Music Notes

APRIL/MAY MUSIC NOTES  

  Spring has sprung and the songs of Easter were part of our music curriculum in April. We sang “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”, “In Like a Lion” and “Ten Little Bunnies”. The latter song helped our TKs, kindergartners, and first graders perfect their skill of counting backwards from ten to one. Our youngsters have learned “de Colores”, “Cielito Lindo”, and “Me Gusta Mi Escuela” for the upcoming 5th of May.  We are singing songs from the Gold Rush including “Gold Fever” and “I Love You, California”, our state song.

     April found us celebrating Earth Day by singing songs like “What Do You Do with a Water Waster?”, “We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands”, “It’s Easy Bein’ Green” and “What a Wonderful World”. 

   Our students studied the lives of Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. All of these Great Masters of Music led really interesting lives. 

     I am so very proud of our recorder players! It has been such fun teaching them note values, dynamics, and musical terms. They will be playing at Open House, next Wednesday, May 8th. Please plan to join us a mini-concert!

     And, we even had time to do some folk dancing this week. What better way to relax after testing than to have some fun learning some traditional steps to cultural songs?

As many of you know, I am the chairperson for the 31st annual Freedom Fest Patriotic Sing to be held on July 3rd at the Community Cultural Center. Golly, where did the time go? The program features the children of our community singing songs of our country and honors members of our military, past and present. I would love to have your youngster(s) be a part of our Patriotic Sing Chorus. (There is no charge to be a member of our chorus!) We sing on July 3rd then the next day, ride a float in the parade. Later we sing for Fireworks. There are so many memories to be made in Morgan Hill during the 4th of July weekend.  Information on rehearsals will be distributed shortly. Our first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, May 28th, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Britton Gym.

Our choir will also perform at Open House. Our singers have reserved each Wednesday throughout the year as a time to be together and to sing. We will perform one of our favorite songs, “When We Sing” at Open House, along with other selections. We were fortunate to have been asked to perform at the recent Ribbon Cutting and Re-Opening of WalMart. We received a $500 donation for El Toro! We will be singing at Valley Pines in May and also at Mushroom MardiGras!  It has been my great joy to have worked with our eager 4th and 5th graders!

As always, thanks to our amazing principal, Mr. McDonald, for his ever-present support of music and love for children!

With a song in my heart,

Karen Ann Crane – allthecranes@netzero.com