CN Festival Audition Materials

Here are materials for audition preparation for the CN music festival. A reminder that auditions will be held after school on Thursday, April 27th. Students must prepare the first verse and chorus of “Inscription of Hope” and the audition must be memorized. We have provided a recording on youtube to use as you prepare. Also, attached to this post is sheet music and lyrics for the song. We look forward to hearing everyone’s audition!

Inscription of Hope-Stroope


April 2017

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

In the month of March, students got a great start to our Spring Folk Music program. In K4, K5, 5th and 6th grades, we have learned two new folk dances and songs to accompany movements. Each grade level has one more to learn and we are excited to share these with you all! 5th and 6th grade have been learning octavos and we are excited to share these with our families and with surrounding area Catholic schools in May. K4, K5, 5th and 6th grades have been working hard and most importantly, working together to make this concert a unique and memorable one for all involved!

March 2017

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

It’s hard to believe how quickly this year is moving along! We are very excited to start working on music for our spring program that is approaching at the end of the school year. In K4, K5, 5th and 6th grades, we will be learning various folk dances and songs to accompany movements. We are excited to learn them so that we can share them with our families at the concert! 5th and 6th grade will be working on music for a concert in May at Cardinal Newman with some of the local catholic schools’ music programs. It’s going to be a busy few months in music class: we are very excited to get started toward our programs and make music together.

February 2017

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

In K4 and K5 we are working on learning how to be different with our tonal patterns and rhythm patterns. By being different, we are improvising musically and having musical conversations with each other. We will also be continuing our work on movement through space and time in various ways (fast, slow, high, middle, low, etc.) We’re looking forward to learning beginning folk dances and working with partners to move together.

In 5th and 6th grade, we are also learning folk dances. We started with “Sasha”, a Russian Folk dance but will be learning a few more as the semester continues. We’re refreshing our understanding of tonic and dominant chords in a variety of tonalities as well as reading and notating rhythm and tonal patterns. We are continuing our listening skills by identifying meters, styles, and instruments in pieces of music.

December 2016

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

In K4 and K5, we have had fun doing various movement activities such as making statues, going and stopping, moving our hands, feet, head, arms, and (most importantly) seaweed spines. We have explored high, low and middle space as well as making open and closed shapes. We’ve sung songs in a variety of tonalities and meters. We have also been very busy preparing for the Christmas Program coming up on the 15th of December. We are very excited to show our families and friends what we’ve learned.

In 5th and 6th grade, we have been singing songs in various tonalities and meters. We’ve played some games and explored making statues in self and shared space. We’ve been exploring aeolian and major tonalities, learning how to improvise and be “different” than each other. We have also been preparing for our Christmas program coming up on the 15th of December. We are excited to share what we’ve learned so far this year with our loved ones!

Music Grades 1, 2, 3, 4

Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 are in the midst of preparing for the Christmas Concert! Grade 1 students are learning two chants and a song that they will perform with K4 and K5. We are practicing concert etiquette and being music leaders. Grade 2 students are learning how to follow a conductor. They can follow cues on when to begin singing, when and how to breathe, and how to end together. Ensemble skills are very important, and our Grade 2 students are developing their cooperative skills. Grade 2, 3, and 4 students are exploring improvisation, body percussion, and repeating patterns. They can identify a repeated pattern by ear, perform repeated patterns, and label a repeated pattern as an ostinato. They will display these skills during the concert. Grade 3 and 4 students are learning how their bodies move in space and time. They learned a folk dance called Alabama Gal to practice structured movement, and they played a statue game called Night at the Museum to practice unstructured movement. Ask your student about our game! Grade 4 students have the opportunity to audition for special singing roles for our concert. I will audition students during class next week. Students will be able to audition for a verse of Mercy Like Rain or a verse of I Wonder As I Wander. Follow the link to access recordings and lyric sheets for all grade levels. Keep practicing!

Christmas Concert Practice / Solo Auditions

In the link attached, you will find a google doc with Christmas Program practice for each grade level.

For those interested in auditioning for solos, the solo audition files can be found in the respective grade level folder. Reminder: solo audition songs will be “Mercy Like Rain” and “I Wonder as I Wander”.

We are excited to share this music with you!!