Spring Music Concert for Elementary and Junior High
The lower elementary, upper elementary and junior high students cordially invite you to their combined Spring World Music Concert on Monday, May 20 at 6:30 PM.
Students are to arrive at the environmental education room next to the upper elementary classroom by 6:20 PM on the night of the concert.
Learn more about the Music Ensemble program in this excerpt from a recent interview with Jonathan McLean:
Q: What do students new to Music Ensemble need to learn?
A:They need to start listening to each other. It is self awareness and it’s being aware of other people, and doing that thing Miles Davis said where everybody pushes and pulls each other. If somebody’s lagging behind, it may be because they are having a hard time with a song, so the band has to tune into it, be a team, and slow down a little bit. You can get on them afterwards, like “why were you playing that so slow,” but [during] a performance you support your team. But also, it may be, as they get the hang of it, somebody wants to pull the song back, and that sets the mood. Maybe someone wants to push it a little bit, but that’s how musicians interact with each other.
Q: What is the most important thing you see your students do in Music Ensemble?
A:All the brain development that goes on after they learn the basics of working in a group, then to listen to each other, and then to get into it [with each other]. What I know as a performer and an entertainer is if you only have one person or 10000 people watching you, if the audience sees that [members of the band are] just up there doing [their] individual jobs, it’s going to be apparent to the audience. And even if [the music] is in tune and played well, it doesn’t come together. There is a gestalt that happens when you are into your music, and I think thats the hardest thing to teach the kids to do, because at this age, kids get freaked out when they think people are watching them, and you know what I’ve learned from sports, it’s not their parents watching them. It’s their peers. That’s one of their biggest challenges they have – to perform. They don’t want to be awkward, they don’t want to play badly, they don’t want to seem stiff in front of their friends … which actually, usually causes them to stiffen up.