2017 Music Happenings!

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in ES Music

Happy New Year from Ms. G!  Take a peek at your Music Page to see what´s happening in each grade of music!

As we head into 2017, we’re focusing on perseverance.  One of the greatest ‘soft skills’ that music education teaches is the art of perseverance, sticking to something, even if it is hard.  It looks different in each grade level, but here are how we are showing perseverance in Music in January.

Kindergarten: Singing Alone, and using our singing voice….it takes a lot of bravery to sing all by yourself! Good job K!!

First Grade:  Reading our first musical staff…wow! This is hard stuff. We are learning how to read musical notation…it takes concentration, but we are learning to read notes!

Second Grade:  As we are learning music from around the world, we are also learning traditional folk dances.  It may look like a cakewalk, but learning to Waltz takes perseverance!

Third Grade:  We are building our instrumental skills on the barred instruments, learning the correct technique to play quick sixteenth notes.  We are learning how to maintain focus and practice independently on music, so that we can begin recorder soon!

Fourth Grade: We are learning how to listen and analyse complex musical forms, and use that knowledge to learn to play orchestral music on the recorder.  This week we analysed the form and melodic contour two pieces by Beethoven “Ode to Joy” and “Für Elise”.

Fifth grade: Is beginning their world drumming skills, with practice on drumming technique like creating high and low tones on the djembe and conga drums. They will be looking at drumming ensembles from around the world, working on the focus to play with accuracy within an ensemble with multiple musical parts.  They are also preparing for their assembly and will be singing the song “One Day” by Matisyahu.

Here is a wonderful version of the song by students at P.S. 22 in New York!  Kudos to Ms. Makiko for introducing it to me! I can’t wait to hear 5th grade sing it next week!




Heather Gilles

Hello Parents and Students! This is Ms. G. I´m happy to be blogging about music in our school. I grew up in the United States, and recently moved to Barcelona from New York City. A little bit more about my professional background, I received my Bachelor´s in Music Performance from the Juilliard School, where I studied opera. I sang and worked as an Assistant Director with Opera Companies for many years before teaching music full time. This is my eighth year of teaching full time, and almost my fifteenth year of teaching private voice and piano lessons!