Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy New Year 2017-2018

ALL SPARK STUDENTS K-5



On December 15
ALL SPARK Students and ALL Hope-Hill Students will head to the Woodruff Arts Center to go to the

 


 
Music@SPARK Ensemble info
4th grade students will sign up very soon!
Students are expected to stay in their chosen instrumental and singing ensemble throughout 4th and 5th grade.

4th and 5th Grade Instrumental Ensembles
Band and Orchestra have a concert each semester.
Every performer is important for our team!

BAND
Choose from Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Percussion

ORCHESTRA
Choose from Violin, Viola, or Cello
  

4th and 5th Grade Singing Ensembles
Students MAY do both an instrumental ensemble AND singing ensembles

AC 
Rehearsals begin Aug. 4 
No auditions necessary!
The group that represents SPARK singing the most. Attends ALL Chorus rehearsals AND after school rehearsals on Fridays until 4:30pm. These students are automatically part of Chorus, and AC has a lot of performance opportunities in the community! Rehearsals begin right away, so be sure to send transportation info to your child's teacher so they know your singer will stay on Fridays all year!



Chorus
During-school rehearsals. Performances in December and May and other performances by choice/invitation

Chorus Non-Performer
Attends Chorus rehearsals and is welcome to perform, but is not required to perform.



NEW This year Grady Cluster Music Club (GCMC) click for registration form—Open to all 4th and 5th grade students from Hope-Hill, Lin, Morningside, and SPARK who want to make music and make new friends. We will sing, dance, play bucket drums and other percussion!


Friday, May 26, 2017

The END

Thank you, Parents, Kids, and Community for another great year for Music@SPARK!

The last hour of 5th grade
These students decided to make a (better) video of our Awards Day song The Time of My Life on SPARK's front lawn. It has been such an amazing honor and joy to teach these young people! Make music! Sing! Move! Live! And come back to visit!

The Time of My Life


SPARK Song



Thank you to Pace Tilley for video of our Music@SPARK Orchestra concert! I still need Band & Chorus/AC video PLEASE!!

I want to say a personal thank you to Ms. Totka Valkova. Ms. Valkova and I both came to APS in 2006, and we taught at Morningside together before SPARK was built. We have worked happily together ever since, and I have to say that Ms. Valkova is one of the very finest teachers I have ever seen--she is caring, passionate, and supremely talented, but most of all, she would do anything for her Orchestra students! Ms. Valkova has worked at 4-5 schools in the Grady cluster over all of those years, and she has given her all at every school that she's served.

For next year Ms. Valkova has accepted the position as the second full-time Music teacher at Morningside, where she will teach General Music and Orchestra. We will deeply miss her, her kindness and dedication at SPARK every week, but I look forward to continuing to work with her within the Grady Cluster of Music teachers.


Coming for rising 4th graders: In June I will have a post that contains a survey about ensemble choices  (Band, Orchestra, Chorus, AC, etc).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Music@SPARK Concerts

I hope you were able to make it out for the SPARK Orchestra concert on Monday--I heard it was amazing! Please send video to Ms. Turgeon if you have it. 



Upcoming: 
Mon. 5/15 Music@SPARK Band concert 5:40 call, concert at 6pm. 


Tues 5/16 Chorus/ AC call time 4:30pm, concert is at 6pm






Thursday, May 4, 2017

Saman Team at Atlanta Families' Awards Ceremony

Our Advanced Chorus was invited to perform for the Atlanta Families Awards for Excellence in Education ceremony, in which this year's winners were recognized. 

I wanted to offer something special, and I enlisted a team of kids who were willing to put in before school, lunchtime, and after school rehearsals for the past couple of weeks on a piece we started learning in Feb (I see kids once a week, generally). I even had kids who couldn't attend the gig, but were willing to serve as coaches so we could be as precise and sharp as possible (Thanks Sophie B and Sydney!). Our coaches were amazing and the performance was significantly better because of their work. But ALL of the singers worked really hard to be precise and on top of their game.

This team rocked my world. Yesterday, the day of the show, our fifth graders returned from their 3-day camping trip to Wahsega at 3pm, and were at the gig at the Carter Center at 5:30pm ready to warm up.

I also had my dear friend, the Music teacher from Henderson Mill ES in Dekalb County, Meaghan Curry on hand to help herd the cats and keep me sane. She was at the ceremony to celebrate her principal Mitch Green winning the AFAEE award, but was willing to skip the grown up time to be with 21 very excited and vocal 4th and 5th graders. My hair remains intact because of Ms. Curry. 

The Saman team was able to do all of this because their parents are wonderful and supportive--they let the singers come to rehearsals, brought them to the gig, and helped make sure everyone was in uniform. PLUS they (Lisa M) filmed the performance! I am so grateful and proud. Great job, Saman team!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Movement 2017

Movement Project Sheet 2017

Your spring project is to move. You have lots of choices. You only need to choose one of the options below and complete the Reflection. Have fun!


New info as of 4/25: Ms. Turgeon will accept video submissions ONLY IF your group consists of FOUR or more students and all members are visible. Groups of 4 or fewer should perform for Ms. Turgeon live in class or during her office hours. Performances should be 2 minutes or less for most projects.

A
B
C
LARGE GROUPS
Up to 10 in a group, or up to 5 couples
SOLO OR SMALL GROUPS
Groups up to 6
SOLO Writing Assignments
(Must also do some sort of movement activity—playground game, jump rope, one line dance, etc.)
GROUP DANCING FOR FUN
Learn 2 LINE DANCES and/or partner dances and perform with friends Examples: Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Cotton Eyed Joe, The Hustle, The Bus Stop, swing dancing, waltzing, etc. Lyrics to the songs must be school-appropriate.
DANCER/CHOREOGRAPHER
Learn a dance, choreograph a new dance, OR create a new version of a dance that you already know.
MOVEMENT IN MOVEMENTS
Explain how dancing/marching in groups has been used in different cultures, religions, civil/human rights movements (in history or today)  and places around the world to draw attention to causes. Were they effective? Why or Why not?
SING AND DANCE
Sing and create a dance to a song for yourself OR with a small group.
LET’S MOVE AND SING!
Learn 2 GAME SONGS (clapping games, circle/partner games, jump rope games, etc.) and perform them with your friends.
DANCING STORYTELLER
Choose/create a dance that tells a story and perform it to music.
DANCE FOR YOUR LIFE!
Research the benefits of dancing and write an essay about why dancing and moving is good for you.
ROUTINE MOVEMENT
Create a routine to perform with friends. Jump rope, basketball, baton, poi, sticks, hula, body percussion, etc.
DANCE, SING, AND ACT
Learn a song from a movie or musical and act out a scene to perform it (include costumes, scenery…whatever you wish!)
DANCING IN MY LIFE
Tell about times that you had an experience with dancing or moving on your own or with a group. Explain why each experience was memorable (in a good or bad way) to you.
Students who work with a group/partner will complete a peer assessment about how each person contributed to the final product.
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR DANCING!
Write a “how to” article about how to become a better dancer. Be specific!


Deadlines (students may complete projects any time between now and the dates listed. 
No late projects will be accepted):
Tuesday, May 8: Fellows & Naman    
Wednesday, May 9: Badger & Barrett

Thursday, May 10: Smiley/Lockwood, Neal/Lockwood, Mckie, & Thurman 
Friday, May 11: Latimore/Lockwood, English/Lockwood, Butler, & Redel 



Movement Playlist (Saman, stick game, patting game, Fight Song, how to do lots of dances, TONS of body percussion) Click the upper left corner waffle to select the video you'd like to see!


Line Dances (click for search results)
Basketball Routines to Music (click for search results)
Jump Rope Games (click for the search results)

Clapping Games:
http://funclapping.com/ 
Choose 2
I edited this list for age-appropriateness--BT







Monday, March 13, 2017

Music in Our Schools A BUSY March!


LGPE Feb 28 (during school field trip for adjudicated performance)
Advanced Chorus participated in Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE), an event hosted by the Georgia Music Educators’ Association. At LGPE choirs perform two pieces and are rated by judges who are experts in Choral music. Very few public school elementary choruses participate in this event.
 

Students perform two pieces, and three judges provide ratings and comments on their progress. Then students go to a separate room and are given an 8 measure sight-singing example to read at sight.  The scores are: 1-Superior--2-Excellent--3-Good--4-Fair--5-Poor   These scores are then combined to give one overall rating using the same scale.  Most elementary schools do not do sight-singing, but we do, because in my opinion music literacy is very important to a well-developed musician.

Our SPARK Advanced Chorus earned Superior ratings overall from all 3 repertoire judges AND in Sight-Singing. They worked very hard! Please congratulate these singers!


We are so proud to have earned Superior ratings in Sight-Singing. Students had an 8 measure example that they had never seen before. I was allowed to give them the starting pitch and establish our tonality, but the singers had to read the pitches and rhythms in the example at sight with no help from me. The students sang one of the hardest unison examples that we could choose from--they did NOT want the easy example! 

Music@SPARK Advanced Chorus members (plus Gisele and Kimber) were invited to perform at the Atlanta Public Schools March Board Meeting on Monday, March 6


Chorus & AC Members sang the US National Anthem at the 5th Grade Basketball Challenge on Friday, March 10




Music@SPARK Chorus & AC Members sang "O, Canada" at the Atlanta Gladiators game on Sunday, March 12. The Gladiators must have been inspired by the singing, because they beat the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 8-3.










PLUS 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students completed the Write, Read, Sing, Play project

Coming this week: the SPARK Art Show!

SPARK
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T
Show
Musical Entertainment

Please be prepared to sing or play with the mic,
introduce the songs and introduce yourself, and be sure to play/sing loudly enough for the audience to hear you, even with the mic!

Tentative schedule:
Updated 3/14
6:00-6:15
Sophia Dominey guitar
Neil Sevigny, piano
Jonathan Hardwick, trumpet
6:15-6:30
Leonie Remy piano “Lightly Row”
Thomas Sehat, violin
Zoe Diamond-Wilding, piano
6:30-6:45
Jason Zgonc, piano
Clint Holmes (& Ezra Coe?) “Big Beat Boogie” drums
Ava Anderson, piano
6:45-7:00
Lucy Madlem, singing “I Don’t Know My Name”
Jessie Heilman, ukulele
Ben Rein, singing
Ben Pollett & Seth Kohn, piano & singing
7:00-7:15
Brenan Fritts, Penelope Keenan, and Maria Shinina, Regan Stringer, singing
Isabel Salehbhai violin
Phoebe Wasick, piano
Charlotte Keenan, flute
7:15-7:30
Cassidy Davis, singing & piano
Marissa Rainey piano
Rohan Reddy, piano
Claire Malaney-Lau, guitar
7:30-7:45
Brynn Moser, piano
Delaney DeShields & Chloe Peyton, viola & violin
Aubrey Senter Lost Boy piano & singing
7:45-8:00
Jeanne Basdevant, piano
Ruby Segerman & Sophia Brookswolf, cello
Destiny Mitchell, piano

Kindergarten and First Grade will also attend the ASO concert featuring Peter and the Wolf!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Support Music@SPARK & Hockey Fights Cancer! AND 5th Grade vs Teachers BB Challenge

Support Music@SPARK as 4th and 5th graders perform "O, Canada" at the Atlanta Gladiators vs Greenville during Hockey Fights Cancer weekend SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017 @ 2:05 P.M. ALL 4th and 5th Graders are invited to sing if they know the bilingual version of "O, Canada" (practice info below)




If we sell 100 tickets a portion of each ticket sale will be donated back to our Music program!



GO TO: groups.atlantagladiators.com (DO NOT enter www.) ENTER CODE: SPARK (code will be active until March 7)



O Canada!
Our home and native land
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée, (car tohn bwa say por-tay luh pay-uh)
Il sait porter la croix! (eel say por-tay la cwah)
Ton histoire est une épopée (ton his-twah ayt un ay-puh-pay-uh)
Des plus brillants exploits. (day plooh brill-yan zex-pwah)
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.








We've also been invited to sing the US National Anthem at the 5th Grade Basketball Challenge on Friday, March 10 at 6pm (call time 5:30pm) No uniforms, SPARK wear preferred!
Star Spangled Banner Solfege Practice for harmony

Melody (starting at "And the rockets' red glare"):
MM M F S S--FM R M F F
F M RD T-- LT D M Fi S
S D D DT L L L R FM RD D T
SS D R M F S---- D R M F R D


Harmony (starting at "And the rockets' red glare"):
DD D R M M-- RD T D R R--
R D SS S   SF M M Fi S
S M F S L  L S F LS FM M R
SS M, S D R M----- L Fi S L F M

Music Notes: AC LGPE preparation! WRSP deadlines coming soon! 5th grade ASO field trip & Statewide Honor Chorus!


Advanced Chorus 
We have a busy, busy week that begins on Wednesday! Here are some Practice Sight Singing examples!
Wednesday 2/22: rehearsal until 4:30pm
Thursday 2/23: workshop at Mary Lin 3:30--> concert at 6pm
Friday 2/24: rehearsal until 5:00pm
Monday 2/27: rehearsal until 4:30
Tuesday 2:28: LGPE during school!  Permission form linked here!


Write, Read, Sing, Play info 
(see the next post for even more info)

Deadlines (all components must be complete by the end of class on these dates, no late work will be accepted)
Tuesday, March 7: Fellows & Naman
Wednesday, March 8: Barrett & Badger
Thursday, March 9: Smiley/Lockwood, Neal/Lockwood, Mckie, & Thurman
Friday, March 10: Latimore/Lockwood, English/Lockwood, Butler, & Redel

I will be available during the following times. I will not be available after school on Feb 22-24 (see above)
Mondays: 4th/5th Grade lunch & recess, After school until 3:30pm on March 6 only
Tuesdays: 4th/5th Grade lunch & recess. No after school tutoring
Wednesdays: Not available for tutoring during lunch/recess (SPECIALS team meeting) After school until 3:30 pm on March 1 & 8 only
Thursdays: 3rd grade lunch 10:00-10:30 am, 4th/5th grade 12:05-12:50pm After school until 3:30 on March 2 and 9 NOT Feb 23
Fridays: 3rd grade lunch 10:00-10:30 am, 4th/5th grade 12:05-12:50pm only

There are also many, many students who can coach children.There are designated coaches in every class, so if your child needs help they are welcome to ask a peer coach.




How to check off each component. Please note, students must check off the components in person with me.


WRITE: all notes, symbols, pitches, words and parts of the keyboard labelled correctly. Words must line up with the notes they go with, stems must be dogs or puppies, notes must be clearly on a line or space. Students who have not checked off the WRITE portion of the project are very late. This should have been completed by Feb. 3.

READ & SING: In order to do SING the chosen song correctly the students must READ it correctly. I'll check off both of these at the same time. Student must sing their song with correct rhythms and pitches using solfege hand signals.



PLAY: Students must play their song with correct rhythms, pitches, and hand position (see below) on a keyboard. If you do not have a keyboard there are many FREE piano apps for smartphones and tablets that students can practice on, or they may use my classroom keyboards during the tutoring times. Students may choose to play their song on additional instruments for extra credit.

Reflection: All questions on the back of the page must be answered completely.

Left hand: 5=Do  4=Re   3=Mi  2=Fa  1=Sol
Right hand:  1=Do  2=Re  3=Mi  4=Fa  5=Sol

Most of the song choices should be played with the Right Hand only. 
Songs that have La or notes below Do may require 2 hands.

Piano fingering. Finger numbers.


Image result for piano fingering charts




D major scale piano fingering, right hand. 




G major scale on piano (keyboard).


F major scale, piano fingering





5th Grade's ASO Field Trip Tweet





Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus!
Four of our fantastic fifth graders participated in GMEA's Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus Feb 17-18, performing in the Allegro choir (250 singers!) and the mass choir of Allegro + Vivace (550+ singers!!) Congratulations to Ava, Fisayo, Ruya, Leyla!



 
 
 



Bonus!
If you made it this far here is something that will make you smile--singers from Mary Lin, Morningside, SPARK, Hope-Hill, and Grady High singing the Wailin' Jennies' One Voice at the Fall Friendship Festival in September: