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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade 5/6 General Music 7th Grade Kindergarten Uncategorized

2016 Folsom K-4 Presents “Peter Pan!”

DSC_0585Thanks to the Tremble family for this beautiful picture, more to come! (If you have pics you’d like to share on the blog, let me know!)

It’s here finally, our 2016 production of J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.”
I feel so grateful to so many people- the incredible families who brought snacks, made costumes, helped with rehearsals, brought in props, helped build sets, delivered and picked up kiddos to and from rehearsals and SO. MUCH. MORE.
I’m also so grateful and indebted to the team of Middle Schoolers who worked on this show. From our wonderful Assistant Director Holly, to our brilliant Set Designer Kayla, to our very competent Running Crew, and our extremely talented Pit Band. WOW. How can I say thank you enough? Is it okay to ask you all to never graduate? Or at least ask you to make sure you train the folks coming up the ranks?

Thank you to Dylan Degree for filming our production, please share with your loved ones who couldn’t make it to our show.

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Middle School Band Middle School Chorus Middle School General Music Middle School Musical Uncategorized

Anything Goes!

Hey Folks!

We (Gina and I,) are working as quickly as possible to get the Middle School production of “Anything Goes,” up and running. Today I met with a great group of 4th-8th graders to help them get familiar with some of the tunes. If you couldn’t attend today, do not fear. I will have another session Friday at recess and Friday after school until 4 (there is no late bus so plan accordingly.)

Auditions will be Monday March 21 and Tuesday March 22 after school. I don’t have an end time yet. More to come.

Middle School Musical FAQ-

  1. Can 4th graders be in the production?
    Yes! When making this decision to be involved please know that the time commitment is much more extensive than for the K-4 play, and these students are asked to really up their maturity and responsibility levels!
  2. What if I have some after school commitments?
    Join us! We have folks who take dance classes, play a sport a few times a week, have mentoring, and more. With this in mind, if you are available for less time to rehearse, it may mean that you are on stage less, but we’d really love to have you! When we get into the final weeks before the play students and families are asked to prioritize rehearsals and miss their other activities.
  3. Is it possible to be in the play but not sing on stage?
    Yes! The beauty of a show like “Anything Goes!” is that there’s room for all types on involvement. Join us!
  4. What about lights/sound/crew?
    More info to come… but… Join us!
  5. How do I prepare for auditions?
    It’s all about the YouTube. Here are the songs you should listen to:
    Girls: Blow Gabriel Blow, All Through the Night, I Get a Kick Out of You
    Boys: Be Like the Blue Bird, All Through the Night, Friendship

 

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Instrument Lessons Middle School Band Uncategorized

District Wind Ensemble Listening

Hey Wind Ensemble Members-

PLEASE listen to the three pieces for the festival. This music is HARD. Learning these tunes in a short amount of time will be SOOOO much easier if you listen. Listen with your music in front of you and follow your part.

  1. West Side Story:

2. Appalachian Morning:

3. Atlantis: The Lost Continent

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Middle School Chorus Uncategorized

Get Well Soon, Grammie!

A message from the Middle School Chorus for Grammie. We miss you!

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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade First Steps in Music Kindergarten Uncategorized

Wolfie!

We’ve got a new friend in the Music Room!
Meet Wolfie!

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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade 5/6 General Music 7th Grade First Steps in Music Middle School Band Middle School Chorus Middle School General Music

Music Update Nov 20

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I think we’re all ready for a little time to rest up during Thanksgiving break. I know I’m looking forward to having time to update the blog, I’ve really been slacking this year!

For now, let me make sure you have these VERY IMPORTANT dates in your calendars!

FOLSOM K-4 MUSIC NIGHT!
When? Wednesday December 2nd, 6pm.
 
Where? The Folsom Gym
 
Who? All Kindergarten through Fourth grade students
 
What should we wear?  Something festive!
 
Why?
    We want to share what we’ve been working on this year with you! This will be an evening of showing you some of the different activities we do in our music classes. We’ll even get you up and moving around with us! We’re excited to hold an evening with a different feel than a typical “concert,” and instead we’ll simulate a giant music class!

 

FOLSOM MIDDLE SCHOOL WINTER CONCERT!

When? Friday December 11th, 6pm.

Where? The Grand Folsom Concert Hall

(On other occasions it’s known as the Gym)

Who? The Middle School Band, Chorus, Select Band, and small ensembles.

What should we wear?  Something festive! (No jeans, sweatpants, teeshirts)

Why?

We want to share what we’ve been working on this year with you! Performing for an audience is an important part of becoming a musician. However it’s not the most important part. We wish we could share all that we do during our Band and Chorus rehearsals with you, but on this evening you will get to hear just a few pieces that we’ve been crafting so far this year.

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Middle School Band

Select Band Pieces-Please Listen!

Hello Middle School Select Band Members!

So sorry we had to miss our first rehearsal this morning. In the coming week I’d like you to listen to the two pieces we’ll begin with. Remember, select band will only meet for 25 minutes once a week. This means that you’ll need to be putting in significant work outside of school on this music. You’ll be doing yourself a BIG favor if you get to know this pieces by listening a few times before we meet on Tuesday!

The first piece: Celtic Air and Dance No. 2 by Michael Sweeney.
This is a collection of Folk Tunes. Some of you may recognize “Danny Boy,” which we sang in District Chorus two years ago. ENJOY!

The second piece is the Peter Gunn Theme by Henry Mancini. This is a jazz tune that I played in middle school jazz band. It’s so groovy.

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1/2 Grade First Steps in Music

First Steps in Music: Vocal Exploration: Yarn Shapes

As part of John Feierabend’s “First Steps in Music” curriculum, we explore all the different sounds our voices can make. In first and second grade we’ve been using yarn shapes to sing in our head voices. These head-voice muscles have to be developed over time, so the more singing in our head voices we can do, the better! Have your child teach you how to sing a shape using any kind of string at home! Enjoy!

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Blues Band Middle School General Music

Presenting the Folsom Blues Band: 12 Bar Boomwhackers Blues!

The new Folsom Blues Band met for the second time this week. We’re learning the standard 12 Bar Blues chord progression in C Major. For those of you that play an instrument that can play chords, (Maybe piano? Maybe guitar? Maybe Ukulele?) This progression is:

C|C|C|C|
F|F|C|C|
G7|F|C|C|

(4 beats in each measure, 12 measures. Have fun!)

We’ve learned this progression on the Boomwhackers which you’ll see in this video, and on the xylophones, which actually sounds like really beautiful blues! We’ve been working on getting a bluesy drum beat going on using hand drums- which has been challenging. Next week we’ll keep plugging away on the drum pattern and start using the guitar and piano as well!
GO TEAM!
Enjoy this debut video of the Trimester 1 Folsom Blues Band!

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Middle School Band Middle School Chorus

Welcome Back Middle School Families!

Hello Folsom Families!

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I’m writing to fill you in on the exciting happenings in the music program! We’re off to a great start this year, we have many students enrolled in band and chorus and the enthusiasm in both groups is contagious. ALL middle school students are welcome to join chorus or begin learning an instrument-it’s never too late! If your child begins studying a new instrument this year they won’t play in the band right away, we’ll get them to a comfortable playing level and then they’ll jump in!

Middle School Band meets on Monday and Fridays during the school days. If your child is studying an instrument they also will have one lesson a week on a three-week rotation. I will send home the lesson schedules once they are set in stone. My recommendation is that most students should leave their instruments at school from Monday to Friday and bring them home over the weekend. The exception being if your child has private lessons during the week, or there is an expectation that they be practicing at home on school nights. My expectation is that if they aren’t practicing at home on school nights, (even 10 minutes a few days a week makes a difference!), they are coming in before school 7:30-7:50 to practice in the music room a few times a week. This year my room is open every morning, so come on in!

Middle School Chorus meets on Wednesdays during school and Thursdays after school until 3:50. There will be a late bus in October, but until then students will need to be picked up.

Students in both groups will have the opportunity to participate in the Island County Music Festival and District Music Festival as well as other performance opportunities that pop up more locally. My philosophy in teaching band and chorus is that they are not ensembles where we are always preparing for a concert. My goals for each are around inspiring musicians who can listen music with a deeper understanding, who create musical ideas and can produce them with their instrument or voice, who work well in a musical community and support each other, and can learn to create a practice ritual. I am working to inspire humans who, when they are adults, feel comfortable singing with their families, or dancing at weddings. Music is much more than yearly concerts, and I hope to show more about how we CREATE music this year, than showing that we are able to play a lot of concert repertoire. (Though that IS a highly important skill and I look forward to diving into the new pieces I’ve picked out for this year!)

Please get in touch with me if you have questions about instrument rentals, buying an instrument, rehearsal times, or anything else! My email is karkauf@gisu.org and phone number is (802) 380-9291.

Thank you so much for your support of the music program I’m greatly looking forward to the year ahead!

Karlie Kauffeld