Fine Arts Weekly Update

December 2, 2022

Band - Mahacek/Stevison/Tokos

Mahacek - Band 6

Hello All!


The students are almost ready for the concert! The tunes are really sounding good.

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday at 6:00PM in the Old Gym!


STUDENTS SHOULD BE AT HIXSON BETWEEN 5:35PM - 5:45PM.

STUDENTS SHOULD DRESS IN NICE CLOTHES. NO TENNIS SHOES, JEANS, TSHIRTS…

THE CONCERT WILL LAST 30 MINUTES.


ALL students are expected to be at the concert. So, please, if your child is involved in after school activities or sports make sure to let the director, sponsor, or coach(es) know that your child will be gone that night.


If you have an incoming 6th grader next year or you know of a family who has one, please know that all incoming 6th and 7th grade students who are interested in beginning band are invited to our MUSIC SHOWCASE on DECEMBER 13 at HX Middle School from 4:00pm - 6:00pm to try all the instruments.


Please help your child establish a 30 minute practice routine at home. It is extremely important that they practice every night. Your child will struggle to keep up and become frustrated without enough preparation.


Please check to see if your child needs anything for their instrument:

Reeds, oil, grease, swabs, pad savers,...


Here are a few dates you can put on your calendar:

WINTER CONCERT - 12/07/22 at 6:00PM

SPRING CONCERT - 04/13/23 at 6:00PM

POPS CONCERT - 05/24/23 at 6:00PM


Have a great weekend!


Stevison/Tokos - Band 7

Hello 7th Grade Band Parents!

See below for 7th Grade Band news:


WINTER CONCERT

The 7th Grade Winter Band Concert is on Wednesday, Dec. 7th at 7:00 in the Hixson Gym.

  • Students are asked to arrive by 6:45pm in order to have time to warm-up and tune.

  • Concert dress is: black pants/skirt, white collared shirt/blouse. If these clothing items are not available, please try to wear something close (i.e. navy pants instead of black pants). We will dress the same for the spring concert in April as well.

  • If any parent/grandparent is unable to attend the evening concert, feel free to join us at our dress rehearsal from 8:25-9:10 on Wednesday, Dec. 7th in the Hixson gym. Be sure to check in at the school office for a visitor’s pass.


HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR

All student groups that signed up for the Holiday House Tour should have received their performance information from Mrs. Tokos. Most groups are performing for a half hour time slot at one house. The date/time frame for the house tour is Sunday, December 4th from 2:00-6:00. Please email Mr. Stevison or Mrs. Tokos with any questions.


WIND ENSEMBLE

Members of the Hixson Wind Ensemble are performing on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1:45 in the Hixson main lobby to help kick-off the Holiday House Tour. Call time for Wind Ensemble is 1:15 on Sunday.


JOIN THE BAND!

If you have an incoming 6th or 7th grader next year or you know of a family who has one, please know that all incoming 6th and 7th grade students who are interested in beginning band are invited to our MUSIC SHOWCASE on DECEMBER 13 at HX Middle School from 4:00pm - 6:00pm to try all the instruments

If you have any questions, please contact me at stevison.joe@wgmail.org



Stevison/Tokos - Band 8

Hello 8th Grade Band Parents!


We’re looking forward to our performance next week!


WINTER CONCERT

The 8th Grade Winter Band Concert is on Wednesday, Dec. 7th at 8:00 in the Hixson Gym.

  • Students are asked to arrive by 7:45pm in order to have time to warm-up and tune.

  • Concert dress is: black pants/skirt, white collared shirt/blouse. If these clothing items are not available, please try to wear something close (i.e. navy pants instead of black pants). We will dress the same for the spring concert in April as well.

  • If any parent/grandparent is unable to attend the evening concert, feel free to join us at our dress rehearsal from 10:10-10:50 am on Wednesday, Dec. 7th in the Hixson gym. Be sure to check in at the school office for a visitor’s pass.


HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR

All student groups that signed up for the Holiday House Tour should have received their performance information from Mrs. Tokos. Most groups are performing for a half hour time slot at one house. The date/time frame for the house tour is Sunday, December 4th from 2:00-6:00. Please email Mr. Stevison or Mrs. Tokos with any questions.


WIND ENSEMBLE

Members of the Hixson Wind Ensemble are performing on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1:45 in the Hixson main lobby to help kick-off the Holiday House Tour. Call time for Wind Ensemble is 1:15 on Sunday.


JOIN THE BAND!

If you have an incoming 6th or 7th grader next year or you know of a family who has one, please know that all incoming 6th and 7th grade students who are interested in beginning band are invited to our MUSIC SHOWCASE on DECEMBER 13 at HX Middle School from 4:00pm - 6:00pm to try all the instruments.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at tokos.emily@wgmail.org

Orchestra: Grubb

Beg. Orchestra

IN CLASS: The last few weeks we have spent time learning new concepts in the book such as new bowings like slurs, ties, and musical terms. We have talked about key signatures and time signatures and how they change the music. Students will be getting music for the pops concert soon to work on in class and at home.


PRACTICE (1 hour per week - minimum requirement) Continue note naming and labeling on the staff, and practice counting rhythms. Book up to page 31.


CONCERT DATES:

  • Feb. 15th @ 6:30pm (WGHS Robert’s Gym) - POPS Concert

  • April 20th @ 6:30pm (Hixson Auditorium) - Spring Concert


If you have any questions, please contact me at grubb.stephanie@wgmail.org.



Int. Orchestra

IN CLASS: The last few weeks students chose several songs they wanted to play for the pops concert and voted on their favorites. Students have received paper copies of each pops song to take home and start practicing for the pops concert in February. We started our tuning unit and have been working on ear training to hear if their strings are sharp or flat, and are working on how to use the fine tuners and pegs. Students need to use a tuner if they plan to practice tuning at home.


PRACTICE (1 hour per week - minimum requirement): Tuning with pegs and fine tuners. POPS Music.


CONCERT DATES


  • Feb. 15th @ 6:30pm (WGHS Robert’s Gym)

  • April 20th @ 6:30pm (Hixson Auditorium)



HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR

Students who are signed up for the Holiday House Tour for Sunday, Dec. 4th have received information handouts with their location and time. They need to bring their instrument and music. There will be stands at each location, but if they own a fold up stand, please bring it just in case.



If you have any questions, please contact me at grubb.stephanie@wgmail.org.


Advanced Orchestra

IN CLASS: The last few weeks students chose several songs they wanted to play for the pops concert and voted on their favorites. Students have received paper copies of each pops song to take home and start practicing for the pops concert in February. We also started new concepts (shifting and positions) from Book 3.


PRACTICE (1 hour per week - minimum requirement): Practice shifting and positions in Book 3. POPS Music.


CONCERT DATES:

  • Nov. 10th @ 6:30pm (Hixson Auditorium) - IN 2 WEEKS!

  • Feb. 15th @ 6:30pm (WGHS Robert’s Gym)

  • April 20th @ 6:30pm (Hixson Auditorium)



HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR

Students who are signed up for the Holiday House Tour for Sunday, Dec. 4th have received information handouts with their location and time. They need to bring their instrument and music. There will be stands at each location, but if they own a fold up stand, please bring it just in case.



If you have any questions, please contact me at grubb.stephanie@wgmail.org.

Choir: Pursley

Choir 6

Choir is going incredibly well! Our singers gave a fantastic concert right before break. Now our students are working on a vocal science unit, where they learn about the respiratory system and how we use it for singing. We have started with learning the four parts of the voice and the diaphragm.


CONCERT DATES:


  • Large Ensemble Contest

    • March 13 or 14 (TBD)

    • During the school day

  • Spring Concert

    • April 26th @ 6:30pm at Hixson

Syllabus link: HERE


Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have at pursley.opal@wgmail.org


Choir 7-8

Choir is going exceptionally well! Our singers gave a fantastic performance right before break. Now, we are preparing for a combined concert with the WGHS. Students required a signed field trip form to attend this concert.

CONCERT DATES:

  • Winter Combined Concert with WGHS

    • Dress Rehearsal

      • Dec 6 @ 5PM

      • Webster Presbyterian Church

    • Concert

      • Dec 7 @ 6PM

      • Webster Presbyterian Church

  • St. Louis Honor Choir (select students)

    • Jan 21st at Ritenour High School

  • Large Ensemble Contest

    • March 13 or 14 (TBD)

    • During the school day

  • Solo & Small Ensemble Contest

    • April 15th

    • Holman Middle School

  • Spring Concert

    • April 26th @ 6:30pm at Hixson


Syllabus link: HERE


Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have at pursley.opal@wgmail.org

Music Discovery - Pursley

Music Discovery is off to a great start! In the past two weeks, we have started our music history unit with the blues, the first true American genre. Students then did a project with a partner where they researched and presented on a famous jazz musician of their choice. We have also covered the 1940s and 1950s with swing, big band, gospel/soul, and the creation of rock ‘n roll. Students learned how to hand-jive and watched the icon gym scene from West Side Story.


Syllabus link: HERE

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have at pursley.opal@wgmail.org

Art: Hannel/Cook

Visual Art 6

We finished our abstract collages last week and now are incorporating them into our digital portraits. Students have been LOVING working with digital art! We are using a fantastic resource that students have access to online… and it’s free! (Kleki.com.) All week students have been working with layers, considering value and color, importing images, and problem solving.


Click HERE to view our class syllabus. Contact us with any questions you may have: hannel.jenny@wgmail.org or cook.kati@wgmail.org



Art 1

Students finished their clay banks this week. We used the first part of the week to learn about responding to art. It’s important that our young artists can talk about what they see and learn how to study (critique) a work of art. This skill can help them in looking closely at everything in life. We did a formative practice art critique this week and will have a summative next week. In addition, next week we will also be painting and glazing pottery! There is so much going on!!


Click HERE to view our class syllabus.Contact us with any questions you may have: hannel.jenny@wgmail.org or cook.kati@wgmail.org


Art 2

We completed our clay unit this week and used two days to look at some important art controversies. It’s important for students to learn there are always two sides to a story and to find where they fall in the debate. Instead of focusing on finding the “right” answer, I want students to be able to support their claim (their opinion) with sound reasoning and evidence. We had some lively debates! Now we are moving onto our printmaking unit… but it will be paused to get our pottery glazed and painted next week. We are so very busy!


Click HERE to view our class syllabus. Contact me with any questions you may have: hannel.jenny@wgmail.org

Drama: Conners

Drama Discovery 6th Grade

Drama Discovery students recently started their Curriculum-Based Readers Theater Unit. In this unit students will work together collaboratively in small groups to brainstorm, write and present a final readers theater script that will inform and entertain an audience.


Drama I- 7th/8th Grade

Students in Drama I are currently in the rehearsal phase of the Fairytale unit. Students have been rehearsing their short plays while receiving feedback from the teacher regarding staging and performance skills in preparation for their final performance assessment which will begin Friday, December 9th.


Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions, concerns or comments: conners.eric@wgmail.org