Category Archives: music

You Are Needed for a Painting Party!

Calling all painters! We need your help building and painting sets for the musical. Students and parents are needed and no experience is necessary. When: Saturday, April 8, 2:00-6:00 and Sunday, April 9, 1:00-5:00 Where: The Duvall’s house (ask a … Continue reading

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Meet the Cast of “Singin’ in the Rain”

Our students will perform “Singin’ in the Rain” on May 4 and 5 at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

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Staging and Choreography in Music

For one wonderful week, our students were able to stage scenes of “Singin’ in the Rain” outdoors in glorious, warm March weather. But, as Ohio winter showed up again this week, we retreated inside for rehearsals in the Main Building. Some cast members … Continue reading

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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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