Fine Arts Weekly Update

Week of 3/23-3/27

Band 7- Ms. Tokos

Welcome Back from a very interesting Spring Break! Hope you are all staying safe and healthy! As we move into an e-learning format here at Hixson, Band is going to look quite different! Our main focus is to keep our students playing everyday. Not only to keep up their skills, but playing music can be a much needed brain break from all of their other work and activities! Students have plenty of music to practice already. In addition, we will be providing students with a Smartmusic account which will give them online access to thousands of exercises and tunes with play along features. Next week, we will try to establish a class routine. Students should plan to check their google classroom page each day for their Band assignment. The daily band assignment will usually consist of playing their instrument with specific instructions on which tunes/skills to practice. They will also have the option to participate in Zoom classes once those begin. If students or parents have any questions, the best way to contact me is through email at tokos.emily@wgcloud.org.

Band 8- Mr. Stevison

What an interesting Spring Break…and welcome to online learning! As we move forward, the most important thing for Band class is that students keep playing their instruments each day. Most students have plenty of music to practice already. In addition, we will be providing students with a Smartmusic account which will give them online access to thousands of exercises and tunes with play along features.

Next week, we will try to establish a class routine. Students should plan to check their google classroom page each day for their Band assignment. The daily band assignment will usually consist of playing their instrument with specific instructions on which tunes/skills to practice. They will also have the option to participate in Zoom classes once those begin. If students or parents have any questions, the best way to contact me is through email at stevison.joe@wgcloud.org.

Choir 7/8- Mrs. Gado

Hi everyone! Next week, we will start with tools and practices that are already familiar to us: Sight Reading Factory, Musictheory.net will each have one practice requirement a day, with work to turn in by Friday. Also, we will practice 1 (maybe 2) familiar songs . Each Friday, you will submit some form of choice Performance.

We will check in and talk about other ideas and projects in our zoom session.

Beware, there may also be a couple of google form surveys to ask questions about the kinds of activities we can do together.

We’ll adjust as we go, and keep trying to make music together!

Orchestra 7/8- Mrs. Grubb

Hello everyone! I hope you were able to enjoy your spring break despite everything going on! I am very excited to introduce to you to several online music learning platforms that have become available to us for free during this time including SmartMusic.com, SightReadingFactory.com, and MusicTheory.net. We will be using each of these websites weekly for practice assignments to give you plenty of music to work on. It is still important that you practice your instrument daily as you would in class. Starting on Monday, we will establish a weekly routine that will be posted on Google Classroom, so please make sure you check your classroom everyday for assignments and announcements. I have posted instructions on how to create an account and login to both Smart Music and Sight Reading Factory, so go ahead and try it out, and let me know if you have any questions. If you haven’t gotten your instrument out since before spring break, please do so this weekend and try to get it in tune (carefully!). There are several tuning resources posted on Google Classroom that you can download to help you. If you are still having trouble, don’t worry! I will be able to help you via Zoom next week. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything!

Drama 1- Mr. Conners

Hello actors! Hope each of you are keeping safe and healthy. In the upcoming week, you will choose to work with a partner, partners (virtually of course) or individually to create a short five to ten page script adapted from a fairytale of your choice. Please make sure before you get started to complete the Fairytale planning sheet and read the assignment sheet found in our google classroom. I will be holding virtual class meetings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday including tomorrow ( March 27th) to check in with each of you to answer any questions or concerns you might have. I hope all of you are well and look forward to seeing your smiling faces tomorrow.

Drama 2- Mr. Conners

Hello Drama II actors! Hope each of you are keeping safe and healthy. I have posted in our google classroom a variety of commercials. Please read through the commercials and select the one you would like to work on. It is okay if more than one person chooses the same commercial. Once you have selected your script. Please begin memorizing it. Once you have your monologue memorized. I will be working with you in small groups on acting them out for a final virtual performance.

Art 1- Mrs. Hannel

Hello my lovely artists! I am going to ease into the artmaking… please fill out the survey to let me know what materials you have available to you. This week ahead we will focus on responding to art. One step at a time! The idea is that we are getting better at looking at art, thinking about what we see, and having something to say about it. I will be posting information in Google Classroom daily. If you need any help, feel free to email me or we can talk with Zoom too!

Art 2- Mrs. Hannel

Hello artists! I miss you guys! This week ahead we will finish our work with art controversies. Do you remember that we started this before break? No worries! We will review and then you will have a short assignment each day. Feel free to work ahead if you want, but you need to be a part of my Zooms Wednesday and Friday because we will be discussing what we have learned. After that Zooms will be optional. I really hope you find the information interesting! We will get into making art too, so please remember to fill out the survey to tell me what supplies you have at home.

Art 3- Mrs. Hannel

To my artists extraordinaire! I know you have a lot of questions about the art show… I’m working on it! I will be able to answer any questions you have on Zoom or email. This week ahead we will look at some virtual art spaces. You will explore one each day and look, not just at the art, but how it is presented. What do you like or dislike? I hope you find it interesting to see these real places through your device screen. While we are doing this, feel free to continue making art to go with your focus. Our art work will officially begin again after this next week when I can take time to look at the survey about what art supplies everyone has at home. Please don’t forget to fill it out! Plan on joining me for sure with Zoom on Friday to share about your virtual visits!

Contact Us

Mr. Conners- conners.eric@wgmail.org 314-918-4148

Mrs. Gado- gado.carin@wgmail.org 314-918-4565

Mrs. Grubb- grubb.stephanie@wgmail.org 314-918-4589

Mrs. Hannel- hannel.jenny@wgmail.org 314-918-4609

Mr. Stevison- stevison.joe@wgmail.org 314-918-4590

Ms. Tokos- tokos.emily@wgmail.org 314-918-4590