The classroom teachers have the assigned days and times that their class will visit the Music class for instruction. Please consult your child's teacher's class and subject schedule for exact times.
The students will perform in 2 formal concerts each year (Winter and Spring) along with a Veteran's Day event. Those performance dates are posted on the BES Calendar.
BES Students will have the opportunity to perform outside of BES with the FEMEA All-State Chorus (December and January), the Lake-Sumter Honor Chorus (end of Feb), and the Sumter County Music Festival (March). The first two events are auditioned events, while the third is not. Details will come home with the students for each of those events on how to participate.If you have any questions, please contact me at BES (793-3501) or email at email@example.com.Spring 2020 Distance Learning ideasAt this time, we will share our music files here as in the past. I will also include some websites that are related to our music learning OR may take you on a new creative journey. Please bookmark this page for future and easy reference.This is a good start for some Music Activities that you can accomplish at home during this exciting time.This was borrowed from the PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) State Council for Teacher Training, Recruitment, and Retention. Lots of good stuff! Have fun! Learn lots! Make Music!As details and skills grow, I will communicate plans for a future performance.We will have music that is a bit easier to learn (hopefully) during this exciting time. The younger students (K-2) will learn music to a concert titled: "Hop like A Bunny", and the older students (3-5) will learn music for the concert titled: "Happy Spring". The cute factor will be dialed up a bit so prepare those smiles!(haha)Hop Like A Bunny (K-2 4 songs)Below are links to me teaching the different parts of the songs. They are recorded using the TEAMS app inside of Office 365, so I hope it automatically opens and you can view it. If things don't open right away, try to download the TEAMS app to your computer or smartphone. Cross fingers that it works. I will not use ZOOM until we can be sure the security is acceptable to our Admins."Ten Little Bunnies" mp3s and lyric sheets will go hereHappy Spring! (3-5 5 songs)Think Spring will go hereHip Hop Shamrock will go hereSpring, Spring Spring will go here5th GRADERSHere is a link to an Acapella video I made of the above song but adding some instruments along with the singing. The sound got a bit distorted in the end. I think that is because I didn't use headphones as they suggested. Whaddyathink?!Other websites to check out:
https://listeningadventures.carnegiehall.org/This site has a free section and a login section. Choose the free section and click "local game" to proceed.This site will pick up where we left off in grades 2 through 5 about Music Instrument Families (remember the "Show and Tell" times 2nd and 3rd graders? Remember the "Tryout" days 4th and 5th graders? Younger students (K-1) may enjoy this as well.PBS Kids has a section for music games and learning for students, probably our younger students (K-2). Here Arthur and D.W., along with other recognizable PBS Kids characters (whom I will not try to name for fear of embarassment - Haha!) have clickable links for music fun.Little Kids Rock.com is a site geared for our older students, probably grade 3-5, where they can explore many different ways to learn music, learn music instruments, etc.The top menu bar has options for "Learn a song", "Take a lesson", "Practice, and "News feed". Explore through these locations and enjoy. Having a music instrument handy helps (guitar, drums, keyboard, etc.), but there are a few that might not need an instrument.While the actual site is OK, there are songs or links that lead to other musical sites that might not be perfect for you and your family. I would suggest supervision when using this site with your children so it meets your family values.Winter Concerts were a success!"A Snack for Santa" and The Season of Light" all went exceptionally well. Many former students who are now parents of children at BES had many positive reviews of their performances. I certainly am pleased as well. Keep up the great work!Lake-Sumter Honor ChoirOur Guest Conductor, Mrs. Anka Pink from Orange County Schools, led the musicians through a wonderful performance on Friday, February 28. The kids sang their hearts out and shared with the audience at Leesburg High School what it means to be a musician. Thanks to Mrs. Goodwin for coming out to hear the students sing and play.Sumter County Music FestivalDue to recent school closures, the annual Sumter County Music Festival will not be held this year. :(Plans for next year's event will be announced at the beginning of the next school year. Thanks to all of the students who were prepared and ready to share their musical light this year.
Winter Concerts were a success!"A Snack for Santa" and The Season of Light" all went exceptionally well. Many former students who are not parents of children at BES had many positive reviews of their performances. I certainly am pleased as well. Keep up the great work!Veterans Day Event at BESThe 4th and 5th grade students sang their hearts out to the Veterans and their families in attendance at the Veterans Day Celebration. Good times were had by all! Pictures to follow soon.FEMEA All-State Chorus (and Regional Honor Chorus)The auditions have been recorded and sent to the judges for evaluation. We have recieved word from the audition committee and unfortunately, none of the BES singing auditions submitted were selected for the Allstate choirs this year. Please keep in mind that over 900 auditions are sent in and there are only around 200 spots available for singers, so competition in the audition process is high. If you were not selected it does not mean you are a bad singer, it means that there were others that did the audition better than you this time. We will have other opportunities for music activities outside of BES soon.Echo singingStudents should play the recording, listen carefully, then try to sing it as an echo. You may have to play the file many times. If it does not play on your device, you may need to "right-click" on it, and choose a different playback mode. If that doesn't work, go into the settings and find a different media player for the "default". I choose "Windows Media Player" and it seems to work for me.Example 1Example 2Example 3Singing in a RoundStudents should sing "Are You Sleeping" as a round with me on the audition. The student will start and I will begin when they reach "Brother John" in the lyrics. We will sing without a piano accompaniment (a cappela).Here is a link to a Youtube Karaoke version of the song.(Start the song with a huge breath)The lyrics of the song are:Are you sleeping?Are you sleeping?Brother John? Brother John?(Huge Breath here)Morning Bells are ringing.Morning Bells are ringing.Ding, Dong, Ding.Ding, Dong, Ding.AmericaThis is the version of America that we will use for future auditions. Students should be well prepared on this piece of music. The student will sing the song by themselves (a cappela) for the audition recording."America"
(Start with a BIG breath)My country 'tis of theesweet land of liberty(take a breath here)of thee I sing(take a BIG breath here)Land where my fathers diedLand of the pilgrim's pride(take a breath here)from ev'ry mountainsidelet freedom ringHere is a good YouTube video to practice with2018-2019CONGRATULATIONS!We had 6 students perform in the Lake-Sumter Honor Choir. They are:Front row:Danielle W.Kaylah K.Lola F.Back row:Joslynn K.Araceli B.Carolina R.Mrs. Goodwin (Our fearless leader!) on the right, and me on the left.The concert was Spectacular! Thanks for Mrs. Goodwin for attending!When I figure out how to rotate this image, I will...until then...sorry for the head turning!
***5th graders***The recorders will be passed out when we start having Music Class in the Fall. Since we are dealing with tighter budgets this year, our Recorder book will be online. You may print a copy of the pages for your convenience at home for home practice. Students will make arrangements with their classroom teacher to take home the recorder for practice. Remember the only places recorders should be heard are in the music room and at home. Please don't play them in other places at school or the bus.Failure to bring their recorder on your Music Class day will result in a "0" for that days work, and will lower your grade for Music. If you forget your recorder 2 or more times in a 9 week grading period, a note will be sent home on a "short form," letting the parents know about the missing recorder. A lost recorder can be replaced for $5.We are following the text "Recorder Karate". Students will earn "Karate Belts" as a measure of progress. The songs will be tested in class.Here are some of the online linksListen and practice with Gently Sleep" (Yellow Belt)(this version plays past the end of the song as written so you will need to stop your player halfway through the song)Students will need to apply their music reading skills to the Black Belt song "Ode to Joy"Star Spangled BannerShould BES be asked in the future to sing the National Anthem, we will use this version for rehearsal and performance:Star Spangled Banner accompaniment version (We will use this version to sing along with)