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Reflections from Andrea Gaudette, C'port's Music Teacher & Guest Writer

Reflections from Andrea Gaudette, C'port's Music Teacher & Guest Writer
Posted on 03/12/2015
Developing Musicianship and Personal Growth at Cambridgeport
Students find multiple opportunities to practice the Cambridgeport Habits of Mind in their music classes. At every level of understanding, musical study continually challenges us to stretch beyond our skill sets. Each classroom performance brings its own surprises that require us to think flexibly--to “think on our feet”--as we adapt to spontaneous changes in our plans. Musicians at every skill level need to analyse complex musical problems by examining and honing tiny details within the big picture. Music teaches us positive self-criticism as we strive toward deeper understandings. Most importantly, beautiful music becomes its own reward when we bring these habits of mind into practice.

Music News for Families of 3rd and 
4th Grade Students
Each year as part of the Cambridge Science Festival a local group, North Cambridge Family Opera, forms a Festival Chorus to perform a set of songs about some field of science. This year’s topic is light since 2015 has been declared the Year of Light by the UN. The chorus has kids as young as five as well as parents and even grandparents. There is also a slideshow of kids’ art to accompany the songs. These performances are lots of fun for both singers and audience. In the past I have had my school choruses join with the Festival Chorus for a few of the songs. I would love to have students in grades 3 and 4 from the Cambridgeport School take part in one or more of these performances. I plan to teach a few of the songs during regular music classes. The performances are April 19, April 25, and April 26. Please note that all children will need to be accompanied by an adult at these events.

Students will be bringing home letters about this project. I’d appreciate it if you would respond to the questionnaires enclosed in the letters so that I can get a headcount for planning purposes. Please also let me know if you will need transportation to these events.