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Welcome to Mrs. Meaney’s class page!

 

I am always so inspired by the talent and enthusiasm of our SMCA students, and look forward to sharing some wonderful musical experiences with all of you this school year!  There’s nothing better than watching you “let your lights shine!!”

This year, we hope to continue building our repertoire of liturgical and seasonal music, as well as prepare for our annual performances.  We will also continue to add to our knowledge of musical concepts and musical history, emphasizing the elements of music: form, beat and rhythm, pitch and melody, harmony and texture, tone/timbre, and expressive elements.

I encourage you and your families to take full advantage of the free arts programming available on TV on PBS (thirteen.org) and at our Queens Borough Public Library (see qbpl.org), as well as some of the excellent arts programming at our neighbor on Northern Blvd., Flushing Town Hall. I will try to update this page with postings of other musical events as I become aware of them.

**Oh, and don’t forget — Children, be sure to let your parents know if you access Youtube videos linked on these pages!!

Yours in “harmony”,

Mrs. M.   xo 

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Things to look forward to : 

QCC kids dance program Gotta Dance!     http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/QPAC/enrichment.html

The Lightning Thief  on Broadway now thru Jan. 5th

Live Little Mermaid on TV Nov. 5th

Frozen II opens Nov. 22nd

Broadway’s CATS opens in theatres in December!!

WEST SIDE STORY returns to Broadway in December, to movies next year

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For Your Inspiration  :  

Godspell’s “You Are the Light of the World” (2012 revival version) :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQhQuPiBmNU

“You Say”   by Lauren Daigle – #1 on Billboard charts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZvKJl1kK8g

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Play the “Identify the Instrument” Online Games:

(there are games for all different ages…click on each to find one appropriate 

for your grade level)

 http://www.musicgames.net/livegames/orchestra/orchestra2.htm

http://artsalive.ca/en/mus/instrumentlab/index.asp

http://www.musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/cg_quiz_half_min_instruments.htm

https://www.quia.com/rr/4048.html

http://disneyjunior.disney.com/leo-and-the-musical-families

http://www.sphinxkids.org/Instrument_Storage.html

Listen  to the different adult vocal ranges: 

Adult Females: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qAdTGHpcrA

Adult Males:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRVEHfPb6rY

(THESE ARE FOR ADULTS….. Children’s voices are still growing, so just relax and enjoy the voice God gave you!!)

How the Voice Works

How the voice works   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R17yH0GSDvA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2pLJfWUjc8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2pLJfWUjc8

How to sing from the diaphragm   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXoHdl_eitA

Vocal Warm-ups: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBbYHOykNiM    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eTpUGBw7Ng

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4BBm1VAVno

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB_HuCMnnYk 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwC4qfpZLoo

http://www.youraccompanist.com/free-scales-and-warm-ups/kids-warm-ups 

Vocal Exercise booklet :

 https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxodWJiYXJkbWlkZGxlc2Nob29sY2hvaXJ8Z3g6NjI5YWIzZDBlZGZkZjdiMw   

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 +  Pope Francis’ World Day of Prayer for Migrants & Refugees 2019  +

A Prayer for Immigrant Children —  Loving Father, in your infinite compassion, we seek your divine protection for refugee children who are often alone and afraid. Provide solace to those who have been witnesses to violence and destruction, who have lost parents, family, friends, home, and all they cherish due to war or persecution. Comfort them in their sorrow, and bring help in their time of need. Show mercy to unaccompanied migrant children, too, Lord. Reunite them with their families and loved ones. Guide those children who are strangers in a foreign land to a place of peace and safety. Comfort them in their sorrow, and bring help in their time of need. Show us how we might reach out to these precious and vulnerable children. Open our hearts to migrant and refugee children in need, so that we might see in them your own migrant Son. Give us courage to stand up in their defense against those who would do them harm. For this we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Song “All Are Welcome”:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3jeK-QdOXg

Peace Prayer of St. Francis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihhvm6eLWZI

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Adelita:  Story:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNVLyeAtNqM

            Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlhHFzAPalg

DeColores: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qal8DkLvdQ

Mexican Hat Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvRRvMw9-fg

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Some of Our Fun Story-Songs for the Little Ones:

The Petes Go Marching:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R136BRddL4

The Babies on the Bus:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV1iwGiGjH8

Blessings,

Mrs. M. xo 🙂

Christmas Music

Posted on December 20, 2017

ASL for Jesus Born On This Day……  (we will just do the refrain and the final ending in sign language):

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CHOIR: HYMNS FOR NATIVITY….Please review your songsheets and listen to links below:  Thanks!  🙂

O Come all Ye Faithful/Adeste Fideles   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYCQg4L10CU
Angels We Have Heard On High   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7xNKP1uMkU
We Three Kings   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_39CvxinT7M
The First Noel   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4iXatDeY7A
Joy to the World    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIhnfo_TpFI
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Coming to TV December 17th:

A Christmas Story Live

Inspired by the holiday classic film A Christmas Story and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical A Christmas Story: The Musical, this season’s live musical television event comes to FoxTV  December 17 at 7 pm.

All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a BB gun*, and in the days counting down to December 25, Ralphie and his friends get into all kinds of trouble—including run-ins with a bully, getting his tongue stuck to a flagpole, and more.    (* please note… Mrs. M DEFINITELY does not agree with the concept of BB guns….this story comes from a very different place and time.)

 Tony, Golden Globe, and Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan HansenLa La Land, and the upcoming new movie, The Greatest Showman) will also write several new songs for the live television event to supplement their musical’s original score.  The original Broadway musical earned six Drama Desk nominations and three Tony nominations: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Joseph Robinette, and Best Original Score for Pasek and Paul.          https://www.fox.com/a-christmas-story-live/

“Counting Down to Christmas” from A Christmas Story:

https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10361581

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WANTED: STUDENT ART FOR CONCERT PROGRAM COVER 
Students of grades 1-8 are invited to submit original artwork for possible selection as cover art for the MHRCA Christmas concert program. This year’s theme is

Sing Hallelujah!  (We Joyfully Welcome the King of Kings, the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace….. (Isaiah 9:6) )

Your submission should reflect our faith and/or the joyful spirit of Christmas –  but please, do not plagiarize – it should be your own idea and work!!  Please do not mix word art with drawings….  Stick to word art only or drawings only….and be creative!)

All submissions should be done on 8.5 by 11-inch white copy paper in pencil or black ink. (It’s usually best to do a practice copy first.)  Be sure to write your name and grade on back lightly in pencil. Place your entry in Mrs. Meaney’s mailbox  no later than Thursday, December 14th at 2 p.m.

                         I greatly look forward to seeing your masterpieces!  J

Coming Soon

Posted on November 30, 2017

Coming to movie theaters November 17th: “The Star” – animated feature about a donkey and his animal friends who become the unsung heroes of the Christmas story…
In Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas. 
Featuring Music by: Mariah Carey, Pentatonix, Fifth Harmony, Casting Crowns, Yolanda Adams, et al

“Can You See?” by Fifth Harmony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHQZe90YdD0
“The Star by Mariah Carey:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUOi9KIQfWY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xcn8aZDsX0&list=PLIx2W_gDlNxdG2UYBAXiBEkYnyRB7nfru

http://www.thestarmovie.com/thestaractivities/

PS another great film…….. WONDER www.wonder.movie
#choose kind

The Hallelujah Chorus

Posted on November 20, 2017

PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE NOT SHOUTING!!!!!
Remember, grades K-2 only sing the beginning, the King of Kings/Lord of Lord section, and the last line.
Here are some fun vocal warmups before you begin: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWEdNrLajRU&app=desktop

also, we will  NOT be singing measures 17- 31.   (That is, not counting the cover page art, do NOT study from middle of page 4 through all of page 5.  Pick up at the top of page 6 (right hand side) 
OR, if you are looking at the clock, we do NOT sing from 1:32 to 2:08 )

In addition, be aware that the publishers cut the song right before the very ending….  They left out the final “king of kings, and Lord of lords, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah….. Hal le- Lu jah! “. So you’ll just have to listen inside your brain for that big finish!!!!

remember, this is a marathon, so train well (scroll down my page for some good warmups!) and in good faith that the final result will be worth all the hard work!
WE CAN DO THIS, if we all work together!!!
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Biographies of George Frideric Handel, Composer of the oratorio, Messiah 

Never Lose Hope

Posted on November 1, 2017

It is part of the human experience that we all share to go through dark times on occasion. But during these times we must try to remember that we are NOT alone. How do we find the courage to reach out and really connect, as our true selves…..?????    

We look to JESUS, the perfect model of what it is to be human, Jesus, Who is our “connector” to the Father, and to each other…. 

Jesus, who reminds us to pray always, to forgive as we are forgiven, to help those in our path who need us, and that, even in what seem to be our darkest times, new life and new beginnings are always possible…for we are connected to each other as members of His Body, and  He is with us always.

 

DEAR EVAN HANSEN  –  Winner of  6  Tony Awards….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A29G93lzpds

“You Will Be Found”
Original cast:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNf99gbrotY

Hal Leonard arrangement:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzVwMd-vzqY
Graduation “flash mob”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FhhkjHA-nc

“Waving Through a Window”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlw8hp_vzec

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