Today is Music Monday. It is a nation wide celebration of music and music education, always on the first Monday in May.
Schools celebrate Music Monday in a variety of ways. Some schools go outside and have a sing along in the great outdoors. Others have a sing along over the announcements. Some go to a special celebration in a city park designed to bring schools together.
Our Music Monday celebration today was a mini concert with a variety of students speaking, performing and singing. Below is what we did and hopefully it will give you some ideas for a Music Monday celebration at your school next year.
First up, we had our choir present two songs that they have learned in April. One was a Tamil Lullaby and the other was a great jazz piece from Doug Goodkin called “Step Back Baby”.
Next, I introduced my student who spoke about my teaching partner and the impact that her teaching has had on him.
Some grade four and five students then led the school in some actions to go along with the Music Monday song “We Are One”
Our school had raised some money in honour of my music teaching partner, Ms. Lynda Wulkan, and we had a presentation to Brampton Animal Services. (Some of our grade 2 teachers made the cheque. They used bristol board and markers and it looked fantastic.)
Next in our presentation we had groups of grade two students do movement pieces to go along with the Carnival of The Animals. There were…
and the Aquarium
We finished up our presentation today with an excerpt from Peter and The Wolf. The students acted out a part of the story and showed the instruments that are used in the story.
I hope you had a great Music Monday! It is a great way to bring community and school together to focus on the importance of Music Education. Music programs are vital to creating vibrant, creative and successful communities.