Oct 04

Welcome to the Marlborough Music program blog!

Welcome to Marlborough’s Music Blog!  This blog is where you will find information about the various music ensembles at our school, updates about our music classes and notices about upcoming performances.  We look forward to sharing our program with you!

The Marlborough Music Department

Jun 15

Congratulations!

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in our Spring Irish Ceili in March.  We would like to thank Rebeca Coloma from the De Danaan School of Irish Dance for providing our students with dance workshops in preparation for our concert.  We couldn’t have done it without out.  As well, we would like to thank Meredith Coloma and Daniel Katz, who provided the background music for the community dances.  We would also like to thank all of the Marlborough staff for all of their help in making this concert a success.  Also, we would like to extend a big thank you to our PAC, who funded our Irish dance workshops.  Without their generous contribution, this concert would not have been possible.  Lastly, a huge thank you to all of the parents and family members who attended the concert.  We appreciate your continued support of our music program!

Feb 25

Marlborough Irish Ceili


Our Marlborough Irish Ceili concert is fast approaching and our students are excited to share what they have learned this term.  Dress rehearsals begin on Tuesday, February 28th.  Please make sure that your child is in their costume as outlined in the costume letter for their dress rehearsal.  You can double check the date of your child’s dress rehearsal with their classroom teacher.  Our concert week begins on Monday, March 6th – Thursday March 9th.  The primary show will begin at 5:30 pm and the intermediate show will begin at 7:30 pm.  Primary students will need to be in their classrooms by no later than 5 pm and intermediate students will need to be in their classroom no later than 7 pm.  Please contact the West office for ticket information. 

Dec 14

Mrs. Winter’s Classroom: Ms. Johnson’s class, Mr. Prevost’s class and Ms. Puye and Ms. Kazuta’s class

Ms. Johnson, Mr. Prevost and Ms. Puye and Ms. Kazuta’s classes have been working hard this term on preparing “Ghost of John” to perform.  They started out by reading the poem and singing the song.  They were able to perform it in a 3-part round which you will hear  in the clip below.  We talked about the mood of the song and how it made them feel using descriptive words and ideas.  The students then learned all 3 parts to the xylophone arrangement.  Once they had learned all the parts, they picked the part that they felt most comfortable with and we put them all together, each part playing at the same time.  The final step in preparing to perform the arrangement was to create an introduction with instruments, speech and singing.  Et voila! 

 

Dec 14

Mrs. Winter’s Classroom: Mme Gee’s class and Mrs. Borojevic’s class

Mme Gee’s Grade 4/5 class and Mrs. Borojevic’s Grade 3/4 has been working hard this term on preparing “The Horseman” to perform.  They started out by reading the poem and singing the song.  They were able to perform it in a 3-part round which you will hear  in the clip below.  We talked about the mood of the song and how it made them feel using descriptive words and ideas.  The students then learned all 3 parts to the xylophone arrangement.  Once they had learned all the parts, they picked the part that they felt most comfortable with and we put them all together, each part playing at the same time.  The final step in preparing to perform the arrangement was to create an introduction with instruments, speech and singing.  Et voila! 

 

 

 

Nov 25

Pancake Breakfast

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Our Intermediate choir and Grade 7 Band are scheduled to perform at Marlborough’s annual Pancake Breakfast on Tuesday, December 13th.  This will be the Grade 7 Band’s first performance of the year.  Many of the Grade 7 Band students just began learning their instruments at the end of September.  The students have been working very hard over the last two months learning their instruments are excited to share what they have learned thus far.  The Grade 7 Band is scheduled to perform at 8 a.m. and the Intermediate Choir is scheduled to perform at 8:15 a.m.

 

Nov 24

Mrs. Johnson’s Music Class: Mr. Bergeron and Ms. Ford

Over the past few weeks, students in Grade 4 have been exploring rhythms based off of the Halloween song, “The Ghost John.”  Students began by learning how to learn to sing the song and eventually they were split up into 4 groups and sang the song in a 4 part round.  After that, the students were split up into new groups and were given the task to create a list of Halloween words to accompany different rhythms.  Once they had created their list, each group picked their favourite words to share with the class.

Following the rhythm activities, the students were assigned to various percussion instruments including Bass, Alto and Soprano Xylophones, Triangles and Soprano and Alto Glockenspiels to learn a 4 part arrangement to accompany the song “The Ghost of John.”  Each student learned the melodic and rhythmic part for each instrumental part and then were assigned to a specific instrumental part based on their instrument.

Next students will be revisiting the list of rhythm words they created and using those words to create 4 beat ostinati.

Below are recordings of each class playing the 4 part arrangement of “The Ghost of John.”

 

 

Nov 23

Mrs. Johnson’s Music Class: Ms. Thandal, Mrs. Hirji-Padamshi and Mme. Cosco

Over the past few weeks, students in Grades 2 and 3 have been exploring rhythms based off of the Halloween song, “Monster Stew.”  Students were split up into groups and were given the task to create a list of items that they could put in a monster stew.  However the items they chose had to coordinate with 4 selected rhythms.  Once they had created their list, each group picked their favourite words to share with the class. 

Following the rhythm group work, students were assigned various percussion instruments such as Bass, Soprano and Alto Xylophones, Woodblocks, Triangles and Soprano Glockenspiels and learned a 5 part arrangement to accompany the song “Monster Stew.”  Each student learned the notes and rhythms for each instrumental part and were then assigned their own instrumental part.  The result was 5 different rhythmic and melodic patterns all playing at the same time.

Below are recordings of each class playing the 5 part arrangement of “Monster Stew”

 

 

 

Nov 23

Remembrance Day Assembly

On Thursday November 10th, both the Primary and Intermediate choirs performed at our Remembrance Day assembly. 

Under the direction of Mrs. Lazaruk and accompanied by Mrs. Winter and two of student violinists, the choir began the assembly with a moving rendition of the well known hymn, “Amazing Grace.”  To close the assembly, both the Intermediate and Primary choirs accompanied by Mrs. Johnson on piano, performed a beautiful 2 part piece called “Imagine a World.” 


 

Nov 04

Remembrance Day Assembly

Our Remembrance Day assembly will be held on Thursday November 10th at 11 a.m. in the West Gym.  Both the Intermediate and Primary choirs will be performing at this solemn assembly.

Nov 04

Mrs. Johnson’s Music Classroom

Students in Grades 1 and 2 have been working on keeping a steady beat in music this term.  Students have explored different ways to keep a beat including through movement (marching, dancing, patting different parts of their bodies) as well as playing instruments.  For Halloween, students learned the song, “Pumpkin Stew.”  Classes started by learning the words to the song and patting the beat along with the words.  From there, we explored the difference between beat and rhythm in music and connected it back to this song.   Following that, students learned an ostinato (a repeating rhythm) along with a variety of actions to accompany the song.  Next, the students were each assigned a rhythm instrument to play to represent the different parts of the ostinato.  The first part of the ostinato was played by the woodblocks, followed by the finger cymbals, egg shakers and finally the jingle rattles.  Every student learned the name of each instrument and how to play it properly.  After a few practices, we put the entire ostinato together and practiced it with a recording of the song “Pumpkin Stew.”  Below are recordings  of each class playing their instruments.

 

 

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