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EXCITING SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2016-17!!

Through the Weill Music Institute, and the Carnegie Hall Foundation, ALL David Douglas Elementary Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will have the opportunity to perform WITH the Oregon Symphony in a program called, “Link Up”!!  This performance will take place during the school day on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland!

About “Link Up”:

“Link Up” guides students in grades 3-5 through a yearlong exploration of orchestral repertoire.  Students will sing and play recorder while learning basic musical concepts and composing their own music.  Linking the classroom to the concert hall, this program provides extensive standards-based teacher and student materials and culminates in an interactive orchestral concert in which students actively participate from their seats.  GP students (and all of DD, grades 3-5) will participate in a new series and a new concert for the next three years!    SO EXCITING!!!!

Copy this link into your browser to see more information about this amazing program.

http://www.carnegiehall.org/Education/Link-Up/

 

WHAT’S UP NOW….

2016-17 Gilbert Park Concert Dates and Music Events:

All School Portland Opera Assemblies: Friday, Nov. 4th 2016

Winter All-School Sing Along Assembly:  Friday, Dec. 16th 2017, during the school day

1st/2nd grades: Thursday, Feb. 23rd 2017, 6:30pm

3rd/4th grades:  Thursday, May 19th 2017, 7:00pm

Kinder Graduation:  Friday, June 9th 2017, during the school day

3rd, 4th, 5th Grades:  GP Student’s Performance WITH the Oregon Symphony!!  Thursday, May 4th 2017, during the school day

Volunteering for at least one hour earns a family reserved seating at any GP concert!  LOTS of work to be done!  Please see Mrs. Ellett if you would like to volunteer to make some of the magic happen this school year!  We NEED YOU!!

 

Band and Orchestra instruction will begin for all 5th graders for the 2016-17 School year.

First Day of 5th Grade Band/Orchestra Instruction:
Monday, Sept. 19, At Alice Ott Middle School  7:45am-8:45am.
Students ride the bus (or get dropped off at AO) ONE HOUR EARLIER than their normal time (middle school bus routes).  All Band/Orchestra instruction occurs at AO, then the students are bussed back (all of them) in time to start their normal day at GP.  Band and Orchestra classes occur on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri of each school day (No Wed, due to late start).
Free Breakfast is available at AO,  7:40am
Students do NOT need to have an instrument yet on this first day, but should ABSOLUTELY STILL plan on attending class.
If you have questions about Band/Orchestra instruments, please speak/email Mrs. Ellett at GP:
val_ellett@ddsd40.org
503-256-6531

NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR ELEMENTARY MUSIC
The music teachers of David Douglas School District provide general music instruction for every elementary school child. Over the course of the six years they are in elementary school, our students will meet the national standards, as follows:

SING:

• Develop a confident singing voice;
• Learn a variety of folk songs, including those in the David Douglas Common Curriculum;
• Experience rounds, partner songs, and 2-part choral music.

PLAY INSTRUMENTS:

• Play a variety of classroom instruments including: keyboards, drums and percussion, xylophones and marimbas, guitars, and recorders;
• Experience both solo and ensemble playing;
• Have the opportunity to participate in band or orchestra.

IMPROVISE, COMPOSE AND ARRANGE MUSIC:

• Experience improvisation with voice, drums, and other instruments;
• Use instruments and sound effects to embellish stories and poems;
• Compose rhythms and melodies;
• Be creative using instruments, voice, and movement.

READ AND NOTATE MUSIC:

• Gradually increase skill at reading increasing complex rhythms;
• Use standard music notation to learn music on keyboards and recorder;
• Develop a working vocabulary of musical terms for dynamics, tempos, and articulations.

LISTEN, ANALYZE, DESCRIBE, AND EVALUATE:

• Be exposed to a variety of music from different genre including jazz, blues, rock and roll, world music, and folk music;
• Identify common forms aurally;
• Learn about one major classical work per year according to the district’s common listening curriculum;
• Describe the music they hear and play using music vocabulary.

RELATE MUSIC TO THE OTHER ARTS AND OTHER DISCIPLINES

• Create art and creative writing in response to music;
• Move expressively to music;
• Learn songs that connect to other subjects when appropriate.

RELATE MUSIC TO HISTORY AND CULTURE:

• Learn about music’s place in history;
• Use music as a bridge to understanding other cultures and historical time periods.

FUN Places to visit:

To See Mrs. Ellett recently playing the marimba with other music teachers, go to:

To See Boomwhackers in action, played by professionals, go to:

Check out this great video of kids playing marimbas from a fellow teacher-friend of Mrs. Ellett’s:

Rhythm test

https://goo.gl/forms/f7D0ac7NjxKXwvSC3