We are so excited to announce the 5 & 6 grade musical for November 2018!
Madagascar A Musical Adventure Jr.
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.
Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”
Greetings from the Music Room!
We have been so busy the last few months.
PreK has continued working on keeping a steady beat and playing a lot of fun instruments. Now we are getting ready to learn our Spring Program songs.
5th grade has continued their song unit learning about ballads such as “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and “American Pie. To finish the song unit we watched a video called “Rigoletto” about a young girl who learns more than just how to sing.
6th grade has been studying Jazz History! We have studied the history of Jazz starting with the late 1800’s with Ragtime (Scott Joplin) and Blues to the 1950’s Cool Jazz. We learned that in the early 1900’s a style called New Orleans Jazz (Dixieland) was created with the most influential jazz musician of all time, Louis Armstrong, We continued with the 1930’s style Swing and listened to Benny Goodman’s Big Band and Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Ain’t Got That Swing”. It was all about getting the country to swing dance. In the 1940’s we learned the style known as Bebop was created by Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. We ended our unit with the late 40’s & 50’s style known as Cool Jazz (West Coast Jazz) created by the great trumpeter Miles Davis. We also learned about several jazz performers while writing a report on one of the assigned jazz musicians.
7th grade worked very hard on their Era Presentations. The students were assigned a topic in a specific era such as: Composers and Styles, Architecture, Artists Sculptors and Authors, Inventions and Medical Advancements and Major Historical Events of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern Eras. The students became the teacher presenting their Prezi or a Google Presentation on their topic to the class using our SmartBoard. This allows the students to learn about the entire scope of each specific era.
All 5th, 6th and 7th grade students are now in the computer lab creating GarageBand songs. We will share them in class in the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait to hear their songs. I am always amazed at how talented our students are here at SPSL.
Our Showchoir had a wonderful week of performances in early March before the 1st and 3rd grade musical. We also enjoyed a morning of doughnuts and juice while watching the video of our performance.
Yes, we are already looking ahead to 2018/2019 school year! We are looking forward to announcing next year’s 5th and 6th grade musical in a few weeks. Stay Tuned!!!!
We have started our new quarter in the music room with lots of activities. PreK is still learning how to keep a steady beat while we read stories and sing songs. Our 5th grade has started their song unit. We will listen to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” while reading a book illustrated by Ashley Bryan. Each class will make their own “What a Wonderful World” book in class and then present it to their teacher to keep in the classroom. You can stop in the classroom and have a look at your student’s illustration. Next, we will learn about ballads while listening to “The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald” and “American Pie”. Our 6th grade has started their Jazz unit. We are studying the songs of the slaves and how this evolved into Ragtime and Blues which evolved into New Orleans (Dixieland) Jazz. We will be studying several jazz musicians and the styles of jazz from late 1800’s to 1950’s. Students will be assigned a jazz musician and complete a report. This assignment will be handed out the week of January 22nd & January 29th and will be attached to our website. Our 7th grade has started their Era Research Project and Presentation assignment. Each student is assigned an Era and a topic within that era to research and then prepare a Prezi presentation or a Google presentation for the class. The students will also create a Prezi or Google presentation and present 3 major historical events of their era. This assignment will be attached to our website. It’s an exciting time in the early morning hours in the music room because our Show Choir will begin rehearsals. We will be singing songs from “Trolls” and will start learning choreography soon. We have our rehearsal schedule attached to our website. Earlier this month we had the opportunity to accompany ten of our 7th & 8th grade students to the Nebraska Middle School Honor Choir for a day of singing. We shared our day with Victor Johnson as our clinician. Parents and family members joined us for a concert at the end of the day. The students had a wonderful experience singing with other middle school students. Stay warm Mrs. Drvol
Hello! I'm Carol Drvol. This is my seventeenth year teaching at St. Pius X / St. Leo School. I teach music part-time which includes PreK AM, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade music. I also co-direct with Mrs. English the 7th & 8th grade Girls Chorus and Show Choir. I look forward to another great year sharing music & learning new things about music with our students.