Music with Miss Huggins
"One song can change a moment, one idea can change the world, one step can start a journey, but a prayer can CHANGE the impossible".
This past month we have focused on music and the importance of praying as we sing our church music. As we continue our journey during Lent, several students have read and analyzed lyrics to church hymns in discussion with one another before we start our class lessons. If you don’t read the lyrics to church hymns, I suggest checking it out. For me, lyrical reading is one of the best parts of my day.
Each week Holy Redeemer’s classes and choirs sing for mass, so I want to take time and invite you to our weekly masses on Tuesday at 8AM. The schedule for March is as follows:
Holy Redeemer Music for Mass
March is “Music in our Schools” month.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade are learning the difference between beat, rhythm, high, low, tempo, as well as singing several action songs in music class.
2nd Grade is getting ready to take a journey around the world as we learn music of many different cultures.
3rd Grade is learning to read notes and rhythms by playing with handchimes.
4th and 5th Grade will be going to the Children’s Museum to hear the Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mater Dei’s Feeder Band with our band teacher, Mrs. Goth will be performing at Holy Redeemer for the 3rd and 4th Grade on March 21st. We hope to see many students join band during their 5th Grade year and continue during their school career at Holy Redeemer. (Remember, it does take time and practice, but your hard work will be worth it in the long run).
Monte Skelton will be visiting and playing for junior high music classes on March 23rd.
6th-8th Grade is working on Annie Jr, Keyboards, Band, Choir, Percussion.
Also, the Mater Dei Feeder Band Concert is April 18th in Mater Dei’s auditorium. - There are over 180 students involved in Mater Dei’s Feeder Band Program. The band would love to see you at their performance!
Lastly, and most importantly, your support of Holy Redeemer’s Fine and Related Arts does not go unnoticed, so if I don’t say it enough- “thank you for supporting us”!
January started off with some flurries, and turned into a snow storm of musical fun:) Students and choirs sang for weekly masses, Annie Jr. auditions, and now Kindergarten-3rd grade is getting ready to attend a Lollipop concert on February 13th at Victory Theatre. Afterwards, we will be attending the Children’s Museum.
I want to say thank you to all that auditioned for roles in Annie Jr., and to hopefully add a few words of encouragement. We had almost 40 students audition for the musical this year and not everyone saw their name on the list where they wanted. There are always going to be cuts made and I know it can hurt, but please continue auditioning and volunteering to be part of theatre, both in and out of Holy Redeemer. Your time will come, and it will be worth the wait.
Our 3-5 choir is working really hard at preparing the music for Catholic Schools Week and our 6-8 choir is working to share their singing in praise for our Ash Wednesday Mass on February 14. If you are able, we would love to see you at our weekly masses to worship with us.
Looking ahead -Music in Our Schools Month is MARCH!!!
We are also planning to take 4th and 5th Grade to the Victory Theatre for a separate concert that the Philharmonic presents. Afterwards, we will also be attending the Children’s Museum.
There will be several other exciting things going on during music, but one that I am excited to share is that my friend, Monte Skelton will be coming back to junior high music classes for one day to share some of his gifts with the students the day before Spring Break.
4th Grade will be getting ready to start their recorder journey in one week! Parents, I know you can hardly wait to hear the glorious sounds of “toots” and “tweets” from our lovely recorder students. I will also be sending home information about practicing and songs that we will be learning in class.
One of my favorite parts of music for Holy Redeemer is our Keyboard room for junior high. I am super excited that the students are learning church hymns, music from our Yamaha songbook, and learning to play vocal lines for the “Annie” songs.
We have started working with mallet instruments and are grateful to Mater Dei for allowing Holy Redeemer to borrow some of their bell sets so our 6th grade music students can have access to mallet instruments.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates from the music room in March’s edition!!
Parents and students, if I don’t say this enough- thank you so much for your continued support of the Fine Arts!!
Fine Arts Night
Whew! December flew by, and it was a great time watching students perform at Holy Redeemer’s Annual Fine Arts Night. Thank you to our students in art, music, choir, and band for an enjoyable evening to kick off our Christmas season.
Several of our 5th-8th graders spent an afternoon caroling to nursing home residents at Holiday. Words cannot express how appreciative I was to see so many students show up to spread some holiday cheer to the residents. Thank you for sharing your musical talents with our community.
Now, as we embark on January we have junior high students participating in solo and ensemble, Winter Guard, solo and ensemble, choir, and preparing music for our Catholic School’s Week Mass at the end of the month. Also, students sing for our weekly masses on Tuesday at 8AM. You are always welcome to join us!!
Our Annie Jr. auditions took place on January 4th. Thank you to all those that auditioned for speaking roles in 6th-8th grade. Choosing the people that “win” the part is one of the most difficult parts of directing a musical. Also, our Fine Arts Night will be May 10th beginning at 5:30 for the art show, and 6:30 for the performance of Annie Jr.
Please note: it is now on Thursday, May 10th. We look forward to seeing you there and we will be sharing updates along the way.
Our Kindergarten-2nd grade will continue learning songs while keeping a steady beat, and hopefully sometime in March (which is the nationwide “Music in Our Schools Month”) parents will be invited into our classroom to see students show-off some of their musical skills.
3rd grade will be continuing to sing with choir, but will also start learning music with our MalMark Handchimes! I cannot wait!!!
4th grade will be starting their recorder journey at the end of the month! Parents, you should have received an email from me about the recorders-if not, please contact me.
5th grade will be introduced to our keyboard room. (Playing and teaching piano is definitely one of my favorite parts about Holy Redeemer’s music program). Students that might be interested in piano lessons in any grade are always welcome to contact me for details about finding a teacher.
Stay tuned for more updates about 3rd-5th grade!
6th grade is continuing with choir, Annie, percussion, and band. Along with Annie, we will learn about set design, choreography, and several musical theatre topics during the semester!
7th and 8th grade will be continuing with their keyboard skills which also help with developing fine motor skills. They are also going to be very important for our Jr. High Musical- Annie Jr.!
Finally, Clay Jones and Kyera North are our school representatives for the diocesan mass that will take place during Catholic School’s Week at the end of the month! Congratulations!!!
Thank you Holy Redeemer family for being supportive of the arts!
(Remember: our next Fine Arts night is May 10th beginning at 5:30 for our art show, and 6:30 for the 6th-8th grade performance of Annie Jr.).
We can’t wait to see you there!!!
Our Fine Arts night is just around the corner. Kindergarten-5th Grade students have been working very hard to bring an enjoyable evening to Holy Redeemer’s community on December 12th. From dynamics to vocabulary to tempos and so much more; we have been studying these ideas in preparation for the evening! We hope and look forward to seeing you there!
In 6th-8th grade, students have been studying musicals, percussion, band, choir, and piano skills. All of these topics and skills can be used long into their lives. Band students will be performing at Mater Dei with all of the feeder schools on December 6th @ 6:30. Also, the 6th-8th grade choir members are invited to go to Holiday nursing home on December 14th to sing Christmas carols to the residents.
We also invite you to attend mass on December 8th as the 6th-8th Grade Choir leads us in the music for The Feast of the Immaculate Conception. On December 12th at 8AM the 3-5 Choir will be leading us in music for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe.
Last, we had five 7th grade students audition for Mater Dei’s Winter Guard. Veronica Luna, Raven Winners, Lauren Lamb, Cheyenne Ferguson, and Isaac Grubb. I am so proud of the students involvement in the Fine Arts here at Holy Redeemer and in the community.
We hope you can attend some of these events, but especially SAVE THE DATE for December 12th!!!
We get nearer to God through almost any other thing except prayer.
Today, a friend sang with me at mass. After mass, he shared how getting to sing at church helps him express his emotions through song because of his wife being in the nursing home.
I love getting to sing and play piano with others, but I love sharing the time with others in worship even more.
Also, the 8th Graders sang at church, and you can always tell when a "favorite" comes up for singing. Today, it was "Lord of the Dance". As I heard people singing, I was instantly reminded of my childhood favorite- "I'll Fly Away". This made me smile!
What song explains your day today?
Happy "early" Thanksgiving!
Music unwraps the heart, sings out the prayer, dances the spirit, and opens the soul. Mary Davis
Each week I try to think about what musical moments have inspired me the most during the week. For me, prayer and music were the inspiration from my 1st graders this week. Earlier this week I was told by our priest that we will be celebrating the Feast Day for Lady Guadalupe on December 12th. I was asked if the 3rd-5th grade choir could sing a song in Spanish, so I pondered (and pondered), but instead my coworker suggested one, “Open My Eyes”. When I first heard the song I was instantly drawn to it. Since I work in a Catholic school, prayer is a part of my class and one of the main reasons I love working in a parochial school. Today the first graders ended class in prayer and one student said we should always do that. For me, I needed to hear that comment, so thank you to that first grader.
Music speaks to me at random, and I never know when, but what music has touched you in the past few days? Never forget, “where words fail, music speaks”.
Please enjoy listening to the song that inspired me this week.
"Where Words fail, music speaks". - Entry #1
Emotions are not always easily expressed with words, but music expresses emotions! Today in Kindergarten music we spent some time working on one of our program songs, "Jesus, What a Wonderful Child". After singing and telling them the story, one kindergartener raised their hand to say that they felt the music!
Think about it, how many times do you hear a song on the radio and it makes you feel something emotionally?
For me, Elvis Presley's "If I Can Dream" is the most powerful song that I have ever heard. The blast of the brass, lyrics, and the growl of Elvis' voice on the word "strength" is something that gives me hope that dreams can come true with hard work and perseverance.
What song speaks to you emotionally?
Elementary music classes (K-2) have been busy making beautiful music the first couple months of school! They have sang and played musical instruments while keeping a steady beat. Students have been creative with movement making for different songs that come from many cultures.
Grades (3-5) are learning to read notes and rhythms for the Christmas program and mass music. The students are beginning to learn 2 part choir pieces, reading (inflection) and singing with expression for performances, and serving the Tuesday masses once a month with the fabulous 3rd-5th grade choir.
Junior high music classes (6-8) recently found out their musical, Annie Jr. Currently, each junior high class has a choir/music period one day a week. Each class is beginning to learn and apply musical solfege syllables to vocal warm-ups. Junior high band students is learning music for their Christmas program while other 6th grade music students have formed a percussion ensemble for learning and playing rhythms. Some of our upcoming hits include:- “The Chalkboard Blues” and the “Groove Center” . 7th and 8th grade music students are playing piano, some of their most recent and upcoming tunes include: Moana’s chorus- “How Far I’ll Go”, “Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter”, and “Star Wars- Imperial March”.