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Ridgeway Elementary

Ridgeway Chorus
Winter Concert
 Parent Concert -Tuesday, December
 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm 
Student Concerts - TBA 
Ridgeway Elementary School Auditorium
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 Chorus Info


Dear Parents/Guardians,


I am pleased to announce the return of the Ridgeway Chorus!  As you may know, all students in 4th and 5th grade are invited to join the chorus where they will rehearse by singing together once a week.  Members of the chorus will also perform in the Winter and Spring Concerts in the Ridgeway auditorium.  All students in 4th and 5th grade are encouraged to participate.  This includes students who are involved in the instrumental program.  Last year we had almost 100 students singing in each of the concerts!!


This year the Ridgeway Chorus will be meeting at 8:15AM in the music room - RM #133.  We will rehearse until 8:45 each day.  Please note the day for your child’s grade level.


Ridgeway Chorus 4th graders – 8:15 Tuesday morning.

Ridgeway Chorus 5th graders – 8:15 Thursday morning.

Rehearsals will begin in October!


Chorus families: please note that it will be your responsibility to bring your child to school at 8:15. Students who arrive on later buses should still make every effort to get to rehearsals as soon as possible.   All our welcome to participate as long as they make every effort to get to the music room as soon as their bus arrives.

General Music At Ridgeway

Students at Ridgeway Elementary sing, dance and perform using instruments in music class. Beginning in kindergarten students learn to use their singing voices and keep the steady beat by singing, moving, dancing and playing classroom instruments like the xylophone and the drum. Their development continues in these areas throughout the 1st and 2nd grades where they learn to read simple notation and perform easy harmonies. Once in 3rd grade students will learn to play simple songs on the recorder and further their singing skills by singing in increasingly complex rounds. They will also write chants and phrases using rhythmic notation. In 4th grade students will continue singing in harmony by learning partner songs and basic harmonies. They will continue writing their own songs with basic rhythmic and melodic notation. In 5th Grade students who are not in band or orchestra will continue in general music where they will build on the skills they learned in previous grades. They will also study a variety of cultures/regions and musical genres. By the time students leave as 5th graders they will be able to sing in 2 part harmony, write music using basic notation skills, perform on instruments and dance traditional and popular dances from around the world.

Please click on "Teachers" to the left and go to your child's specific music teacher for more detailed information
Instruments At Ridgeway

At the end of the third grade students will have an opportunity to try an instrument from the band or orchestra. In 4th grade all students will begin taking lessons on their new instruments in small groups in addition to their general music classes. If a child is successful on their instrument in the 4th grade then they will have the opportunity to continue small group lessons and begin performing in the band or orchestra when they are in 5th grade (PRACTICE, PRACTICE PRACTICE...). All students in the 4th and 5th grade will have the opportunity to sing in the Ridgeway Recess Chorus. With consistent practice and commitment to their instruments and to chorus they will be able to continue performing in a variety of ensembles during their White Plains music careers and beyond.




Music in Our Schools Month March 2013
We will be singing and dancing these two pieces:
"Joy" Dance: http://www.musicexpressmagazine.com/choreography2010december.jsp
(be sure to scroll down till you find "Joy")
Sing and dance: Lyrics and recording 
from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens
Learn the dance:
Practice with music only: Aquarium
We will also sing "Round and Round."  Practice singing it at home:                                       
       Round and round the earth is turning
       Turning always round to morning
       And from morning round tonight.
 Another Ridgeway favorite:
 "Seasons of Love"