For the winter concert, the theme I loosely focused on was multicultural celebrations of hope and the holidays. The elementary students learned about holiday traditions from around the world with “December in Our Town”. I focused on developing confidence in performance by singing in a group setting and content fluency.
I focused on the fundamentals of music making with the Jr. High/High School students. I chose “Jingle Bells” to allow the students to achieve success with a piece they knew, in a comfortable arrangement for beginning band. “Sousa Sounds” was chosen to familiarize students with one of the major composers of band literature, John Philip Sousa. The piece highlights the brass and percussion sections, and focuses on note and rhythmic accuracy. “Circle of Life” was chosen to challenge the students. One of the challenges this piece poses for beginning bands is the necessity for players to focus on their own part. With many different notes and rhythms happening throughout the band at once, the students had to develop confidence in their own part and blend with the whole group. Solo/soli sections during the lyrical beginning highlighted trombone, tenor sax and trumpet.“Adeste Fideles” featured lyrics in Latin, and since the tune was familiar (O Come all ye Faithful) the emphasis was placed on diction and delivery.The High School class chose to do “American Pie” as a fun, recognizable closer, showcasing the singers backed by a rhythm section. More than anything it helped the students refine their confidence, diction and range.