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Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

Flutes in Snow

Sometimes when you’re in school and it’s blizzarding, it makes you want to go out of school…with your flute.

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1/2 Grade

All I Want for Christmas Is You!

Aurelia has been learning the ukulele! We made this video a few weeks ago and finally I’ve had a chance to post it! Thanks to Hazel for jumping in on the Jingle bells and Mrs. McNayr for rocking the clarinet!

Wahoo!

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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade Giants In the Sky

For ALL TROLLS, Fluffy Kitty, Don Gato, and Serenity!!! Rehearsal Video!

I made this video to help you know WHEN to sing! Look for either “TROLL,” or “ALL” if you’re a first or second grader, otherwise look for your real name or character name!

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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade Giants In the Sky

Giants In the Sky Update! Rehearsal Photos!

FINALLY- Ms. Kauffeld is uploading photos! Thanks to Carolynn Brennan for opening up the library for Collective Costume Creation, here I sit on my laptop, typing with glue-y, glittery fingers, uploading photos while folks are busy at work creative Troll Gloves, capes, And MORE!
So here’s a glimpse of our rehearsals for “Giants in the Sky!” Most photos are from 3/4 Grade after school rehearsals, but you’ll see a few 1/2 grade shots! More pics to come!

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TROLL GLOVES!

Lucia is our Assistant Director this year and she is doing an incredible job! Here, she blocks two of the “Song Birds,” in their scene. Thanks to Kayla for being the photographer!

Our First and Second Grade Trolls in Mrs. Degree’s class practice Miming passing the enormous moon down the line!

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We are SOOOOO lucky this year to have Mrs. Banas choreographing a movement piece for our play! We chose Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” Kari created a dream-like sequence that depicts the Ogres growing tired of the Sun and the Moon and instead finding happiness in being entertained!

The dance is HARD. But the 3rd and 4th grade actors are doing a great job! You can practice at home with this youtube video!

Rehearsal videos to come soon! I’m switching to a new computer (yay for me!) but it’s taking a while to get the programs I use started up!
Keep up the great work! Learn those lines! Build those costumes!

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3/4 Grade Giants In the Sky Instrument Lessons

4th Grade Instrumental Instructional Video!

Our Fourth Grade instrumentalists will open our our play “Giants In the Sky” by performing one of the songs on their instruments!

Here is a video for them to learn their parts, please share it with them! Thank you!

AND- I want to apologize, I have footage from our auditions and some rehearsals that needs to be put online, I’ll work on it soon!!!

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5/6 General Music Middle School Band Middle School Chorus Middle School General Music

Important Info for Middle School re: Music Festivals

Hi Folsom Musician Families!

Happy New Year and welcome back from vacation! It’s been exciting to hear about the musical experiences your kiddos had over break, whether they went to see “Into the Woods,” received solo books for Christmas, or just spent great amounts of time playing their instruments and singing!

I want to let you know about two important and exciting events that are fast approaching. Both of these experience allow our students to perform at a high level that comes with playing and singing in a bigger group of musicians. Attending these festivals better prepares our students for a typical high school music ensemble experience. (I am still friends with musicians I met at music festivals in middle school!)

The Island County Music Festival will take place on March 4th and 5th  at Grand Isle School. This is a chance for musicians from all island schools to come together to form one band and one chorus under two excellent directors from other VT schools! Students are able to participate in BOTH band and chorus. March 4th, a Wednesday, will be the band rehearsal day, and Thursday will be the chorus rehearsal day. Thursday’s rehearsal is followed by a band dress rehearsal and a joint concert that evening at 5:30 pm at Grand Isle, families should plan to attend as 1. There is no return transportation for that evening and 2. The work they put in and the music they create is remarkable!

While I’m not requiring that our Middle School Chorus and Band members attend this festival it is highly encouraged and it would be a shame if a student missed this great opportunity. Last year we had 100% participation, let’s keep up the tradition!

The District Music Festival will take place on March 27th and 28th at Missisquoi Valley High School. Students, sadly, must choose between participating in the 6th-7th grade band or the 5th-8th grade chorus. This festival is for students who are looking for an extra challenge and a chance to perform with the top musicians from all the middle schools in our Music District. It is two days of hard work, but the end result is stunning.  I believe the concert will be at 2pm on Saturday the 28th at MVU, I will confirm on a permission form that will come home soon. I will be collecting names of students who are interested in participating in the District Festival this Thursday and Friday, if possible, please look at your family calendars to see if these dates are doable for your family at this point.

**We travel as a group to both festivals, and home after the first day of rehearsal, but with both festivals students need to have transportation home AFTER the concert.

As always, call, text, or write with any questions! (802) 380-9291 karkauf@gisu.org

Thank you so much, I am thrilled to have the chance to bring our musicians into the bigger music world!