Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Spring Concert


Greetings Archway Lincoln Parents and Guardians,

Believe it or not, the fourth annual mandatory Archway Lincoln Spring Concert is fast approaching. It will be held on Thursday, April 4th
at the
Higley Center for the Performing Arts
4132 E. Pecos Road Gilbert, AZ 85295.

The K-2 concert will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. with students arriving at 5:15 p.m.


Attire for concerts is as follows:
Boys: White dress shirt, black pants, black dress shoes, and black socks. Hair should be combed neatly.
Girls: White top, black skirt (black tights optional), or black dress pants, and black dress shoes. Hair should be styled neatly.
Working with your children is a delight and privilege. I look forward to enjoying this beautiful event with you. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at rboswell@archwaylincoln.org
Thank You,
Rachel Boswell
K-2 Music Teacher │Archway Lincoln Classical Academy


Friday, February 8, 2019

February Fun and Spring Concert Save the Date

January seemed like the longest month ever and now that February is here, it is already flying by! We had so much fun last month learning about Mozart, especially his opera, The Magic Flute. The kids really enjoyed hearing some of the arias and experiencing the fairy tale drama of the story.

This month, we will be moving on to Beethoven. The highlights are Moonlight Sonata, Symphony No. 5,  and  Ode to Joy in the context of the 9th Symphony. 

We are continuing to work on our rhythm and melodic sight reading (each grade at their own level) as well as prepare for the Spring Concert. Speaking of that....

Save the date: 
Thursday, April 4th 
at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts



We are also gearing up for Athletic Field Day. I have issued a challenge. On field day, I will wear the color of the class with the most points. The students can earn 1 point per class for completing the lesson with excellence and demonstrating our music room expectations. We did this last year and had a lot of fun with it.

Stay healthy!!!


Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy New Year!

Welcome back!

Winter break was a great time of rest and relaxation.
We enjoyed time at home and with our "Arizona family" up north.

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There are a lot of exciting things to look forward to this quarter. We are continuing to work on our ear training, and sight reading, as well as adding some melodic components to our music notation. Soon, will begin diving into our Spring Concert music (April 4th!), and starting our composer study of Mozart. Mozart is always a favorite among students. We talk about what the word prodigy means, and listen to a few famous instrumental pieces (Twinkle variations, and Eine Kleine Nacht Music) and selections from The Magic Flute. I will be reading a kid friendly version of the story and sharing about the art of storytelling through opera. I was not exposed to opera at a young age and did not enjoy it for many years. My hope is that through early exposure and study, the students will grow to appreciate the art form for what it is, even if it never becomes a favorite.
Below is the link to my Mozart Spotify playlist. As usual, there is more music in the playlist than we have time to cover in class but they are some of my favorites. Happy listening!
Mozart Playlist



Monday, December 3, 2018

December Update


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Because I am from New York, I absolutely love the December weather in Phoenix. It's chilly in the mornings but by the afternoon, it's the perfect temperature. The best part is that I never have to scrape ice from my windshield!!! :)

In music class this month we will be focusing on the music from The Nutcracker Ballet.
This is one of the traditions that the students enjoy every year. We talk about ballet, Mr Tchaikovsky, and hear the (abridged) story accompanied by a variety of musical selections. Below is the recording we have been listening to.

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We have also been working on our solfege singing (ear training), reading and performing rhythms, and identifying the difference between steady beat and rhythm.


Wishing you peace and joy during this holiday season,













Friday, November 16, 2018

Congratulations!

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Congratulations to our K-2 students for a beautiful concert! I was so pleased with their efforts last night. They did such a great job standing in their Perfect Singing Posture, using their most beautiful singing voices, and watching me for their cues. They really stole the show last night. I am so proud of what they have learned so far this year. A big thank you to all the families for your support of this event. I know that it is a long night for all of us. A special thanks to the families who showed their virtue through their actions last night. There were many families present who displayed patience and good will towards everyone around them. I applaud you for your citizenship and humility. I wish you all a restful, and peaceful Thanksgiving!


Save the Date: The Spring Concert will be on Thursday,  April 4th 

Monday, November 5, 2018

K-2 Concert Logistics Thursday, November 15th


All students arrive at 5pm


Parking Lot Assignments:      
v  K:  Lot 1              1st:  Lot 2                  2nd:  Lot 3


Kindergarteners:
v  Check In: Auditorium;   Pick Up: Little Theatre (see map)


1st Graders:
v  Check In: Little Theatre;   Pick Up: Courtyard Area outside (see map)


2nd Graders:
v  Check In: Courtyard Area outside;   Pick Up: Stage (see map)



Things to Remember:

v  Students will use the backstage entrance per Higley’s new policy. There will be staff members in the front of the building to walk them to their appropriate locations. Audience members will use the main entrance at the front of the building.


v  Out of respect for all of the students, please plan on staying until the end of the K-2 concert.


v  The 3rd-5th grade students will be arriving at 6:30pm. To avoid traffic jams, exit promptly once you have your student.



v  The concert will be professionally recorded by Esthetics in Motion. Please refrain from bringing recording devices. DVDs can be preordered for purchase here:  http://store.estheticsinmotion.com


Note to Families with Multiple Students:
·         Please keep 3-5 students with you in the audience during the K-2 concert and pick up the K-2 students before the 3-5 concert begins.


A Note from the Higley Center:

·         Please be patient in the parking lot, and be aware of your surroundings at all times because of the high volume of traffic.
·         Cellphones should be turned off upon entering the auditorium.
·         Please wait until the end of the song to applaud.
·         Late comers will be asked to wait to enter the auditorium until the end of the current song.
·         Out of respect for the performers and the camera crew, please exit to the lobby if your small child is causing a distraction.
·         Food and drink are not allowed in the auditorium.






Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Upcoming Fall Concert

Welcome Back! This week your scholars will be bringing home a YELLOW half sheet with the following information on it:



Greetings, Archway Lincoln Parents and Guardians!

Believe it or not, the fourth annual, mandatory Archway Lincoln Fall Concert is fast approaching. It will be held on              
Thursday, November 15th
at the
4132 E. Pecos Road Gilbert, AZ 85295.

The K-2 concert will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. with students arriving at 5:00 p.m.


Attire for concerts is as follows:
Boys: White dress shirt, black pants, black dress shoes, and black socks. Hair should be combed neatly.
Girls: White top, black skirt (black tights optional), or black dress pants, and black dress shoes. Hair should be styled neatly.
Working with your children is a delight and privilege. I look forward to enjoying this beautiful event with you. If you have any questions, please reach out to me:
 rboswell@archwaylincoln.org
Thank You,
Rachel Boswell
K-2 Music Teacher │Archway Lincoln Classical Academy