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Welcome to Music Class

Amanda Igra

Welcome to the Music Classroom!

I am so excited to welcome all of you back to music class this year! I hope you had a wonderful summer, and I canít wait to hear all about it. I am looking forward to a fun year of signing, dancing, playing games and playing instruments!

Amanda Igra

Amanda Igra

B.S. Environmental Science, University of Michigan
The Childrenís House experience

November 13, 2018

We have been very busy preparing for the Holiday Singalong. The children put so much of themselves and so much work into this each year. The children choose their class song and then work together to create choreography or other performance elements. They have also been hard at work on the backdrop, the music, and will take over hosting responsibilities! I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at the Singalong and I am so excited for you to see the end result of all of their hard work.

November 13, 2018

We have put our ukuleles away for now in order to focus on other musical topics. We have been drumming using a variety of hand drums in music class lately. This was enhanced by the performance of the West Senior High School drum line a few weeks ago. Students heard drum cadences performed by the students, and then were invited to try out of the drums afterward!

We have also been doing quite a bit of folk dancing in music class. I hope you have been hearing about this at home. We have learned the two-hand-turn and the do-si-do, among other moves in our partner dances.

We have also been singing many holiday songs in our effort to prepare for the Harvest Feast and the Holiday Sing. As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

September 13, 2018

It has been so exciting to welcome our students in the new music room! I have been getting to know some new faces, and am enjoying all of the summer stories from the returning children. We will be using our ukuleles for the first couple of months in each music class. In the extended day, we are working on strumming. Lower elementary is practicing the C and F chords, and reviewing the song “Best Day of My Life.” Upper Elementary has some challenging new chords to learn and the song “Take Me Home Country Roads.” Please do not hesitate to email or call me if you have any ukulele questions.

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