Good luck finding a seven year-old who isn’t fascinated by animals! So imagine the excitement…
One of the highlights of the year for Lower School music students is inviting their parents to attend a Spring Showcase. Recently, General Music sections in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades and grade level chorus and instrumental ensembles in 4th and 5th grades welcomed parents into the music classroom for a demonstration of what they have learned this year.
“The goal of the Spring Showcases,” explains Music Department Chair Alethea Mallia, “is to highlight our music curriculum and give students practice in music performance standards.” It is also a chance for students to participate with peers and perform before a warm and welcoming audience.
Students in 1st and 2nd grades performed folk songs from around the world that supported singing in tune, keeping a steady beat, and feeling joy through music. Students in 3rd grade held a Recorder Karate belting ceremony, performing songs on the recorder and celebrating each student individually. Music students in 4th and 5th grades performed in their ensemble groups in Recorder, Band, or Orchestra, and also took time to recognize individual student accomplishments. Parents were able to enjoy an assortment of warm up songs, exercises, and improvisations by students as well. It was easy to feel the excitement from students as they welcomed a live audience of family and friends, performed together as classmates, and celebrated a shared love of music.