Southwest Christmas Programs December 14 in High School Concert Hall!

Hello,

We are thrilled to announce the return of the Southwest Christmas Programs!  The programs will take place on the evening of Tuesday, December 14th in the High School Concert Hall.  Grades K-1 willperform at 5:45, Grades 2-3 at 6:15, and Grades 4-5 at 7:15.  Please have your child arrive 15 minutes prior to that time.  Closer to the programs, we will share with you details of dropoff and pickup locations for each grade level.  As you consider where to sit to best see your child, here is the students’ placement on risers:K, 2nd, and 4th grades will be on the audience’s left;  1st, 3rd, and 5th grades on the right. 

DVD’s will again be available for purchase!  New this year-A portion of DVD sales will go directly towards the Southwest Music Program.  Please see the included form and return it with your child to his or her teacher, or to the music room before we leave for winter break.

Kindergarten and 1st grades will perform a variety of holiday selections, both old and new!

2nd and 3rd grades will present for us their version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas!

4th and 5th grades will perform Jingle Bell Jukebox-The Flip Side!

All Grades- On my district blog, you will find practice tracks and music notation for all songs we will be singing on December 14th. Here is the link: https://gcsdstaff.org/eckwall/.

Please Help!  We are still looking for volunteers to assist us on the day of the program, and also to decorate the Concert Hall for the holiday season.  To decorate the concert hall, individuals from all three elementary schools will meet on Sunday, December 5th at 11:30 a.m.  The day of the program-December 14th we need assistance to setup and takedown before and after our performance, starting at about 4:00 p.m.  Please contact me if you might be able to assist at any point.  Thank you to those who have already volunteered.  Any and all help would be appreciated!  Volunteers will be able to reserve seats at our Christmas Programs on December 14th.

4th and 5th grades will also have the opportunity to sing as part of the Geneseo Christmas Walk on Saturday, December 11th at 3:30 p.m.  Please arrive at 3:20. This year we will be performing OUTSIDE at the intersection of State and First (the traffic light) in downtown Geneseo.  All three elementary schools will sing together.  Please be sure that your child is dressed for the weather.

Please contact me if you have questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0699. Thank you for your continued support.  I hope you have an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving Break!

Sincerely,

Mike Eckwall

Southwest Music Teacher

2021-22 Southwest Fine Arts Dates

Geneseo Christmas Walk (4th and 5th grades)– Saturday, December 11, 2021, 3:30 p.m., downtown Geneseo

Southwest Christmas Programs– Tuesday, December 14, 2021, High School Concert Hall

Grades K-1 5:45 p.m.

Grades 2-3 6:15 p.m.

Grades 4-5 7:15 p.m.

Quad City Symphony Day-(4th grade) –Thursday, February 24, 2022, 11:00 a.m. concert

Music in Our Schools Concert (4th and 5th grades)– Thursday, February 24, 2022, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

4th Grade Musical – Tuesday, March 14, 2022, 6:30 p.m. at Southwest

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, April 25, 2022

Practice– TBA

Concert–  7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

All-Unit Choir Concert (4th and 5th grades)- Monday, May 2, 2022, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

Southwest Spring Programs– Thursday, May 12, 2022, Southwest Gymnasium

Grades K-2 8:45 a.m.

Grades 3-5 10:00 a.m.

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Christmas 2021 Cast Lists and Rehearsal Schedules

Congratulations to everyone who was selected from 2nd-5th grades!  There were many more students deserving and ready to participate in the cast, and I encourage all of you to audition again in the future.

The performances will be on December 14,  2021 at the following times:

6:15 p.m. 2nd+3rd ‘Twas the Night Before Christmascast list of speaking parts

7:15 p.m. 4th+5th Jingle Bell Jukebox-The Flip Side!cast list of speaking parts

Here are upcoming rehearsals:

11-11 Thursday- 4th Grade Choir

11-12 Friday 2nd+3rd – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

11-15 Monday-4th+5thJingle Bell Jukebox-The Flip Side!

11-16 Tuesday- 5th Grade Choir

11-17 Wednesday-2nd+3rd – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

If needed: 11-19 Friday 2nd+3rd – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

This schedule will be updated regularly, and will  be posted outside the music room and here on my district blog .  Please let me know if you have questions at meckwall@genesochools.org or (309) 945-0699.

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Southwest 2021 Christmas Events

4th and 5th Grade students will be invited to participate in the Geneseo Christmas Walk on Saturday, December 11th! More details are forthcoming.

The 2021 Christmas Programs will take place on Tuesday, December 14th! Please click the appropriate link above for more information and resources regarding each grade’s program.

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Harvest Fest Performance Recordings

Congratulations to all who participated in the Harvest Music Festival this year on their great performances! It was wonderful to perform again for a live audience. Here are video and audio recordings of the Middle and High School concerts, as well as the “Hero Finale”. Enjoy!

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Harvest Fest 2021-Sunday, September 26th at City Park

4th and 5th grade students will have the opportunity to perform at the Harvest Music Festiva 4th and 5th grades are excited to share with you our “Hero” songs this coming Sunday, September 26th  in the Geneseo City Park!  Students should arrive for the Finale Concert by 4:15 p.m. by the Band Shell.  Concert attire can be “Hero” themed, or jeans/jean shorts and a solid-colored shirt.  Students should bring a face mask to wear, but not a full face covering.  Sunglasses are recommended since they will be facing west.  Practice tracks and music notation may be found on below. Below you will also find the GPAC informational flyer that outlines events for the weekend.

Please consider volunteering to assist during the weekend.  Here is a link to where you may sign up- https://signup.com/go/HWBHqde. Here is a note from GPAC (Performing Arts Council): 

This past weekend The Sound of Geneseo performed at their first marching band competition and brought home best auxiliary and 1st place in Class 2A! This weekend they host the Geneseo Maple Leaf Marching Band Classic on Saturday Sept 25th. On Sunday, Sept. 26th, we are excited to hear the Geneseo Elementary, Middle School and High School choirs perform for their first concert of the year at the Harvest Music Festival at the Geneseo City Park. These musicians have worked hard to prepare for this weekend – the largest fundraiser of the year for the fine arts program.  In order to ensure this weekend is a success we are still in need of volunteers. Harvest Festival weekend is where we generate most of our funding to support our 4th-12th grade choirs, band, speech and theater programs.  Please sign up by volunteering a few hours of your time. As a thank you, you will receive free entry into the Maple Leaf Marching Band Classic on Saturday. Please sign up by clicking on the link above. Thank you!

Music Notation

Practice Tracks

Here is information from GPAC (Geneseo Performing Arts Council) regarding the event:

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Welcome Back!

Hello Southwest Families,

Welcome back to a hopefully more “normal” year at Southwest!  We will continue to use the Spotlight on Music series as a resource for many of our lessons, as well as a variety of other materials.  We hope to return many of our performances to the schedule this year as well.

We will be using a variety of instruments to help learn about and experience music.  One exciting addition this year is a set of 15 piano keyboards, generously provided by the Geneseo Education Foundation.  This set of keyboards will be shared between the three Geneseo elementary schools, with a more focused unit with third graders.  Fourth and fifth graders will again be using recorders, and all students will continue to use our mallet percussion instruments.

Another exciting addition this year will be 4th and 5th grade choir!  This group will rehearse before school several days each week, and will perform alongside the rest of our students at several concerts each year.  Auditions will take place before school next Monday and Tuesday, August 30-31. More details can be found here:

4th and 5th grade students will have the opportunity to perform at the “Heroes” finale concert of the Harvest Music Festival during the weekend of September 25-26.  A more detailed message will be sent to families of these students in the near future.

All students are encouraged to submit a talent show audition video! This could be a musical or non-musical talent.  Please have your child see come to the music room before school for help and ideas.  For those who are selected to perform live, the talent show will take place at the Harvest Music Festival on Sunday, September 26th at 3 p.m. in the Geneseo City Park.  Videos are due to Mr. Eckwall by next Friday, September 3rd.

At the end of this note, I have included list of all Southwest musical events for this school year.  There may be a few additions and corrections coming later.  I have also attached a page outlining events where you are invited to assist and become involved.  Please return this form with your child to the music room at Southwest.  These resources may also be found on my district blog at https://gcsdstaff.org/eckwall/

Please let me know if you have any questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0699.  I look forward to working with you again this year!

Sincerely in Music,

Mike Eckwall

Southwest Music Teacher

2021-22 Southwest Fine Arts Dates

Harvest Fest Talent Show Auditions (4th and 5th grades)- Friday, September 3, 2021- deadline to submit to me your video audition

Harvest Festival (4th and 5th grades)-Sunday, September 26, 2021 Geneseo City Park (rain location Geneseo HS)

  • Talent Show 3:00 p.m.
  • Finale Choir Concert 4:30 p.m.

Geneseo Christmas Walk (4th and 5th grades)– Saturday, December 11, 2021, downtown Geneseo

Southwest Christmas Programs– Tuesday, December 14, 2021, High School Concert Hall

  • Grades K-2 6:00 p.m.
  • Grades 3-5 7:15 p.m.

Quad City Symphony Day-(4th grade) –TBA February/March 2022

Music in Our Schools Concert (4th and 5th grades)– Thursday, February 24, 2022, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

4th Grade Musical – Tuesday, March 14, 2022, 6:30 p.m. at Southwest

Southwest Fine Arts Day– Thursday, March 17, 2022 at Southwest

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, April 25, 2022

Practice– TBA

Concert–  7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

All-Unit Choir Concert (4th and 5th grades)- Monday, May 2, 2022, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

Southwest Spring Programs– Thursday, May 12, 2022, Southwest Gymnasium

  • Grades K-2 8:45 a.m.
  • Grades 3-5 10:00 a.m.
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2021 Southwest Spring Program

Here is a link to our Southwest Spring Programs. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into what everyday class looked like this school year. It will be played as a combined program with Millikin and Northside on TV50 on two Sundays-May 30 and June 6- at 3, 5, and 7 p.m. It will also stream online at WB6network.com and the WB6network ROKU channel.

We can’t wait to see you again this fall!

If you are looking for more music-related videos and activites, please see below:

Firebird Activities

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Music Class Meetings week of December 14-18

4th-5th-Come join us to make music together and spread the holiday cheer during a meeting TODAY, December 15, from 1:30-2:00 p.m. Percussion/created instruments and festive attire encouraged! I hope to see you there!

Here’s the link address- https://meet.google.com/oqd-jdzb-uyf

K-3rd- Come join us to make music together and spread the holiday cheer TODAY December 15th at 11:00 a.m. We will also have a meeting this Thursday December 17th at 2:30 p.m. Percussion/created instruments and festive attire encouraged! I hope to see you there! Here’s the link address for both meetings- https://meet.google.com/pbw-misg-pnk

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Remote Learning Fall 2020

Here is the specials activity board.

For other activites, here are links to google slides for each grade level:

K-3rd

4th+5th

Here is a link to a page that will direct you to activities for ALL movements of The Firebird.  Besides the movements posted in past weeks, I have also included the Finale movement.

Please contact me with any questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org.

Thank you for your continued support of the arts in Geneseo!

Mike Eckwall

Southwest Music Teacher

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Remote Learning

As we continue our time away from the regular classroom, I have compiled a collection of online resources that may provide you with some fun activities and games. Please see the link above. I will continue to add to this list. I have included specific activities below for each week. Enjoy, and stay healthy and safe!

Here are activities for the week of May 11-15

Here are activities for the week of May 4-8

Here are activities for the week of April 27-May 1st.

K-2 Read a book and have instrument accompany it.  Here is an example of how you might do so.  I chose Chicka Chicka Boom Boom hoping that many of you would already have the book.  However, you can apply the same technique to make any book fun!  I recommend looking for recurring text (ex: “Chicka chicka boom-boom”) and perform first using body percussion (snapping, patting, clapping, etc.) then have your child pick an instrument(s).  These instruments can be traditional instruments or found sounds around the house, for which I’ve given examples in this video.  You may have instruments you made a few weeks ago near the beginning of remote learning :-). Check back for more books in the near future!

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Musicals Grades K-2 https://youtu.be/FL8iTVqmIvA

Musicals Grades 3-5 https://youtu.be/eynHyuousQU

Here are activities for the week of April 20-24:

Feel free to move along with the music as you practice loud and soft!  I have grade level recommendations, but feel free to do all the activities with your children, regardless of their ages :-).

Here are BINGO cards with music activities for the week of April 13-17

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