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!

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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!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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!

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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   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!

 

 

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!

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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!

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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.

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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 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