Monday, May 23, 2016

Rising 4th/5th Grade Ensemble Survey

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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

Music@SPARK Spring Concert Videos!

We've had a busy year and a busy spring! Check out the videos that show the results of our hard work!

Music@SPARK Band
May 9, 2016
Sandra Wade, Conductor

Please note, this is 5th grade only. If you have video of the 4th grade please send to

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

SAVE the DATES & 4th Quarter Music Project SomeWHERE in Time

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!

During the 1970s and 80s there was a fad of putting classical music to a disco beat. The Royal Philharmonic from London and Walter Murphy from the US were popular artists who did this.  The biggest hit from this style was called "A Fifth of Beethoven" (video below).

 The project is called SomeWHERE in TIME, and the students need to include a Place, a Time, and Something musical (covering 2 GPS).

The options are wide open—the students can choose any music/musician/singer/performer/show/movie they’re interested in and make a time and place connection. They may be in groups of up to 4 kids from their grade level.  Their topic should be something they are interested in and want to learn more about. The only limitation is if the song has lyrics, they must be school-appropriate (not even beeped out words).

I have listed options on the project sheet, but kids are not required to choose from that list if they have their own ideas of how to complete the project; however, if they do not choose from the list they must get approval from me no later than April 22.

Also, please note Rating our Projects and the Reflection on the back must be completed!

Examples (real project ideas from kids):
  •  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

 I hope this project will spark some creativity and give kids a chance to explore their own interests while connecting to Music!  

Deadlines (students may turn in projects any time between now and the dates listed. No late projects will be accepted):

Tuesday, May 10: Naman & Thurman 
Wednesday, May 11: Butler & Southcombe
Thursday, May 12: Badger/Lockwood, English/Lockwood, Mckie & Redel
Friday, May 13: Latimore/Lockwood, Neal/Lockwood, Hall, & Riggins

Friday, April 1, 2016

Music in (around, near, and far from) our Schools Month

See the Talk Up APS blog post!

SPARK’s Music in (around, near, and far from) our Schools Month
By Brianne Turgeon, Music/Chorus teacher at Springdale Park Elementary

“Music In Our Schools Month® or “MIOSM®” is the National Association for Music Education’s annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.” 
As the Music and Chorus teacher at Springdale Park Elementary, I take the task of promoting Music Education very seriously. My personal goal as SPARK’s Music teacher is to make music an integral part of our school’s fabric that includes the students & teachers, our parents, the local community, and our community at large.
Throughout the month of March the students at Springdale Park have been extremely busy and involved in raising awareness of the deep importance that our school community places on Music. Students on every grade level have had opportunities to perform and create music, as well as be audience members for some amazing musical performances!
Here’s what we have been up to, just in March!

Scroll down and explore the blog to see what we've been up to all year!

Representing SPARK: March 3 Large Group Performance Evaluation at Mays High School sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators’ Association—Advanced Chorus sang “The Journey”, based on Dvorak’s New World Symphony Largo theme and “Two Bartok Songs”. These selections were chosen because of the repertoire Fourth and Fifth Graders saw the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra play on their ASO field trips. AC earned a Superior rating in sight-singing (reading/singing music at sight) at LGPE!

Applying Music Skills: March 1-4 Write, Read, Sing, Play  Students in Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades completed their Second Quarter Music Project, for which they applied their Music class skills and knowledge.


Performing for a school event: March 11 Singing the National Anthem at the 5th Grade Basketball Challenge

Attending a concert in the community: March 16 Kindergarten and First Graders attend Music for a Purpose at the Atlanta Symphony

Photos courtesy of Ms. Corrie Madlem, first grade teacher

Performing at an Arts Fundraiser for our School: March 17 SPARK Arts Night Art Show Solo/Group performances

Representing SPARK in our community with one of our sister schools: March 19 Gazoyks Family Show at the Plaza Theatre

Singing and Acting in a play within our Grady Cluster: March 24-26 several SPARK students were Newsboys in the Grady High School production of Gypsy

March 29-April 1 
March Music Madness: Kahoot Music Vocabulary Showdown ( some 2015 winners pictured)

 Our Music@SPARK ensembles are also deep in preparation for these upcoming events:
·         Music@SPARK Band concert May 5  and Grady Cluster Honor Band at MES May 12
·         Grady Cluster String Fling May 5 and Music@SPARK and Mary Lin’s Orchestra Concert May 11
·         Music@SPARK Chorus and AC concert Somewhere in Time May 17

Saturday, March 19, 2016

SPARK Fine Arts Night

A huge thank you to Ms. Muhlheim and Ms. Heather Moore for all of your hard work towards making the SPARK Arts  Night a huge success!

Coco brought the house down with her "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

GAZOYKS! What Fun!

Gazoyks Family Show at the Plaza Theatre 

SATURDAY, March 19 Gazoyks Show with Boyd Baker at the Plaza Theatrean event through Little 5 Arts Alive 
This is a very exciting for-kids show featuring acts from DAD'S GARAGE IMPROV, FUN-WEIRD-SCIENCE, AMAZED by K, and some surprise guests (that was us and Mary Lin’s Chorus!).  

“We Are Gonna Be Friends” by the White Stripes 
“My Best Friend” by Weezer

Lauren T. got to be an improv girl!

Monday, March 7, 2016

5th Grade Basketball Challenge and Gazoyks at the Plaza Theatre

All Chorus and AC members are invited to these two events!

5th Grade Basketball Challenge
Friday, March 11 at Inman the .  We’ll sing the National Anthem! Call time at 5:30pm, sing at 6ish, then you can stay for the game. If your child is playing in the game they can sing also! No uniform required for this one!

Here's our performance!

Gazoyks Family Show at the Plaza Theatre

If parents/friends would like to come to the show,  use "SCHOOL" code and get $2 off a ticket.

Website is

SATURDAY, March 19 Gazoyks Show with Boyd Baker at the Plaza Theatre an event through Little 5 Arts Alive 
This is a very exciting for-kids show featuring acts from DAD'S GARAGE IMPROV, FUN-WEIRD-SCIENCE, AMAZED by K, and some surprise guests (that’s us and Mary Lin’s Chorus and even more surprises!).  Call time: 9:45am in Music@SPARK shirt and your choice of pants/shorts/skirt. We’ll sing “We Are Gonna Be Friends” by the White Stripes and “My Best Friend” by Weezer with Mary Lin’s Chorus

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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

Students received the Write, Read, Sing, Play project information in January. WRSP is an application of skills project and we have done 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. 

The DEADLINE for 4th and 5th graders is March 1, 2, 3, or 4, which means the work must be completed and checked by that time. *Ms. Turgeon has extended the deadline for THIRD GRADERS

Deadlines (all components must be complete by the end of class on these dates, no late work will be accepted)
Tuesday, March 1: Naman and Thurman
Wednesday, March 2: Butler and Southcombe
Thursday, March 3: Mckie and Redel
Friday, March 4: Hall and Riggins
Thursday, March 10: Badger/Lockwood & English/Lockwood
Friday, March 11: Latimore/Lockwood & Neal/Lockwood

 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

Here We Sit
Vive L'Amour
Mr. Frog
Words of Wisdom
Mother, Mother
Hey, Hey, Look at Me
Cat and Dog
Lucy Locket
Old Dan Tucker
One Potato, Two Potato

The project sheet has all of the steps students should take listed IN ORDER.  Students should have their songs completely written out by now, and they should have had their work checked by me.  As we are completing components of the project I write down the grade on each student’s project sheet—for example the title is Write, Read, Sing, Play, so once a student successfully completes the “Write” part of the project (copying the music onto their sheet) I write a 3 on top of Write on their sheet.
  • ·         Each component of the project is worth 3 points, and the reflection on the back is worth 3 points for a total of 15 points for the project (extra credit if they do an extra instrument, another language, or something extra with the project).
  • ·         I have keyboards in my classroom that the students will use for the Play portion of the project, unless they have another melodic instrument at home they'd like to play (including band, orchestra, guitar, ukulele, etc). Don’t worry if your child doesn’t take lessons and/or if you do not have an instrument at home.
  • ·         If your child needs coaching they may come by the Music room for help:  Third Grade during lunch time on Thursdays (not March 3) or Fridays OR they could stay after school until 3:30pm on Mondays or Wednesdays. Fourth and Fifth Graders may come during lunch/recees or after school on Mondays or Wednesdays. Students who stay after school should be picked up at the carpool lane at 3:30pm. Be sure to send a transportation change to your child’s teacher if they plan to stay.
  • ·         Please encourage your child to play/sing for me live instead of on video unless they are SURE all the parts are correct—if they perform live I can fix mistakes on the spot and get the check-offs over with quickly.
  • ·         If your child has questions please check out this entire blog post first, because I think I’ve posted information that covers most questions here.

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!
  • As we get closer to the deadline there will be limited class time available. If we run out of class time your child may need to come sing/play during lunch or recess.
  • 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!

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.