September 25, 2006
Our 6th grade general music classes worked all last week on their composer group reports. They went to the Media Center and used the computers to search the web for information as well as typed their reports. They got a lot of experience on the computers. We will share them Monday and Tuesday of this week with the class. I can't wait to hear what you have found out about your composer. This counts as a major project grade. Thanks for your hard work.
Posted by Smith at 02:35 PM
Tuesday, September 26th we are rehearsing in the chorus room at 8:15 a.m. Auditions for the solos was last Friday but if you missed it you may audition at the beginning of class if you are on time.
Posted by Smith at 02:27 PM
Our Disney Trip is a "go" for the spring.
Those students that filled out your surveys and returned them with a "yes, I'm going" need to have their payments in by the following dates.
Our payments are due to the Travel Agency on October 15th; November 15th; February 1st and March 1st for the final amounts.
Therefore, it will be important that you turn in your installment payments by the following dates in order for us to cut a check to the Travel Agency in time.
Turn in money dates:
Please submit 1st payment by Oct. 5th: $110 for students $200 for chaperones
Please submit second payment by Nov. 5th: $110 for students and chaperones
Please submit 3rd payment by Jan. 20th: Students TBA based on cheesecake and candle profits;
$168.00 chaperones (Chaperones will room 2 to a room instead of 4, thus the cost difference.)
We are basing the cost of $435 per student on 4 to a room. If there are a few rooms of 3 or 2 the cost per student will go up slightly to cover that. When we know the total number of boys and girls from Simpson MS chorus that will be added to our group we will let you know. They will sing with the chorus and help to fill up the busses.
Please make all check trip payments out to "Mabry MS" and mark it "Chorus Disney Trip" if you are just a choral student and "Orchestra Disney Trip" if you are just an orchestra student. Those that do both chorus and orchestra mark "Orchestra Disney Trip".This will greatly help the bookkeeper.
Your child was given the payment schedule amounts and a the total trip itinery and cost breakdown today. Check their bookbags. The due dates are to the Travel Agency so the above turn in will help us meet these deadlines.
If you have any questions please contact Chris Doemel or myself via email. Chris.Doeme@cobbk12.org or Irene.Smith@cobbk12.org
Posted by Smith at 11:23 AM
September 20, 2006
ANY MABRY SINGER THAT WANTS TO AUDITION FOR A FIRST CONCERT SOLO PLEASE MEET IN THE CHORUS ROOM THIS FRIDAY, SEPT. 22ND AT 8:15 IN THE MORNING. I'LL MEET YOU AT THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL.
WE WILL HAVE ALL STATE PRACTICE THURSDAY, SEPT. 21ST AT 8:15 A.M. IN THE CHORUS ROOM. BRING YOUR MUSIC, CD, AND SIGHTREADING MATERIAL WITH YOU TO THE REHEARSAL. SEE YOU THEN.
September 13, 2006
We are in the process of writing a musical coded letter to our favorite teacher. The classes have learned the names of the lines and spaces of the treble clef and are applying these to their letters. After they are finished and graded they will be given out to their teachers.
Posted by Smith at 04:24 PM
September 12, 2006
I gave out project sheets yesterday to all students. These projects (choose one of those listed below) will be due on Monday, October 2nd. Do not procrastinate as I have given you 3 weeks to get this completed. No excuses! I am really looking forward to seeing your creativity and hearing about your research.
1. Design a shadowbox depicting a scene from a broadway musical or play. (Not a movie) Lable all parts of the stage and be prepared to explain the scene from the musical you chose.
2. Research a writer of a musical, opera or play such as Lerner and Lowe, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondhiem, Richard Wagner. (2 pages double spaced and 14 font)
3. Collect articles and write a summary for each about things happening in theater or on broadway today. (Newspapers, magazines, and internet resources.) 10 articles will give you a low A.
4. Research a famous actor or actress of your choice reporting on his/her family background, childhood, acting career and awards. (2 pages, double spaced and 14 font)
5. Watch a musical other than Oliver, The Music Man or Westside Story and write a full report on the main characters, plot, storyline, conflicts/resolutions and whether or not you would recommend this musical as a must to see. (2 pages, double spaced 14 font)
This is a major project grade!
Posted by Smith at 04:32 PM
I will hold solo or small group auditions on Friday morning, September 22nd at 8:15 in the chorus room. If you would like to audition for one of the solos for the first concert this will be the day to do it. See you then.
Posted by Smith at 04:30 PM
My next help session for those signed up to do All State Chorus will be this Thursday, September 14th at 8:15 a.m. in the chorus room. Bring your music, CD and sightreading sheets to the practice. See you there. Remember All State first audition is the 2nd weekend in October.
Posted by Smith at 04:27 PM
September 11, 2006
Attention to those that completed the survey on the Disney Trip. Please hold off on making your first payment of $100 until further notice. We are in the process of getting the trip approved by the county and cannot collect any money until this is completed. Thanks for your patience. We do have enough students to be able to take the trip this year. Please check my blog for updates.
Posted by Smith at 02:43 PM
September 08, 2006
We reviewed yesterday for our test on the Human Voice Unit that is today. The test covers posture, tone production, diction and the parts of a mixed chorus. If your child studied with you last night and you signed their notes he/she will receive extra credit. Our next unit will be on reading a musical score. I will use games to reinforce the learning of the lines and spaces as well as the note and rest values. We will then move on to playing musical instruments. These two classes have been a pleasure to teach as they are all eager to learn.
September 07, 2006
Our first practice went well. We reviewed our song, scales and did some sight-reading in preparation for the first audition.
Next Thursday we will meet again at 8:15 in the chorus room. You need to be working hard on all of these things as the first audition is the second week in October.
We are having lots of fun learning the names of the lines and spaces of the Treble Clef by playing musical games for reinforcement. This week we will add the bass clef lines and spaces. We will be writing a poem in musical code using our knowledge learned these past two weeks.
September 05, 2006
Attention students that have paid their $15 registration fee for All State Chorus. The registration fee deadline is today, September 5th. I will hold a special rehearsal for those of you that have registered to audition for All State Chorus.
Meet me in the chorus room at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, September 7th.
I'll come to the theater to get you.
I will try to hold a rehearsal each Thursday, either morning or afternoon. Watch my blog for postings. Bring your music, CD and sightreading examples that I gave you in your packet. We will be working on these things. You need to practice hard as this audition is the toughest of the two. See you on Thursday morning.
Posted by Smith at 11:18 AM