Program Update – Music with Sarra

6th Grade

Students have been working on the song “Amani Utupe,” first learning the song in solfege before moving to words. Each section learns one part of the song and will combine it with the other section for the Winter Arts Night performance. I have been impressed with the students’ confidence and willingness to sing out. They are projecting their voices and making significant progress with their rhythm and solfege! In Band, students are learning the first five notes of the concert B-flat major scale, developing their embouchure, and improving playing posture. In Orchestra, students are focusing on left-hand position, pizzicato technique, and the first notes of the D major scale. 

7th Grade

Students have been working on the song, “The Water is Wide with Bring Me a Little Water Sylvie,” first learning the song in solfege before moving to words. Each section is learning one part of the song and will combine with the other section for the Winter Arts Night performance. The students have improved at singing out with confidence, mainly working on singing with “No TMS” (Tiny Mouth Syndrome). In Band, students are reviewing the first five notes of the concert B-flat major scale, developing their embouchure, and improving playing posture. We are currently preparing the song “Ode to Joy” in preparation for Arts Night. In Orchestra, students have made tremendous progress with their posture and intonation. They are playing the D major scale notes with more confidence and getting quicker at identifying notes and fingerings in their music. They are currently working on the song “Andover Holiday” in preparation for Arts Night. 

8th Grade 

Students have been working on the song, “Iraqi Peace Song,” first learning the song in solfege before moving to words. This song also has unique solo opportunities and sections in English and Arabic. Each section is learning one part of the song and will combine with the other section for the Winter Arts Night performance. It has been wonderful to witness their growing confidence as singers these past couple of months. What a difference it is to sing together in person and not on Zoom. In Band, students are reviewing the basics of embouchure, the concert B-flat scale, and setting goals for more advanced songs in their books. For Arts Night, they are learning an arrangement of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” Students have greatly improved their bow holds, bow speed and weight, and note reading in Orchestra. They are currently preparing an arrangement of Bach’s “Brandenburg No. 5.”

Winter Arts Night

We look forward to coming together to celebrate their accomplishments this semester at Winter Arts Night on January 26th. Details to follow!