Monday, April 13, 2015

APS EC Fest Concert Video

SPARK had 7 fine singers who represented us beautifully at the first ever APS EC Fest on March 20-21 at Mays High School. Below is the concert video for all of the APS Choral Honor/EC Fest groups!

Congratulations to Anita, Ellery, Gigi, Josephine, Lyndsey, Mia, and Ryan!

Also, if you watch through to the High School Honor Chorus portion you will see our singers' musical grandfather, Dr. Greg Broughton from UGA. I studied voice with Dr. Broughton during my undergraduate days, and our studio consisted of a very tight-knit group of "big haired sopranos" with  Daddy Broughton at the helm. He really is like another father to me, and I'm so glad our kids got to meet him!

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Sing for Your Life Project

SING for your Life Project Sheet

Singing is part of human experience. We sing lullabies to babies, game songs as kids, birthday songs, songs to worship, songs to celebrate, to share, and to connect. Your project must include singing!

1.           Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. 

You may sing for me in person (sign up for a time or see available times on my door) or send a video
You may work alone or with a total of 5 kids in your group (with parent notes from each group member)
For this project only you may work with ANY student in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade. You may sing alone or with neighbors, friends, family members, strangers, stuffed animals, animate or inanimate objects...

Please do NOT: 

  • ·         Sing a song from the radio or pop culture unless you do something brand new or unique with it
  • Sing nursery rhymes or songs you know already unless you do something brand new or unique with it
  • Be self-conscious or afraid to try something new.
  • Forget to complete BOTH sides of your project sheet and turn it in.

Please DO: 
  • Have fun. 
  • Choose something you love or you've always wanted to try. 
  • Be creative and imaginative. 
  • Stretch past your comfort zone.
  • Be fearless.
  • Complete BOTH sides of your project sheet and turn it in.

My Grammy--June "Martin" and her big band.
Elvis passes the mic during our 10 year wedding anniversary renewal.

Singing some Iron Maiden for my birthday karaoke party

Due Dates 
(students may turn in projects any time between now and the dates listed. No late projects will be accepted):
Tuesday, May 5: Naman & Butler    
Wednesday, May 6: Mckie & Southcombe

Thursday, May 7: English/Badger, Windham/Badger, Hall, & Redel 

Friday, May 8: Neal/Badger, Lockwood/Badger, Thurman, & Riggins 

These girls already got a head start!

Don't forget to fill out the back of your Project Sheet completely!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Save the Dates! Music@SPARK Spring Concerts!


Monday, May the 4th be with you! 6pm in the SPARK Gym (most likely)

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Wednesday, May 6 at 6pm at the Mary Lin Auditorium (if it is ready--SPARK Gym if it's not)

Orchestra Cluster Concert 
Tuesday, May 12  6:30pm at the Grady HS Auditorium

CHORUS & AC Sing for your Life!

Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30pm in the SPARK Gym

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ALSO, coming June 6 at 10:30am an opportunity to perform on the KidStage for the Virginia-Highland Summerfest! Chorus/AC members are requested, but individuals and groups are welcome to perform during our block of time!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In Kahoots! March Music Madness!

Next week we're starting March Music Madness!
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Students will use Kahoot during Music class to determine our

Classroom Champions
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Grade Level Champions 
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and the SPARK 
Music Vocabulary Master Champion!

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To use Kahoot you need wifi enabled devices—one for the questions and a device for each player to input answers (any computer, a smart phone, or a tablet will do).
1. Using the computer (tablet, smart phone), click the link below. This is your QUESTION device.
2. Using another device sign in at and create a user name.  This is your ANSWER device.
3. Start your quiz!
Lots of people can quiz together, so gather your friends and family and determine YOUR champion!

Practice links to the 
Kahoot March Music Madness Quizzes
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade

I don't get do I Kahoot?
Watch this video!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

When can I stay for Project help?

*the sticky notes are on my door at SPARK--kids can just put  a sticky to let me know when they're coming!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PROJECT Update: Write, Read, Sing, Play

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

A. M. included singing on the words, the solfege (with hand signals) and guitar. You only need to include singing solfege OR words (with hand signals) and a melodic instrument. 

Since school is cancelled for Wednesday, February 25 I decided to do a helper video and an update on project due dates.

Due date updates:
IF you are ready and can turn in your project on the original due dates during March 3-6 (or if you have already turned in your project) you will receive 2 points! Please do your best to be finished so you can earn these points!

If you need more time because of the snow day you may turn in your project the following week with no penalty.
Absolutely no projects will be accepted after the extension, because I must turn in grades for report cards.
Extended DEADlines:
Tuesday, March 10: Naman & Butler
Wednesday, March 11: Mckie & Southcombe
Thursday, March 12: English/Badger, Windham/Badger, Hall, Redel
Friday, March 13: Neal/Badger, Lockwood/Badger, Thurman, Riggins

Below is a helper video. You may also scroll down to the original Write, Read, Sing, Play post for other helpful information. You should be able to find everything you need on these posts!

Song Choices for Write, Read, Sing, Play please be aware that this document 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 

Project Sheet for Write, Read, Sing, Play

Also, don't forget to bring your Flashcard Projects for March Music Madness!  

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

AND, this video is for PARENTS and KIDS. It is the most important thing you could view today.

Believe in yourself. Allow yourself to grow and learn! Don't judge yourself, especially if you are a beginner. Allow yourself to really try and work toward a goal without tearing yourself down.  Please don't say, "I can't sing, dance, play an instrument, create, draw, write, dream..." "I'm not good at ________".  We are very hard on ourselves for not being perfect. It's okay to be human. Really. It's okay to be a beginner. You will grow and be better if you try. The trying is where the glory is!

Monday, February 23, 2015


The Advanced Chorus attended Large Group Performance Evaluation at North Atlanta High School this morning (2/23).  LGPE is a yearly event put on by the Georgia Music Educators' Association, and it is an opportunity for ensembles (Bands, Orchestras, and Choruses) to perform and receive feedback from Georgia's leading experts in those fields.  

While middle schools and high schools are expected to perform at LGPE, elementary schools rarely choose to participate, and it's even more seldom that elementary students participate in the Sight-singing adjudication, which is just what it sounds like--the kids get a piece of music, like the example below, and they sing it at sight with only a short, individual practice time.

The Advanced Chorus Performed "Pie Jesu" from the Faure Requiem, arranged by Brian Busch and "How Can I Keep from Singing" with Zoie our soloist, arranged by Mary Donnelly and George O. Strid.

Each of three judge provides ratings and comments on their progress. Repertoire and sight-reading judges provide comments and a score. The scores are:


This year we earned Superiors from 2/3 of the Repertoire judges and Superior in Sight-singing, so overall we scored Superior. Our kids rock, and I'm so proud of their excellent work! Yaaaaaaayyyy!

Here are some comments from the judges:
  • Good interpretation of both pieces in terms of tempo, style, phrasing, & dynamics.
  • Great contrast in repertoire.
  • Good rhythmic energy.
  • Challenging repertoire, well prepared!
  • Sing from your hearts and toes!
  • Nice long phrases in "Pie Jesu"
  • Kudos to your soloist.
  • (Sight-singing judge) for the "Evidence of reading system in place" You know just what to do!", good listening, lovely tone. 
Aside from the Superior repertoire ratings the kids TOTALLY rocked sight-singing. We were given the choice of singing a (harder) 6th grade unison example OR a (sort of easier) 6th grade two-part example (melody and harmony at the same time, so it was not too easy). So we did them both. The judge was so delighted with their work! Yaaaaaaayyyy!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Write, Read, Sing, Play Project

Students are welcome to stay after school to practice most days until 3:30pm, except the following dates, so just give me a head’s up when you plan to come! Students may also come to practice during recess or lunch if I do not have a class at the time (check my schedule outside my door).

Not available:

February 19 & 20 (AC rehearsal)
February 23 (STAC meeting) 24 (Faculty meeting) & February 27 (AC rehearsal)
March 5 (Fine Arts meeting)

Song Choices for Write, Read, Sing, Play please be aware that this document 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 

Project Sheet for Write, Read, Sing, Play

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.

The Write, Read, Sing, Play Project is a chance for you to show how you can apply your skills in music reading, singing, and playing instruments. All students will do each activity—Writing  notation, Reading from notation, Singing with solfege, and Playing on an instrument at their own ability level (some kids are great singers but don’t play, some play but don’t sing, some can read rhythms and pitches, some can just read rhythms). The singing and playing will be in private for Ms. Turgeon or on video only, unless the child chooses to sing/play in front of others.  The ultimate goal is not perfection, but meeting the standards (at least) and trying. 

Please do not use a teacher, parent, or youtube to learn the songs. The point of this project is for you to apply your skills at your level.

 How to get started: Choose a song, then:
1. WRITE the song on your song sheet. Be sure the notation is accurate!
2. READ the song from notation 
               a. Read the rhythms (on ta, ta-di, or ta, ti-ti…) keeping a steady beat
               b. Write in your solfege notes and instrumental notes (if you need them)
               c. Read the pitches with solfege hand signals and on your instrument (first with no rhythm, then with rhythm)
              d. Read the pitches and rhythms together
              e. Practice. A LOT. And try to memorize your song with the hand signals. 

3. SING the song for Ms. Turgeon live or via video with hand signals on solfege OR with text 
4. PLAY the song on a melodic instrument (Music room keyboard, Band or Orchestra instruments, your own instruments, other classroom instrument…) NO unpitched percussion (maracas, tambourine, bass drum...)

Due Dates & 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 2. 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.
  •         Ms. Turgeon can be available to let kids come practice on the keyboards or perform your project most days after school starting February 24 if you let me know in advance.
  •          Students may submit their work via video, but don’t forget to turn in the Reflection and your labeled song sheet!
               Students who wish to work with partners must bring a note!

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
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                                               Do        Re          Mi          Fa          So         La          Ti

And "Happy Birthday" from some mice, just for fun:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ASO The History of Struggle Info

More than 400 SPARK kids attended The History of Struggle ASO Concert on 2/10!  What an exciting time! We filled most of the Loge and the front of the Second Balcony!

The History Of Struggle

Shostakovich:             Festive Overture (commemorating the October Revolution, known as “Red October” during the Russian Revolution)
Persichetti:                  Lincoln Address (includes narrator who reads Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, accompanied by the orchestra)
John Williams:            Schindler’s List (Music from the film, which tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi who saved 1200 Jews during the Holocaust)
Shostakovich:             Symphony No. 5 excerpts & Finale movement (written under pressure from the Soviet government and in response to the Russian Zhdanov Doctrine)
Tchaikovsky:              Marche Slav (commissioned by the Red Cross during the Serbo-Turkish War for a benefit concert to aid wounded Serbian veterans)
John Williams:            Liberty Fanfare (commissioned in 1986 to commemorate the centennial of the Statue of Liberty, which remains a symbol of freedom and America)


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hockey is for Everyone

Phew! What a fantastic day at the Gwinnett Gladiators game!  There was some awesome singing from our SPARK kids, McKendree Elementary, and Mary Lin (videos below), an action-packed third period, and the Gladiators almost came back to tie the game from being down 4-1 against the #1 team in the ECHL. We also had some super-(good-natured-)smack-talking going on with our kids and some Komets fans.

On another note, one of my favorite things about hockey is the people involved. During the first intermission we saw a exhibition put on by the Atlanta Sparks (what a name coincidence!), a hockey program created for young kids up to adult athletes with disabilities and special needs. Hockey is a very inclusive sport for all people, and has led amateur and pro sports in supporting athletes as humans and respecting differences of the athletes who wish to play.  There has been a big campaign for the past few years about inclusion in hockey called "Hockey is for Everyone". Things like that make me proud to be a fan.

WSB-2 Story about the Atlanta Sparks

Springdale Park Elementary "O, Canada"

McKendree Elementary "The Star Spangled Banner"

Mary Lin Elementary "America the Beautiful"

Boistrous Komets fans
were no match for Ike and Sully
 Harry and his Canadian aunt between the benches.
Blimp (can you see Harry?)

Sledge hockey and other modified hockey

I received a note from Steve Chapman, President of the Gwinnett Gladiators 
on the Monday after our performance:

Once again, I just want to drop you a note to thank your for your efforts.  I thoroughly enjoy hearing the Canadian National Anthem performed well and I know that our Canadian players, in particular, appreciate it as well.  You guys did another outstanding job.  We all think that the hybrid English / French version of it that you sing is particularly cool.  Please pass along my congratulations to your students.

Thanks again.  I hope that the money raised through the program is helpful to Springdale.