Hi Folks! Thanks to our fantastic Library and Media Specialist Mr. Fouts, we now have a beautiful and *AUDIBLE* video of the 3rd and 4th grade production of “The Stories and Characters of Shel Silverstein”
I am so excited to be able to share this with you, and allow you to share it with loved ones who couldn’t join us that evening!
To share the link to the video copy and paste this: https://drive.google.com/file/d/163j6jMuUSrDzM62IFx3_YZneTNlitxy_/view?usp=sharing
Otherwise, feel free to share this blog with them! Go ahead and skip to 11 minutes in to pass by the curtain speech and beginning thank yous.
This is a blogging website so on the “Homepage” you will see updates from Ms. Kauffeld for ALL Folsom Families. But if you’re here to find YOUR music work, look on the top right of the page for your grade’s PAGE.
Middle School Music Update:
5th-8th grade students will have a CHOICE of which type of assignment they will complete each week. You only need to do ONE thing, but feel free to do as many as you like.
-“music class” assignment: activities requiring you to submit a response by email to KK -Chorus assignment: Weekly singing prompt, send a recording to KK -Band assignment: Complete on SmartMusic -Instrument lesson with KK: sign up each week on schedule
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All my love my wonderful musicians! I miss you so!
Welcome back! I hope you all had exciting summers! I had a blast camping with you all last week and am ready to get into the Folsom Music Groove. Here’s what you need to know for the 2016-17 Folsom Music Program:
*Our Middle School Chorus is a 5-8th grade group who loves to sing together. We sing a variety of music from rounds, to our own arrangement of pop songs, to folk music from other countries. We also play a lot of games that bring us together as a chorus community. We will perform in at least two concerts, as well as popping up here and there with a song to share. Students will participate in the Island County Music Festival and have the option to participate in the District Music Festival. We rehearse Wednesdays from 3-3:50 (there will be a late bus beginning in a few weeks. Soccer Coaches are aware of our rehearsals and we are working together to make it work for all students,) and Friday during the school day.
*Our Middle School Band is 5th-8th graders who love to play music together. We will play marches, movie themes, slow songs, fast songs, songs with stories, songs from other countries, AND we will learn music just by ear, AND we will MAKE STUFF UP. Students will participate in the Island County Music Festival and have the option to participate in the District Music Festival. The 5th and 6th graders rehearse on Mondays, the 5th-8th graders rehearse Thursdays, and the 7th and 8th graders rehearse Fridays.
*Our Select Band called The Raz MaTazz is an auditioned band open to 6th-8th graders. If you were in the Raz MaTazz last year you do not need to re-audition. We do have a few spots open for new members. This group is for students who are looking for more challenging music AND are able to arrive at school by 7:25 on Tuesday Mornings. During the Spring we begin playing more Jazz and hope to perform at the Burlington Jazz Fest in June.
PRACTICING: Did your instrument grow some mold this summer because it remained in its case in a dark closet for multiple months? Okay. No worries. It’s a new year. The music room will be open Every Morning at 7:25 except Tuesday for students to come in and practice. It is expected that every student bring their instrument home over the weekend to practice. We are a middle school band, that means that we DO need family encouragement to practice. Thank you in advance for showing your child that you value music and the work they are doing.
Never played an instrument? Never sang in chorus? This is your year. It’s not too late to begin either of these things. Jump right into chorus, and let’s get you started on an instrument.
PLEASE contact Ms. Kauffeld if you’re interested in beginning an instrument! firstname.lastname@example.org (802) 380-9291 Thank you SO much for bringing music to our Folsom community! Spread the word! Take a risk! Try something NEW!
I hope you’re having busy, creative, sunny, and fun summers-I miss you all!
I’m in the middle of my two-week performing arts camp in southern VT so I’ve been playing a lot of trombone, teaching a lot of music, playing a lot of improv games, blocking scenes, and doing character work with 5th-8th graders. And while that’s super fun for me to be down here with these kiddos, it makes me even more excited to come back to you in the fall!
So- you’ve got a month-ish before school starts! Get those instruments out! Play, sing, dance! And here’s a treat for your inspiration!
On March 22nd and 23rd thirty-two of our middle school musicians traveled to Alburgh to take part in the Island County Music Festival. Andy Gagnon from Stowe Middle School conducted the band, and Melissa Towle from Colchester High School conducted the chorus. Folsom set an outstanding example musically and as students in another school. The days were long, and our students were tired, but their handwork paid off because the concert sounded fantastic. Ms. Kauffeld is so proud and thankful for all of their help during the two days, we look forward to hosting the festival at Folsom next year! THE BAND
Thanks 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.
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-
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!
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.
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!
What about lights/sound/crew?
More info to come… but… Join us!
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