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About Student Musical Performances:
May 30, 2019: Choral Concert--Songs included: Hero (ballad, Mariah Carey) with interpretive original dance by students. Selections from Music Man: Rock Island, 76 Trombones and others.
March 28, 2019: "Summer Camp" a Fourth Grade Musical
March 21, 2019: "A Lion's Share of Melodies": A Grade 2 Performance for Parents
During second semester of 2019, second grade students worked steadily on a major collaborative project – creating lyrics and melodies to express a story represented by Lion sculptures. In groups of 4-6, students used skills in language arts to create a storyboard and then took steps to compose two balanced phrases that rhyme. After improvising a melody to fit their lyrics, the new melody was recorded on a Chromebook. Students notated the melodies and played their melodies on xylophones. I was impressed with their ingenuity! Parents were invited to a special in-school concert, given by our second graders at the conclusion of the semester unit.
Grant Announcement: More than 100 grade 2 students, including students participating in the Learning for Independence Program, are creating music this year with special support and a new curriculum. Woodlin Elementary School received a $990 grant from MCPS Educational Foundation for "A Lion's Share of Melodies," through which students will create simple lyrics and melodies. Their inspiration will come from 18th century sculptures, "Lions" by Antonio Canova. Music teacher, Cynthia Norell, encourages the children to consider feelings portrayed by the two lions and consider personal connections as they collaboratively compose with some elements of poetry. They recorded their improvisations with some use of Chromebooks. Norell, Woodlin's Music Teacher, who has taught English in Zimbabwe and Jamaica, applied for the grant in September, and the grant was announced in October, 2018. She said the Foundation awards grants for projects which strengthen the foundation of academic success; focus on accountability and results, enhance our culture of collaboration and respect; and strengthen partnerships and engagement. A Lion's Share of Melodies project fully supports the new music curriculum for grade 2: Creating Process. The grant helped purchase necessary materials that include a glockenspiel and two new xylophones.
If you have any questions about Chorus and Choir at Woodlin ES please contact Mrs. Cindy Norell, Woodlin's General Music/Chorus Teacher. Woodlin Elementary has an Instrumental Music program for interested fourth and fifth graders. Weekly classes are taught by Mrs. Susan Mathis. For information about our Instrumental Music program, click here.