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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