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August 31, 2006

8th grade General Music Class

We have presented some really clever pantomime scenes this week as we begin to wrap up this unit. There is a test on pantomime components Friday, September 1st. Be sure to study your notes. This class has a lot of cute personalities that have made for some creative pantomimes. Keep up the good work.
Mrs. Smith

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MABRY SINGERS WILL REHEARSE ON THE TUESDAY AFTER LABOR DAY

Yes, we will be rehearsing the Tuesday you come back next week so mark your calendar to be here at 8:15 a.m.
Have a wonderful 3 day weekend and I will see you on Tuesday at the front of the school.
Mrs. Smith

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August 29, 2006

8th Grade Gen. Music/Drama Class

This class did a fabulous job today of creating different working machines using 4-5 students in each group. This was a fun pantomime activity and each machine was guessed by the class. We had great team cooperation today and used some good pantomime skills. Remember that you will have a pantomime quiz this Friday. Study ahead of time.
Mrs. Smith

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8th Grade Gen. Music/Drama Class

This class did a fabulous job today of creating different working machines using 4-5 students in each group. This was a fun pantomime activity and each machine was guessed by the class. We had great team cooperation today and used some good pantomime skills. Remember that you will have a pantomime quiz this Friday. Study ahead of time.
Mrs. Smith

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August 25, 2006

Choruses

We are off to a great start. All chorus classes took a basic theory quiz today of the things that we have covered in sightreading these past two weeks. I have some really good sightreaders this year.

We have been learning about good choral posture, using our diaphragm for good breath support, singing with tall vowels, Latin pronunciation, blending when singing as an ensemble, and clear diction. This is an on-going process to improve the quality of each individual voice and the group as a whole.

Our song literature includes some Latin pieces, pop oldies, and lyrical texts. Each type of literature requires a different style of singing which we are learning in class.

Each student will be keeping track of his/her behavior with a rubric sheet for each week. This will go home to be signed at the 4 1/2 week point and again at the end of the 9 week period. Conduct cuts will be noted on these sheets as a part of a student's behavior grade. The 8th grade Disney Trip surveys have been handed out and each student is to return them by the middle of next week so that we can determine if we have enough students going to make the trip cost efficient. Remember that their fund raiser individual profits for this year can go toward the trip payments.

Posted by Smith at 11:07 AM

August 22, 2006

7th & 8th grade Choruses

We are off to a great start with both of our chorus classes. We are in the process of learning how to sightread and choosing the songs we want to work on for our first fall concert. I am happy to see so many new faces in chorus. You all are wonderfull additions to the class.
I am also very proud to announce our officers for this year's choruses. They are:
7th Grade
Co-President is Yara E.
Secretary is Morgan C.
Treasurer is Rachel O.
Librarian is Rebecca B.
Historian is Lauren T.
8th Grade
President is Katlyn K.
Secretary is Adrianne M.
Treasurer is Darion H.S.
Librarians are Westly H.R. and Samantha M.
They are already hard at work and doing a fantastic job!

Posted by Smith at 05:05 PM

General Music Classes

My general music classees are off to a great start.
In 8th grade Drama/Musical Theater we have learned the parts of the stage and 20 vocabulary words concerning the stage and stage directions. Our first quiz was last week and our vocabulary test is this Friday, August 25th. Make sure that you study.

In 7th grade we are discovering how to sing and speak correctly, use our diaphragm and make sure that we have good posture. Today we learned about good breath support and what it does for our voice. We will have a pop quiz at the end of the week to check on our progress. You should have your notebook, paper and pencil in class every day for note taking. We are also doing some singing and they really sound great. If you are a parent you may remember the song "Hang on Sloopy" and "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini". We're having fun learning them. Keep up the good work.
Mrs. Smith

Posted by Smith at 04:58 PM

Mabry Singers 6th Grade Chorus begins soon!

Our Mabry Singers 6th grade before school chorus will begin next Tuesday, August 29th for its first rehearsal. We will also have donut day at our first meeting. Make sure that you have signed up on the signup sheet located outside my chorus room. (Otherwise I won't have enough donuts.)I can't wait to meet you all and hear your marvelous voices!!! See you then.
Mrs. Smith

Posted by Smith at 04:55 PM

August 21, 2006

Mabry Chorus

Watch this video podcast about our chorus and musical production.

Posted by Smith at 08:06 AM

August 17, 2006

Mabry Singers

I am so excited to see so many students signed up to be in the Mabry Singers Chorus. Don't forget that our first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, August 29th at 8:15 a.m. in the chorus room. I'll pick you up from the theater that day. If you haven't signed up as yet come by the chorus room and take an information sheet. See you then.
Mrs. Smith

Posted by Smith at 04:53 PM

August 15, 2006

ALL GENERAL MUSIC CLASSES & CHORUS CLASSES

DON'T FORGET TO BRING A NOTEBOOK OR FOLDER EACH DAY TO CLASS WITH PAPER, A PEN OR PENCIL AND YOUR SYLLABUS SIGNED. YOU MAY PLACE THESE IN THE BIN WITH YOUR CLASS NAME ON IT IN THE BACK OF THE CHORUS ROOM.

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August 07, 2006

All State Chorus and Honor Chorus Information

If you are a 7th or 8th grader you may want to audition for the 2006 Honor Chorus or 2007 All State Chorus in Savannah, Georgia. You may pick up an informational letter explaining the expectations of both groups. There is a deadline for registration fees due in September. You also have an audition process explained in the letter. See me if interested.
All State Registration fee of $15 is due to the school by 9/5/06 (Please place a check or correct cash in a white envelope and fill in All State Chorus Audition #1) All State auditions are 10/14 & 1/20/07. All State Weekend is February 22-24, 2007 in Savannah, Georgia.
Honor Chorus Registration is $35 for those that pass the audition for Mrs. Smith. Mark your white envelope for "Honor Chorus" and place the correct cash or check in the envelope. Your permission form needs to be returned to Mrs. Smith. Honor Chorus dates include November 9th (night rehearsal) and November 10th (day and evening rehearsal/performance at 7:30 p.m. at a local place TBA.
These are wonderful extra curricular activities that will leave a lasting impression on your musical experiences.

Posted by Smith at 05:17 PM

Welcome back 7th & 8th Grade Choruses

Welcome back! I hope that you all had a wonderful summer. If you signed up for chorus but it is not on your schedule please see me as there may be a mistake in the scheduling. For those of you that are band/chorus or orchestra/chorus students you will be taking band or orchestra and health the first 9 weeks. After that you will be in chorus for the remainder of the year. Should you desire to participate in Honor Chorus or All State you must see me when school starts to get the information letter and meet the registration deadline. Once you miss the deadline cutoff it will be too late to participate. I have a letter in the chorus room explaining everything. Mr. Doemel and I are also planning on taking a chorus/orchestra trip to Orlando if we get enough students to participate. We will be sending home a survey at the beginning of the year to check on interest. The trip will be late April and your fund raiser money can go toward the trip payments. If you are a parent and would like to chaperone the tentative trip there will be a place on the survey for you to check. I'm looking forward to a terrific year with some pretty amazing and talented students. 8th grade chorus will also be deciding on whether or not they want to put on a musical in the spring. Anyone interested in a leading role needs to see me this fall, especially if you are in health class the first nine weeks so that I know that you are interested. See you all on August 14th.

Posted by Smith at 05:06 PM

Welcome 6th Grade

Welcome new 6th graders. I want to invite you to join our Mabry Singers Chorus. Please stop by the chorus room to sign up for this chorus. We will begin our first rehearsal on August 29th at 8:15 a.m. in the chorus room. I will meet you in the front of the school. Have a great first week. I can't wait to meet you all.

Posted by Smith at 03:42 PM

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