In music class, we listened to examples of music that is both forte ("loud") and piano ("soft"). Listen to the tracks below to test yourself, your family, and your friends to see if they can hear the changes in dynamic (volume) levels!
Ms. Perry and I are so incredibly proud of our hardworking 5th through 8th grade students who were part of the 3 amazing performances of Once On This Island Jr.! Here are some pictures of our cast and crew wearing their OOTI Jr. t-shirts with pride right before opening night!
During Report Card Pickup on Thursday, April 16th, students and their families were invited to contribute to a mural artist Ginny Sykes will be painting for our school. Students made their own color renderings of the different panels Ms. Sykes has already created, and painted stars that Ms. Sykes will incorporate into the 9 different panels. Look for the mural to be hung on the 1st floor hallway in September! You can learn more about the artist by checking out her website here.
7th graders had the awesome opportunity to work with Chicago Dance Crash company member on a hip hop dance residency this winter. Below are some pictures David took with the entire grade after the performance.
We will host our first ever Arts Residency Performances this Wednesday, March 25, 2015, to showcase the awesome things our students are doing during arts residencies this past winter. The parent and community performance will take place at 1:30pm in the Auditorium; all are invited to attend! See the flyer below for more information.
In preparation for their hip hop dance performance on Wednesday, March 25th, 7th graders can access the music and videos below to help them practice their dance. Don't forget to work on finding your dance outfit too - it can be anything in the colors white, black, and red!
All classes will be performing their hip hop dance to this song:
Here are videos of David performing the dance to help you practice:
Once On This Island Jr. Cast: consider taking some time today during your snow day to practice your songs for the musical! You can access the practice tracks on my website by clicking HERE. You can access my site and these tracks on a computer, smartphone, or tablet, so make sure you check them out today!
And, just for fun, check out this viral video a school in Rhode Island made to announce a snow day to its students. A friend of mine from high school teaches choir at this school, and it's his voice you hear on this video!
Cast members can listen to the soundtrack from Once On This Island Jr. by clicking HERE.
CPS has announced that there will be NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, January 7 or Thursday, January 8. Thus, Ms. Perry and I will move auditions to Monday, January 12th, and will provide you with more details at that time. Enjoy your extra day off!
Mr. Marsland teaches K-8 music at Stone Scholastic Academy in Chicago, IL.