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Music Corner

Music education inspires our students to succeed in their lives. Children learn musical educational concepts from Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Orff, they sing on pitch, they learn to play many different instruments, and most of all, they learn by doing. Learning is an active process and it enables them to recognize patterns and symmetries. Early musical training has an effect on brain development to produce long-lasting changes in motor abilities and brain structure. Music education facilitates student academic achievement by recalling and retaining verbal information, improvements in math and that advantage that music provides increases over time. It also boosts reading, and French and English language arts skills. Music fosters a feeling of community and this supports better study habits and self-esteem. Ultimately, music education develops the creative capacities for lifelong success.

Nick Batzios
Willingdon School
Music Specialist

MUSIC CORNER 2014-2015

Willingdon Spring Concert

Our Spring Concert was held on April 16, 2015. Children in grades 4, 5, 6 and the ¾ class performed pieces on their recorder and vocally. Their performances were very memorable. A number of students performed solos, voice and violin. It was a special night indeed and one to remember.

Winter Holiday Concert

Our Holiday Concert was held on December 11, 2014. Children in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, and 3 performed songs in different languages. Some students in the senior grades participated too. We had students perform solos on the violin, piano, and voice. One student performed a solo while whistling. Their performances were brilliant and emotionally engaging. The children in grade 3 performed an Italian Christmas song with a soloist. They sang “Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle” and it was the highlight of the show. The grade three students were very proud to be singing in Italian and it was their favourite song.

Toy Tea 2014

Toy Tea was held on December 3, 2014. Children in grade 5 performed at this worthwhile fundraiser. Our children learned the value of giving back to people less fortunate by donating money from our school. Our students raised over $370. Congratulations to our wonderful students!!! They also performed pieces on the recorder and vocally. Their performance was so captivating that many people in the audience clapped and sang along with them.

Year-End Concert

Our senior students captured their audience with their magical musical talents!

Christmas/Hanukkah Concert 2013

Our Christmas/Hanukkah Concert was held on December 12, 2013. Children in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, and 3 performed songs in different languages. We had a grade 1 student perform a violin solo that was brilliant and emotionally engaging. One parent said, “This was the best concert I have seen at our school.” The grade 3 students also performed together with our amazing Staff Choir. The audience was fascinated and captivated that they were all standing on their feet singing along together. The children singing together with the Staff Choir and the audience made for a choir of 1,000 people. The performances were professional and it was a night to remember.

 

Toy Tea 2013

Toy Tea was held on December 4, 2013. Twenty six children in grade 5 performed at this worthwhile fundraiser. Our children learned the value of giving back to people less fortunate by donating money from our school. They also performed pieces on their recorder and vocally. They sang songs in different languages and this engaged the audience to clap and sing along. Their performance was so captivating that many people in the audience congratulated them for their heartfelt performance.

 

Spring Concert 2013

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Our Spring Concert was held on June 6, 2013. Children in Grades 4, 5, and 6 performed pieces on their recorder and vocally. Their performance was professional. Four students performed voice solos. One of the soloists is an award winning singer. We were also entertained by soloists on the clarinet, violin, and drums. The closing song captured the energy of the audience to the point where they were all standing and singing along with the children at the top of their lungs. It was a special night indeed and one to remember.

Toy Tea 2012

Toy Tea was held on December 5, 2012. Twenty nine children in grade 5 performed at this worthwhile fundraiser. Our children learned the value of giving back to people less fortunate by donating money from our school. They also performed pieces on their recorder and vocally. These songs were accompanied by xylophones and percussion instruments. The children’s performance was so memorable that one listener called our school the next day to congratulate the children once again for their excellent performance.

Spring Concert 2012

Our Spring Concert was held on May 9, 2012. Children in Grades 4, 5, and 6 performed pieces on their recorder and vocally. Their performance was professional. One parent said, “This was the best concert I have seen at our school.” We also had solo performances, guitar and voice performed by children in grade six. Children in grade six performed a driving rhythm performed on plastic cups that enthralled the audience to the point where they were all standing and singing along with the children at the top of their lungs. It was a special night indeed.