Sunday, November 19, 2017

Week of November 19

 Happy Thanksgiving! Lesson plan Nov 20-22
 We will be celebrating in a musical ways all through the week, starting with the second and third grade concert on November 20 and continuing with the music presentations of pre-K classes on Tuesday, November 21. We are also already preparing for the Lessons and Carols in December and are very excited about our song selections. Have a wonderful holiday and give thanks!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Week of November 12

This week we are actively preparing music for the Thanksgiving presentation (on Nov 21, PreK classes 1,2,3,4,5 and on Nov 20th 9am grades 2 and 3) as well as finalizing song selections for our Lessons and Carols service in December. Students in the upper grades are learning about famous classical composers from around the world and all students in grades 1-8 are learning the basics of music notation.
Prek-3rd grade students are learning about musical instruments and using percussion instruments
 ( shakers, tambourines and rhythm sticks) as well as the wonders of the acoustic and electric pianos.
Have a wonderful week and please view the lesson plan here:WEEK OF NOV 12

Monday, November 6, 2017

Week of November 5th

Please view the lesson plan here: week of Nov5th
This week we continue with preparations for our Thanksgiving Music Presentations which will feature grades PreK 1,2,3,4,5 K1 and K2 as well as Grade 2 and 3.
We will also continue using recorders and learning piano basics in Grades 4-8  as well as reviewing what we have learned about classical composers from around the world and practicing music notation skills. Have a wonderful week everyone!
Musically yours,
Ms. Alma Micic

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Week of October 29

Have a safe and happy Haloween! We’ve been singing lots of spooky songs and playing spooky sound games with Prek1-5 as well as K and 1 grades. We continue to prepare for the All Saints mass this Wednesday, when the choir will sing songs dedicated to saints such as For All the Saints and Sing With All the Saints In Glory.
In addition to recorders and music notation knowledge, we will be expanding the music vocabulary as well with various vocabulary words that are musical in nature- most of them are in Italian as that was deemed language of music back in 16th century and where music notation was invented in the 12th century.
We are also working hard to prepare music for our next presentation in November which of course is dedicated to Thanksgiving- lots of songs about being thankful and happy for what we have- God, family, our country.
Please view the lesson plan for this week: WEEK OF OCTOBER 29

Monday, October 23, 2017

Week of October 22

Dear Students, Parents and Faculty- a big THANK YOU to all those who came to our Hurricane and Earthequake Relief Concert, and fundraiser for Puerto Rico and Mexico. We also had an opportunity not only to hear great music by Bobby Sanabria and his Quartet, but to learn about the roots of many styles of Latin beats popular today.
This week we will be learning about various rhythms from around the world and will be using percussion instruments such as tambourines, shakers and rhythm sticks to re-create those world beats.
Please view the lesson here:LESSON PLAN WEEK OF 10/22

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week of October 15

Please view the lesson plan HERE- OCT 15-20
This week we are gearing up for the big fundraising concert on Thursday, 10/19. A major star on the International and Latin Jazz scene, Grammy nominted drummer and band leader Bobby Sanabria is bringing his Quartet Ache to OLQM! This is a phenomenal opportunity for your child to learn about helping others in their hour of need- fundraising and participating in a benefit for Puerto Rico and Mexico as well as a chance to hear a wolrd-renowned artist live in the school auditorium.
All proceeds from the tickets will be donated to charities helping those affected by the hurricane and earthquake. Tickets can be purchased in the school office during regular school hours.
To learn more about Bobby Sanabria please click HERE- BOBBY SANABRIA WEBSITE
Thank you in advance for supporting this very special event!
Ms. Alma Micic

Monday, October 9, 2017

Week of October 9th

This will be an extremely musical month! On Thursday, October 12 we will celebrate Hispanic Music Heritage in our presentation in the auditorium, featuring PreK classes as well as Kindergarten and First Grade classes. The children are very excited to present the songs they have practiced over the last several weeks.
On October 19 at 6pm,  we will host a a latin jazz benefit concert at the school featuring multi-grammy nominated artist Bobby Sanabria and his Quartet. Proceeds from this concert will go directly to relief efforts for Puerto Rico and Mexico. It will be a great opportunity to help those in need as well as a chance for the students of OLQM to hear a fantastic artist and even ask questions after the concert. We are counting on your support!
Please view our lesson plan for this week: October 9-13
Musically yours,
Mrs. Alma Micic

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Week of October 2, 2017

This week we are progressing further with songs using our block flutes/ recorders. We will also advance in music notation, learning places of notes on the staff, using the music notebooks.
The choir is getting ready for Feast of St. Francis Mass this Wednesday, however all classes will be familiar with the songs selections and we are expecting some beautiful singing of praise by all on that day.
Students are also exploring music from musicals and operas, as well as history of music notation through the ages and history of opera and music in general. We are learning fun facts about famous composers from around the world and how they influenced their society of the time they lived in- music is a powerful force!
 Have a wonderful week everyone!
Please view the lesson plan here:

Monday, September 25, 2017

Week of September 25

Dear parents and students,
Here is the link for this week's lesson plan :September 25-29
 In addition to working on traditional Hispanic music for our celebration next month, we are preparing for the feast of St. Francis and learning the following song :
Make Me Channel of Your Peace

The students have been working very hard on learning the basics of playing the recorder and are achieving great results already.  The MusicBox have also been in use in this week will be exploring the bass clef in addition to the treble clef.
Mrs. Alma Micic


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Musical adventures

This week your children will be using music manuscript notebooks that are supplied by the school and should stay in their book bags at all times. Some have already received recorders ( block flutes) depending on the grade and are learning how to play them. The recorders should also "live" in their book bags as we use them at least 3 times a week. We are off to a great musical adventure!🎢🎢🎢

Please view this week's lesson plan here:
Lesson plan

September 18-22

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Welcome back!

It will be an exciting year at OLQM in many ways! We have new students joining the returning ones and some starting school for the first time.
In addition to our regular music curriculum, this semester we have added more instruments to the music room- three more pianos, larger variety of percussion instruments ( tambourines, hand drums, rhythm sticks, bells, shakers) and a woodwind instrument- the recorder, also known as the block flute. The individual recorders will be assigned to students in grades 3-6, and will be labeled with their names. The students will learn how a woodwind instrument operates, how to clean and make music with them.
Please feel free to stop by the music room and see all we have in store for the new school year!
Alma Micic
OLQM Music Faculty