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Feb. 06, 2013

Opera For the Young, February 15th

from:Harper, Darlene

to:Junior 5/6 Music

Dear Parents of the 5/6 Class,

I have so much information to share with you and hope that you will take the time to read this thoroughly.  We have a wonderful opportunity to perform with OFTY next Friday at TGIF.  Due to some miscommunications, we were only given the materials yesterday to prepare for this.  Needless to say, I want the students to sing as if we had gotten the music months ago!  We are hoping that you will come to hear your student perform with Opera For the Young in Massenet's Cinderella.  

All of the 5/6s will be participating.  OFTY will come in about 75 minutes before TGIF to help get the students aquainted with what they need to know as far as entrances and exits, dance movements, and so on.  My students will, of course, be completely prepared music-wise!

Here is what you will need to know to help prepare your child for this great experience:

1)  Everyone needs to wear dark pants - dark jeans, black pants, or dark leggings will all be fine - and a long- or short-sleeved t-shirt, also dark, with no lettering or design whatsoever.

2)  Since the students will, for the most part, be mice, the more gray the better in the above outfit, but it really does not matter.  This is just a suggestion.

3)  Some of the students will be at the sides, not directly on the stage, and will need to bring a few more costume items, if possible.  The girls could easily bring in a skirt that perhaps matches their t-shirt and pull that on when they need to be 'party guests'.  The boys can bring in a nice shirt that they can put on over their t-shirts and tuck into pants, for a more dressy look. 

4) OFTY typically only accommodates 16 students, but I told them that I could not choose 16 out of the 5/6 class, therefore the need for some extra costumes for those students who will be seen, but will not be clothed by OFTY.

5) ALL students, however, should follow #1 and #2 above, whether bringing in their own items, or being costumed by OFTY.

This is last minute, parents, I realize, but the students and I have our work cut out for us and so we are hoping we can leave the pants and shirts up to you!  Thank you so much.  We hope that you can attend TGIF on Friday, February 15th.

Sincerely,

Darlene

 

 

Sept. 24, 2012

Porgy and Bess Ending

from:Harper, Darlene

to:MS 6/7 Music

6/7s!

I can't wait to read your creative alternate endings to Porgy and Bess!  6/7B due date is Wednesday, 9/26; 6/7A due date is Thursday, 9/27.

Remember:  TYPED!!  Will not accept handwritten papers.

Darlene

Sept. 16, 2012

A Musical Update

from:Harper, Darlene

to:7/8 Y Music

Dear Parents and Students,

I have enjoyed these past few weeks very much, and find this class to be interested, serious and fun!

We have so much to accomplish this semester and began the unit with the study of the evolution of the blues, from the call and response form, leading up to the poetry of Langston Hughes. The students wrote - and sang! - call and response first; then they went on to write an AAB blues lyric and spoke that to a 12-bar blues musical background.  This next week we will be starting Dream of Freedom, a 20th century piece using five poems by Langston Hughes.  It is difficult and beautiful, and I know this class will do it justice.

I will be in the Commons on Back-To-School Night, and I hope to see many of you there!

Darlene

Sept. 16, 2012

A Musical Update

from:Harper, Darlene

to:Junior 5/6 Music

Dear Parents and Students,

It has been a delightful few weeks, reconnecting with your wonderful students!  They are an animated and interested group, contributing questions and ideas enthusiastically!

We have begun our opera unit, with a brief summary of the evolution of opera and the terms that are often found in opera.  We are on to Mozart's Marriage of Figaro beginning this week.  We have also completed a unit on the music of South Africa, having written 'call and response' lyrics and moving on to a little bit of drumming in this coming week.

I will be in the Commons for Back-To-School Night and I hope to see many of you there!

Darlene

Sept. 16, 2012

A Musical Update

from:Harper, Darlene

to:7/8 Z Music

Dear Parents and Students,

I have enjoyed these past few weeks very much, and find this class to be interested, serious and fun!

We have so much to accomplish this semester and began the unit with the study of the evolution of the blues, from the call and response form, leading up to the poetry of Langston Hughes. The students wrote - and sang! - call and response first; then they went on to write an AAB blues lyric and spoke that to a 12-bar blues musical background.  This next week we will be starting Dream of Freedom, a 20th century piece using five poems by Langston Hughes.  It is difficult and beautiful, and I know this class will do it justice.

I will be in the Commons on Back-To-School Night, and I hope to see many of you there!

Darlene

 

Sept. 16, 2012

A Musical Update

from:Harper, Darlene

to:Junior 4/5 Music

Dear Parents and Students,

It has been a delightful few weeks, getting to know your children and trying to make them feel comfortable with a new teacher.  They are a wonderful group, with many questions and a willingness to participate fully in class.

We have already covered a unit on Medieval music through Hildegard von Bingen, and also a unit on the music of South Africa, having written 'call and response' lyrics and moving on to a little bit of drumming next week.

I will be in the Commons on Back-To-School Night, and hope to meet many of you there!

Darlene

 

 

Sept. 16, 2012

A Musical Update

from:Harper, Darlene

to:MS 6/7 Music

Dear Parents and Students,

It has been a fun few weeks, reconnecting with your students, talking about the summer and the year ahead.  They are avid listeners and contributors!

We have started our opera unit again this year.  However, it will be tied into the music of the early 20th century, leading to the blues, with one of the most influential composers of the 20th century - George Gershwin.  The first opera will be Porgy and Bess (with some editing by me, of course!), in which Gershwin was first able to combine 'pop' and 'classical' music into one genre that could be enjoyed by all.  I have the full libretto and the DVD, which will be helpful in giving the students a sense of the time and place in which this opera was written.

I will be in the Commons for Back-To-School Night, and I hope to see many of you there!

Darlene 

Sept. 03, 2012

Musical News

from:Harper, Darlene

to:7/8 Y Music

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to a new year of music and fun!  Both music classes are BIG, however, they are two wonderful groups of students and I think we can make it work - the more voices, the merrier!

We are jumping right in to working on music for the election TGIF, as well as a 20th century work based on five of Langston Hughes' poems.  Quite difficult - I would not try this with any other group!

I am looking forward to creating new music and new experiences with these students in the coming year.

Darlene

Sept. 03, 2012

Musical News

from:Harper, Darlene

to:Junior 5/6 Music

Dear Parents and Students,

A big Welcome Back to the 5/6 class!  We are singing already!  

This year we will study opera, and it is always a lot of fun for those unexpecting students who think that opera is 'BORING'!  Not so!

I really look forward to working with this delightful, talented group again this year.

Darlene

 

Sept. 03, 2012

Musical News

from:Harper, Darlene

to:7/8 Z Music

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to a new year of music and fun!  Both music classes are BIG, however, they are two wonderful groups of students and I think we can make it work - the more voices, the merrier!

We are jumping right in to working on music for the election TGIF, as well as a 20th century work based on five of Langston Hughes' poems.  Quite difficult - I would not try this with any other group!

I am looking forward to creating new music and new experiences with these students in the coming year.

Darlene

Sept. 03, 2012

Musical News

from:Harper, Darlene

to:Junior 4/5 Music

Dear Parents and Students,

Just a brief word to let you know that I enjoyed meeting my new 4/5s last week!  Your children have had Ken for a few years now, and it will take a while for them to get used to a new teaching style.

They were all very sweet and attentive, and I look forward to working with them!

Darlene

 

Sept. 03, 2012

Musical News

from:Harper, Darlene

to:MS 6/7 Music

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to the new school year!  We are in full swing already, learning new music for this election year.

We will be continuing our opera unit, as this class particularly enjoyed our studies last year. We will be focusing on 20th century opera, beginning with the very powerful Porgy and Bess.

I look forward to another year of great experiences with this group!

Darlene

Aug. 23, 2012

Music!

from:Harper, Darlene

to:All Students

Welcome back! Warm up those vocal 'chords'!