One Week Away!

Only one more week until the big day! While we don’t require students to dress up, we encourage the following attire for the spring concert next Thursday. If you have any questions, please let me know! See you all there!Clothes - ICS Spring Concert 2017

ICS Spring Concert 2017!

Hello! It’s been a busy time here in music class. Our students are slowly becoming ukulele masters, we’ve had professional string musicians come in and share with the grades, and we have just started our piano unit!

Come see our Kindergarten students of ICS in the world premiere of the kids musical “The Giving Tree” (with original music by yours truly). Then join our 1st and 2nd grade students as we explore the western frontier in “To The West”. See below for details, and I hope to see you all there!

Kindly,
Mr. Kyle

P.S. We need volunteers! Please email me at kgarcia@icsnyc.org for details.

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
-Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
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Ukuleles: Unit 1

The time is here! We have begun learning about the parts of the ukulele, how we number our fingers, and how to read chord charts. Feel free to ask your kids where the “bridge” or “neck” of the ukulele are, and whether they can wiggle their third finger!

January – The Ukuleles Are HERE!

Thanks to all of your generous support, we reached our goal on DonorsChoose.org and raised enough money to get an iPad for our music classroom! I can’t wait for the students to be able to record performances, listen to different types of singing and instruments, and manipulate quarter notes, eight notes, and quarter rests to create their own unique rhythms using programs like “Tempo Island Rhythm” from the awesome Freddie The Frog music book series. THANK YOU!

The Winter Concert videos are now up on the ICS YouTube Page. The Winter Concert would not have been such a success without the endless support from our families. These kids sound great, and I look forward to being able to mold and grow their singing abilities even more as we move forward.

Our ukuleles are HERE! Well actually they’ve been here since September in boxes underneath the risers but many of the kids don’t know that;) NOW THEY’RE HERE! We will begin learning about the body of the ukulele, string numbers, and fret numbers in a few short weeks.

If there are any adult seasoned (or completely unexperienced) guitar or ukulele players out there that might be interested in coming in and giving some of our classes an unplugged performance, interested in helping out during some classes as the kids find their way around this awesome instrument (the more adults in the room the better haha), or even if you’re interested in coming in once a week or month and helping me keep these ukes in tune, please email me (kgarcia@icsnyc.org)! 

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.” – Ella Fitzgerald

-Mr. Kyle

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Thank you!

THANK YOU all for your help and support in making the 2016 ICS Winter Concert a huge success! The students sang and performed their hearts out, and a YouTube link to the performances should be available by the end of the week. To continue supporting our cause, please help spread the word in donating to the music class’s DonorsChoose project to get an iPad!

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Proceeds will go directly to help funding an iPad for our students to use in music class, aiding in projects like composition, rhythm notation, and performance recordings.

December – Music

The 2016 ICS Winter Concert is just around the corner!
Brooklyn Friends Lower School (375 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY 11201)
Meeting House
Kindergarten: 1:30-2:00PM
1st & 2nd Grade: 2:30PM-3:00PM
Come celebrate with us as we sing songs from around the world!

 

September – Music

This month in music we have been exploring the procedures and classroom rules. At the end of each lesson this year we will read a short story about anything from character building or music history to music notation, instruments, and our voices. One of the students’ stories we have been reading this month is an awesome book called “The Worst Day Of My Life Ever” by Julia Cook, that focusses on how to truly listen and follow and instructions. img_3652