Older students had an opportunity to teach and mentor younger upper campus students who are new to the music groups as well as enjoy a night of games and entertainment!
7th and 8th grade band students worked in large groups and instrument sections to help our new players develop some fundamental techniques. They worked on instrument carriage, posture, air usage, embouchure, and articulation. The 7th and 8th graders also performed small selections of music they are preparing for an upcoming concert so that the 6th grade could see what they have to look forward to over the next few years!
In Chorus, after-school chorus members, who meet once a week, were the "mentees" and the students who are enrolled in daily chorus class were the "mentors." During rehearsal time, students reviewed choral music for their upcoming Informational concert. After rehearsing vocal parts and pitch accuracy, the mentors took over and taught choreographed movements and instrumental accompaniments that will also be a part of the performance. The mentees then had a choice of working with mentors to create their own movement or their own solo and Students concluded rehearsal time with solo audition sign-ups!
The orchestra students in 7th and 8th grade sat together with new 6th grade members and played warmups and scales together. It was incredible to hear them all playing as one ensemble! 7th and 8th graders then shared a piece they are working on in class and the 6th graders sat among them to hear and watch as they performed.
Students then divided into instrument groups, which allowed our new players to have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an older orchestra student. Our experienced 6th grade students were able to work on a more challenging piece with the help of our lead violin players in 7th and 8th grade. The most incredible part of the experience was that students embraced this opportunity and were so welcoming and excited to help the 6th graders in any way they could!
At the end of the night, students were split into 8 Color Teams for games. All grade levels were mixed (5th - 8th grade) as well as ensemble groups so students would interact with many musicians they hadn't met before.
Musicians played a giant game of Ships and Sailors, a life-size game of Hungry Hungry Hippos with scooters, and also had a dance competition! It was an amazing night for students and teachers alike. We thank our GLOBE music teaching team for their big hearts and this wonderful experience for our young musicians! GO GLOBE! 🌎