Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Steps for Dance in 5th and 3rd Grade Program

Fifth and Third Grade students can use the video below to practice the dance, "Pata Pata," which is part of their program in February. Make sure your sound is turned up!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Third and Fifth Grade to Perform Concert

♫ THIRD and FIFTH GRADE students are preparing for a concert on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4th, 2010. Please save the date! Students will perform for the school in the afternoon (around 1:30) as well as for parents in the evening at 7:00 PM. The theme for their concert is “Seasons of Sound.” Don’t miss this great concert!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Songs

Two Thanksgiving songs that Kindergartners learned in the month of November. These songs reinforce their abilities to sing and speak with a steady beat, as well as use icons to represent musical ideas (clapping) - the first steps to reading music. Finally, these two songs help students understand patterns in music, with three lines of each song the same and one different.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Worthington Elementary Honors Choir 2010

An exciting opportunity is coming for 5th and 6th grade students in the early part of 2010! If your 5th or 6th grade student enjoys singing, consider having them participate in the First Annual Worthington Elementary Honors Choir.

There will be four rehearsals at McCord Middle School in February and the concert will be held at Kilbourne Middle School on Monday, March 8th, 2010 at 7:00PM. This is an opportunity for students to futher develop their voices and to get to know students from others schools in a musical setting, as well as an opportunity to get to know their future Choir Teachers, Mrs. Bates (McCord) and Ms. Pohl (Perry and Phoenix).

There is a $15 fee for Honors Choir, which covers the cost of a t-shirt as well as music, both for each child to keep. Fees and Applications are due back to Mrs. Hogan at Bluffsview by Friday, December 11th, 2009. Applications will be sent home with every 5th and 6th grade student at Bluffsview.

If you have questions or need an another application, please contact Mrs. Hogan! ( I hope we have many participants from Bluffsview!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Congratulations Music Makers!

Congratulations to members of the Bluffsview Music Makers on two wonderful performances! The group performed this past week at our annual Veterans' Day Assembly as well as this past Saturday at the brand new McConnell Arts Center in Worthington. The group was invited to perform in this new facility as part of its month-long opening celebration. And what a beautiful facility it is! Hopefully later this month you'll be able to hear some sound clips from this performance.

To learn more about the McConnell Arts Center, please visit

Monday, October 19, 2009

First Grade Plays "Big Black Cats"

Miss Freygang's class played woodblocks and glockenspiels while singing the song, "Big Black Cats." The song not only provides the opportunity for singing and playing instruments, but also teaches First Grade students to read quarter notes and eighth notes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Music Makers Performances

The Bluffsview Music Makers have two performances coming up in the next month. The first is for the Bluffsview Veterans Day Assembly in the morning of Wednesday, November 11th. The program will begin at 8:30 AM in the gymnasium.

The second performance is very exciting. The Music Makers have been invited to perform as part of the Opening Celebration of the brand new McConnell Arts Center in downtown Worthington. The new McConnell Arts Center is on the corner of 161 and Evening street and we will be performing in the 213 seat theatre! The Music Makers will perform on Saturday, November 14th at 9:30 AM. Music Makers are asked to report no later than 9:15 AM to be ready for the show. Please invite your family and friends to this performance so we can fill up that brand new theatre!

Attire for both performances will be the new Bluffsview Music Makers t-shirt, black pants or black skirt, and nice shoes (please no gym shoes if possible).

For more information about the McConnell Arts Center, you can visit their website (still under construction) at

Friday, October 9, 2009

Inspired by "Autumn"

First, Second, and Third Grade students spent some time listening to two movements from The Four Seasons by Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi. Specifically, students listened to the two movements entitled, "Autumn." Vivaldi's work is an example of program music, or music which is written tell a story or convey a specific image or idea. Before listening, students were told that the music was supposed to make them think about Fall. Then students spent an extended period of time listening to the two movements. Ideas about the "images" or "movies" that played in their minds while listening were discussed. Then students were asked to create a drawing to show what the music made them think of . Below you can see some of the artwork the students created.

Antonio Vivaldi lived during the Baroque period (1600-1750) and taught music in an orphanage/school for girls. His students would have played these pieces in the small orchestra which he directed at the school in Italy. If you are interested in hearing these selections from The Four Seasons, there is a small CD player outside the music room with the display of the student artwork. Take a moment to not only enjoy the art, but the music that inspired it's creation as well.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sixth Grade September Performance Piece

Sixth Grade students spent several class periods in September learning a Renaissance performance piece for recorders, xylophones, and hand drums. The piece was written by French composer and cleric Thoinot Arbeau in 1588. Students played in 5-part harmony for this song: two soprano recorder parts, alto recorder, xylophone, and hand drum. After performing, students listened to these recordings and evaluated themselves and the class as a whole on musical elements like tempo, dynamics, tone color, and harmonic balance. Enjoy these performances!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

5th Grade Composition Project

Fifth grade students used the folk rhyme "Out Goes the Rat" for their first composition project of the year. Each section (xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels) composed their own melodies. Then the class as a whole composed a Coda and we performed and recorded our compositions.

Homemade Instruments from '08-'09

Here are some AWESOME homemade instruments, built by last year's 4th graders. I can't wait to see what THIS year's group will come up with!

New Home

Welcome to the new site for all things happening in the Bluffsview Music room! The previous website has been removed due to hackers. Come back often for the latest updates on all things musical at Bluffsview.