Friday, August 24, 2012

AC Songs

The performance will be at Inman Middle School:

Inman Middle School
774 Virginia Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306

Thursday, September 13th 6:30pm (Call time 5:30-5:45pm--no later!)Advanced Chorus has been invited to sing at the Virginia Highlands Association 40th Anniversary Party! The area called Virginia Highland has been around since 1972, and the neighborhood has been here 100 years! Our kids will help celebrate by singing songs from 1972 and 1912!

These songs were chosen to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Virginia-Highlands neighborhood AND the 40th Anniversary of the name "Virginia-Highlands" for this wonderful neighborhood! 

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I'd like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love

Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves

I'd like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand

And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land  

I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I'd like to hold it in my arms
    G            D
And keep it company

That's the song I hear
Let the world sing today
A song of peace that echoes on
And never goes away!

Rockin' Robin (1972)
click the title to see Michael Jackson as a little boy

He rocks in the treetop all the day long
hoppin' and a boppin' and a singin' his song.
All the little birds on Jay Bird Street 
love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet 

Rockin' Robin ....Rockin' Robin....
Blow Rockin' Robin 'cause we're really gonna rock tonight

Ev'ry little swallow, ev'ry chickadee.
Ev'ry little bird in the tall oak tree
the wise old owl, the big black crow
Flap their wings singin' "go bird, go!"

Rockin' Robin.....

A pretty little raven at the bird bandstand
taught him how to do the bop, and it was grand.
They started goin' steady and, bless my soul!
They out bopped the buzzard and the oriole!

Verse 1 repeat

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Come on and hear, come on and hear,
Alexander's Ragtime Band.
Come on and hear, come on and hear,
It's the best band in the land!
They can play a bugle call like you never heard before.
So natural that you want to yell for more!
That's just the bestest band what am, my honey lamb.
Come on along, come on along, 
Let me take you by the hand.
Up to the man, up to the man,
Who's the leader of the band!
And if you care to hear the Suwanee River played in ragtime,
Come on and hear, come on and hear,
Alexander's Ragtime Band!

oom pah oom pah hear the tuba oom pah pah
the clarinets, the clarinets doodle ooo doodle oo the clarinets
rat ta ta ta the bugle call ra ta ta ta call the best of all
that's just the the bestest band what am my honey lamb
ah ah hear the trombone ah
come hear the flute, come hear tweedlee tweedlee come hear the flute
If you hear the Suwannee River played in Ragtime...

Friday, August 17, 2012

September Gigs and "The Star Spangled Banner" Study Guide

We're already getting invitations for our Chorus to perform! Please note the following dates:

Thursday, September 13th 6:30pm (Call time 5:45pm--no later!)Advanced Chorus has been invited to sing at the Virginia Highlands Association 40th Anniversary Party! The area called Virginia Highland has been around since 1972, and the neighborhood has been here 100 years! Our kids will help celebrate by singing songs from 1972 and 1912!

Attire: since our new AC members do not have our Music@SPARK shirts we may wear black pants/shorts/skirts, black shoes and any SPARK wear. Ms. Turgeon is checking to see if we can do a rush order for shirts or borrow shirts from non-AC members.

Friday, September 21st 7:00pm game time (call time 6:00pm) ALL 4th and 5th graders (Chorus members or not) are invited to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Georgia Tech Women's Volley Ball Game vs Boston College. It will be Alumni Night, so there's sure to be a crowd!

The Women's Volleyball Games are at  at O’Keefe Gym
 151 Sixth Street, N.W. Atlanta (right behind theTech Coliseum). 

Students who wish to sing should do a word-check with Ms. Turgeon before signing up. Former Chorus/AC members do not have to do the word check.
Students who wish to sing should plan to attend Advanced Chorus rehearsal on Friday, September 14th OR Friday, September 21st (game day) to rehearse with the entire Chorus!

Below are the words to "The Star Spangled Banner". Pay special attention to the words in bold. Those are the words folks mess up the most. Also, don't breathe during the title of the song!:

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Monday, August 13, 2012

WHAT? Free Points?!

Kids, don't forget you get:
*4 free points when your parents fill out the surveys (linked at the top of the blog) 
*2 free points for getting your white sheet signed! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


From the amazing Ms. Mobley (for instrumentalists and singers):

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Happy New Year!

I'm excited to be starting a brand new school year at SPARK! If this is your first time on the blog please explore the links to websites and videos and accustom yourself with where you can find out about . Also, we have a separate website at with more information and photos about the Music programs at SPARK.

I created the blog to support our kids, so I hope it will be useful for parents and students to use as a resource for dates, Agenda Info, and other stuff! The links at the top of the page are the ones that have the most pertinent information, and the links on the right hand side are for your information, including links to my favorite informational and fun sites for kids in Music.

I hope you find the blog to be useful, and that you'll come back whenever you need information about our Music@SPARK activities!