Remote Learning Fall 2020

Here are links to google slides for each grade level:

K-3rd

4th+5th

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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4th+5th Thursday 2-27 Musical Events

Good evening,

I wanted to remind you that we have 2 musical events this Thursday, February 27th.  Both 4th and 5th Graders have the opportunity to participate in the 46th Annual Music In Our Schools Concert at 7 p.m. in the High School Concert Hall.  Please arrive at 6:45.  Earlier in the Day, 4th Graders also have the opportunity to travel to the Adler Theater in Davenport for the annual Symphony Day at the 11:00 concert.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  I have also sent home a paper copy of this flyer.

Please let me know if you have any questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 935-0699. Thank you for your continued support of Music in Geneseo!

Sincerely,

Mike Eckwall

Southwest Music Teacher

Remaining Southwest Fine Arts Dates 2019-20

Quad City Symphony Day-(4th grade) –Thursday, February 27, 2020, 11:00 a.m.., Adler Theater, Davenport, IA

Music in Our Schools Concert (4th and 5th grades)– Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert  Hall

4th Grade Musical – Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:30 p.m. at Southwest

Southwest Fine Arts Day– Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Southwest

All-Unit Concert (4th and 5th grades)- Monday, May 4, 2020, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, May 11, 2020

Practice– TBA

Concert–  7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

Southwest Spring Programs– Thursday, May 14, 2020, Southwest Gymnasium

  • Grades K-2 8:45 a.m.
  • Grades 3-5 10:00 a.m.
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Christmas Programs 12-17-19

Hello,

As the Christmas programs are right around the corner, I would like remind you of its details.  In addition, I would like to share with you an update on the opportunities available to your child, and also where you may assist.  The Southwest Christmas Programs will take place on the evening of Tuesday, December 17th in the High School Concert Hall.   Grades K-2 will perform at 6:00, and Grades 3-5 will perform at 7:15.  Please have your child arrive 15 minutes early.  At a later 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:3rd grade will be on the audience’s left, K-2nd and 5th grades in the middle, and 4th grade on the right.  DVD’s will again be available for purchase!  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.

4th and 5th grades will also have the opportunity to sing as part of the Geneseo Christmas Walk on Saturday, December 14th 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.

The 3rd, 4th and 5th grades’ Christmas Program this year will be Jingle Bell Jukebox!  In addition to songs that all students will be singing, our 5th graders with speaking parts have been busily rehearsing.  Students in grades 3-5 may also come in for extra recorder practice.  All of these rehearsals and practices are taking place during specified morning and lunch recess times.  This schedule can be found in the gym, by the Southwest music room, and online on my district blog-see link below. 

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades will perform a variety of Holiday selections, both old and new!

All Grades- On the links to each grade level above, you will find practice tracks and music notation for all songs we will be singing on December 17th .

Attention performing musicians-If your child plays piano or another instrument and has a piece prepared for Christmas, we would love to have him or her play for us in between concerts during the Christmas Programs on December 17th!  Please let me know if your child is interested.

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 8th at 4:30 p.m.  The day of the program-December 17th 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 17th.

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

Remaing Southwest Fine Arts Dates 2019-20

Geneseo Christmas Walk (4th and 5th grades)– Saturday, December 14, 2019, 3:30 p.m., outside at intersection of State and First Street in Geneseo

Southwest Christmas Programs– Tuesday, December 17, 2019, High School Concert Hall

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

Quad City Symphony Day-(4th grade) –Thursday, February 27, 2020, 11:00 a.m.., Adler Theater, Davenport, IA

Music in Our Schools Concert (4th and 5th grades)– Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert  Hall

4th Grade Musical – Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:30 p.m. at Southwest

Southwest Fine Arts Day– Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Southwest

All-Unit Concert (4th and 5th grades)- Monday, May 4, 2020, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, May 11, 2020

Practice– TBA

Concert–  7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

Southwest Spring Programs– Thursday, May 14, 2020, Southwest Gymnasium

  • Grades K-2 8:45 a.m.
  • Grades 3-5 10:00 a.m.
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Congratulations!

Thank you to all who attended the Harvest Festival during the weekend of September 22-23! I have posted recordings from the finale concert on the 4th and 5th Harvest Fest page found at the top left of this window. Enjoy!

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Sunday (9-22) Harvest Fest Activities now at HIGH SCHOOL

Hello,

As you may have already heard, due to the forecasted weather, Sunday’s (9-22) Harvest Festival activities will now take place at the High School.  Please enter the doors by the Fine Arts area, just north across from the Concert Hall, for all activities and events.

4th and 5th Graders should arrive at 4:15, wearing jeans and a space-themed or solid-colored shirt.

Please let me know if you have any questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0699. Thank you for your support and flexibility!

Mike Eckwall
Southwest Music Teacher

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Harvest Fest Choir Concerts September 22nd

Hello,

I wanted to remind you that this coming weekend is the 29th Annual Harvest Festival.   4th and 5th grade students will perform as part of the Finale Concert this Sunday, September 22nd.  Our “Out of this World” finale will take place at 4:30 p.m.  in the Geneseo City Park. Please arrive at 4:15.  We also invite you to join us for additional concerts and events starting at 12:00 p.m. There will be a perfect attendance award this year for students who attend all of the year’s performances.  Please have your child wear jeans and a space-themed or solid colored shirt.

We ask that you consider donating some of your time to assist us this weekend.  Thank you to those of you who have already volunteered!  All the proceeds raised this weekend will directly benefit the arts programs in Geneseo.  Here is a link to sign up: https://signup.com/go/JrePSqs

Students may come in to the music room for extra practice this Thursday and Friday morning before school, and Thursday during lunch recess.   Practice tracks and music notation are also available under 4th and 5th at the top of this page.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0699.  I look forward to seeing you and your child on Sunday.

Thank you for your support of the arts in Geneseo!

Mike Eckwall

Southwest Music Teacher

Southwest Fine Arts Dates 2018-19

Harvest Festival (4th and 5th grades)-Sunday, September 23, 2018 Geneseo City Park (rain location HS Gym)

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

Geneseo Christmas Walk (4th and 5th grades)– Saturday, December 8, 2018, Location TBA, Southwest 3:30 p.m., Millikin 4:00 p.m., Northside 4:30 p.m.

Southwest Christmas Programs– Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 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 2019

Music in Our Schools Concert (4th and 5th grades)– Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

4th Grade Musical – Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Southwest

Southwest Fine Arts Day– Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Southwest

All-Unit Concert (4th and 5th grades)- Monday, May 6, 2019, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, May 13, 2019

Practice– TBA

Concert–  7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

Southwest Spring Programs– Thursday, May 23, 2019, Southwest Gymnasium

  • Grades K-2 8:45 a.m.
  • Grades 3-5 10:00 a.m.

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Remaining Performances and Opportunities

Hello ,

Thank you also for your continued support of teachers here in Geneseo.  We certainly do feel appreciated! Here is a reminder of our remaining events for the year:

5th grade will have the opportunity to perform at the Recorder/Band Recruitment Concert this coming Monday, May 13th at 7 p.mPlease arrive by 6:45.   The concert will also feature performances by both the 6th grade and the High School Honor Band.  It will take place in the High School Concert Hall.  Before or after the performance, 5th grade families can sign up for a band instrument test-drive in the lobby.   These will take place during the few days following the concert. Here is an introduction letter:

3rd-6thChildren’s Choir forms are due this Monday, May 13th to Mrs. Gierhart at Millikin.  I have attached this registration form.  Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity for your child this summer! Here is the information and form page:

K-5th grades –our Southwest Spring Programs will take place on Thursday, May 23rd:

Kindergarten-2nd grades will perform at 8:45 a.m., and 3rd-5th grades will perform at 10:00 a.m.  The concerts will take place in the Southwest Gymnasium.

The programs will again be professionally filmed and available for purchase.  I have attached this order form.  

Practice tracks and notation are available on my district blog at: https://gcsdstaff.org/eckwall/.  For small group solos, I have written in the names included next to the section of music to which they are assigned.

Please let me know if you have questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0699.  Thank you for your support of the arts in Geneseo!

Thanks,

Mike Eckwall

General Music Teacher

Southwest Elementary

Remaining Southwest Fine Arts Dates 2018-19

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, May 13, 2019, HS Concert Hall

Practice– 1:30 p.m.

Concert–  7:00 p.m.

Southwest Spring Programs– Thursday, May 23, 2019, Southwest Gymnasium

  • Grades K-2 8:45 a.m.
  • Grades 3-5 10:00 a.m.
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Spring Music Opportunities

Hello,

I hope that you and your family enjoyed a restful spring break!  In our final week before break we had two outstanding 4th Grade musical performances!  Also, as part of our annual Fine Arts Day, we enjoyed demonstrations from a variety of skilled and accomplished artists as well as an excellent performance by the Middle School Jazz Band and Swing Choir.  Here is a link to where you may find recordings of these performances: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3hHqYf6x0QgLY4-52BfMj3k3VNErVQyY

As we enter the final quarter of our school year, I wanted to outline your child’s upcoming musical opportunities:

3rd-5th Grades-Students may come in most every morning before school from 7:45-8:15 to practice recorder and also test for Recorder Karate belts.

4th and 5th Grades- On Monday, May 6th, students in grades 4-12 will perform at the All-Unit Choir Concert in the High School Concert Hall.  4th and 5th Grades from all three elementary schools will perform two combined pieces as well as music with all choirs combined.

5th Grade-The following Monday, May 13th, the 5th graders will perform at the Recorder Concert, along with the 6th Grade Band and the High School Honor Band.  We will rehearse earlier during the school day. During the following few evenings, students will have the opportunity to “test drive” and select an instrument to play next year in band.  The previous Tuesday, May 7th, students will have had these instruments demonstrated at Southwest. 

All Grades-Spring Programs will take place on Thursday, May 23rd in the Southwest Gymnasium.  Grades K-2 will perform starting at 8:45 a.m., and Grades 3-5 at 10:00 a.m.  This year’s theme is History and the Old West!

1st-7th Grades-Quad City Orchestra Youth Choir Auditions-The Quad City Symphony Youth Choir is for students in 4-8th grade and is a great opportunity for students who want to dive deeper into their classical music training. The Preparatory Choir is for students in 2nd-3rd grades and is an awesome introduction into the youth choir experience. Auditions will take place between May 14-30.  Please let me know if you are interested!

3rd-6th Graders- Please consider joining the Geneseo Children’s Choir this summer from July 3-10!  This choir workshop will include a variety of fun musical activities in addition to preparing concert music.  Here is the note with form:

As always, please let me know if you have questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0699.  Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Mike Eckwall

General Music Teacher

Remaining Southwest Fine Arts Dates 2018-19

All-Unit Concert (4th and 5th grades)- Monday, May 6, 2019, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, May 13, 2019

Practice– 1:30 pm., HS Concert Hall

Concert–  7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

Southwest Spring Programs– Thursday, May 23, 2019, Southwest Gymnasium

  • Grades K-2 8:45 a.m.
  • Grades 3-5 10:00 a.m.
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Upcoming Musical Opportunities

Hello!

I hope that you and your family have stayed warm and safe during this Midwest weather.  First of all, Christmas program DVD’s have been sent home!  Please let me know if you have any issues with your order.  I also wanted to outline a few upcoming opportunities for your child.  Many of the resources mentioned below are also available here on my district blog.

All Students are currently working with Unit 2 in our Spotlight on Music series.  We are addressing numerous musical concepts through singing, playing, and studying a variety of folk and other music.  In all classes, we are also using Mr. Everybody’s Musical Apartment.  Using this system, students are able to learn the names of the line and space notes in the treble clef.  We will also briefly study the bass clef using an extension of this system.

3rd-5th-Recorders-In addition to Spotlight on Music and Mr. Everybody’s Musical Apartment, 3rd-5th graders are currently working on several songs on recorder.  3rd and 4th grades are using the Recorder Karate system, where they earn one of nine belts upon mastery of each song.  5th graders are learning songs which they will perform at their Recorder-Band Concert on Monday, May 13th at the High School.  Students may come in for extra practice or to test for belts during most morning recess and specified lunch and lunch recess times.

On Thursday, February 28th, all 4th graders in Geneseo schools will be traveling to the Symphony Day at the Adler Theater in Davenport.  The theme this year is “Immigrant Stories.”  We will be doing activities during music class to help familiarize students with some of the music that will be performed.  Students will load buses about 9:45 a.m. for the 11:00 concert.  We will eat lunch when returning to school about 12:30. Please have your child bring a sack lunch, or request a sack lunch from school.  Please also have your child wear nice school clothes the day of the concert.  Below I have attached the resource guide I received which helps to introduce these musical pieces and performers to students.  Please feel free to look through it and do some of the activities if you wish.

Also on February 28th, 4th and 5th grade students will be performing at the 45th Annual Music In Our Schools Concert on Thursday, February 28th at 7 p.m. at the High School.  Please plan to arrive by 6:45 p.m.  A perfect attendance award will again be given students who have performed all concerts this year.  Students who attend this concert will be invited to attend a pizza party at Happy Joe’s!  Practice tracks and music notation are posted under “4th+5th” at the top of the page.

4th Graders- Our 4th Grade Musical this year will be Bones! We will perform it on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m., and again two days later during our annual Fine Arts Day.   In this musical by Sally Albrecht, Sam, the custodian, has accidentally knocked over the famous Charles Cartilage skeleton! All of the disconnected bones have amnesia from the fall and have no clue what they are – or where they belong!  We will begin rehearsing for this performance during class next week.  Auditions will take place on Thursday 2/21 and Friday 2/22. Please see this packet for audition materials:

All-Our Southwest Fine Arts Day will take place on Thursday, March 21st.  We will have a variety of artists presenting their craft to students throughout the day.  Also as before, the Middle School Jazz Band and Swing Choir will perform for us, and we will conclude the day with a final performance of our 4th Grade Musical.  Please help!  We will be looking for a variety of volunteers to help the day go smoothly.  Stay tuned for a communication from our PTA regarding opportunities where you may become involved in this great event.

3rd-6th Graders- Please consider joining the Geneseo Children’s Choir this summer from July 3-10!  This choir workshop will include a variety of fun musical activities in addition to preparing concert music.  Here is the form:

As always, please let me know if you have questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0699.  Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Mike Eckwall

General Music Teacher

Remaining Southwest Fine Arts Dates 2018-19

Quad City Symphony Day-(4th grade) –Thursday, February 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m. concert

Music in Our Schools Concert (4th and 5th grades)– Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

4th Grade Musical – Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Southwest

Southwest Fine Arts Day– Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Southwest

All-Unit Concert (4th and 5th grades)- Monday, May 6, 2019, 7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, May 13, 2019

Practice– TBA

  Concert–  7:00 p.m., HS Concert Hall

Southwest Spring Programs– Thursday, May 23, 2019, Southwest Gymnasium

  • Grades K-2 8:45 a.m.
  • Grades 3-5 10:00 a.m.
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