Spring Recital 2018
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Melanie's Melodies hosted its annual Spring Recital on Saturday May 19th at Saint James Church. All the members of the studio are students at Saint James Day school.  We had 13 participants in the recital.  Pianists from kindergarten through the sixth grade performed.  We also had two graduates from Saint James Day School perform.  One of our graduates sang Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from the Phantom of the Opera. Pieces such as "Run, Mouse Run", "Feline Dreams", and Pacelbel's "Canon" were performed on the piano.  It was a wonderful afternoon of music. The children enjoyed a much earned reception of cake balls, cookies, and Cokes.

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Melanie Tipton
Spring Songs

          We are singing some of our favorite songs to finish up the school year.  "Camptown Races", "Pop Goes the Weasel", "Old Dan Tucker", and "Puff the Magic Dragon" have been studied and dramatized.   It has been a great year of music, and it is fun to sing some folk songs and pop songs.  The Pre-K through second grade classes are working and singing until the last day of school.

      The Third through Sixth grade classes will be participating in  Sixth Grade graduation.  It is scheduled for Thursday May 24th.  All students in these grades are expected to participate and perform.  The choir will be singing "Be Strong in The Lord", "The Summons", and "Gaudeamus Igitur".  It will be a nice ceremony to send our Sixth graders off into Middle School.


Melanie Tipton
April 30th: Congratulations to the "Jungle Book" cast and crew! What a show!

The students in first through sixth grade put on the production, "The Jungle Book" on  Friday April 13th at the Sullivan Center.  The children did a great job.  Our students really stepped up and performed a a beautiful show.  We had recorders, drums, and bells perform too. I think it was the best show I have ever been a part of since I have been teaching.  Thank you to the wonderful cast and crew of "Jungle Book" 2018!

The students are wrapping up the school year with instruments, music theory, sight-reading and sacred songs.  We will continue to work and practice until the last day of school. 

Melanie Tipton
Jungle Book Dress Rehearsal

The time is approaching for our annual spring musical.  This years musical is the "Jungle Book".  It will be held at the Sullivan Center at Texas High.  The performance is scheduled for Friday 13th at 6:30pm.  Students should arrive no later than 6:00pm for the performance.  We are having a dress rehearsal in the morning so the students can run the show on the stage with the set, lights, and sound.  The rehearsal is scheduled for 8:15am and they will need to be picked up by 12:00 noon. The children have been working and practicing hard for this presentation.  I am so excited to show you all the music and dance they have studied over the last two months.  We are looking forward to a fabulous show!

Melanie Tipton
Volunteers Needed

Dear Parents,

The First through Sixth grade students will be performing "The Jungle Book" on Friday, April 13th. As with any production, there are a lot of behind the scenes prep work and tear down at the end of the show.  I am asking if there are any parents that would consider staying after the production to tear down the set and scene.  We will be loading trucks and cars with scenery and instruments. Please let me know if you would be willing to help.  We are looking forward to a fabulous show!

Thank you,

Mrs. Tipton

Melanie Tipton

The Fifth and Fourth grade students have begun their keyboard unit.  They will be learning keys, fingerings, hand positions, rhythms, and notes in this unit.  Each student is encouraged to play their piece as a solo.  They should play at least two pieces a week.  This week, they demonstrated "Low and High" and "First March".  The children are having a great time learning and are enjoying playing on the keyboards. (pics. included)

"Jungle Book" rehearsals are going well.  We are concentrating on the choreography, and the children have illustrated "Jungle Prologue", "The Bear Necessities", and "The Monkey Song".  Our snake, Kaa,  had a great rehearsal last week too. The children are singing, dancing, and creating their characters.

Lent Pieces:  We are in the season of Lent.  Our students are practicing songs for Lent to sing at chapel.  "Forty Days and Forty Nights", "Just As I Am', and "From all that Dwell Below the Skies" are a few favorites.  The younger students are exhibiting how to sing out of the hymnals. The children are also discussing the meaning of the pieces and why Lent is such an important part of the Liturgical year.

Melanie Tipton
Music Class 2/7/18

The Music classes are very busy during this time of year.  We have Grandparent's Day performances, "Jungle Book" rehearsals, and music curriculum being taught.

Primary-Kindergarten classes are exploring instruments.  The students have played the Mexican instruments such as Maracas, Castanets, and Guiros.  They have also played the percussion instruments such as the cymbals, hand drums, and xylophones. (pics. included.)

The Elementary students are singing Disney songs for our upcoming Grandparent's day performance.  They are practicing, "The Second Star to the Right", "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah", and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". They are also practicing some "Jungle Book" songs.

THe Middle school students are having 8 week units on their instruments. Sixth grade is playing drums,  Fifth grade is playing bells, Fourth grade is playing drums and recorders, and Third grade is playing recorders and singing. The Sixth grade is also studying the Romantic era, and the Fifth grade is studying a unit on Music Theory.

Melanie Tipton
Jungle Book Cast 2018

Bagheera- Catherine Joyce, Baloo-Jett Mayo, Mowgli-David Mayo, Shere Khan-Carter Shuffield, King Louie-Dawson Palmer, Shanti-Katie McKinney, Kaa-Carolina Womack, Coils-Emma Burks, Ella Crouch, Victoria Langley, Staten Crossland, Abby York, Colonel Hathi-Jon Chatelain, Baby Elephant-Rosie Jordan, Dizzy Vulture-Heath Wood, Ziggy Vulture-Ayres Fuqua, Silly Monkey-Annabelle Harp, Sassy Monkey-Amy Womack, Grumpy Monkey-Kate Hindman, Old Monkey-Molly Lippin, Jungle Thistle-Elle Floyd, Jungle Banyan-Hannah Brown, Jungle Lotus-Maddie Smallwood, Wolves- John O'Donnell, Olivia Kimmel, Cooper Kimmel, James Moore, Anna Clare Novasad, Adler Lemley Bees-Keenley O'Rorke, Addison Bobo, Morgan Yost, Mary Black, Birdie Roberts Dance Captains- Norah Jordan and Amy Womack

 Pictures Enclosed- Sixth Grade Drums class.  They will be performing on Grandparent's Day Friday, February 16th.

Pictures Enclosed- Sixth Grade Drums class.  They will be performing on Grandparent's Day Friday, February 16th.

Melanie Tipton
The Jungle Book-Costumes and More

Dear Parents, 

Our Spring Musical this year is "The Jungle Book".  It is scheduled for Friday, April 13th.  Each student in 1st-6th grade is expected to participate.  Students will need a costume for their particular character in the show.  Please return your form with your correct size.  You should have received a letter from your classroom teacher regarding costumes. Please sign and return your forms by Friday, January 12th.



A musical is a great way to explore several different art forms at the same time. This encourages students to develop their mind and body.  

Singing:  I believe singing is a great way to express yourself.  It is one of the few art forms that actually uses words to communicate.  Students learn pitch, rhythm, vowel, breathing, and tone. Our students as Saint James seem to enjoy singing.  

Dancing:  Students learn choreography in a musical.  They exhibit steps, movement, and gestures.  All of this motion helps create the characters.  Students learn how to work together as a team to create a dance scene.  Dance encourages the whole body and mind.

Acting:  Acting is a great art form because students formulate characters.  They do not have to be themselves.  Sometimes, it is tough being yourself.  When you are acting, you can become the character.  Students pretend and play "Make-believe".  This uses great imagination.  They learn to speak clearly to be understood by the audience.  They learn blocking, timing, and memorization.

Art:  Several of our Middle school students create our back drops.  Ms. Denise guides them in a certain direction, but the children paint the scenes.  This takes great skill, patience, imagination, and creativity.

At Saint James, we encourage developing the whole child: mental, physical and spiritual. Putting on productions integrates all these aspects.  I hope your child will enjoy being a part of the Saint James production, "The Jungle Book".

Melanie Tipton
Congratulations Candlelight 2017!

The students of Saint James Day school performed their annual Candlelight performances on Tuesday December 19th and Wednesday December 20th. Both services were beautiful.  The Tuesday night performance included 1, 3, and 5 grades while the Wednesday night performance included 2, 4, and 6 grades. At each concert, the students performed 10 pieces which included 2 pieces in harmony, one in Latin, and an antiphonal song.  This repertoire is very challenging, and the students are new at singing in harmony.  All of the children did a fabulous job.

I believe the best way a musician can serve through their talent is in the church. We are teaching music ministry through this concert. The Lord tells us to sing "praises, hymns, and spiritual songs".  (Ephesians 5:19) Our students sing these pieces because they love the Lord, and they want to be obedient to Him. Saint James allow students to explore their faith and to sing to God. That is what makes Candlelight to special.

Thank you to our soloists, duets, and trios. Thank you to our fabulous accompanists, Andrew Clark. Thank you to Father Doug, Father David, Ms. Cheryl, and Ms. Traci for all the organizing that goes on behind the scenes. I am very thankful to have such a fantastic support team.

Enclosed are some pictures from the Great Room before the services began.

Melanie Tipton
Melanie's Melodies Makes Music at Mall

Melanie's Melodies performed a "mini" recital at the Central mall on Saturday, December 16th. The performers included Zachary Bobo, Addison Bobo, Heath Wood, and Rosie Jordan.  Each student performed a piece by memory. Zachary Bobo played "Ode to Joy". Addison Bobo played "Santa's Sleigh", Heath Wood played "Kum by Yah", and Rosie Jordan played "Jingle Bells". The students performed beautifully, and I am so proud of the work they have accomplished in the short time they have been studying the piano.

Performance is such an important part of music study.  It builds self-esteem, confidence, character, and determination.  These are all life-building skills too. I am very thankful that Saint James encourages our students to perform.

Melanie Tipton
7 Important Benefits of Music in our schools-Nafmc

The National Association for Music Education has put an article out about the importance to teaching music.  It it titled "20 Important Benefits of Music in our Schools".  Here is the top 7.

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1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning.  The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on your minds. At Saint James, we begin singing in the Primary 2 class.  The students sing folksongs, nursery rhymes, Bible songs, and Christmas pieces.

2.  A mastery of memorization.  Even when performing with sheet music, students musicians are constantly using their memory to perform.  The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.  Our Candlelight performance this year (2017) includes 10 memorized anthems.

3. Students learn to improve their work.  Learning music promotes craftsmanship and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work.  This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.  Students practice weeks in advance for all their performances.  This encourages constant improvement.  Our students put on a Spring musical that enables them to create character and movement.

4.  Increased coordination. Students who practice musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination.  Children can develop motor skills when playing music.  At Saint James, our students play recorders, keyboards, drums, ukuleles, bells, and numerous other percussion instruments.

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5.  A sense of achievement.  Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Our students perform instruments at Chapel, Grandparent's day, and Spring Musical.

6.  Kids stay engaged in school.  An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school.  Students musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.  Our students practice many instruments which gives our class a hands-on approach to music.

7.  Success in society. Music is the fabric of our society and music can shape abilities and character.  Music education can greatly contribute to children's intellectual development. Our drum circles incorporate team work with question and answer rhythms. They are complimentary rhythms. So, each independent rhythm, when played together, creates an ensemble.

National Association for Music Education article July 21, 2014

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Melanie Tipton
Merry Christmas!

The students have been performing over the December weeks.  They have had a lot of success. The Pre-K program was a beautiful service.  The students created the Nativity story.  They sang 4 Christmas carols and finished with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"! The Kindergarten Chapel was today, December 12th.  It was a very nice service as well.  The students quoted scripture, sang Christmas pieces, and recited Christmas poems.  They did a great job!

Candlelight is scheduled for Tuesday Dec. 19th and Wednesday Dec. 20th.  Please read my previous blog to get all the detailed information. We rehearsed with our accompanist this morning, Mr. Andrew Clark.  The children did very well, and the solos, duets and trios are and added treat. I am expecting a fabulous Candlelight.

The students continue to study their instruments throughout the month of December. Fifth and Sixth grades are practicing bells, Fourth grade is learning the drums, and Third grade continues with the recorders.  I am very proud at how enthusiastic the children are about Music Class.

We will begin our Grandparent's Day pieces when we return from Christmas Break.  I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Melanie Tipton
Candlelight Information 11/30/17

 The Fifth grade students finished their unit on the drums.  They played a drum ensemble for the prelude at Chapel on November 28th. (Pictures enclosed.)

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Candlelight Dates and Times:

Candlelight is scheduled for Tuesday, December 19th at 6:00pm for 1,3,and 5 grades.  Their rehearsal time is at 8:30am-11:00am at Saint James Church. Arrival time for the evening concert is at 5:30pm. We will meet in the Great Hall. The concert will also be at Saint James Church. It will last about an hour.

Candlelight is scheduled for Wednesday, December 20th at 6:00 pm for 2,4 and 6 grades.  Their rehearsal time is scheduled at 8:30am-11:00am at Saint James Church.  Arrival time for the evening concert is at 5:30pm.  We will meet in the Great Hall. The concert will also be at Saint James Church. It will last about an hour. 

Dress:  Girls- Sunday dresses with dress shoes. Boys- Suit and tie or sports jacket and tie. (NO JEANS) Dress socks. (No Sports Socks).

Soloists: Must be at both concerts!

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Melanie Tipton
Melanie's Melodies at Saint James Day School

Students of Melanie's Melodies performed in a Fall Recital on Saturday November 11th.  The recital was hosted at Saint James Church.  We had 10 participants, and they were all pianists.  They played great!  Each student played at least one piece by memory, and they all had about one year of piano study.  The participants included Maddie Roberts, Anna Clare Novasad, Ava Bobo, Addison Bobo, Zachary Bobo, Heath Wood, Marleigh Duncan, John O'Donnell, Rosie Jordan, and Dominic West.  Everyone did a great job!  If you are interested in piano and/or voice lessons, contact Mrs. Tipton at (502) 619-4609.  Here are some pics.

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Melanie Tipton
Music Class 11/14/17

The students have been working very hard in Music Class.  We are getting ready for all our upcoming performances.  

The Pre-K students have been practicing their Christmas Carols for the Pre-K Christmas Program.  Ms. Traci and Ms. Clare have are great directors. The children are singing, "Silent Night", "Angels We Have Heard on High", "Joy to the World", "Away in a Manger", and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".  The students are singing beautifully.  It will be a nice Nativity service.

Kindergarten are getting ready for their Christmas Chapel as well.  They are singing "Away in a Manger", "The Friendly Beasts", and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". The students have been working on the rhythm, pitch, and words to all the songs.  It will be a great chapel.

First through sixth grade students are practicing their pieces for Candlelight. They are singing in solos, duets, and trios, too. The students are singing in harmony for the first time in many years.  This has been a BIG challenge for them, but they are doing it. Candlelight will be a beautiful service celebrating the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Melanie Tipton
Music Classes Oct. 31st

The music classes as Saint James have been very productive.  We have several performances and services lined-up.  Next week, our Fourth grade class will be playing "When the Saints Go Marching In" on the recorders at our weekly school chapel (Nov. 2nd).  They will be playing the prelude.  The Second grade class will be singing our prelude at the Veteran's Day Chapel.  They will be singing "This Land Is Your Land". (Nov. 7th) The select students from the Sixth grade will playing "Ode to Joy" on the ukuleles. (Nov 14th).  It is very important that students learn to use their gifts and talents to glorify God.

Candlelight Services are scheduled for December 19th and 20th.  Students in grades First, Third, and Fifth will perform on Tuesday the 19th.  Students in grades Second, Fourth, and Sixth will perform on Wednesday the 20th. Solos perform both nights.  

Students auditioned for solos, duets, and trios for our Candlelight services.  This is a big honor to be selected.  Students had to prepare one piece to perform for myself and their peers to audition. They all did a great job!  Here are the results: Annabelle Harp, Ella Crouch, Dawson Palmer, Jett Mayo, Catherine Joyce, Carolina Womack, Elle Floyd, Kate Hindman, Jon Chatelain, Alex Orr, David Mayo, Abbie York, Emma Burks, Maddie Smallwood, Staten Crossland, Kennley O'Rorke, Victoria Langley, and Katie McKinney.  Everyone did such an amazing job at auditions. I know we are going to have a fabulous Candlelight!

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Melanie Tipton
Music Class 10/17

The students have been very productive in music class.  They are making beautiful music with voice, instruments, and hand-made instruments.  

The 6th grade classes have been practicing the ukulele.  They have learned all the notes to the C major scale.  They are practicing pieces such as "Oh Susanna" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". They will be performing "Ode to Joy" in chapel soon.  It will be the prelude for the day.

The 5th grade students completed a unit on the Orchestra instruments.  They can categorize each instrument into their appropriate instrument family.  They also can recognize the instruments by sound. They created seating charts to classify the instruments.  They also created finger puppets to identify the instruments in the story "Peter and the Wolf". They will be playing the drums the remainder of the grading period.

The 4th grade students are playing the recorders.  They are participating a reward system called "Recorder Karate".  This way, they earn a colored belt once they have conquered a piece. They are attaching the belts to the end of their recorders.  They will be playing "When the Saints Go Marching In" on Nov. 2nd at Chapel.  This will be played as a prelude to the service.

Third grade students are practicing the recorder.  They are learning notes "B", "A", and "G". They take turns playing solos in class.  They have practiced pieces such as "Lullaby", "Three Lines for Smooth Fingers", and "Merrily We Roll Along". They have also created hand-made instruments such as shakers and castanets.

First and Second grade students have been practicing songs in class.  They have such sweet voices.  They have been singing, "Every Witch Way", "The Bare Necessities", and "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain". They are also learning the rhythm of the pieces using percussion instruments such as tambourines, maracas, and wood blocks.

Kindergarten, Pre-K, and Primary classes have been singing a lot of movements songs. "London Bridge", "Five Monkeys in a Tree", and "A Tisket a Tasket" are a few favorites. This gives the children an opportunity to dramatize the pieces.  They are also able to create their own motions.

Choir Classes are getting ready for Veterans Day and Candlelight.  They have been singing many choral anthems and hymns.  The students auditioned for solos, duets, and trios.  The results will be revealed on Tuesday October 31st.

Melanie Tipton
Back to School and Episcopal Schools Week

The students have been learning a lot in Music class. Sixth grade students are learning about the Baroque composers. They are also playing the ukulele. They are learning tunes such as "Are You Sleeping" and "Ode to Joy" on the ukulele. Fifth grade students are practicing the drums. They have rehearsed 2 drum ensembles. In addition to the drums, they are learning about the Orchestra instruments. They are learning to recognize the instruments by sound. The Fourth grade students are learning the recorders. They are earning colored belts to put on the end of the recorder once they have conquered their piece. They are practicing " Rain, Rain Go Away" and "Gently Sleep". Third grade students are learning the notes to the recorder. Notes "B", "A" and "G" are being practiced. Students in Second through Primary are learning fun songs. "Henry the Octopus", "Doe a Deer", and "On Top of Spaghetti" are a few favorites.



Saint James Church is celebrating Episcopal Schools week on Sunday October 1, 2017. The students of Saint James Day School have been invited to sing as the choir on Sunday morning. Students in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth grade classes are invited to participate.

Students should arrive as Saint James Church (417 Olive St., Texarkana, TX 75501) on Sunday morning, October 1 at 9:00am for dress rehearsal. The students will be singing "Sing a New Song to the Lord". They should wear their dress uniform. The service will begin at 10:00am. It should last about an hour.

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