I'm finally done with programs! I do have a few short performances at events in the next two weeks, but big grade-level programs are done for the year! HOORAY!
Finishing them up got me thinking. I love hearing other people's ideas and seeing local music programs, so I thought I would share my programs from this year. I'll give you as much information as possible, but due to copyright, I can't post any of the music here. It is all very accessible, though!
Thanks to Jena Hudson, Aileen Miracle & Whimsy Clips for the graphics!
First, I'm going to give you a little background on my program "history." The previous teacher before had wonderful programs, but the logistics were difficult. She normally had each class learn 2-3 pieces on their own and then an opener and closer to sing with the large group. This made for a lengthy concert, as well as downtime for the audience. I tried this my first two years and realized it wasn't for me. Now, I have all of the students up on stage at the same time (roughly 120 each program) where they can all learn the music, play instruments, dance and be the stars of the show! The parents love that they can take photos through the whole performance and the program is short enough to head home and put the little ones to bed.
I do a program for each grade level, with 5 classes making up each grade. This is a lot of kids on stage, but the teachers are so helpful in making it successful! Some day, I'll write a blog post about the stories I have during program practice....oh, my goodness, the things I've heard!
Anyways, I've listed my songs and their locations below. Some programs tend to be the same theme each year, while others change. It is noted, but please let me know if you'd like anymore information. Here are my elementary music programs from this school year:
As programs tend to take a lot of class time, I try to always include a variety of things in programs. We do movement, actions, instruments, etc., while also reinforcing concepts while learning. My parents want to see a "show." It takes some time to think up unique musical experiences, but the smiles on the kid's and parent's faces after the show is perfect :) I'm already thinking up next year! Several of these have extra things mentioned in italics. If you are interested in learning more about any of these pieces, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org & I'd be happy to give you more information.
Have a great weekend!