Thursday, 16 November 2017

Winter Concert Date Change

If you haven't heard already, we've had to change our winter concert to Tuesday, Dec. 12.  Please see poster below.  More details to follow in a note home.  We are excited to share with you the sounds of the season.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Angel Audition

Room 4 and 5 have auditions on Tuesday at 11:40 a.m. in the music room for Angels in the Snow.

There are 3 parts available.

We are looking for: 1. singing in tune 2. good volume  3. expression 4. in rhythm with the music


Angels Audition Backtrack

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Remembrance Assembly

All our Grade 1-5 students are singing on Thursday at our assembly for our Remembrance Day assembly at 11:00.  Everyone is welcome to join us as we remember those who fought for freedom.

Friday, 3 November 2017


Congrats to all the Grade 3, 4, 5 students for your work on auditioning Monday for parts for our winter concert play.  All students have been cast and see the parts below.  Students can access the songs and scripts on the "Choir 3/4/5" tab.  Parent(s)/Guardian(s), please help your child memorize and learn their parts.  We are looking for slow/loud voices that have expression.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Our Grade 3,4,5 winter concert is coming up soon (mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 12, 2017) and we are starting prep.  Auditions are Monday, Oct. 30 during music class.  There are many parts for students to try out for.  Please choose one of the following audition scripts below.  

We are looking for:
1. acting in character
2. loud clear voice
3. good pacing (not too fast)
4. memorized

Audition Paper

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Yes I Can!

This week I attended several professional development workshops and one particular person that I am in awe of and appreciate with so much respect is Canadian musician, Alvin Law.  I think there are many lessons, for the young and old, that we can learn from and aspire to as we hear Alvin's story.

Alvin had a great honor to be the drummer for this amazing song, We're the Superhumans.  From this day on, no matter, the challenge or difficulty, we all need to adopt the "Yes, I can!" attitude.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Storytelling and Music

One of my favorite things to do is read stories and create mini dramas and music to them.  This past week the Grade 1/2 classes have been listening, acting, and playing to fun stories that connect us to the fall season.

Drums Alive

We've been learning about playing in a beat along to music.   We are using exercise balls on pails.  This program is for exercise and it's called Drums Alive, but a super great way to practice our music skills.  Here are a few of our favorite songs.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Choir Songs

Room 3, 4, 5 Choir Song
This is My Wish
(Auditions - Friday, Oct. 13 - 11:40 in music room)

Room 17, 18, 11 Choir Song
In Flanders Fields
(Auditions - Monday, Oct. 16, 11:40 music room)

Grade 1/2 Choir Song
Hearts Around the World

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Where We ALL Belong

Welcome back to the 2017-2018 music room season!

This summer I got to play music with my 5 beautifully talented nieces at my family farm's 100th year anniversary.  It was a special moment and so grateful for our time together with family and friends, growing, learning, and connecting.  How did you get your music on this summer?

We are well into the month of September and everyone is super excited to be back and getting in our groove.  This summer I found a really great song written by Canadian children's musician, Raffi.  We are adopting it as our theme song for the year and a great reminder that in the circle of life, we all belong!  Celebrating our uniqueness, strengths, and passions.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

WSO Kids 2017-2018 Concerts

Great season ahead of Sunday 2017-18 matinee shows for kids at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.  Click on WSO Link for more information.

Summer's a Comin'

It's been another year of many amazing things discovered, wrestlings, and determination to learn in community and who we are as individuals.  We've discovered gifts and pressed through many trials.  As I say good-bye today to my Grade 5 kids, many of whom I have taught music to for the past 6 years, it is never without some tears as a mom and I shared today at the end of our assembly.  Amazing families, kids, teachers, and friends.  Thank you for letting me be there.  We've ridden the storms well and I hope that each of my students will take all the good that we've known and the heart aches and keep pressing forward and climb and shine.  Never give up!

Stand in the light and be seen as you are.

To my students moving on, we will miss you and wish you the best wherever you go.  Keep in touch!  To my returning musicians in 2017-2018, I'm ready to rock it with you!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Show Time!

Congratulations to Stevenson for putting on a fantastic Circus Show and Celebration of the Arts 2017.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Cup Song Pattern

POINTERS - Use your right hand to pick up cup and the sweep.  When you grab the 'bottom' it's with your left hand.

CHALLENGE - Once you've mastered this pattern, how can you do it with a partner.  Check out the other groups in the song.  How else are they making new routines?

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Just heard about this REALLY cool group of Artic Circus artists and performers.  Check out the link to learn more about ArtCirq!

Monday, 15 May 2017

It's Show Time!

SHOW ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 (5:00-6:30, Show at 5:45)

On Wednesday, May 17, Stevenson is celebrating the arts by putting on the first ever, Cirque Du Stevenson!  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and there will be a number of ‘busking’ venues to stop and see as well as the creativity and beauty of everyone’s art work displayed around the main floor.  At 5:45 p.m. we will be putting on a show in the gym.  Students have been working very hard to get ready for this event.  Dress rehearsal is Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.  All students must be accompanied by a parent/adult for the evening show.

All students will be participating in the final song and have work on display.  In addition, several students have volunteered various talents for the various performances and need to be in attendance.
  • ·         Buskers – Grade 4/5 volunteers (Group 1 – 5:00-5:15 / Group 2 – 5:15-5:30)
  • ·         Ring Masters – Arsenni, Essence, Denise
  • ·         Circus Arts - Grade 4/5 Circus Performers
  • ·         Circus Demos – Fedor, Riley, Krystal, Jack
  • ·         Kindergarten Dance (Room 7 & 8)
  • ·         Tap Dance (Room 5)
  • ·         Grade 4/5 Hip Hop Performance (Room 3, 4, & 5)
  • ·         All school (K-5) sing and dance to Stand In the Light with special dance by Mrs. Hardy’s Dance Team and Grade 4/5 soloists (Ashley, Aliyah, Asraa, Hannah)

We hope to see you out!  Come join in the fun as we celebrate the arts at Stevenson!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Circus Coming SOON!

The circus is coming to town!  Stevenson students are busy getting ready for a fun evening of sharing and the celebration of the arts, mainly circus arts, dance, and visual art.  All students will be performing our "Stand in the Light" song and dance.  Come out and visit our art displays and various buskers around the main level prior to the show.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m.  Show starts at 5:45 p.m.

Examples of Hand-to-Hand / Pyramid Poises


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

How to Draw a Treble Clef

The Grade 2/3 classes are learning to draw treble clefs.  There are 2 ways to draw them and the above is the way we learned today.  It's important to wrap the body around the G line and not go outside line 1 and 3.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Thousands of students, musicians, parents, and community members from Charlottetown to Vancouver will come together tomorrow to celebrate the 13th annual Music Monday to raise awareness for music education. Created by the Coalition for Music Education, Music Monday will bring the nation together for the simultaneous singing of the Music Monday anthem, Sing It Together, on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Honouring Canada 150, this year’s National Showcase Concert will take place in Ottawa with a free concert at the National Arts Centre hosted by MP Seamus O’Regan and opera singer Measha Brueggergosman. The event will be live-streamed at from 12-1 pm EST (11-12 pm Winnipeg time).

Showcase Concert performances include a mass children’s choir, the Métis Fiddle Quartet, singer-songwriter Mimi O’Bonsawin, a harp and soprano duo, youth jazz and strings ensembles, and the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra. Songwriter Marc Jordan, musicians from the official Music Monday video, and the children’s choir will also lead the nationwide sing-along of Sing It Together.

Sing It Together was commissioned by the Coalition for Music Education and features Inuit throat singing, Métis fiddling, Indigenous drumming, and children’s choirs in celebration of Canadian diverse and vibrant musical heritage.

Events are scheduled in communities across Canada, and participants are encouraged to join the conversation using the hashtag #MMC2C2C.


All are welcome!  Come check it out :)
Performances by Room 9, Kindergartens, and whole school singing!

Voca People

I just saw this video and it is a great example of the flexibility and creativity of using the voice and the joy of singing together.  Our voices are instruments and when we train them properly, you can do amazing things like we see with the Voca People group.  Some of my students question why we 'have to be in choir,' which is a mandatory class at our school.  This is a perfect example of why... because our voices are incredible instruments and my job is to teach my students how to use them.  Anyone can learn this.  This type of training takes years and the first couple of steps for beginner singers is to learn to match pitch, body posture, and breathe correctly.  We get to develop our listening skills while singing in an ensemble and together we practice, practice, practice.  It's not easy to discipline ourselves and our voices, but together we will be stronger.  Sing together!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Music Monday 2017

Come and join us as we celebrate music in our school.  Thousands all across Canada, from sea to sea to sea, will be lifting up their songs in support of the music arts.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Seussical the Musical Auditions

Each year up to 120 students from across the School Division are selected to make up two casts for a selected musical production. Ms. Rempel and a team of teachers will be selecting students to audition for next year’s production, ‘Seussical, Jr.  The show will run Jan 27 – Feb 3/17.  If students make the first audition at Stevenson, they are then invited to do a second audition with Mrs. Olko on May 17 or 18th.  If you are interested, please contact Ms. Rempel and send back the audition form that was handed out. Stevenson auditions will take place on Tuesday, May 2 at 11:40 in the music room.

The criteria that Ms. Rempel and her audition team look for are:
1. musical talent (in-tune singing, dancing) / preparation
2. acting / reading / expression / voice projection
3. following directions
4. stage presence / confidence
5. excellent behaviour / student leader
6. parental commitment

Guidelines for the Division consist of choosing students from twenty-one schools, with representation from all the schools and grades. Selection is based on the quality of the audition and the character needs of the musical, which includes in-tune singing, voice projection, acting, and stage presence. Elementary students will be required to attend one weekly rehearsal on either Monday or Tuesday.

Being part of this group is a devoted commitment for four months: Sept., Oct., Nov., Jan. and the first week of Feb. Each cast will rehearse on a specified day, beginning in September. Students with lead roles will be required to attend two weekly rehearsals. There will also be additional rehearsals three weeks prior to the show. Attendance is of the utmost importance, and students must make up for all rehearsals missed by attending on the alternate cast’s day.

For audition:
1. Have your teacher/parent help you to learn one song from the attached list.  Link to Audition Material
2. Practice reading and acting out from memory, one of the passages supplied on the attached list.
3. Practice marching in time, and the box step. 

If you are selected from Stevenson, parents must do the following:
1. Fill out the application form and bring it to your audition.
2. Sign up for an audition time on line by going to Audition Sign-up Link
Second stage auditions will be held at Westwood Collegiate in the cafeteria.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Work in Progress

We are now preparing for our Music Monday concert on Monday, May 1st at 8:50 a.m. on the back playground pad.  Here's a little sneak peak of what we have been working on...

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Theatre Shows

Looks like an amazing line-up of shows going on in St. James this spring.  Go and check them out and support the arts!  We have amazing talent here in this division.  
Good luck and congrats to all the cast and crew.

Westwood Collegiate production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat takes place from May 2-6 at 7 p,m. Tickets are available here.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Canadian Mosiac Concert

Getting ready to watch the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
 The Grade 4/5's went to a fantastic show at the Centennial Concert Hall this afternoon.  We watched the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra play and heard the St. Jame's Children's Choir and Junior Choir sing several numbers.  It was magical and informative as we learned about various Canadian composers and the interesting numbers they created.  Other special performers joined the show including a special lyrical dance, a tabla drummer, a recorder and string group, and a French singer.

Ready, set, listen!

SJSD Children's and Junior Choir singing with WSO