Monday, November 22, 2010

Music@SPARK December Concert Details

The Music@SPARK Concert on Monday, December 13th begins at 6:00pm

There will be a short intermission between each ensemble to re-arrange the performance space.

Chorus & Advanced Chorus Concert
Orchestra Concert
Band Concert

Performance Uniform: green Music@SPARK shirt, black pants/skirt/shorts, black shoes

Call Time: Arrive in performance uniform (please plan ahead for traffic and parking)
Chorus—Call time 4:45pm to the Cafeteria (Chorus students may choose to stay after school to help setup if you prefer—please send your child with their uniform and dinner)
Orchestra— Call time 5:45pm (students who are not in Chorus) to the Science Lab
Band—call time 6:20pm (students who are not in Chorus) to the Music Room

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Practice Videos for December

A La Nanita Nana

Aeyaya Balano Sakkad

Shalom Chaverim

Let There Be Peace

Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow


Ocho Kandelikas

Hine Ma Tov

Angels We Have Heard on High

Christmastime is Here

Winter Wonderland

Jason Mraz

Dean Martin

Monday, November 15, 2010


SPARK Chorus sings at Georgia Tech

Thanks to all the kids and parents who came out to represent SPARK at the Georgia Tech Women's Volleyball game on Friday, November 12th! The kids sounded great!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Class Song Projects

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders will learn a song with their class and create a plan for performing their song with everyone in their class. This includes: singers, rappers, dancers, and instrumentalists.

3rd Graders will create a game and a way to memorize the words to "Billy". (Cross down, when Billy was one, he learned to jump and run...."

4th Graders will sing, dance, rap, and play instruments to "Something for Me, Something for You". Click title for a link to the texts.

5th Graders will sing "Big Yellow Taxi"
Joni Mitchell

Counting Crows (lyrics only)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Agenda Answer for Week of 8/23

Describe the meaning of 4/4, 3/4, and 6/8 time signatures.

The top number tells us what the meter in the piece is, and the bottom number tells us what the note value for each pulse is.

For example, in the picture below the time signature is ¾.

The 3 tells us that the piece is in triple meter (there are three pulses per measure), and the 4 tells us that the quarter note gets the beat.


2--duple meter
8--eighth-note pulse

examples from Munchkins and Music

You could also go to SFSKids for a GREAT lesson on the basics of music!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Chorus Auditions in Our Community

Click below for more information!

Atlanta Boy Choir with Fletcher Wolfe, founder

Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde with Paige Mathis, Music Director

Schola Cantorum at Rock Spring Presbyterian with Wanda Yang Temko

Advanced Chorus begins August 27th!

Students who are interested in participating in 4th and 5th Grade Chorus are encouraged to submit the Chorus info form (linked here) to Ms. Turgeon (asap, but no later than August 31st).

Advanced Chorus rehearsals will begin on August 27th. Rehearsals will be every Friday from dismissal until 4:00pm unless otherwise indicated. Students who wish to stay for rehearsal must bring a note for permission to stay each Friday for rehearsal and give it to their homeroom teacher.

For more information, please contact Ms. Turgeon at

Agenda Answer for Week of 8/16

Music Trivia: Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977. How long ago was that?

The tempo is the speed of the music.
The beat is the steady pulse, like your heartbeat.
The rhythm is the pattern of long and short sounds in the music.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Thanks for Visiting the Music @ Spark website 2010-2011

Hi there!

Thanks for coming to visit our Music class website! This site will be a great way for you and your child to stay current on Music happenings at our awesome school.

Please visit the links on the lower right for games, information, and fun sites that will help your child learn a lot about music and musical instruments. Also, if you're interested in seeing what types of activities Ms. Turgeon has done in recent years at MES please visit the Musical Morningside blog link.

I'm excited about this year! Let's have a great one!
Ms. Turgeon

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring Concert Information

Click here for a printable schedule of Spring Dates for Music@SPARK

Saturday, April 24th (optional) Parade at 2:00pm
SPARK on the March in the Inman Park Parade
“Make-it, Take-it” session on Friday, April 23rd from dismissal until 4pm to make musical instruments
and/or costumes out of recycled materials, decorate the SPARKY the Dragon truck,
and practice our Green Theme songs.
Meet at the corner of Krog and Edgewood at 1:00pm, dressed in a green-themed outfit or costume. Be prepared to sing, jump rope, march, and represent our awesome green school! See SPARK’s school website or for more information.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
(Rain date May 19th)
SPARK Spring Concerts
5:30pm~Orchestra Concert
CALL TIME: 5:15pm (Cafeteria)

6:00pm~Chorus and PE Classes present “The Rhythm of Life”
CALL TIME: 4:00pm (Music Room) for Chorus/Advanced Chorus (students may stay after school with Ms. Turgeon, if necessary, but please be sure they have their uniform and a snack)

6:45~ Band on the Lawn
Please plan to bring lawn chairs and even a picnic dinner!
CALL TIME: 6:15pm (Band Room)

*CALL TIME: Performers should be ON TIME dressed in their ensemble uniform
(Chorus/Band/Orchestra shirt, black pants, black socks, black shoes, tidy hair).
PLEASE arrange for your child to have dinner or a snack BEFORE the Call Times.

Thursday, May 13, 2010
Orchestra “String Fling” at Grady High School
CALL TIME: 6:15pm at the Grady High School Auditorium

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Concert Songs

I did not post videos for every song on the list, but here is a good start. I tried to include a variety of versions from solo singers and choruses. =)

"Dance of the Nations" --They say "our love is strong" in the video, but we will say, "the time is gone, the dance goes on."


All Through The Night
in Welsh: Ar Hyd Y Nos

Rhythm of Life--we're not doing the middle section, "you will make a new sensation..."

Wind on the Hill

Wind on the Hill solo

We Got the Beat

De Colores (with Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger)

Old Joe Clark


Twist and Shout

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Spring Semester Music Info

Hello, and thanks for visiting the blog! This is the place to find out information about what's going on in Music class at our awesome school. At the top of this page are links to Agenda Information, the Music class grading rubric, Spring Semester Project Options, and Volunteer Opportunities. I will also keep a list of upcoming events here (in addition to the calendar on our school website).

Upcoming dates:
January 28th--Deadline for ASO permission forms and admission $8.00. Please consider donating extra for students who may need financial assistance.

February 3rd--Third and Fourth Grade Students' field trip to hear the Atlanta Symphony
2009-2010 Repertoire (click for links and background information)

Grieg: "Morning Mood" from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 video
Bizet: "Habanera" from Carmen (silly version) video with Denyce Graves, an amazing mezzosoprano.
Bernstein: "Cool" from West Side Story
Handel: "Hornpipe" from Water Music video
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 1st movement

February 26th--SPARK Students sing the National Anthem at a Georgia Tech women's basketball game vs. South Carolina

March 5th--deadline for First 9 weeks Project (if your child chose Composer Project or Song Project)

April 24th--(tentative)SPARK March in the Inman Park Parade

May 7th--deadline for Second 9 weeks Project (if your child chose Concert Project or Design Your Own)

May 2010--Band/Orchestra/Chorus concert Date & Location TBA