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!


4th Grade Winter Concert Music and Update

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in 4th Grade, 4th Grade Music

Winter Concert Update for Fourth Grade!

Attire: Black Bottoms (pants or skirt), White Top and Winter Hats and Scarves!

Theme: Swingin’ Winter Weather!

winter concert poster copy

Dear BFIS 4th Graders and Families,   students have been working hard to prepare for the Winter concert. 4th grade has also been learning recorder parts to accompany their songs in their study of Swing Music through Carnegie Hall’s The Orchestra Swings program.




The Music

A Perfect Winter Day

This delightful song is a partner song, in which there are two distinct melodies. Each class will be singing one of the melodies describing their perfect winter Day….although each group has a very different idea of WHAT makes a perfect winter Day!

Click to listen to the song on youtube

Click to listen to the song on youtube



Ms. Merixtell’s Class

I´ve Got Rhythm…with original lyrics!!

I´ve got rhythm



Ms. Natasha’s Class

It Don’t Mean a Thing, if it Ain’t Got that Swing

Click to listen to the composer, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong play It Don't Mean a Thing!!

Click to listen to the composer, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong play It Don’t Mean a Thing!!










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


4th Music in September

Written by Rachel Grove. Posted in 4th Grade Music, ES Music

We are just a few weeks into school, and the fourth grade musicians are already growing leaps and bounds! We started with a song that reviews the last new pitch they learned last year, which was Low Sol. We used the song ¨Scotland’s Burning¨ to review singing both with lyrics and with handsigns and solfege syllables. Once students remembered the melody and solfege, we used it to review singing in a round, another concept that is new to them and is really strengthening their musical independence.

We are transferring the solfege syllables that we are learning into absolute pitch names, using movable Do. For example, one of our grade songs has been ¨Are You Sleeping?¨. This song uses a pitch they added last Spring, Fa, as well as the other pitches they already knew, DRMSL. We first learned the song on solfege with our hand signs, and a few classes later, added the words. A couple of classes later, we chose ¨C¨ to be Do, and labeled each of the notes on the song on the xylophone visual. We then transferred this to the barred instruments, and played the song using each of the different types of instruments we know. This took great coordination and concentration from the 4th graders! I was so proud of them, as each of them was working hard to remember which notes their instrument played, both on solfege and on letter names!

They have also been working on identifying the differences between the barred instruments. We learned a poem to help us learn the different characteristics of the xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels, and then got to improvise playing each group of instruments to the rhythm of the poem to hear the difference in sound.




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!