All That Jazz

All That Jazz
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By Tina Pelhe, Primary Music Teacher

Wow! What a wonderful and musically productive school year we have had at FMA! Our lower grades – Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade students – had so much fun preparing for the Spring Recital that took place on May 9th at the FMA Gym. Their hard work, dedication, and effort were very inspiring for our entire community, and resulted in a performance that will be remembered.

The theme of our concert was Jazz. We learned about the different styles of jazz by listening and dancing, as well as creating our own jazzy versions of traditional songs and games we have learned in the past. To help us in our fun jazzy adventures, we had two guest artists, professional jazz musicians with degrees from the Berklee College of Music, who accompanied the students: Ms. Liz Sullivan on double bass and Mr. Andres Ramos on piano.

Our Preschool through Kindergarten students sang the Baa-Baa Black Sheep & Alphabet Song Medley, B.I.N.G.O., Miss Mary Mack, The Upsy Down Town, and Three Jazzy Bears. The first graders performed in the second half of the event starting with a West African dance and later singing Down By The Station, I’ve Been Working On The Railroad, The Train Medley, and The Cat Came Back.
Great work, everybody!