ACS Spring Music Concert

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 7pm
Alameda Christian Reformed Church
2914 Encinal Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
Free Admission


I am a Singer
If You’re Happy
Head and Shoulders
Sing a Rainbow

1st & 2nd Grades

Jesus Loves Me
Heaven is a Wonderful Place
Who’s the King of the Jungle?

3rd & 4th Grades

Seek Ye First
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

5th & 6th Grades

Your Grace Is Enough
A Gospel Alleluja


I Love You Lord

In vocal music, students are learning many of the components of life-long music-making.

There is breath control, phrasing, notation, pacing, posture, following a leader, persistence, the value of practice, and the joy of making wonderful sounds.  Tonight, they demonstrate all of these in their presentation. 

Please congratulate them on their growing mastery of these and the many other components of voice.


3rd & 4th Grade
Lady Mary Ann
Orff/Keetman; Music for Children Vol.1
In third & fourth grade music, we start off the year exploring triple meter, breaking some of the natural physical inertia we experience because we are creatures of two – two arms, two legs, two ears, two eyes, two lungs. There are no threes anywhere in our bodies, so feeling and flowing in triple meter can be a challenge for young musicians. We play games, chant, sing songs and dance our way into that feeling, and this piece is an example of that. Carl Orff called this style of composition “elemental music” because the individual elements are simple and playable, but they can be molded by the children themselves to become anything they envision. The melody was written to accompany an old Scottish poem, but we ditched the words after learning the melody, added some improvised solos, an interlude and a delicate dance break. A big thank you to Nina for being our sixth dancer and to Leah for helping with the percussion!
5th & 6th Grade
The Laughing River
Elizabeth Haze Vega
This story embodies the heart of what we are working toward when we make music together on Tuesday afternoons. We study pairs of opposites – loud/soft, fast/slow, angles/curves, chaos/stillness, inward/outward – and we use them all to express ourselves through singing, playing and dancing. The Laughing River is about understanding and honoring ourselves as well as the other, and that is our goal in each class. An essential part of the Orff approach is that each musician learns every part. That sense of walking in someone else’s shoes and also experiencing the music as a whole, from the inside out, is so important for a young musician. We had a good time trying to figure out how to tell the story, add some dramatic elements and integrate some of the drumming we have been doing in class.
7th & 8th Grade
In Plain Sight
Keetman; Spielbuch fur Xylophone
In elementary school, we are mostly diving into a piece of music from the ground up, through the feet and body, into the voice and then finally onto the instruments. In middle school dancing and singing are not on the list of favorites among the students. So, although this piece was learned by speaking it first we quickly moved to the instruments, and the facility the students developed in order to perform the piece has become the dance. The song is tightly arranged but the middle section is completely improvised and different each time – again the pairs of opposites. Improvisation is another pillar of the Orff approach and we practice it often in class. This variation comes from a game where we practice improvising in rondo form. You will hear the parts layer in one by one, and then we make a couple sudden shifts to something new and hopefully contrasting, returning back to the main theme each time.