What's going on in the music area?
It's hard to believe that it's already February! One day it's warm, the next, it's below freezing, leading many in the school (and myself) to be suffering a near-constant state of sniffles and head colds, but the show goes on at St. Joseph Catholic School!
If you're the parent of children grades three and under, I hope you're hearing lots of singing at home from your students. We have learned nearly fifty songs so far this year; pretty incredible, when you consider that they get music twice a week. Smart kiddos, I say! Here are just a few of the new songs we're learning: "When I Grow Up" (from the musical, Matilda), "We are Rosary Children," "Power Shuffle," "Johnny Zero," "Zachary Hated Bumblebees," "Every Little Thing I Do (I will do it for Your Glory)" and "Get in the Boat!"
Grades 4-5 are beginning to work on recorders. We've learned how to hold them ("left hand on top...no, the OTHER left!") and how to play B, A and G. Over the next few weeks, we're going to learn more notes which will lead to more songs, such as "Hot Cross Buns" and my favorite, "Iron Man!" Also, fifth and sixth grade are learning about the Classical and Romantic Era composers: Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann.
Seventh and Eighth grade just finished learning about the "Day the Music Died" and are getting ready to learn about the British Invasion. They'll be learning about the Who, the Beatles, and many other artists. Also, we will soon begin music of the Civil Rights Era. And it will be FUN and INTERESTING.
Finally, 6-8th grade are working on choral pieces we will take to large group festival in March. We are singing, "Moses, Now Your People are Free" and "Like an Eagle." I have several students planning to sing solos and duets, too.
May God bless you and keep you and yours!