Spring Music News!

It’s been a while since my last post, and LOTS of exciting things are taking shape in the music program at PS 261!  As always, feel free to drop me an email if you have questions about anything – ps261band@gmail.com

IMG_31031. Donors Choose & School Instruments

Thanks to many of you who donated to my Donors Choose proposal for a new saxophone for the band.  The proposal is now fully funded, and the saxophone should arrive any day now!  Most of our school instruments were purchased in 1992 with a grant from the VH1 Save-the-Music Foundation.  It was a wonderful gift to our school and to the hundreds of students who have learned to play an instrument at 261 since.  Thanks to support from the PTA, our instruments are kept in pretty good shape.  But these instruments aren’t getting any younger.  If you have an instrument gathering dust at home (or know of someone who does), and are interesting in donating it to PS 261 – please let me know!  Every instrument at school is used by a student, so every new instrument means that another child can learn to play!

2. Little Kids Rock & Guitars

All fourth and fifth graders have started learning the acoustic guitar in general music classes, and guitars are available to borrow every weekend.  If your child is interested in practicing the guitar at home, check out http://littlekidsrock.org/flash/kidsite/

I have also started a Little Kids Rock group through the PTA after-school program.  The class meets on Tuesdays, starting next week.

3. Recorders & Carnegie Hall Trip

The third grade has been busy working on learning songs on the recorder for our trip to Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, May 22nd.  Some of the more advanced students are also practicing with the Recorder Ensemble on Fridays and will be performing in the Spring Concert!

In addition to learning to play the recorder, third graders are also studying the instruments in the symphony orchestra.  Check out our favorite class game – The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra!

4. Spring Concert

Save the date!  The PS 261 Spring Concert is Thursday, May 30th at 6:15pm.  There will also be assemblies on Wednesday and Thursday during the school day.  Students from the 4th & 5th Grade Choruses, Beginning & Advanced Bands, Recorder Ensemble and Dance groups will perform.

5. Opera Trips434370448a7e11e2a5bc22000a9e2899_7

On March 11th, students from 5-408, 5-409 and 5-411 attended the last opera trip of the school year.  We saw “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi at the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan.  It was a memorable performance – and we were lucky enough to hear legendary opera singer, Placido Domingo singing the role of Giorgio Germont!   In case you missed it, 5-412, 5-415 and 5-417 saw “Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart in October, 4-312, 4-324 and 4-424 saw “Aida” by Giuseppi Verdi in November, and 4-413, 4-414 and 4-419 saw “The Barber of Seville” by Gioacchino Rossini in December.

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