I am eagerly looking forward to the start of our new school year. There are many exciting new changes that are occurring this year. One of which is that the Saint Jane's School Choir has been invited to participate with the Vianney Voices in the Cathedral of St. Catherine's of Siena Christmas Concert. This is a big deal because, in the past, this concert has been televised by Service Electric, and the Bishop has even been known to make an appearance. What a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase our wonderful choir and interact with other students in the Allentown Diocese while giving their musical talents to God!
For more information, please consult the communication folder for the Choir Sign up Sheet.
2/3/16- 8th Grade: Those who missed class today must make up the assignment:
Watch a video and write a critique about Beethoven's 9th symphony (Movement IV). The critique must be 2 paragraphs (4-5 sentences) and must include things such as Performance practice (what instruments/ensembles were used) and your overall opinion of the performance. Assignment is due Thursday, February 11th, 2016.
The link to the video is as follows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdWyYn0E4Ys&index=13&list=PLmaw5c9zWx8CJKwyjYooy0GLvegJibuad
1/15/16- 7th Grade: Those who have not turned in their Tuvan Throat singing essay have until 1/22/16 to submit their work before it is considered a Zero. The link to the video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxttAghqrv8&list=PLmaw5c9zWx8Ctm4m5vX87zfCEC6t5wqxr&index=5
For the 2015-2016 school year, students in Grades 3-6 are required to bring recorders for music class during designated times.
Grades 2-8: Please bring a folder, color chart and your art case for EVERY music class! Also, be sure to remember your name tag for class as well!
Rehearsals will take place every Wednesday afternoon from 2:15-3:00pm in the IHM Chapel unless otherwise stated.
Important Dates for 2015-2016:
1/31/16- Catholic Schools Week Mass- 10:30AM St. Jane Frances de Chantal School, 4049 Hartley Avenue. Easton, PA 18045
Living Stations will be taking place with regular school liturgical choir this year. Therefore, if you're son or daughter is not able to participate in the Living stations performance, I would like an email or a written note saying so.
Rehearsal and performance dates are the following:
Wednesday, February 3rd- Choir Practice 2:15-3:00pm
Wednesday, February 10th- Choir Practice 2:15-3:00pm
Thursday, February 18th- Combined Living Stations practice 2:00-3:30
Thursday, February 25th- Combined Living Stations practice 2:00-3:30 (4pm if needed)
Thursday, March 3rd- Dress rehearsal Living stations practice 2:00-4:00pm
Wednesday, March 9th- CCD performance, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Friday, March 18th- School Performance, 12:30pm-1:45pm
Friday, March 18th- Parish Performance, 7:00pm (report by 6:40)
Again, please only send correspondence if you are NOT (excluding 8th grade) able to make the performances. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with everyone!
Rehearsals will take place every Thursday afternoon from 2:15-3:00pm in the IHM Chapel unless otherwise stated.
Important Dates for 2015-2016:
1/31/16- Catholic Schools Week Mass 10:30am, St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church, 4049 Hartley Ave. Easton, PA 18045
Grades K-2: we explore the sights and sounds of music, some songs will be integrated with basic literature books. Kindergarten discovers how the beat works, 1st grade we hear the differences between High and Low sounds. 2nd grade we start to learn about note names and values.
Grades 3-4: Third grade learns recorders this year! 4th grade explores the combination of putting instruments together with song and dance as well as furthering recorder practice.
Grades 5-6: Explore more advanced dance movements in compound meter as well as furthering recorder practice. Learning the basic theory of music and some concepts of music history.
Grades 7-8: Group work will be used often to explore creativity in more advanced music concepts. How does music play a role in today's society? Where does today's musical culture originate from?
Students will be required to submit a color chart at the end of the marking period. Grades are recorded at the end of each class based on classroom participation and behavior. The grades will be based on a spread that will look like this:
Red U (65%)
Orange N (70%)
Yellow I (75%)
Green S (80%)
Blue G (85%)
Purple VG (90%)
Silver O (95%)
Gold O (100%)
Absenteeism: if a student is absent I reflect grades based on the days present. Student MUST write on color chart under the specific date "A"
Class stones: Because music can be a group activity, class stones will still be award during class. A "card flip" award for each red gem (5 stones) the class earns.
**Notes will also be sent home to the parents of those who misbehave resulting in a zero for conduct that day. Please sign and place in music folder for the following music class.