Welcome Back!

Dear Southwest families and friends,

I am excited to join you this year as we begin together a new chapter in Music at Southwest Elementary School!  While I may be new to the school, I am not new to the district.   During the past six years, I have been primarily teaching music at Northside, though I have also assisted at the Middle and High Schools.  This year, besides teaching music at Southwest I will be continuing to assist with the High School Marching Band.

I grew up in the Chicago area, then attended Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.  Here I received my bachelor’s degree in Music Education, as well as a minor in French.  I taught for two years in Chicago, after which I was offered the opportunity to join the Geneseo music faculty.  When I moved to Geneseo six years ago, I immediately fell in love with the town.  The appreciation here for music is unparalleled in many other places, as is the culture of respect for teachers, friends, and families.  Besides my work in the schools, I also play for part of the season with the Maple City Band, and I am actively involved in the music ministry at First Lutheran Church of Geneseo.  In addition, I find it important to attend numerous workshops and conferences to remain connected with the professional community and stay up-to-date with the current trends in Music Education.

This fall we are also excited to announce that Mr. Andre Rivera will be working with us several days each week.  Mr. Rivera is a student at Augustana College, and he is preparing to begin his career as a music educator. What better place to gain experience than in the Geneseo Schools!

During this school year, in all grades we are again using the Spotlight on Music series as a basis for all music lessons.  We also incorporate a variety of other resources on a daily basis to create a fuller Music Education experience.  In all grades, we will also be playing MUSIC Baseball.  In order to earn “bases” the class must have all the letters of MUSIC at the end of the class period.  By making good choices, they are able to keep these letters on the board throughout the class.  Once a class scores two runs, they will earn free time, during which time students may pick from a choice of music games to play or video clips to watch.  The class with the most runs at the end of each semester will have a popcorn party.

4th and 5th Grades will have the opportunity to participate in a concert on September 23rd  during the Harvest Music Festival.  Please see the 4th and 5th Grade tab at the top of this page for more details.

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.  I have also attached a document outlining events where you are invited to assist and become involved.  Please return this  signup sheet with your child to school.

Please let me know if you have any questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0652.  I look forward to working with you this year!

 

Sincerely in Music,

Mike Eckwall

Southwest Music Teacher

 

 

Southwest Fine Arts Dates 2018-19

 

Harvest Fest Talent Show Auditions (4th and 5th grades)-Monday, September 10, 2018, 3:30 p.m., HS Choir Room.

 

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 4:45 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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End of the Year Performances and opportunities

Hello,

Congratulations to everyone on a great performance on May 23rd!  Thank you for helping to make these performances a success!    Email me before Tuesday if you would like to get one delivered to the school.  You may also order online at http://www.monjarostudios.com/webstore/elementary.html. The discs will be delivered to school next Tuesday and will go home with your child before they leave for the summer.

Please consider having your child attend Childrens Choir  (3rd-6th) and First Lutheran’s Music Camp (1st-5th) this summer.  Thank you to those who have already signed up!  Children’s Choir will take place in the first part of July, and the Music Camp will take place in mid-August.  I have attached the Children’s choir flyer, and for the Music Camp please visit www.firstgeneseo.org and click on the link on the bottom left.

Please let me know if you have any questions about these items.  My email is meckwall@geneseoschools.org and the phone number is (309) 945-0625.

Thanks again for your continued support.  Have a great summer!

 

Mike Eckwall

Northside Music Teacher

 

 

 

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Fine Arts Day and Rest of the Year

Hello!

I hope that you and your family are enjoying your Spring Break.  I wanted to give you an update on events at Northside-all of which will take place at the High School-and also I wanted to share with you several additional opportunities that are available to your child.

We had a wonderful Fine Arts Day!  We had five acts between which students rotated in the morning.  Anne Sammons discussed and demonstrated Weaving and Fiber Arts, Paul Terpening showed us all about Woodcarving, Haylee Gustafson introduced us to the world of Drama, Mike Stees showed us what it is to be a beekeeper, and Shannon Port allowed us to get a workout using “Pound.”  To end the day’s festivities, our 4th and 5th grade instrument ensembles performed their version of “Liza Jane” for the school, followed by an ingenious and entertaining performance by Guys In Ties.  Thank you to everyone who assisted in helping to make this day a very positive one for our students!  Here is a link to the video playlist on Youtube: 2018 Northside Fine Arts Day Videos

4th and 5th grade students will be performing at All-Unit concert on Monday, May 7th. Please arrive by 6:45 for the 7:00 performance.  We will soon begin rehearsing music for this concert. Practice tracks and music notation will soon be available on my district blog.

5th grade students will be performing at the Recorder/Band concert the following Monday, May 14th.  This concert will also take place at 7:00, and we ask that you arrive by 6:45.  During this same week, following the concert your child will have the opportunity to “test drive” several instruments.   During week of April 16-20 many of these instruments will be demonstrated to 5th grade students.

All students will be beginning songs for our Spring Programs shortly after Spring Break.  The concerts will take place on Wednesday, May 23rd4th and 5th grades will perform at 9:00 a.m., 2nd and 3rd grades at 10:15, and Kindergarten and 1st grades at 2:15.

 

Here are several extra opportunities available to your child:

  • All students have the opportunity to perform as part of the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce Spring Open House & Art Walk on Saturday, April 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students do not need to be present for the entire event.  Please have your child see me if he or she has a solo or small group musical piece that he or she would like to perform.  I am also hoping to have all who are able to from our “Liza Jane” ensemble perform.

 

  • Students entering 4th-7th grade are invited to participate in a Children’s Choir workshop directed by Geneseo music teachers and future music educators. Students will rehearse for two hours on July 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, and 11th.   Instruction will include vocal technique, theory, ear training, and preparation of concert music. The workshop will conclude with students performing with the adult community choir on Wednesday, July 11th. Registration forms are available here and outside the music room.

 

  • Current 2nd-5th grade students-At First Lutheran this summer from August 13th-17th, and 19th students are invited to a week-long music camp. Lunch and an afternoon activity each day are also included in this experience.

 

As always, please let me know if you have questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0625.   Thank you for your support of the arts in Geneseo!

 

Sincerely,

Mike Eckwall

 

 

Remaining Northside Fine Arts Dates 2017-18

All-Unit Concert (4th and 5th grade)- Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m., High School TBA 

 

5th grade Recorder Concert in the High School Concert Hall

  • Practice– Friday, May 11-1:30 p.m.
  • Concert– Monday, May 14- 7:00 p.m.

 

Northside Spring Programs– Wednesday, May 23, 2018, High School Concert Hall

  • Grades 4-5 9:00 a.m.
  • Grades 2-3 10:15 a.m.
  • Grades K-1 2:15 p.m

 

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3rd-5th Music Opportunities

Hello,
I hope that you’ve been enjoying the milder weather.  I wanted to outline a few upcoming opportunities for your child.  Many of the resources mentioned below are also available here on my district blog.
 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 14th 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, March 1st, all 4th graders in Geneseo schools traveled to the Symphony Day at the Adler Theater in Davenport.  The theme this year was “American Voices.”  We had a wonderful trip, and even were able to see three Geneseo students perform on stage.  Thank you again to the school district, GPAC, and you for your support in allowing us this invaluable opportunity!   For upcoming Quad City Symphony Orchestra events, please see www.qcso.org .
4th and 5th grade students performed at the 44th Annual Music In Our Schools Concert on Tuesday, March 13th.  Please see the “4th+5th” tab above this post to view the program and recordings of the performance.
Students entering 4th-7th grade are invited to participate in a choir workshop directed by Geneseo music teachers and future music educators. Students will rehearse for two hours on July 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, and 11th.  Instruction will include vocal technique, theory, ear training, and preparation of concert music. The workshop will conclude with students performing with the adult community choir on Wednesday, July 11th.   Here is the Childrens Choir Parent Note 2018 .
All students will participate in our Annual Northside Fine Arts Day will take place on Friday, March 23rd. Many  4th and 5th grade students  have been rehearsing and will have the opportunity to perform in an instrument ensemble that will play during our final act of the day.  This assembly is scheduled to begin about 12:40.
As always, please let me know if you have questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or by phone at (309) 945-0625.  Thank you for your support!
Sincerely,
Mike Eckwall
General Music Teacher
Northside Elementary

 

Remaining Northside Fine Arts Dates 2017-18
Northside Fine Arts Day– Friday, March 23, 2018
All-Unit Concert (4th and 5th grade)- Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m., High School TBA
5th grade Recorder Concert 8 in the High School Concert Hall
Practice– Friday, May 11-1:30 p.m.
Concert– Monday, May 14- 7:00 p.m.
Northside Spring Programs– Wednesday, May 23, 2018, High School Concert Hall
  • Grades 4-5 9:00 a.m.
  • Grades 2-3 10:15 a.m.
  • Grades K-1 2:15 p.m
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Christmas Programs

Hello,

Congratulations to all our Northside students for a great performance on December 18th!  If you would still like to order a DVD of the Programs, you may order them online at http://www.dsquaredmm.com/webstore.

Here are videos of our last instrument performances on Wednesday, December 20:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3hHqYf6x0Qg0gsOCedV1X9VVCe6WsyFz 

Thank you again for all your support in allowing our Christmas Programs to be a success!  We hope that you have a happy and safe holiday season!

Sincerely,

Mike Eckwall

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4th and 5th: Falalalala.com cast

Fa La La La La.com

List of Characters

 

Reporter 1        Acts 1+2-Addison E. (4th)

Act 3-Addison E. (5th)

 

Reporter 2        Acts 1+2-Michael F.

Act 3+ “Alfred” understudy-Lily J.

 

Reporter 3        Acts 1+2- Braelyn W.

Act 3- Ava R.

 

Olive T. Elf      Acts 1+2- Mady M.

Act 3-  Paislee T.

 

Alfred T. Elf – Rachael R.

 

Merry T. Elf    Acts 1+2- Kaylie D.

Act 3- Chloe F.

 

Hermoine T. Elf Acts 1+2- Junior T.

Act 3-Taylor F.

 

Rhymin’ T. Elf Acts 1+2- Tyler H.

Act 3- Joe V.

 

Santa – Cameron M.

Jasmine Chester – Kyah N.

Connie Lester – Jackie M.

Jenny Parker – Jenny P.

Kendra Barker – Lillian H.

Mikey Miller –  Dylan G.

Glinda Louise Diller – Lucy P.

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Thank you to all who auditioned!  We had many great auditions, and there were some difficult choices I had to make.  If you were selected, please come to our first two rehearsals from 11:30-12:10 this Friday, November 24th.  Here you will receive your scripts and we will run through the program.  Please have your lines memorized by the time we return from Thanksgiving break on November 27th.  Please return the signed note on Friday.

EVERYONE in 4th and 5th grade is invited to join an instrument ensemble, which will also perform at our Christmas Program on December 18th at 7:30.   Rehearsals for this ensemble will begin after Thanksgiving Break.

Falalalala.com congratulations note

 

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2nd+3rd: “The Littlest Reindeer” Cast

 “The Littlest Reindeer”

Cast of Characters

Elf 1: Mia B.

Elf 2: Lauren P.

Elf 3: Landen V.

Elf 4: Caden V.

Elf 5: Reid S.

Doll- Brooklyn R.

Dasher-Ian M.

Dancer- Baylie H.

Prancer- Stella R.

Vixen- Taylor B.

Comet- Addi S.

Cupid-  Brooklyn E.

Donner- Natalie R.

Blitzen- Cheyenne H.

Rudolph- Jason M.

The Littlest Reindeer- Faith M.

Santa- Camryn E.

Mrs. Claus:  Alexis W.

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Thank you to all who auditioned!  We had many great auditions, and there were some difficult choices I had to make.  If you were selected, please come to our first two rehearsals from 7:45-8:15 this  Friday, November 24th.  Here you will receive your scripts and we will run through the program.  Please have your lines memorized by the time we return from Thanksgiving break on November 27th.

EVERYONE in 2nd and 3rd grade is invited to join an instrument ensemble, which will also perform at our Christmas Program on December 18th.  Reherasals for this ensemble will begin after Thanksgiving Break.

Littlest Reindeer congratulations note

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2nd-5th Christmas Program Auditions!

Hello,

The Christmas Programs are right around the corner!  The 2nd and 3rd grades’ program this year will be The Littlest Elf, and the 4th and 5th grade’ program will be Fa La La La La.com! The programs will take place on Monday, December 18thKindergarten and 1st grades will perform at 5:45 p.m., 2nd and 3rd grades at 6:45 p.m., and 4th and 5th grade at 7:30 p.m.   All Programs are scheduled to take place in the new Geneseo High School Concert Hall.

Along with the program’s music, both Fa la la la la.com and The Littlest Elf require a cast of about 15 characters.  If your child is interested in playing one of these roles, they may audition on Friday 11/10, Monday 11/13, and Tuesday 11/14.   Students should sign up for an audition time outside the Northside Music Room.  I may have time to listen to additional students, but priority will be for those who have signed up in advance.

Auditions for 2nd-5th graders will occur from 7:45-8:15 a.m. on Tuesday and also for 4th and 5th graders during lunch/recess time Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, in the Northside music room. Encourage your child to speak slowly, clearly, and with expression at the audition.  If your child eats breakfast at school on Tuesday, they should eat breakfast before coming to the audition.

Students should bring the Audition Form to the audition filled out with their first and last name with the characters for which they are auditioning listed. Please also fill out and sign the Video Permission section so that I may video-record the audition for later reference when making final casting decisions.  Students should memorize one of the three lines printed on the audition form.  I have extra forms available in the music room, and I have attached it and the scripts for each program at the bottom of this note.

Regardless of the outcome of these auditions, ALL students will also have the opportunity to participate in an extra instrument ensemble, which will perform at the Christmas Program as well.  In addition, there will be several solo and small group singing opportunities.

Please contact me if you have questions. Thank you for your help in advance!

 

Sincerely,

Mike Eckwall

meckwall@geneseoschools.org

 

2nd-3rdThe Littlest Reindeer Speaking Part Audition Form

The Littlest Reindeer script

4th-5th Fa La La La La.com Speaking Part Audition Form

Fa la la la script

 

 

Remaining Northside Fine Arts Dates 2017-18

Geneseo Christmas Walk (4th and 5th grades)– Saturday, December 9, 2017, Location TBA, Southwest 3:30 p.m., Millikin 4:00 p.m., Northside 4:30 p.m.

 

Northside Christmas Programs– Monday, December 18, 2017, High School Concert Hall

  • Grades K-1 5:45 p.m.
  • Grades 2-3 6:45 p.m.
  • Grades 4-5 7:30 p.m.

 

Quad City Symphony Day-(4th grade) –TBA February/March 2018

 

Music in Our Schools Concert (4th and 5th grades)– Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m., HS TBA

 

Northside Fine Arts Day– Friday, March 23, 2018

 

All-Unit Concert (4th and 5th grade)- Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m., HS Gym

 

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, May 14, 2018

Practice– 1:00 p.m., location TBA

Concert–  7:00 p.m., HS TBA

 

Northside Spring Programs– Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Location TBA

  • Grades 4-5 9:00 a.m.
  • Grades 2-3 10:15 a.m.
  • Grades K-1 2:15 p.m
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Talent Show recordings

Congratulations to all participants for a great job at the Northside Talent Show on October 31st!  Here is a link to the YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3hHqYf6x0QgLnmFVY-afEuCHCkzYLEnE .

 

Here are audio tracks.  Sorry that they are not louder:

2017 NS Talent Show part 1

2017 NS Talent Show part 2

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Harvest Fest Audition Results

Harvest Fest Talent Show Results

Congratulations to all who auditioned!  Everyone who auditioned on September 11th at the High School will have the opportunity to perform at the 4th Annual Northside Talent Show on October 31st.  Rehearsals for all acts will resume after the Harvest Music Festival, which will take place September 24th and 25th.

Noah D.- GMS- “Rhythms of the Night”- Piano solo

Lily R.- MIL-“How Far I’ll Go”- Vocal solo

Chloe F.- ¬†NS-“Try Everything”- Gymnastics

Isabella F.- MIL-“True Colors”- Vocal solo

Jake S.- NS- “Drumbeat Medley”-Drumset

Thackery N.- GHS-“Divine Romance”- Voice/guitar

Kayla E.- GHS- “Romantic Flight”- Flute solo

Addison D.- GMS- ‚ÄúCan’t Help Falling in Love‚Äù- Vocal solo

Hanna S.- GMS- “Hallelujah”- Vocal solo

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