Bach & Beatles!Posted by David Coe
I have a VoicePosted by Megan Kirk
The Unquowa School Upper School Chorus performed the song I Have a Voice at last week’s assembly. When I first played this song for the chorus, they were immediately drawn to the simple and powerful melody and lyrics. We knew we had to perform this song. Since there is no written sheet music for the song, we had to listen to the recording many times to figure out the chord structure, melodies and harmonies. We also talked greatly about how this song has such a powerful message in such simple words. The song speaks for itself. We all have a voice. Each and every one of us. Please enjoy this wonderful piece of music!
Winterfest 2016 – WinterQuest: Will You Play?Posted by Megan Kirk
Words can not describe the amount of pride I have for each and every student at the Unquowa School. Once again, the community came together to put on an absolutely fabulous Winterfest. It was truly a magical show. We hope you enjoy watching this year’s show, WinterQuest!
Tumbling DownPosted by Megan Kirk
The PreK-4 and kindergarten class did an excellent job performing on stage for the first time this year! The students have been itching to get up on stage for assembly, and we chose this song about fall to make their debut! When students first listened to this song we talked about the form, or the pattern the song had. As a class students used their “musical ears” to figure out which parts of the song were the same and which were different. We then labeled those parts with letters. In addition to learning about musical form students also learned about how to project your voice in a healthy way. We have a little friend “Bob” who is only an inch tall. When Bob is on our finger right next to us we can speak in a soft voice, but when he is sitting on the basketball hoop, like he was today during assembly, our voices have to reach to him without shouting! We use deep “belly breathing” to help project our voices. It is not as easy at it may seem! Getting up on stage at a young age builds such a sense of confidence and pride, and ou students are so lucky the will have many opportunities to perform throughout the year!
Seussical Jr, With Video!Posted by Megan Kirk
The audience grew still and suddenly the music began with a spectacular flash of brightly colored lights. A little boy, Jojo enters reading The Cat in the Hat when he is excited to see a striped hat sitting in the middle of the stage! He runs to put the hat on and suddenly a cat appears! The story unfolds with many bright characters telling lots of stories! From Horton saving the Whos, Gertrude wanting more than a one feathered tail, to Mazie trying to get someone else to take care of her egg! All of the students dressed in their amazing costumes put on a magical show. The Unquowa community, friends and family were blown away by their spectacular performance. Bravo!
A Very Special May DayPosted by Megan Kirk
The video below shows every performance – to skip ahead to a specific performance hit play and then click the icon in the lower right corner to watch youtube.com. Enjoy!
It was a rainy day for our annual May Day Celebration with Grandparents and Special Friends. However, the students brought sunshine into the lives of everyone during their class performances at our very special assembly. Each class worked very hard on their pieces for this assembly and all of that hard work paid off in an extra special assembly full of music and dance.
PreK-3 is a small class, but you wouldn’t notice that by just listening! Our youngest students were clearly comfortable on stage and their performance of I’ve Got No Strings, complete with dance moves, started the show with a bang.
Recently, the PreK-4 and kindergarten classes learned to tap dance in movement class, and all year they’ve been working on their expression while performing. The students were very proud of their performance of Singing in the Rain – particularly the part where they showed off their soft shoe skills!
In first grade students absolutely fell in love with the song Put a Little Love in Your Heart and choreographed their own dance for the assembly – the energy on stage was wonderful!
Second graders have been talking a lot in class about what music means to them. In their song, Don’t Stop the Music, the first verse speaks about how important music is in our lives. The second graders then created and sang their own lyrics for the second verse using all of their ideas from our class discussions.
Third and fourth graders came together to sing I am a Small Part of the World. This is the first time I’ve had students this age singing harmonies. They learned all about different intervals and why some notes sound good together and some do not. We worked very hard on these harmonies and highlighted this hard work by signing them A Capella during the last chorus of the song. The kids also came up with the idea of adding sign language to their song. We researched this together and put sign language to the chorus of this piece. It was beautiful to both hear and see.
Fifth grade students selected the song, Best Day of My Life. After listening to the song together, and teaching them all of the different parts, I put it in the students’ hands. They worked on deciding which groups would sing which parts and how the song would sound best. I was very proud of these fifth graders for taking charge and working together to create this wonderful performance.
Sixth through eighth grade showed off both their guitar and musical theater skills brilliantly. Each guitar class played two songs to show their ability to play many styles of music. Then, students performed the first number from our upcoming spring musical, Seussical, Jr. It was an energetic and exciting number – we are all excited for next week’s show!
As always, the grand finale was the Maypole Dance. Fourth grade students performed the Barber’s Pole Weave and then fifth graders performed both the Spider Weave and the Braid Weave. In order for a successful weave, students must be focused and work together as a team. It was a great success!