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!



Kindergarten Winter Concert Update

Written by Heather Gilles. Posted in Kindergarten Music

The Winter Concert is Coming!

Kindergarten Attire: Yellow Top,  Black Pants or Skirt and black shoes!

winter concert poster copy

Kindergarten has been busy with bells in preparation for the Winter Concert!

They will be performing two pieces on the Winter Concert. Their first piece is a dance to J.S. Pierpont´s Jingle Bells. Students have learned choreography to this song in order to identify patterns (or Form) in music.  Jingle Bells has two parts-an A and B section. Here´s the listening map we use in class to help visualise what we´re hearing!


By adding movement and choreography to music, students learn to listen and respond to form, meter and phrase length in music!

At home extension: Ask your child to teach you the dance at home! You may also want to listen to different versions of Jingle Bells to find the different parts of the song.


Listen to the Jingles!

This song is also an AB form song! Students have been working hard on their singing and performance skills in this song.  We´ve taken time in class to discuss what makes a great performance! Students are busy practicing the following key performance skills!


1. Standing Strait and Tall

2. Using your best singing voice

3. Smiling and having FUN!!!

Here are our lyrics!Slide2

Looking forward to seeing BFIS friends and Family at our Winter 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


Kinder’s Introduction to Music Class

Written by Rachel Grove. Posted in ES Music, Kindergarten Music

It has been a wonderful first few weeks getting to know this new group of Kindergarteners. Since Kindergarten is the first year that the students have me as their music teacher, it is always fun to watch them walk into the music room wide-eyed, and begin to learn what our music class is like.

The beginning of Kindergarten music is all about establishing a foundation. The foundation that we are setting right now is what they will build on for many years! Research shows that it is until age 7 that students minds are forming their musical potential. It is like forming a clay pot right now, and after age 7 we begin to fill that pot with terminology and concrete ideas, but right now, I am working to make the pot as big as possible so that they have huge musical potential!

In our first few lessons, we have spent a good amount of time becoming comfortable and familiar with the music room and its procedures. As I have seen in the upper grades, once these are in place, our time in the music room can go incredibly smoothly. Since our room is a large space in which such a large variety of activities take place, it is so important to lay down these routines and expectations from the beginning. It is a new space to these students, and there are many new daily norms to learn, including our hello song, their line spots, scatter spots, story spots, circle spots, transitions, instrument care, line-up routine, and goodbye song! Whew! They have done an great job of adapting to these new things in this new room!

In the midst of learning these routines, we have had a lot of fun as we begin to make music together. We have been laying the foundation of steady beat, vocal exploration, and imaginative play. It will still be a while before we label any musical terms, as I must first build their repertoire of songs and experiences so those terms mean something. The songs, stories, song books and activities that we have been doing are paving the way to label these important elements.


Ms. Rachel

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!

Music Room Tour

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

Welcome back to school! And welcome to the music room!

This year is off to a great start for each class. It is so fun for me to see the students returning, and how they really grew in the last year of music.  I love that I get to work with the same kids year after year, because I am able to witness so much growth. I see them retaining information and being able to pick up right where we left off!

For those of you who did not make it to back to school night, and have not made it down to the music room yet this year, I wanted to give you a virtual tour of our room this year. So now you will be able to envision where your child is spending their music class each week. Please don’t hesitate to stop by! Here’s to a great year!




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