R-7 Classroom Music, Festival of Music, Instrumental Music

Time to Dream BIG!


You may have heard media reports of the DreamBIG Festival by now.

We are all set for a great day.

This morning’s BOM forecast says showers tomorrow mainly in the evening. Let’s go with that!

See previous post for the Plan B parade in case is is too wet.

We have 2 parent helpers confirmed – thank you.

Any other parents who wish to get themselves to the city to watch will have a great view from a special terraced area on Telstra Plaza (or inside the Oval if it is Plan B) Just follow the excited noise.

See you there



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DreamBIG Opening Event briefing


Hi everyone

I attended a briefing at Festival Centre after school yesterday.

Everything is in place for a fantastic event, come rain or shine. If the weather is too wet, An excellent ‘Plan B’ will shift the parade into the Adelaide Oval Concourse. This will utilise exactly the same bus drop off, meeting points, times etc. The strong message we were given was “There is no such thing as bad weather – only bad clothing choices!”  Also – no umbrellas in the parade, so shower-proof jackets with a hood will be best.

Should it be fine, 16 decorated parachutes will be spaced across the footbridge – held aloft by retired teachers. Students will pass under the parachutes. A ‘passing lane’ will be an option for any children who may feel uncomfortable about going under the ‘chutes

All registered parent volunteers who have offered to come and help are very welcome. We have plenty of seats on the bus. You will be part of the parade along with the students! Please meet me in the Music Room at 8:40a.m. on the day to receive your official wrist band. The students will need to be at their own classrooms by 8:50 to be marked on the roll – there is a special code for off-site DECD related excursions – then meet us in the Music Room at 9a.m.

Our workshop venue, after the parade, has been changed to the Banquet Room of Festival Theatre, so there will be less walking and more time for eating and taking in the atmosphere of the day.

Please drop in to school on Monday or Tuesday if you have any questions, or email me at robyn.videon208@schools.sa.edu.au

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Classroom Music Term 2, 2017

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Choir Excursion nearly here.


The excursion is next Thursday, 18th May – Week 3

Thanks for getting permission notes and payments all done. I’ll chase up the last few in the next couple of days. See earlier post (March 22nd) for permission slip. Michelle sent an electronic Invoice for the $18 last term.

The number of parents who have volunteered to come along and help is fantastic. If the bus has room, all of you are welcome (up to date police checks are essential). If we are restricted with seats on the bus, I’ll ‘draw straws’ during choir. All parents who have offered to come will be notified of the outcome this week.

Having such willing and able assistants for excursions adds a lot of value to everyone’s experience of the day, so thank you very much.

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Term 2 Music – Choir Congrats, Diary Dates & Recorder Roundup


We officially have an ‘A’ Grade Choir this year.

All 27 members were in very fine voice when assessed by David Jackson late in Term 1. CONGRATULATIONS! I AM ONE VERY PROUD CHOIR TEACHER.







Week 3, Thursday 18th May – Choir participates in Opening Event of the DreamBIG Children’s Festival in the City.

Week 8 and/or 9 – INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC WEEK. Students who learn their instrument at school perform for classes during their regular Instrumental Music lesson time. Timetable to be confirmed. Year 2, 3 & 4 classes will be included to showcase their recorder skills!

Week 10, Tuesday 4th July – Annual Music Night. Notices will be sent home via the Instrumental and Choir Teachers from Week 4.


Calling all Year 2, 3 & 4 students to find their recorders. Please ensure they are clean (Adult help – carefully separate sections, warm soapy water, rinse, air-dry for a day. A light smear of Vaseline or similar on the joints will help when re-assembling.)

We have lots of old favourites to play, and new songs to learn too. Students are responsible for having their recorder at school on Music day each week. Please support them and help with getting back into the routine. Thank you.

Choir update – Weeks 9 & 10


Week 9

Tuesday 28/3. Excellent rehearsal. Beginning to ‘gel’ as a big team. Sounding lovely and learning quickly. Ms Popple joined the sopranos. Her baby is due in 4 weeks!

Wednesday 28/3. Extra 1/2 hour session with Cathy Lange to prepare for DreamBIG Festival Opening Event. The song is included in the Choir Book & CD, or can be accessed online here.

Thursday 29/3. Choir on stage at Assembly to lead the National Anthem, including Auslan signing for last 2 lines of each verse. Choir families subscribed to this blog as per request on Registration form.

Week 10

Tuesday 4/4. Choir Assessment by Mr David Jackson in our regular rehearsal time. Members can prepare by checking what should be known on their copy of the learning grid and memorising words for those sections already taught. David will be looking for great singing, outstanding ‘stage presence’ and absolute focus.


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Umbayalo – the hit song of Term 1 JP Music!


We have been using some tracks from the CD – Australian Ways with Orff this term.

Here’s a link so that you can enjoy these tracks at home too!

Australian Ways with Orff

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DreamBIG Choir excursion note


This note distributed to Choir classes on Thursday 23 March.

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Week 6 Choir update


2017 Choir Registration forms

Now that our choir group has settled, it’s time to get the paperwork sorted. IF THEY ARE AS ‘TUNED IN’ TO RETURNING NOTES AS THEY ARE TO SINGING FANTASTICALLY WELL, I’LL BE DOUBLY PROUD OF THEM!!

Tomorrow, 3 stapled pages are being sent home. Please keep them safe until you have enough time to read and fill out. All pages must be completed (2 are double-sided) and kept stapled. The bundle is due back by Tuesday 28th March. Copies are included here.


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Week 5 Festival updates


Thanks to the people who have returned their notes. If yours is still outstanding, please get it to Mrs Videon NOW. Thank you.

Books are given out as soon as I receive your signed Choir Agreement. CDs will be given out when Sopranos & Altos are sorted. In the meantime, all recordings of the music are available through the Learning Portal on the Student Page of the Festival website. Password is singasong

Have fun with the echo tracks – especially the bits we have learned already.

If you have received your book, read the 2 page intro to the Commissioned Work.


The South Orchestra desperately needs an Electric Guitarist and 2 more percussionists.  If you can help please email orchestra.psmf786@schools.sa.edu.au as soon as possible.  Rehearsals start this week (Week 5).

There are still vacancies within strings and some wind instruments.  If you have a student you would like to audition please let Michael McConnochie know asap on the email address above.


Arena Percussionists

The auditions for Arena Percussionists are open.  Information is on the Festival of Music webpage under Orchestra.  Please encourage your Year 5-7 students to apply.  Auditions close Wednesday Week 7.


Troupe Auditions

Applications to audition and information for this years Performance Troupe is on the Website  http://www.festivalofmusic.org.au/troupe.html

Good luck to Brooke and Nikki who are both booked in for a Troupe Audition. BOOKINGS STILL OPEN

CW Solo Nominations

The CW Solo Nomination form is now open on the website; http://www.festivalofmusic.org.au/commissioned-work-soloists.html Don’t forget to print, fill in and bring along the Expression of Interest form to the Audition.

CW stands for ‘Commissioned Work’, “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King”

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