William’s 3rd Grade Concert
LAST THURSDAY WILLIAM’S GRADE HAD A MUSIC CONCERT AT SCHOOL. Each class was grouped into sections on the risers. They wore their class t-shirts and jeans and performed both recorder and vocal arrangements. You wouldn’t think that third graders could generate much more than a roomful of headaches with the recorders, but they have one of the best music teachers in the state. Mr. Tighe truly rocks the elementary music education world. They also took the time to explain how they learned to vocalize and tune their voices. I love how Mr. Tighe teaches them to visually do the exercises with their hands. Amazingly their little voices are just perfect at this age.
I wanted to share a few pictures from that concert – hey, my son is clean, smiling, and doing something constructive – this is great family public relations! Makes up for all the “crazy family” moments we experience daily I guess. I was really proud of how well William did that night. He was very intent on paying attention and showing what he had learned:
William’s class was the first group on the end.
Here the kids are in their “natural” state before Mr. Tighe called them to attention.
But once they got started he had them busy. Mr. Tighe’s a smart man — he knows that if you use movement in addition to music that a lot of your hands on learners will thrive.
And then Mr. Tighe tried to convince the parents and other audience members to keep up with the kids. Funny, real funny.
Afterwards there was an Art Show to help the school’s foundation. How could I not buy this imaginative cake watercolor that William designed to include Mario Brothers, computers, and books he loves? What a snapshot of who he is right now. The cake was assigned by their art teacher, Mrs. Mari. I think I’ve shared some of the awesomely brave things she has done with our elementary students.
We moved to this area from another state over eight years ago when William was just a busy toddler. It was very cool to see him blossoming into an awesome young musician and artist on this night. At the end of the night Grace managed to get herself in the photos by asking the Principal if it was possible to have a photo together. Grace was thrilled that Ms. Hanauer remembered a writing piece she did that week. Couldn’t end the post without sharing this little stinker’s smile.