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!


Third Grade Winter Concert Update

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

Winter Concert Update for Third Grade!

Attire: Black Bottoms (pants or skirt) and Blue top.

Theme: Hanukkah Traditions

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Dear BFIS Third Graders and Families,

We have been practicing hard to prepare for the Winter Concert.  Students in Third have focused on the Winter Tradition of Hanukkah for their performance.  In addition to learning about some of the traditions of the holiday, students have also learned traditional Hora dances, the Mayim and Hora Chadera!

In addition, we have been learning and experiencing meter in music, or how music is organised into groups of beats. We have learned to conduct in both 4/4 and 3/4 time.

Here is the conducting pattern for music in 4/4!


Here is the conducting pattern for music in 3/4 or triple meter!


The Music

Festival of Lights

all third grade students will sing this haunting minor melody which  begins as a simple melody that gains sophistication as the students sing in a round!


Click the lyric image to connect to a youtube video of the song.

Click the lyric image to connect to a youtube video of the song.



Ms. Claudia´s Class

Will be singing the festive song ¨Hanukkah, Hanukkah” please see lyrics below


Follow a link to hear a sample of the song from the publishers.

Follow a link to hear a sample of the song from the publishers.


Ms. Shena´s Class

It´s Hanukkah

Click for a sample of the recording from the publishers.

Click for a sample of the recording from the publishers.









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   heatherg@bfischool.org

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 heather@bfischool.org

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


3rd Music in September

Written by Rachel Grove. Posted in 3rd Grade Music, ES Music

Third grade music’s grade song in September has been “Bonjour, Mes Amis”. Students have learned three verses to this song in French, which is preparing them to learn  the new pitch low Sol this year.

Our lessons this year have been reviewing AB form, as well as transferring the solfege pitches we know (Do, Re, Mi, Sol, La) to absolute pitch names (C,D,E,F,G,A,B). We have been doing some ear training activities to really memorize the intervals between the pitches.

We have reviewed the quarter note and half note, and are preparing to add the whole note this year. We did an activity/game, in which we put the different pulses into our hands, then feet, then moved our feet to the pulse of the song ¨Irish Jig Medley¨ around the room. I would hold up different notes, and the children had to change the pulse that they were keeping with their movement. Students are doing a great job of connecting “1” with a quarter note, “1-2” with a half note, and then “1-2-3-4” with a blank paper. The whole note is not being presented yet, as students must first have a collection of experiences with a new rhythm before the visual is presented. They have felt the pulse of a whole note now, and we will continue to sing a few songs with whole notes in them, then the concept will be soon be presented.

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We have played the barred instruments twice to give us a chance to review mallet and instrument technique. We learned a poem titled ¨Fuzzy Wuzzy¨, which was challenging because the instrument parts did not land on the same beats in each measure. But the third graders conquered the challenge! We also learned a short melody about the “Golden Rule” which allowed the students to find and play “LaSolMi” on the xylophones. This is the first time they have played the melody on the xylophones instead of playing only the steady beat. Their skills on the barred instruments are impressive, and I know they will continue to improve this year!