Here’s a little Welcome Back Video from everyone’s favorite Music Room Bug.
Here is a video we put together of the 5th through 8th grade band playing “Highlights from Star Wars” by John Williams and arranged by Paul Cook. This piece was extremely challenging and I wanted our hard work to be commemorated with a video. Thank you to all of our videographers and our amazing Folsom Musicians!
Happy Summer Folsom Friends!
Here’s the video we showed on the last day of school at our Celebration of Learning Assembly. Look at those smiles and that laughter. We couldn’t ask for a better community of students, staff, and families. Until next year, have a great summer!
Keep reading for an explanation of this VERY attractive picture.
On Sunday I traveled to Killington to take part in the annual Vermont Music Education Association Conference. It is a two-day event filled with workshops in all areas of music education and attended by SO many of Vermont’s amazing music teachers. It’s my favorite time of the year because I get to connect with my best friends from college who now teach all over the state, connect with my former mentor teachers from all over the state, connect with my music teachers from elementary, middle, and high school, and meet new teachers-ALL WHILE LEARNING COOL NEW STUFF TO BRING BACK TO FOLSOM!
On Sunday evening my friend Lizzy Carlson who teaches down in Waterbury and I held a Folk-Dance workshop where we taught about 25 music teachers circle dances, contra dances, Sicilian circle dances, square dances, and mixer dances. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. It’s totally nerve-wracking to teach other teachers though. We were overjoyed with the rockstars who turned out for the event, we had so much fun swinging, do-si-doing, sashaying, and more!
The most exciting news for me, and for Folsom was that I was named Vermont’s Outstanding New Music Teacher of the Year for 2016! This is an award given to a teacher in their first 5 years of service, voted on first by the various music districts in Vermont, and then finally by the board of VT Music Ed. It is a tremendous honor, I am so proud to bring this back to Folsom. I’ve been trying to find adequate language to thank my students, but it’s hard without getting too emotional. I owe it all to the Folsom Musicians, their families, my tremendous colleagues here, and the incredible music teachers that have shaped me throughout the course of my life. Thank you all so much, I am a happy and lucky girl.
AND NOW…we get to keep a ridiculously large trophy in our case for the school year!
As he handed me the award I asked if I could run around the room singing the Rocky Theme… he looked incredibly perplexed so I said, “I’ll just hold it over my head.”
Aimee Bushey, the South Burlington HS Choral Director. I student-taught with Aimee for 12 weeks and I owe SO much to her.
Dear Middle Schoolers and Families,
Welcome back! I hope you all had exciting summers! I had a blast camping with you all last week and am ready to get into the Folsom Music Groove. Here’s what you need to know for the 2016-17 Folsom Music Program:
*Our Middle School Chorus is a 5-8th grade group who loves to sing together. We sing a variety of music from rounds, to our own arrangement of pop songs, to folk music from other countries. We also play a lot of games that bring us together as a chorus community. We will perform in at least two concerts, as well as popping up here and there with a song to share. Students will participate in the Island County Music Festival and have the option to participate in the District Music Festival. We rehearse Wednesdays from 3-3:50 (there will be a late bus beginning in a few weeks. Soccer Coaches are aware of our rehearsals and we are working together to make it work for all students,) and Friday during the school day.
*Our Middle School Band is 5th-8th graders who love to play music together. We will play marches, movie themes, slow songs, fast songs, songs with stories, songs from other countries, AND we will learn music just by ear, AND we will MAKE STUFF UP. Students will participate in the Island County Music Festival and have the option to participate in the District Music Festival. The 5th and 6th graders rehearse on Mondays, the 5th-8th graders rehearse Thursdays, and the 7th and 8th graders rehearse Fridays.
*Our Select Band called The Raz MaTazz is an auditioned band open to 6th-8th graders. If you were in the Raz MaTazz last year you do not need to re-audition. We do have a few spots open for new members. This group is for students who are looking for more challenging music AND are able to arrive at school by 7:25 on Tuesday Mornings. During the Spring we begin playing more Jazz and hope to perform at the Burlington Jazz Fest in June.
PRACTICING: Did your instrument grow some mold this summer because it remained in its case in a dark closet for multiple months? Okay. No worries. It’s a new year. The music room will be open Every Morning at 7:25 except Tuesday for students to come in and practice. It is expected that every student bring their instrument home over the weekend to practice. We are a middle school band, that means that we DO need family encouragement to practice. Thank you in advance for showing your child that you value music and the work they are doing.
Never played an instrument? Never sang in chorus? This is your year. It’s not too late to begin either of these things. Jump right into chorus, and let’s get you started on an instrument.
PLEASE contact Ms. Kauffeld if you’re interested in beginning an instrument! email@example.com (802) 380-9291
Thank you SO much for bringing music to our Folsom community! Spread the word! Take a risk! Try something NEW!
Hey Folsom Friends!
On March 22nd and 23rd thirty-two of our middle school musicians traveled to Alburgh to take part in the Island County Music Festival. Andy Gagnon from Stowe Middle School conducted the band, and Melissa Towle from Colchester High School conducted the chorus. Folsom set an outstanding example musically and as students in another school. The days were long, and our students were tired, but their handwork paid off because the concert sounded fantastic. Ms. Kauffeld is so proud and thankful for all of their help during the two days, we look forward to hosting the festival at Folsom next year!
Thanks to the Tremble family for this beautiful picture, more to come! (If you have pics you’d like to share on the blog, let me know!)
It’s here finally, our 2016 production of J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.”
I feel so grateful to so many people- the incredible families who brought snacks, made costumes, helped with rehearsals, brought in props, helped build sets, delivered and picked up kiddos to and from rehearsals and SO. MUCH. MORE.
I’m also so grateful and indebted to the team of Middle Schoolers who worked on this show. From our wonderful Assistant Director Holly, to our brilliant Set Designer Kayla, to our very competent Running Crew, and our extremely talented Pit Band. WOW. How can I say thank you enough? Is it okay to ask you all to never graduate? Or at least ask you to make sure you train the folks coming up the ranks?
Thank you to Dylan Degree for filming our production, please share with your loved ones who couldn’t make it to our show.
I think we’re all ready for a little time to rest up during Thanksgiving break. I know I’m looking forward to having time to update the blog, I’ve really been slacking this year!
For now, let me make sure you have these VERY IMPORTANT dates in your calendars!
FOLSOM MIDDLE SCHOOL WINTER CONCERT!
When? Friday December 11th, 6pm.
Where? The Grand Folsom Concert Hall
(On other occasions it’s known as the Gym)
Who? The Middle School Band, Chorus, Select Band, and small ensembles.
What should we wear? Something festive! (No jeans, sweatpants, teeshirts)
We want to share what we’ve been working on this year with you! Performing for an audience is an important part of becoming a musician. However it’s not the most important part. We wish we could share all that we do during our Band and Chorus rehearsals with you, but on this evening you will get to hear just a few pieces that we’ve been crafting so far this year.
After 11th grade my best friend Claire and I decided that it was silly that no towns near us had any theatre stuff over the Summer. So, without thinking too much about the logistics, we asked our High school Drama teacher if she would help us start a camp for kids going into 5th through 8th grades. The program would be two weeks long and at the end we would have a final performance. That year we decided to rewrite “Peter Pan.”
We had 10 campers.
8 years later Summer Performing Arts Explorations (SPAE) lives on with the help of two other best friends Emily and Abby. This year we put on our own production of, “The Lorax,” and we had 37 campers. The production at the end is really fun and gives the program a lot of focus, but there is a wholllllle bunch of stuff that happens during those two weeks that doesn’t get shown during the final performance. We bring in professionals from the area to do workshops in amazing aspects of art like Instruments, Drumming, Light Design, Sound Design, Dance, and more. We design costumes, make up, props, set pieces, play a ton of improvisation games, sing, and build a community. It’s exhausting, but exhilarating.
Want to know more? Check out the SPAE blog.
This video will give you an inside look at what happens at SPAE!
See you soon!
PS: Haven’t sent me a video yet? Time is running out!!
Hi Folsom Musicians!!!
Wow can you believe we’re already half way through July?! It seems that summer is flying by… so that means I’ve got to get my first video to you! This is my fifth summer working at the Governor’s Institute on the Arts. For two weeks, high schoolers from all around Vermont come together to build a community centered around art. That means painting, drawing, sculpting, dancing, singing, acting, writing, playing instruments, designing lights and SO MUCH MORE. This video shows only a glimpse of what the two weeks is like. I would encourage you to check out their website: GIAofVT.com to find out a lot more, BECAUSE YOU ALL NEED TO GO WHEN YOU ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL. Okay. All for now. I’ve been receiving some FANTASTIC videos from you… but I’m thinking more must be on their way…