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2016 Island County Music Festival

Hey Folsom Friends!

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

THE CHORUS

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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 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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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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1/2 Grade First Steps in Music Kindergarten

Hey Kindergarten, First, and Second Graders!

Look at what Ms. Kauffeld just found:

SINGING TUBES!!!
SINGING TUBES!!!

SO MANY SINGING TUBES!
You might remember this:
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But now we will have 9 singing tubes for SO MUCH MORE FUN!

I’ve found that when children listen to themselves sing in a singing tube they are able to focus and match pitch better, which is our most important goal of K-2 music class. PLUS IT’S SILLY AND FUN. YAY!!!

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Ms. Kauffeld’s Summer Part 1: Governor’s Institute on the Arts

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Maybe this dance looks familiar? This was my offering for the RA Show… I just can’t get away from Ogres.

Hi Folsom Musicians!!!

Wow can you believe we’re already half way through July?! It seems that summer is flying by… so that means I’ve got to get my first video to you! This is my fifth summer working at the Governor’s Institute on the Arts. For two weeks, high schoolers from all around Vermont come together to build a community centered around art. That means painting, drawing, sculpting, dancing, singing, acting, writing, playing instruments, designing lights and SO MUCH MORE. This video shows only a glimpse of what the two weeks is like. I would encourage you to check out their website: GIAofVT.com to find out a lot more, BECAUSE YOU ALL NEED TO GO WHEN YOU ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL. Okay. All for now. I’ve been receiving some FANTASTIC videos from you… but I’m thinking more must be on their way…

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PRESENTING…THE FOLSOM 2015 SPRING CONCERT!!!

Here ‘Tis Folks!

Send it to your family and friends that couldn’t make it!
Hooray for our wonderful musicians!