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!

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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!

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.

 

Saturday

QUOTIDIÀFONS BUFATS

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

 

5th grade music in September

Written by Rachel Grove. Posted in 5th Grade Music, ES Music

The 5th graders are off to a running start in the music room! We have started this year with some review, but it didn’t take long to get ¨caught¨ up, and they quickly showed me they were ready for more.

We reviewed our mallet and barred instrument technique with a poem in AB form called ¨Out Goes the Rat¨. The poem alternated between speaking the words, and improvising the rhythm of the words on the instruments.

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The grade song they have started with is Viva La Musica, which we have used to sing in a round and learn a new rhythm this year.

The rhythm that was preseented to them and we have since been practicing, is a dotted quarter note. They understand that a dot adds length to the note, making a half note (2 beats) into a dotted half note (3 beats), and a quarter note (1 beat) into a dotted quarter note (1.5 beats). We have incorporated this rhythm into a variety of activities . They put the rhythm in their bodies with a movement song titled, ¨Good Afternoon¨, a circle dance called ¨John Kanakanaka¨, and with an activity using the theme from the ¨Pink Panther¨.

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With the Pink Panther, students first learned a rhythm to accompany the song using body percussion. It fits with the theme perfectly using the form ABCA. The next week, we transferred it from body percussion to movement around the room with partners. The students even got to create their own rhythm for section C’s rhythm. It was fun to witness the creativity and unique ideas from each set of partners. You can ask your child to perform the rhythm from the Pink Panther Theme for you with the music (you can find it here) , using body percussion, and then ask them to show you what movement they created with their partner for section C.

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Additionally, we have labeled two new terms related to pitch – ¨Half Step¨ and ¨Whole Step.¨ This helps students understand the relationship between pitches, and they now know that there are two half steps in our diatonic scale, between mi and fa, and ti and do. No matter where Do is, this is always the same. This prepares students to understand things like Key Signatures and Chords, which we will not cover in music class, but any student who continues to study music beyond 5th grade will.

As you can see, we have already introduced a few new concepts, taking the 5th graders to a new level of musicianship!  They will continue practice these concepts all throughout the year to develop a deep understanding of them.

 

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!