Second Grade Upcoming Field Trip To Auditori Sant Cugat!

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in ES Music

Hello BFIS Friends and Family!

Second grade has been working hard ALL year studying music from all around the world!

So far, we have traveled to Japan, Mexico, West Africa, and North America looking at how music is part of children’s lives EVERYWHERE!

For example, we have discovered that children all over the world use music as they play games…”Sara Watashi” is a plate passing game from Japan, and is similar to “Obwi Sana Sana” a stone passing game from Ghana!  Wow! We have so much in common…

When we learned about Bluegrass music, we found a silly song about “Old Dan Tucker” and learned a traditional Party Play game from Appalachia! We are also looking at the traditional instruments from all over the world and will begin learning to classify them according to how their sound is produced!

Ask your child to tell you the names of the different bluegrass instruments in this picture!

We are now traveling to Russia, and will be looking at the way composer Stravinksy put the folk tale “The Firebird” to music!

We will be traveling to Auditori San Cugat in February to see the Petit Liceau performance!

We’ll be looking at each of the new Russian instruments above in the next two weeks!

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!


3rd Grade ‘Magic Flute’ Opera Field Trip!

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in 3rd Grade, 3rd Grade Music

Dear BFIS Third Grade Musicians and Families,

I´m SOOOO excited that the Third Grade and I get to go see an Opera Next Week, and not just ANY opera, one of the greatest operas by Mozart, the Magic Flute.  This production, by Opera Liceau is adapted with young audiences in mind, with a background on Mozart, a shortened score with highlights of some of most beautiful music in the opera!   Enjoy the photos below, then click for a short preview


The Story

Mozart’s Magic Flute is a story of good versus evil, light against darkness. It follows Tamino, and his silly friend Papageno as they go on a quest to find Pamina, the daughter of the Queen of the Night, to rescue her from Sarastro.  They soon discover the Queen of the Night is not to be trusted, and find that Sarastro is trying to keep the darkness from the world.  In the end, with the help of the Magic Flute and Bells given to them by the three ladies they find Pamina and banish the queen to the darkness.  Click the poster below to go to a youtube video that tells the fullstory of the Magic Flute!


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The Composer

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Mozart was born in Salzburg, in 1756.  By the age of 5 he had learned to play both the violin and the piano, and by the age of 4 had written his piano concerto, when he was 8 he wrote his first symphony, and by the age of twelve he wrote his first opera!  As a child, he and his sister, Maria Anna, performed for royalty and aristocrats all over Europe.  Click the photo of Mozart above to see a video biography of Mozart and hear some of his music!


Choir Music for Winter Concert

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in 2nd Grade Music, 3rd Grade Music, 4th Grade Music, 5th Grade Music, ES Music

Hello BFIS Choirsters and Families,

Here are the links to the audio of our choir music for the Winter Concert!


Second and Third Grade Song  (Please click the title below to go to the video!)

Here Comes the Snow!


Fourth and Fifth Grade choir students will be singing

(Please click the title below to go to the video!)

Sing for Joy!


Fifth Grade Winter Concert Update

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in 5th Grade Music

5th Grade Winter Concert Lyrics and Info!

Attire: Black Pants or Skirt and Cute/Silly Winter Sweater

Plastic Mug or Plastic Cup with Handle!

  • Fifth Grade Theme (Winter Comforts!): Cute/Silly Winter Sweater and Plastic Mug with Handle. (5th Grade Parents bring in extra plastic mugs if you have them, as they can be hard to find!!)

Students in 5th grade have been rehearsing diligently for their upcoming concert, and even played a part in deciding their attire for the concert.  Students in 5th grade will need a plastic mug (like a coffee cup) and either a plain sweat in any colour OR an FUN WINTER SWEATER (see examples below) .

Ugly Winter Sweaters Examples

         Explanation:  Students can design their own ‘silly winter sweater’ using fabric or foam cut outs, or perhaps they already have one hanging in a closet!  This is a great chance for them to be creative and have fun!  Here are some examples of  ¡¡¡winter sweaters’!

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The Music

Students in 5th grade are learning how to read and navigate a two part choral score and will be singing the choral piece Hot Chocolate!

They also have learned 3 part choreography that accompanies the song.   Here are the lyrics below!


Sssss! Hot!   Hot, hot, hot, hot choc’ate, I can’t get enough.

Hot, hot, hot, hot choc’late it´s my favorite stuff.


When the weather is freezing, and you think you’ll turn to ice.

There is nothing more pleasing than a mug of paradise.

Turn up the heat, make it steamy and sweet, with marshmallows on the top.

Come fill me up to the top of the cup, I´m gonna drink ev´ry drop!



Hot, hot, hot, hot choc’ate, I can’t get enough.

Hot, hot, hot, hot choc’late it´s my favorite stuff.


Spoken: Group 1:   Hot, hot choc’late

  Group 2: Ssss…Make it steamy, ssss rich and creamy. 

Group 3: Marshmallows are floating on the top, whip cream I’m never gonna stop


Turn up the heat, make it steamy and sweet, with marshmallows on the top.

Come fill me up to the top of the cup, I´m gonna drink ev´ry drop!


Hot, hot, hot, hot choc’ate, I can’t get enough.

Hot, hot, hot, hot choc’late it´s my favorite stuff.


I need a fix made from scratch or a mix. Hot Choc’late…..Hot!



Winter Concert Update for First Grade

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in 1st Grade, 1st Grade Music


Winter Concert Lyrics and Information for First Grade

Attire: Black Pants or Skirt and GREEN top.

First Grade Theme: Winter Rhythms and Kwanzaa

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First Graders are singing two songs that link to their study of rhythm this past quarter.  The first song is the energetic Rhythm of the Season!

Click the Picture to find a link to a video of the song!

Click the Picture to find a link to a video of the song!



Our Second song is entitled Kwanzaa Time.  In learning the song, we discussed the traditions of Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa Time