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“World of Music” Middle School Spring Concert

May 10, 2022 | Jessica Smith

On Friday, May 20, grades 4-8 will perform the first LIVE Middle School Spring Concert since the start of the pandemic! The concert will be from 2:15pm -3pm in the gym. Students in grades 4-8 will perform for each other. Parents & friends are invited to join via Zoom or watch the recording. A link will be emailed closer to the concert. 

This year’s Middle School Spring Concert theme is “World of Music.” We invite you to enter our “world of music” as students showcase the work they have done this semester. As students begin to perform live music again, they are working to use professional performance etiquette. They are practicing entering and exiting the stage, bowing at the appropriate moment, and clapping for the other performers. In music class, they are flexing their muscles around grit and determination as they practice music and work to play/sing accurately and musically. Of course the most important thing as we return to performing live music is to HAVE FUN!

Students in general music in grades 6-8 have been learning West African style drumming. Students in grades 6 will perform “World Music Drumming Ensemble One,” an ensemble based on West African rhythms while students in grade 7 will perform the “Kpanlogo” rhythm along with chants in the Ga language from Ghana. Students in grade 8 will perform “Fanga,” a rhythm from Liberia. 

Chorus students will  delight audiences “Hine Ma Tov” by Allan Naplan, “More to Me” by Pinkzebra, and “Family Madrigal” from Encanto by Lin-Manuel Miranda along with a few canons from their repertoire this year. 

Students will receive a Spring Concert t-shirt to wear for the concert. 

Please rejoice with us and join us on Zoom for “World of Music” on Friday, May 20, at 2:15pm.

Photo: Spring Concert 2018

Jessica Smith

Music Teacher, Preschool and Grades 6-8; Worship Coordinator

With more than 20 years experience teaching music in a variety of settings from elementary to college, Dr. Jessica Smith has a deep love for music education, integrated arts curriculum, world music, and worship.
In 2017, Smith traveled to Ghana to study West African drumming and dance as part of a fellowship from Fund for Teachers. In 2015, she completed four years of training to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais™ Practitioner, a method that uses neuroscience and movement as a catalyst for potent learning. As a clinician, Smith has led workshops in vocal studies and drum circle facilitation. Before coming to Mustard Seed School in 2008, Smith was the Director of Preparatory & Continuing Studies at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where she also served as a Visiting Professor.

Dr. Smith enjoys traveling and spending too much money on plants at the Union Square Greenmarket.

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