perform instrumental parts while other students sing or play contrasting parts. 
  • M_GM.3 a. Read rhythmic patterns including quarter note, quarter rest, eighth note, half note, dotted half note and whole note using traditional symbols in 2/4, ¾ and 4/4 meter. 
  • M5GM.3 b. Notate rhythmic patterns including the use of quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, half notes, dotted half notes and whole notes in response to teacher performance. 
  • M_GM.3 c. Read melodies within a treble clef staff. 
  • M5GM.3 d. Notate simple melodies within a treble clef staff.

Friday, January 22, 2016

SPARK Sings "O, Canada" at the Gladiators game on January 16

Our Chorus/AC members did a wonderful job singing the Canadian National Anthem to honor the players at the Gladiators game. I'm very proud of their hard work, but even more than that, I'm proud of their sportsmanship and generous spirit.

After our kids sang "O, Canada" a group from St. Francis sang the "Star Spangled Banner". They sounded great, and when we all returned to our seating area our SPARK kids broke into spontaneous applause when the other choir walked past. It made me happy to be with such a warm and sweet group of kids, and believe me, they were delightful to be around while watching the game! They were DEFINITELY showing their smoove dance moves too! See below for the video, courtesy of Ms. Centner!

A closer video:

Friday, December 18, 2015

ASO Composer Project Sticker Voting Winners!

Thank you to the teachers who brought your students to sticker voting for our ASO Composer Projects. These projects enabled students to listen to, and learn about, composers they could hear at an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert.  The students did a really great job this year, and we had more than 60 projects entered into the sticker voting!

The winners of the sticker voting were:

·         First Place: Third Grader Trevor G. with the water bottle galaxy representing Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”. Trevor suspended each planet within the 5 gallon water bottle, painted the planets to show the terrain, and attached clues about how each planet’s music sounded, according to Holst.
·         Second Place:  Fifth Graders Cortney K. and Tori W. with the Surprise Party for George Frederick Handel’s “Surprise Symphony”. The poster has people who could have been guests at Handel’s party, complete with “Hello, my name is” tags! Cortney and Tori also created a quiz, learned how to play the theme from the “Surprise Symphony”, composed their own original piece and videotaped all of the pieces for their project. I love our over achievers!
·         Third Place: Fourth Grader Greyson F. created a fantastic game show about Edvard Grieg using an advent calendar. He included awesome and challenging questions, a well-designed presentation board, and he even had a cute game show host!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hockey New Year 2016!

CLICK HERE for the flyer

Singers, see the practice files on the blog HERE

Hockey New Year with the GLADIATORS

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2016 @ 7:05 P.M.

Support the SPARK Chorus and AC as they perform "O, Canada" 
when the Gladiators battle Greenville Swamp Rabbits.  
If we sell 100 tickets, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated 
back to the Chorus and Music program.

 All tickets must be ordered online using the special code for Springdale Park. All orders will be emailed a few days prior to the event and will come directly from AXS Guest Services.
*Online order code will be active until January 14
*Tickets must be purchased in advance of game day to be eligible for the discount

GO TO:  groups.atlantagladiators.com  (DO NOT enter www.)
Premium/Attack Fundraiser Seat x $15.00

For additional information please contact Chris Leverett at 770.497.5107 or cleverett@atlantagladiators.com

ASO Composer Projects are Rolling In!

Don't forget that ASO Project Deadlines are this week! December 8-11.

Check out some of the great work Ms. Turgeon's gotten so far! And see Ms. Turgeon's grading helpers at the bottom.

Delaney's Voki

The sticker voting is up and ready to go! 


Friday, November 6, 2015

Composer Project Info went home this week!

See the ASO COMPOSER PROJECT Resources or the tab above for information about due dates, expectations, and resources!

Music class days:
Tuesday, December 8: Naman-4th & Thurman-4th
Wednesday, December 9: Butler 4th & Southcombe-4th
Thursday, December 10: Badger/Lockwood-3rd, English/Lockwood-3rd, Mckie-5th, Redel-5th
Friday, December 11: Latimore/Lockwood-3rd, Neal/Lockwood/-3rd, Hall-5th, Riggins-5th

See below for some inspiring projects!

·         2010 & 2011  

Tyler created a fantastic comic book about the premiere of "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky. He used humor, facts, details, and had a great story line!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October 29 Fall Friendship Festival Details OPTIONAL PERFORMANCE

UPDATE! If you have any photos/video to share please let Ms. Turgeon know!

MES students singing "The Power of the Dream"

If you did not stay for the Grady Orchestra Chorus you missed them performing "Ghost of John" AND "Stand by Me"!  AND you missed Shia LeBeouf

Grady Cluster's Elementary Chorus Fall Friendship Festival
at Grady High School’s Auditorium 
(Enter from 10th Street near the Grady Stadium. There is a parking lot there. To get to the auditorium go up the stairs and turn left)

WHEN? Thursday, October 29 4-6pm: 
WHY? For Chorus members from Hope/Hill, Mary Lin, Morningside, and SPARK to get to know some kids from our sister schools.  
ATTIRE? Music@SPARK uniform OR SPARK wear (shirts have been ordered, but if they’re not in wear a SPARK shirt. I have a few dark green Music@SPARK shirts to loan)

4pm meeting to play games with the kids from the other schools
4:15-ish each director rehearses the full group songs
4:50-ish each group gets with their director for final notes/practicing getting on stage
5:10 Concert
6pm finished/help set up for Grady’s concert which begins at 7pm!

SPARK: Shumayela, Wade/Motherless, Nottamun Town
ALL: Ghost of John, The Singing School, We Are Going to be Friends, Stand By Me