Thursday, April 7, 2016

So many opportunities at WES for playing in ensembles, for strengthening our sight reading skills, for playing our instruments, and for fun with friends.






Music Lessons and Summer Programs for Kids

Music Lessons:

Artistree
VOCAL/INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS OF ALL KINDS:
www.artistreevt.org/music-classes.html

Upper Valley Music Center
VOCAL/INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS OF ALL KINDS:

PIANO LESSONS:
Sherry Belisle, Piano Lessons
Ellen Satterthwaite, Piano Lessons

SAXOPHONE/WOODWIND LESSONS:
Michael Zsoldos, Saxophone Lessons

GUITAR LESSONS:
Rob Parker, Guitar Lessons


Summer Programs:
LOCAL: SUMMER SOAK! 
http://www.wcsu.net/summer-soak

SEE BELOW FOR RECOMMENDED COURSES FOR MUSIC AND DANCE!

Title:  “Drumming and Percussion, grades 4, 5, 6”
Instructor:  Jodi Henderson Grades 4 - 6

This 2 week course is available to all students entering grades 4 through 6.  No previous or specific experience is required! Students will perform on a variety of percussive instruments provided on location of the class, including many different drums, cymbals, cowbells, shakers, etc.  Success will be certain for all ability levels. The musical content presented in this course will offer supporting roles for developing musicians, as well as leadership roles for those more advanced. An extended rehearsal each day over two weeks will offer a great opportunity for building individual skills, while playing some fun new music together.


Title: …5, 6, 7, 8, Summer Jam Band   Instructor:  Jodi Henderson Grades 5 - 8

This band is available to all regular school band students entering grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. An extended rehearsal each day over four weeks will offer a great opportunity for building individual skills, while playing some fun new music together as a band. Success will be certain for all ability levels. The customized musical arrangements for this band will offer supporting roles for developing musicians, as well as feature/mentorship roles for those more advanced.


Dance Instructor:  Susan Piccoli Grades 1 - 3

This dance class is designed to introduce students to Ballet and Jazz.  Every class consists of three main components:  the warm-up (stretching), work in the center (positions and combinations) and patterns across the floor (on the diagonal and choreographed dances).  The main goals of the class are to introduce students to the basics of both Ballet and Jazz, to improve flexibility, coordination and stage presence and to encourage the enjoyment of movement and musicality.  In addition to attending daily classes, students will be exposed to professional level performances and they will perform for an invited audience at the end of the session.

Dance Instructor:  Susan Piccoli Grades 4 - 6

This dance class is designed to introduce students to ballet and Jazz.  Every class consists of three main components:  the warm-up (stretching), work in the center (positions and combinations) and patterns across the floor (on the diagonal and choreographed dances).  The main goals of the class are to introduce students to the basics of both ballet and Jazz, to improve flexibility, coordination and stage presence and to encourage the enjoyment of movement and musicality.  In addition to attending daily classes, students will be exposed to professional level performances and they will perform for an invited audience at the end of the session.


UVMC SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR KIDS!
UPPER VALLEY MUSIC CENTER
LEBANON, NH
UVMC Summer Program pdf:
http://www.uvmusic.org/documents/UVMC_Summer_2016_Preview.pdf




Great Music Resources!

Compiled from various sources:

Here is a list of websites that are great for kids, compiled by the MTNA, Music Teachers National Association:
Resources:
http://www.mtna.org/parent-and-student-resources/websites-for-kids/


Performer-Based Websites
World Music With DARIA is a website from this multiple award-winning educator and musician. The website was given a 2009 Parent's Choice Award for its family-friendly introduction of world music to young people and it's resources for teachers, parents and special education professionals. The instrument section allows children to color, hear and find pdf instructions on how to make world music instruments such as cajónes (box drums), didgeridoos, shekeres, pow-wow drums and guiros along with cultural background information.
The From The Top website is designed for young classical musicians. This clever website has: The Green Room, Hall of Fame, Answer Zone, Student Lounge, a Reference Room and an area for parents and teachers. Partnered with the highly successful From The Top radio program, this site offers the more “serious” young musicians an opportunity to hear from others like them and benefit from socialization of sorts with others like themselves.
JazzKids was created for children of all ages. The website offers teachers, parents and even the youngest students the opportunity to be introduced to jazz. The interactive audio, video and curriculum are not intended to replace a teacher!

Symphony-Based Websites
The new SFSKids presents an updated online experience entirely different from the original SFSKids. Some of brand-new features and content throughout SFSKids include: a fun and playful series of educational modules presented as immersive environments and using animal avatars as guides; the ability to explore various linkages between composers, instruments and music compositions; the use of some game-based techniques to motivate repeated listening and engagement; gesture-controlled simulation scenarios using the mouse and keyboard to provide “hands-on” experiences of playing instrument and conducting music; interactive online tutorials to learn about music basics; the opportunity for users to compose and notate their own original music; and much more.
The site features games, listen and learn, and various teacher resources, from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Great graphics and fun games-like the clarinet scavenger hunt-make this New York Philharmonic website great, especially for instrumental students.
LSO Play allows you to experience the orchestra from multiple points of view.


Music Game/Theory/History/Listening Websites
This website features various games that teach and reinforce theory, music reading and provide basic introductions to several different instruments.
This website contains hundreds of learning games of varying levels, all carefully planned to gain mastery of the elements of music theory, ear training and rhythmic skills in an exciting, challenging environment.
This site is just for kids—to talk to other kids about piano, listen to the Taz-man, jump to other cool places, time travel to meet a famous composer or pianist, get a great tip to help withlessons, get help with writing piano or music reports or even ask aquestion!
The Yellow Cat piano program offers students the opportunity to excel at the piano. Its learning methods enable students to learn quickly and to achieve higher levels of success than the standard music program.
Funbrain offers games on composers, instruments, reading and vocabulary.
Learning about and listening to different instruments, reading music, musical genres and links to additional sites are the features of this site.
This is a great site for music theory.
This site includes games and songs. You also can use this site to search for more related sites.
"Name That Tune," a link to the American Symphony Orchestra League, Instruments, lesson plans and games all can be found on this website.
This site offers many links to quality classical music sites.
Features online, interactive piano lessons that can be used in conjunction with traditional piano lessons.
Includes quality theory tutorials, and interactive identification and ear training drills in note reading, key signatures, intervals and triads.
Students can test their music knowledge with quizzes, matches, concentration card games and other activities.
Elementary-age students can enjoy exploring, creating and manipulating music.
Elementary students can enjoy playing with an interactive Improvisation Station.
Enable students to compose from a MIDI keyboard and add voice-overs or other audio recorded through a microphone.
Access online accompaniments that function as virtual accompanists.
This site is devoted to ear training and theory skills.
This site offers ear training and theory skills.
This site contains lots of free music resources for elementary music classroom teachers, private music instructors and homeschool parents, for the purpose of building kids up in positive ways and enriching their lives with an appreciation for music and learning.
Happy Note! music games (shareware and freeware) are both amusing and educational. They offer a way to learn to read music notes in treble clef and bass clef the fun way.
A music educational portal designed especially for kids and music beginners. Primarily focusing on the piano basics, they produce games to learn music easily with fun.
KidsClick! is a web search site designed for kids by librarians—with kid-friendly results! The site includes links to kid-friendly websites about music and music history.
Sphinx Kids contains interactive games and videos.
Classics for Kids contains games, music lessons, lesson plans and information on composers and classical music. (For students and teachers.)
Fun music stuff just for kids.

Theta Music Trainer features music and ear training games.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Welcome to WES’s new art and music program blog!


Happy 2016, WES families!

Welcome to WES’s new art and music program blog!

 The weeks between our 2015 Thanksgiving break and our December holiday break were busy with combined art shows and lower primary grade concerts. I was firing the kiln everyday, getting work from all grades ready to go home for the holidays. This post will highlight the work of 5th and 6th graders during that time. 

For several weeks, students took turns reading lines of Langston Hughes’s poem, “Hold Fast to Dreams,” and then they focused on a dream of their own. The students had the option of adding strong wings to their clay sculptures to signify that it represented a dream that is alive and well.

DREAMS

Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow. 

~Langston Hughes

Their dream could be one they hoped to accomplish in the next year or in their lifetime. A student who hopes to be a lawyer made a slightly open briefcase sitting on a table. Other sculptures represented soccer stars, Olympic Gold Medalists, a zookeeper and a judge. One student made a clay replica of his band instrument, the flute, and two others made replicas of places they hope to visit soon, the Guggenheim Museum and New York City. The craftsmanship on many of the pieces was exceptional. If these students apply the same patience and determination in attaining their dreams as they have done in executing their artwork, they are well on their way!

~Mrs. Klassen-Landis, ART