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!


Winter Concert Music for 2nd Grade!

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in 2nd Grade, 2nd Grade Music

Winter Concert!

Hello Parents and Students, a reminder that our winter concert is coming up!

Second graders should wear black pants or skirt, and a white top!  Please look at the post below to find information on the songs your student is performing!

winter concert poster copy

Second Grade

The second grade will be performing both songs and dances!  They are looking at traditional dances from Mexico and will each class will be performing a song alone, and with the other group!

Ms. Valerie´s class will be performing the song ‘No Piñata’, please see the lyrics below, and click the picture for a link to a sample of the song on Youtube!

This is the Song Ms. Valerie´s class is working on!




Ms. Erika´s Class is singing ‘Piñata’

Click the Picture for a link to a excerpt of the song!

Click the Picture for a link to a excerpt of the song!


Both Groups are singing the Song Este Es La Navidad!  Click the Link for a practice version at home!

Finally each group is doing a traditional Mexican folk dance.

Ms. Erika´s class is performing the dance Los Machetes and Ms. Valerie´s class is performing La Raspa

Los Machetes 2

In both of our songs, student get to experience a piece of Ternary (three parts) Music through movement.

When you see the dance, you will notice that the movements change for each part of the dance!

Looking forward to a great concert!

-Ms. G








Winter Concert Update!

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in 1st Grade, 1st Grade Music, 2nd Grade, 2nd Grade Music, 3rd Grade, 3rd Grade Music, 4th Grade, 4th Grade Music, 5th Grade, 5th Grade Music, ES Music, Kindergarten Music

Dear BFIS Families and Friends, 

The children have been busy preparing a wonderful winter performance for family and friends.  This year, each grade level will be focusing on different traditions or musical genres popular in the winter season.  Please try to assure your child´s attendance for the concert, as all students work together to create their performances, remember performance is a team activity!! The details of the winter concert are:

winter concert poster copy Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there! Please email me with any questions or concerns, or if your child will be unable to make the performance! I´m always happy to help!

Ms. Heather Gilles, General Music BFIS ES

Details for Families!

Attire:  All Students: BOTTOM: Black Pants or Skirt   SHOES: Black Dress Shoes (parents, please no tennis shoes or heels as they aren´t safe for dancing!)

  • Kindergarten Theme (Jingle):  Please wear a yellow top
  • First Grade Theme (Kwanzaa traditions):  Green Top
  • Second Grade Theme (Mexican Christmas traditions): White Top
  • Third Grade  Theme (Hanukkah traditions): Blue Top
  • Fourth Grade Theme (Swinging Wintertime): White or Silver Top with Hat and Scarf (any colours…make it fun!!!)
  • 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’!

Looking forward to a wonderful concert!! -Ms. G!



November 25-27 Weekend Music Experiences for Families!

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in 1st Grade Music, 2nd Grade Music, 3rd Grade Music, 4th Grade Music, 5th Grade Music, ES Music, Kindergarten Music

Hello BFIS Music Families and Friends!  

Barcelona is a great city for the arts, I´d like to start sharing musical opportunities for families to take enjoy on the weekends!

If YOU know of a family friendly concert, or musical event in BCN, email the link to

This Weekend´s Recommendations:

Quotidáfons Bufats at Museo de la Musica, Saturday November 26, 12:00

and Palau de la Musica Open House Sunday November 27, 10-15.




Everyday instruments

Learn how to make instruments out of everyday objects! How cool is that?  Guided by Xavi Lozano, children and families will get to see instruments created from everyday object side by side with Instruments from the Muse de Musica!  Great connections to science, engineering and the arts!  If you can´t make this weekend, check out other dates this event is offered. Click the picture to for information and to order tickets!

November 26


Sunday´s Pick Open House at the Palau de la Musica

Whether you´re an art or music lover, the Palau de la Musica is truly a treasure of Barcelona.  

There will be special performances during the day (click the link for details) by the Choral School. It promises to be an exciting and musical day!

Open Day Palau


2nd Music in September

Written by Rachel Grove. Posted in 2nd Grade Music, ES Music

In second grade music, we have started each class with our current grade song, “Jump Jim Joe”, which gives us a wonderful opportunity to begin by singing and moving with each other, and then transition to our line spots to begin the lesson.

We have begun transferring the Solfege pitches that they already know from 1st grade (Sol, Mi, and La), onto letter names on the xylophone visual. We spent a lot of time last year cementing the concepts of the relationships between Sol and La (La is always one above Sol), and Sol and Mi (From Sol, you skip one down to find Mi). Now, we are transferring them into the letter names of the pitches (C,D,E,F,G,A,B). Students did a great job of looking at the xylophone visual, and being able to find the letter name of Mi or La from whatever I told them Sol was.

Other highlights of the last month have been reviewing our mallet technique on the barred instrument with a poem called, “One For the Money”. The students are so excited to get back onto the barred instruments and did a great job transferring the body percussion to playing instruments. We’ve also been using the song “Ha, Ha, This Away” to let students create their own unique way to keep the steady beat, and allow other students to follow them. We reviewed what kinds of motions show the steady beat, as opposed to motions that have no beat. We have revisited the folk song/game, “Charlie Over the Ocean”, this time the students quickly discovered that “high and low” were “sol and mi”. Their understanding of these pitches is solid, and shows me they are ready to add to their pitch set, which we will do this year.



Specialists’ Presentation from Back to School Night

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in 1st Grade Art, 1st Grade Music, 1st Grade PE, 2nd Grade Art, 2nd Grade Music, 2nd Grade PE, 3rd Grade Art, 3rd Grade Music, 3rd Grade PE, 4th Grade Art, 4th Grade Music, 4th Grade PE, 5th Grade Art, 5th Grade Music, 5th Grade PE, ES Art, ES Music, ES PE, Kindergarten Art, Kindergarten Music, Kindergarten PE

Thank You NoteThank you so much to all the parents who attend our Back to School Night yesterday evening.  We really appreciated the turnout from so many families and are truly grateful to part of a community that deeply values the importance of an outstanding education.

As promised, here is a links to specialists’ presentation.  We hope the parents who were not able to attend will take the time to read through the information.

Specialists Presentation

Throughout the year, we will be updating the blog with information about the different concepts and topics that students are exploring. Our teachers will be using the blog as the primary platform for communicating with parents and we will continue to encourage families to visit the site regularly.

Many thanks again for all the support!