Category Archives: music

Scheduling Musical Rehearsals

This year’s musical will afford many opportunities for student-driven organizational work, from backstage jobs to note-taking during rehearsals. For example, this year’s Upper Unit students are more involved in scheduling. They are leading the charge with deciding which songs need more rehearsal time before … Continue reading

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Goings-on in Music

Students are getting to know the music in “Singin’ in the Rain” and learning how to read a score, highlighting their singing parts along the way. And while music rehearsals for “Singin’ in the Rain” are in full swing, we’ve been keeping … Continue reading

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Cincinnati Children’s Choir

Last week, students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 had an opportunity to sing with a conductor from The Cincinnati Children’s Choir. Debra Shawver came and talked about the choir and gave the kids a taste of singing with this group … Continue reading

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Casting “Singing in the Rain”

On November 1, the annual musical was announced using a sprinkler and rain-gear to let parents and students know that we will be performing “Singing In The Rain.” Our performances will be held on May 4 and 5, 2017, at the … Continue reading

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Steel Pan Music

Part of the Music program at McGuffey includes the study of instrument families in the orchestra. Grades 1-4 take a close look at percussion, string, brass, and woodwind families. To put a lovely end to their unit on percussion instruments, our … Continue reading

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Lower Elementary Visits the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Lower Elementary students took a field trip to the see the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Taft Theatre last week. We watched a performance called “The Orchestra Lab,” which introduced students to all of the different instrument families in the orchestra, … Continue reading

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The Pentatonic Scale

Our Grade 2 students have been working on using the pentatonic scale in Music class. The pentatonic scale consists of 5 notes of the octave: do, re, mi, sol, and la. This scale is frequently heard in folk songs all … Continue reading

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A Visiting Performance of Sleeping Beauty

Earlier this week, we were treated to a performance of Sleeping Beauty by the Windy City Players. This Chicago-based touring group has come to us several times and is a wonderful addition to McGuffey’s Theater program. Our students were not only … Continue reading

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First Experiences with Kindermusik

Our youngest students in the Primary classroom recently had their first experience with Kindermusik. While discussing their many different feelings, they played instruments, sang, and danced their way through class. The pictures above show experimentation with zig-zag blocks. They can be … Continue reading

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Music from Beginning to End

From Grade 1 to Grade 8, Music class is off to a great start this school year. Grade 1 students are learning the vocabulary to describe music; for example “forte” means loud and “piano” means soft. One game these students played … Continue reading

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