Wow! Time has flown! It has been a while since our last update, so here's what has been happening. We finished up our History/Culture unit where students learned about great composers and characteristics of musical eras. We have moved into our final unit, which is Performance. Students have been working on learning where and how to stand on the risers, following the cues of a conductor, singing songs from memory in two parts, demonstrating stage presence and performing choreography accurately.
All classes have learned the choreography for their special number that their class is featured in, but they are still working on perfecting it and making it crisp and synchronized. They have also started working on the riser choreography for the other nine songs that feature other classes. Some days it feels like a second gym class, because we are up and moving so much!
Our performances are at the Novi High School Auditorium on the following dates:
CONCERT A: TUESDAY, MAY 26 @ 7 PM
CONCERT B: WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 @ 7 PM
Vocal Music Activity Night
Over 125 of our 6th, 7th and 8th grade vocal music students came together for a night of singing, food and fun last night! 6th graders were able to work with Mrs. Grebinski, our 7th & 8th grade vocal music teacher, and experience what Middle School choir is going to be like next year. We were joined by the High School Acapella Choir- Major VI- who led a workshop on how to sing acapella and taught us a song to sing with them.
After the workshop, Major VI performed a short concert for us, and we enjoyed pizza, pop and fellowship with our new friends! Thanks to all who attended and made our first Activity Night a huge success!
Happy New Year! We are so excited to be back! Now that solo and speaking auditions are completed, it's time to start working on the chorus parts of the songs. Students will be learning and practicing their part- either the melody or the harmony- for each of the 10 songs in our show. The goal is that when we put the two parts together, they can blend and hold their own part, even though others are singing a different part. It can be confusing at first, but eventually we will get it!
In addition, we will be spending the next couple months on our History and Culture Unit. This is where students learn about key characteristics and important composers of several musical eras (Baroque, Classical and Romantic). We also talk about the relationships between music and other school subjects, how music is used in our daily experiences, and how to explain our own preferences for music using music vocabulary.
We have a couple of exciting events this month that we would like to make you aware of:
BLUE LAKE FINE ARTS CAMP
On Tuesday, January 13 from 3-5 pm, 6th grade vocal music students can audition for a scholarship to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the 5th grade band room. The audition sign up sheet is in Mrs. (Sonntag) Lengerich's room. You can find out more about Blue Lake at www.bluelake.org.
CHOIR CATS ARE STARTING
5th and 6th grade students who are interested in joining the Choir Cats need to pick up a registration packet between Jan. 6- Jan. 16. Our first rehearsals are on January 20 & 22. You can find out more about the Choir Cats by clicking the link in the top right menu on this page.
VOCAL MUSIC ACTIVITY NIGHT
6th graders are invited to participate in our very first Vocal Music Activity Night on January 29 at the Novi Middle School. This is a great opportunity to sing and have fun with the 7th grade choir students, and get to meet their director, Mrs. Grebinski. There will be pizza, pop, and entertainment! Come and get a sneak peak at what vocal music is like at the Middle School! More information will be sent home.
The month of December was a busy one. It started out with Ms. Sonntag getting married and becoming Mrs. Lengerich! We have continued our Reading Music unit, but a large part of December was spent on preparing for and holding both our solo and speaking auditions for the May concert. Students practiced in front of their classmates in small groups to prepare. We have so many wonderful and talented kids! We admire your courage in trying out, even if you weren't one of the students who got a solo or speaking part.
6th grade students were also introduced to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, which will be holding scholarship auditions at Novi Meadows on Tuesday, January 13 from 3-5 pm. For more information you can go to bluelake.org.
We wish you the happiest of holidays and look forward to a great New Year!
Our first quarter is over and we can really see the growth in our students. This month we will be continuing our Reading Music unit. Students continue learning to sight-sing music and read in 2-part harmony. They are applying what they have already learned to new pieces and are adding new skills every week. It's very impressive!
We are also starting to work on our music for the May performance. It seems really early, but we only have class 2 hours a week, and before the show we need to prepare for and hold solo/speaking auditions, learn the choreography to not only our featured number but also the riser choreography for the other songs, memorize everything and then rehearse so that we are confident and polished on stage. We have ten songs to learn, most of which were chosen by the students. Each class has a special number that they will be featured on based on their talents and personality.
Our concert preparation this month focuses on learning the solo parts to the songs so that we can hold auditions. We prepare students by practicing the actual solo parts in class, singing them in small groups in front of the class, and then finally, singing solo. We work on strategies for dealing with nerves and how to sing using a microphone. We are looking for singers who can project their voice to be heard by a large audience, who can sing in tune, and who can sing with expression and personality. Although singing a solo or giving an audition can be nerve-wracking for some kids, part of a performance-based class is learning to overcome the fear and give a great show. Each time you practice this skill, you get a little bit better and your confidence grows.
We have so many talented students, and we look forward to hearing their auditions!
Can you believe it's already October? The students have only been to vocal music 8 times, but already we are seeing so much potential! This month we will be wrapping up our Vocal Technique unit (although we will continue to practice good vocal habits all year) and beginning our Reading Music unit, which will continue through December break. Students will be learning to decode rhythms and pitches so that they can sight-read simple rhythmic and melodic patterns. They will also be studying various musical forms (how music is arranged into patterns) and learning to identify and demonstrate musical symbols and vocabulary. All of these skills lead up to reading music in two parts on the grand staff. This is a great age to be teaching music. The kids have the aural skills and the maturity to do some pretty sophisticated part-singing!
In addition to our units, the 6th graders and Ms. Sonntag have been talking about our concert theme, which is Habit 8: Find your voice and inspire others. Since this is a concert about speaking up, the 6th grade students were asked to make suggestions on songs they thought should be included in our show. More than 150 different song titles were suggested, many of which had lyrics that really aligned with our concert theme. Based on the feedback we got from the students (and the availability of the sheet music), we have ordered several student selected pieces which will be performed at our May concert. Many thanks to all who made suggestions!
Lastly, don't forget about Share Day this month. For more info, read below or e-mail Ms. Sonntag or Mrs. Sorensen.
We are off to a great year! The first couple of classes we have spent getting to know our student's names and interests, assigning seats, going over class procedures, pretesting to see what our students already know, having sign-ups for classroom jobs, etc. During the month of September we will be focusing on our Vocal Technique unit. Students will be learning to sing with good posture and developing their singing muscles so that they can sing with great breath control. We will also work on singing with choral vowels and good diction, using our head and chest voices to avoid vocal strain, and blending with the ensemble while singing.
Share Day - Oct. 16 & 17
On Thursday, October 16 & Friday, October 17 we will be holding Share Day during our vocal music classes. This is a great opportunity to showcase your special talent! In the past we have discovered some really amazing talents that we were able to incorporate into our performances, so practice up and get ready to shine! We can't wait to see your performances!
Students who attend vocal music on T/Th (red group) will share on the 16th. Students who attend vocal music on W/F (orange group) will share on the 17th.
2014-15 Concert Information
Due to the large number of students, we will be dividing our concert into two nights. Your child will be in either concert A or B. Both groups will have two before school rehearsals the week before the show to rehearse with the students in other classes. Please mark your calendars now to avoid potential conflicts.
Concert A: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 7 p.m. - Novi High school
5th grade students who have Grimm, Michalski, Dehne, Phillips, Dial, Walthall, McDonald, Peronis, Fillips, Plant, Ernster & Mulhall.
6th grade students who have Troost, Wandel, Zebrowski, Rugg, Alspaugh, Payne, Burry & Erickson.
BEFORE SCHOOL REHEARSALS:
Monday, May 18 & Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:15 a.m. (6th grade music room)
Concert B: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. - Novi High school
5th grade students who have Campos, Kuhn, Duthie, Malarkey, Cosman, Kozlowski & Levin.
6th grade students who have Yuchuck, Barrick, Tyrpak, Baranek, Timmer, Wellock, Vollmer, Carothers, Ellis & Poirier.
BEFORE SCHOOL REHEARSALS:
Tuesday, May 19 & Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:15 a.m. (6th grade music room)
3rd trimester Vocal Music Concert
MONDAY, JUNE 9 @ 7 PM AT THE NOVI MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
Students in vocal music this trimester are preparing for their upcoming show based on the 7 Habits- SHINE!
We will be holding two before school rehearsals so that the classes can run the whole show together. Please mark your calendars for Tues. & Wednesday, June 3 & 4 at 7:15 a.m. in the 6th grade music room.
*More detailed information to come later
1st trimester Vocal Music Concert
Students in vocal music this trimester are preparing for their upcoming show based on the 7 Habits- SHINE! This year we have decided to split the concert into two nights so that more students have the opportunity to "shine" as soloists, speakers and other featured performers. In addition, we are very excited to able to present this performance on our newly renovated stage right here at Novi Meadows!
CONCERT DATES ARE:
- Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. for 1st, 2nd and 3rd hour students
- Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. for 4th, 6th and 7th hour students
We will be holding two before school rehearsals so that the classes can run the whole show together. Please mark your calendars!
- Tues. & Thurs., Nov 12 & 14 at 7:15 a.m. for 1st, 2nd and 3rd hour students
- Wed. & Fri., Nov 13 & 15 at 7:15 a.m. for 4th, 6th & 7th hour students
*More detailed information to come later
Leader in Me Parent Night
Over 100 of our 1st trimester vocal music students volunteered their time to serve as leaders in song at the recent Leader in Me Parent Night held at the Novi Middle School on October 8th. What a great turnout! We performed a sneak preview of our closing number for our upcoming SHINE! concert which will be held on Nov. 20 & 21. It was fantastic to see them represent Novi so well. Many thanks to all the parents who supported this endeavor!
CLICK BELOW TO SEE A VIDEO OF OUR PERFORMANCE OF THE SONG "I'VE GOT THE LEADER IN ME"
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