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Music News: May 2013

Please join us for our concert on Tuesday, May 21st at 3:30 in the gymnasium, as Honey Creek presents “Gotta Be Jazz.” In this show K-5 students will be taking us on a journey through the history of jazz music. It will be a great opportunity to learn some fun facts about jazz and enjoy awesome music. Band and choir students will also be performing some exciting songs, including “Selections from the Hobbit”, and “Danny Boy.” Band and choir students will need to wear black pants and white shirts. Elementary students do not need any special costumes, but it is great when they are able to dress up a little bit. We look forward to performing for you on May 21st! Hope to see you there!

Music News: March 2013

With all this crazy weather lately it’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner, but we aren’t going to let the winter blues affect our music making. The K-1’s have been learning about movement and music. They were able to play their new favorite game, Freeze Dance last week and this week we worked on movement with solfege hand sign singing. The 2-3’s and 4-5’s are coming to a close with the recorder unit. They all sound so wonderful on the recorder I sometimes wonder if the students have been replaced by professional recorder players! Band 1 students have been learning many new notes and I will be handing out songs for our concert in the coming weeks. Band 2 students will also be working on songs for our concert in the coming weeks as well as continuing to work on intonation and tuning as a group. The choir students received their first concert songs this week and are already really excited about their songs. One thing that I began this year in my classroom is the Composer Spotlight. Every month, I pick a composer and put up some facts on a bulletin board about that composer that they may not have already known. This month’s composer is John Philip Sousa. I won’t share his whole life story with you, but one fun fact you may not know is that he was known as the “March King.” He wrote 136 different marches including Sempre Fidelis, the official song of the United States Marine Corps.

Music News: February 2013

Music classes at Honey Creek sure are making some beautiful sounds! The K-1’s are learning about music and movement as well as identifying ta, ti-ti, rest, and So, Mi, Do singing. This past week in the words of one K-1 student, “It was da bomb,” as they got to play small hand instruments for the first time. They can now identify a hand drum, tambourine, triangle, claves, and wood block. 2-3 and 4-5 students are working on learning to play recorders. This week 2-3 students learned a G and are going to be able to play everyone’s favorite, “Hot Cross Buns”. 4-5 students have sailed passed the first three notes and are about to learn C and D. They are sounding wonderful and are so excited to play. Band 1 students are continuing to work through the lesson book and learn even more difficult music. This week they are learning the Mexican Hat Dance which is always a favorite tune. Band 2 students are working on playing together as a band and developing a good middle school band sound. We are concentrating our efforts on scales and warm-ups, and the brass players are practicing chop builders to help them reach the higher notes. Choir students have just begun a new semester with new students. They just had voice placements and this week will begin reading music and working toward part singing and sounding like a choir.

Music News: December 2012

Join Honey Creek Community School on December 13th at 3:30 as we present Dig It! A Musical Tale of Ancient Civilizations. Travel back in time and join inquisitive archeologists, Taki and Tut, and their fossil friend, Lucy, as they explore the wonders of ancient civilization. From the farm laborers of early Mesopotamia and Egyptian mummies who “rap” to a chorus of Ancient Greeks and Romulus and Remus who dream of building a great city.


If your student is in band or choir please have them wear black pants and a white shirt. If your student is in the elementary concert please have them dress nicely. We look forward to performing a great show for you and hope to see you there!

Music News: November 2012

The music room has been very active lately. In K-1 we have been learning and singing folk songs. They have been applying movement with these songs and have been working on matching pitch. They are all developing some excellent singing voices. The 2-3 students are studying instruments of the orchestra. We read one of our favorite music books “The Composer is Dead” by Limony Snicket. We are also now creating our own pop-up orchestra. When they are finished they will have their own little orchestra to bring home. The 4-5  students are still studying composers and learning some wonderful things about music history. Band 1 students are very excited to  finally be playing together as a large group. We are still learning how to play together, but when we work together we sound great! Band 2 students are finished reviewing concepts from last year, and this week will be receiving the first sheet music for our December concert. Choir students have been working on sight singing skills and refreshing our memory of reading music. They will also receive their first sheet music this week. We hope to see you all at our upcoming concert on December 13th at 3:30.

Music News: October 2012

We are off to a great start in music classes this year. 4-5 classes have been studying great composers and have learned much about Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi. In the coming weeks they will be studying Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. 2-3 classes have been reviewing instruments of the orchestra. Last week we created Wanted posters for the different instruments. Look for these to be hung up outside the cafeteria soon. K-1 classes have been learning about the music of John Denver, including his songs, Take Me Home Country Roads, Sunshine on My Shoulders, and Grandma’s Feather Bed. Through these songs we have studied beat, movement, vocal development, writing skills, and listening. Band 1 students have just begun learning their instruments in small groups. Most of them know how to put together their instruments and can play the first three notes. They’ve also learned whole notes, whole rests, treble/bass clef, and time signature. In about two weeks we will begin playing together as a large band. Band 2 students have been reviewing what they learned last year. We will continue to develop those skills throughout the year using our band book and band  music. Choir students have been working on developing good vocal technique. We’ve been working from our sight singing books to develop skills in music reading and  soon will get our first sheet of choir music. We are looking forward to a great year in music!

Music News: June 2012

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to attend our Spring Performance. It was a wonderful show and the students did a fantastic job. We have learned so much in all the music classes this year and the bands and choir have created such beautiful music.  I would like to remind any student borrowing an instrument from the school, that it needs to be returned to me for summer maintenance and storage. I would also like to invite the parents of next year’s fifth grade students to the beginning band meeting on the first day of school next year, Tuesday, September 4th at 12:00 pm. A representative from Marshall Music will be present to speak about the instrument rental process. Recently, these upcoming fifth grade students had the opportunity to try-out band instruments and pick their top three favorites. I will be emailing these parents with their students’ selection a week prior to the meeting so they can discuss instrument choices and be prepared for the meeting. If you have any questions please contact me at kgates@hc.wash.k12.mi.us I wish everyone a fun summer and remember to practice your instruments!   

Music Notes: May 2012

      Please join us on Tuesday, May 22nd at 3:30pm in the Honey Creek gym as K-5 music classes present: “It’s Easy Being Green!” During the K-5 section of the concert the students will be singing songs that feature small things you can do every day to help save our planet.  If possible please have your student(s) wear a green colored shirt OR a shirt that has a message about saving the environment (recycle, save the planet, go green).

The 5th grade and middle school bands and the middle school choir will also be performing at the concert. These students will need to wear a white shirt and black pants like they did for the winter performance. We hope you can join of on May 22nd and look forward to presenting a wonderful program.

Music News: April 2012

     The month of April means that it is concert preparation time in all music, band and choir classes. When the students return from break we will be digging deeper into all of our songs for choir and the bands, and learning our songs in the K-5 music classes. Please note that the concert date has been changed and is now on Tuesday, May 22nd at 3:30. We look forward to putting on a wonderful show for everyone. Stay tuned for the May HBoN to discover what this concert’s theme will be.

Music News: March 2012

    This month in music class, we will be wrapping up all the units we have been working on and begin reviewing all the concepts we have learned since the beginning of the school year.

The 2-3 and 4-5 classes did a fantastic job with the recorders and learned a lot about music notation and music theory.

This week both of the bands and the choir will begin working on music for our concert coming up in May. I will reveal the theme of this year’s spring concert in the May edition of Honey Bunches of Notes. Until then we will be working hard to prepare for a wonderful afternoon of entertainment.