Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Welcome, September!

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This month in music class we are beginning our concert songs!
(Fall Concert: Thursday, November 15th at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts)

Your scholars are starting to imagine what it will be like to be on the stage. Many of them have fond memories from last year's accomplishments. Some students have been sharing that they are nervous for the upcoming event. We have had conversations about what to do when we are nervous. I also shared with them that I will help them practice over and over and over again so that when they get on the stage, they won't forget everything. 😄

We are continuing to use our 4 voices in different ways. We are learning to stand when we sing our concert songs to make our legs strong. We are using vocabulary words to describe the music we hear (high, low, presto, largo). We are also getting better at moving to and playing the steady beat (sometimes with egg shakers!).

1st and 2nd Grade:
We are continuing to use our most beautiful singing voices, ear train with solfege, and practice our Perfect Singing Posture. We are discovering the difference between steady beat and rhythm, as well as reviewing how to read simple rhythm patterns. Our composer this month is the esteemed Johann Sebastian Bach or as we call him in class, Mr. Bach. Below is the link to my Spotify playlist. It includes the pieces we have been listening to in class, plus a few extra. 

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See you soon, 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

August Update

We are really starting to get into the swing of things! Your scholars have been practicing and internalizing music room procedures and expectations. We are getting good at remembering our seats, finding our singing voices and walking (not running) into the room. 🙂🙂🙂

One goal for the weeks to come, is to become better listeners! We are working on listening when others are speaking and learning how to track the speaker. This is such an important skill for our young scholars as it will help them become better friends to their classmates, and respectful citizens of their school. I am right with them on this goal. I tell them that I like to talk and I need to remember to be a better listener too.

Kindergartners have been perfecting their High and Low. They have been singing, moving and listening-responding to high and low sounds. We listened to "Teasing" by Bela Bartok and listened for the changing pitch from high, medium low, to very low.

1st and 2nd graders have been learning all about Mr. Vivaldi and The Four Seasons.
They should know at least 3 facts about him so far. We practice saying the facts in complete sentences. They are becoming very adept at this. Here is a link to my Vivaldi playlist on Spotify. If you have an account, you should be able to access it. If you do not have an account, it will only let you listen to 30 second clips of the pieces. This should still be enough for your scholars to show you what they have been learning. Vivaldi Playlist

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Curriculum Night

K-2 Curriculum Night is tomorrow night!

In an effort to save trees, the Specials Team will only have a few hard copies of their curriculum maps. Electronic copies are available on all of our blogs.

The K-2 Music Curriculum Maps are 
on the right hand side of my blog under "Helpful Links".   

See you soon!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Welcome Back!

Hello! My name is Rachel Boswell and I am the General Music Teacher for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. I am a native of Rochester, NY and a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College where I completed a B.S. in Music Education. As a member of the Founding Faculty, this will be my fourth year teaching at Archway Lincoln. A few of my hobbies are singing, playing guitar, reading, hiking and bragging excessively about my three year old niece.

I am looking forward to welcoming back our young scholars and meeting the new additions to our great school. In music class, students will explore and navigate the wonderful world of music. These early years are an essential time in your student’s development to introduce foundational musical concepts. My goal is to provide a rich environment that engages them in singing, playing, listening, creating, performing and responding to music.

We will cover aspects of:
    Music Theory - solfege, melody, rhythm, notation, form, articulation
    Singing - finding our singing voice, posture, breathing, volume control, song memorization
    Playing - technique for a variety of instruments, pitched and unpitched
    Music History - composer’s lives and works (1st and 2nd)
    Listening - getting familiar with timeless pieces of music and describing what we hear
    Moving - responding kinesthetically to the music we hear and the music we create
    Performing - an essential part of being a musician. Each grade level will have the opportunity to put on a concert for family and friends twice a year. The concerts are mandatory and part of their grade. The concert dates are:

Thursday, November 15th from 5:30- 6:15pm
Thursday, April 4th from 5:30-6:30pm
We will be performing at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
I look forward to our correspondence and a wonderful year ahead.


Rachel Boswell

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Thank You

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I wanted to write a simple note to say “thank you”.
The sheer volume of kind words and gifts overwhelms me each year.
Thank you, parents for your generosity, kind hearts, and for entrusting your precious ones into our care.


Rachel Boswell

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Concert DVDs

If you ordered a concert DVD, they will be available for pickup starting on Monday, May 21st.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Phoenix Children's Chorus

Phoenix Children's Chorus

for the 2018-2019 season are here!

Do You Know A Child That Loves To Sing?

Let them know about our upcoming auditions

In Phoenix:  May 9th, 19th, and June 5th @ The Phoenix Center for the Arts
In East Valley:  May 5th & May 21st @ Chandler-Gilbert Community College

What Do You NeedTo Know?

Who is able to audition?
Auditions are open to all boys and girls that will be in 1st through 12th grade in Fall 2018. Students entering first grade must turn 6 before September 1, 2018 in order to be old enough to participate in our Poco Voce class in Phoenix.

Where do the auditions take place?
The Phoenix Children's Chorus rehearsals take place at one of our two sites in either Phoenix or East Valley. The Phoenix Center for the Arts is located at 1202 North 3rd Street at the crossroads of 3rd Street and Moreland on the east end of Hance Deck Park just south of McDowell in Phoenix. A sign on the front door will give the room where the auditions take place in the building. Our new East Valley location is at Chandler Gilbert Community College 2626 E. Pecos Road Chandler 85225 in the Performing Arts Center.

Does my child need to prepare anything for the audition?
No. The child will go before the Music Directors who will ask the child to match pitch by playing a few notes on the piano for the child to repeat a cappella (without accompaniment). We now teach the child a new song that they sing for their audition. Then if the child can read music they will be given the opportunity to demonstrate that ability.

Does my child need to have a music background?
No, we are looking for children who have a clear and pleasant singing voice, love to sing and can match pitch. We are a choral music education organization and teach the child how to sing chorally.

May I go into the audition room with my child?
We prefer to hear the child alone. The music staff specializes in working with children and will put the child at ease, so that the child can do their best and have a fun experience.

How long will the audition last?
The audition process takes 1 1/2 hours. It includes an orientation about our program, a group sing and an individual audition. We ask that parents fill out some information for our files and be available to answer any questions about the organization that you might have. Please be on time so that we may keep to the schedule.

How will I be notified of the audition result?
Everyone who auditions will receive an email giving the audition results and possible choir placement for your child.

© 2018 Phoenix Children's Chorus