This upcoming weekend, our ever-so-talented high school students are putting on four fantastic performances of Shrek the Musical. I have the incredible opportunity of directing the pit orchestra (all of the live musicians down below the stage who provide the music during the show)! It's been a busy few months preparing for this weekend but all of the kid's hard work has definitely paid off. This show is HILARIOUS and you should not miss it!! Come and down to the Van Singel Fine Arts Center in Byron Center and check it out!!! Shows are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday--February 25, 26, and 27--at 7pm. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Call the Van Singel box office today at 878-6800 to reserve your tickets!!
Anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE to read. My home is filled with more books than I can count, and I love bringing literature into my music classroom as much as I can. Early in February, I did a lesson with my kindergarteners and my CI class that incorporated the book "Pouch!" by David Ezra Stein. This is a story about a little Kangaroo named Joey, and his trials and tribulations as he tries to explore the world. He gets easily scared and keeps hopping back to his Mama's pouch, but might meet a new friend along the way!
I started out the lesson by reading the story and having the kids listen for words or phrases that are repeated often in the story. After we read it, we wrote down the repeated words/phrases on the board and the kids came up with sounds on a drum to represent those words. Each class was SO creative with how they represented the words in sound! (For example: "hop!" was a hit on the drum for one class. For "Who are you?", one class decided to scrape the drum with their fingertips. They had some great ideas!)
We re-read the story and this time, the whole class would play each sound when they heard the appropriate words. They loved this activity (because who doesn't love playing drums?) and so did I--it focused on creativity (the beginnings of music composition!), listening skills, proper drum technique, language, and so much more. On top of all that--it was FUN!
Below are some photos of the CI class and I during our "Pouch!" sound story.
It's now February, which means we are even closer to our fabulous spring program which takes place on March 22nd. The 1st and 2nd graders will perform at 6:30, and the 3rd and 4th graders at 7:30. They're bound to be fantastic shows with the hard work that these kids have put in so far!
The 1st and 2nd graders will be performing a show entitled "Getting' Down with Mama Goose". Their songs are fun twists on the original nursery rhymes, and the kids are having SO much fun learning them!
The 3rd and 4th graders have been working especially hard at their music. They'll be doing songs from around the world for their show, which means some of the songs are in languages other than English! One of the first songs we learned, titled "Amigos" has Spanish, English, French, Hebrew, and sign language in it. The upper elementary students are doing a FANTASTIC job learning how to pronounce words in other languages (which can be tricky!) I'm so proud of the work they've done so far, and so excited for the show in March!
About Miss Hoop
My name is Meghan Hoop and I am a K-12 certified music educator. I love teaching at Marshall Elementary, where I get to make music with DK-4th graders every day!
Miss Hoop, as drawn by one of her former 5th graders. :)