Friday, March 3, 2017

6th Grade All Star County Band

I heard it's been 11years - possibly more since we have been able to do this -  OCS has sent 2 students to the 6th Grade All County Band.  The students sent to this have to be able to play a concert band instrument (woodwind, brass or percussion) and meet certain criteria - such as instrumental technique and an ability to read music.  The students selected to go are a part of the before/after school music lessons that we have here at OCS and had to work hard to not only meet to criteria to be invited but also, to learn music to spend a day with some of the best 6th grade instrumental students in the county and participate in a 100+ student ensemble for an evening concert.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Friday, February 24, 2017


YES!!!  We have a concert date!  Wednesday, May 17th.  All k-5 students as well as instrumental students and some of our 6th-8th graders.  SAVE THE DATE!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy New Year

As we start 2017 the students are learning about the following:
k- What is tempo?
1st grade - instruments, categories, sounds and appearance.
2nd grade - Mozart - music, life and times.
3rd grade - Ballads - (not to get confused with ballet)
4th grade - notation -this will be VERY important when playing recorders
5th grade - will be taking a detour to studying the 3B's.  Who are the 3B's???
6th grade - are taking a very close look at percussion instruments.
7th grade - are creating some very challenging games that will be shared in a couple weeks - showing their knowledge of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music
8th grade - music careers. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Happening Now

I have to admit - this years winter concert was one of my favorites.  The kids did an excellent job from the singing, to the instrumentalists to the stage crew.  Awesome job OCS students.

And the music continues.  Presently k-3rd grade are learning about the ballet, "The Nutcracker", music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky.  It's a great time to hear the music and talk about what does a composer do as well as seeing the story.  4th grade is taking a closer look at the composer Tchaikovsky with facts about his life and music.
5th grade will be seeing how people celebrate with music in December.  What is December 26th?  Chanukah?  Songs?
6th grade just completed seeing the musical "Oliver".  During that time they studied different terms used to describe the music in the musical.
7th grade has been focusing on early music history (medieval, renaissance and baroque). 
8th grade will be presenting their music career projects that they are just completing as well as seeing a couple of online interviews of musicians and composers. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Winter Concert

Get READY.  The countdown to the OCS 2016 Winter Concert has begun.  Wednesday, December 7th at 6pm our students in kindergarten -5th grade will sing songs for the holiday/winter season.  Some of our 6th, 7th and 8th grade will also be singing, playing instruments and working behind the scenes.  Students should just dress nice (slacks, shirt, skirt, dress...)