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22 May 2018

Middle & High School Music Programs

Our middle and high school music program has produced a number of accomplished musicians singing, playing and even composing complex classical pieces. We spoke with some of the Concordia musicians to learn more about Concordia’s Music program.

“We have exercises that do a lot for our voices, which increase the range. We defy expectations and do songs that push our limits, expanding our range,” said Thuan (G11). “At other schools we have at most 2 parts, here we have up to 8 parts with 39 people and we still pull it off. When we sing we can deliver messages that otherwise would be hard to verbalise. I’ve talked to people after concerts and they’ve told me they’ve been inspired, so they feel what we intended and more - and that inspires me. Everyone supports each other and that is the foundation of choir - people working together harmoniously.  It’s a bonding experience as well. We have that musician bond, bringing people with the same passions together - I’m grateful to choir for that.”

Gracie (G10) not only plays piano with the choir and chamber ensemble, she is also a composer: 

“I had a background understanding of music, and so the music theory class pushed me toward composing. I learned how to work with chords and scales. We started trying to improvise songs on a piano and then moved to setting that down on paper,” said Gracie (G10). “Music is very mathematical it is so much more than an idea - you have to know the technical side. Learning about that I gravitated naturally toward composing. As the piano, I get to look at get familiar with other instruments, got to know their sound and got interested in composing for those instruments. I’m writing pieces for flute, cello and violin, and I plan to take AP Music Theory.”

Middle - high school music teacher Nancy Durance echoed these sentiments:

“It’s been amazing to see how the kids have risen to the challenge, not only reading music but also expanding to different cultures. At times we perform 8 part harmony acapella - we’d never thought we could. Students enjoy the organic nature of their voices and the sounds that they make. In the instrument ensemble we’re expanding the register of what our instruments can do and technical abilities of each player, playing composers like Bach and Shostakovich. Students are becoming aware of musicians, understand how musicians think and operate.”

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22 May 2018

Middle & High School Music Programs

Our middle and high school music program has produced a number of accomplished musicians singing, playing and even composing complex classical pieces. We spoke with some of the Concordia musicians to learn more...

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15 May 2018

Concordia's Elementary Music Program

If you’ve heard one of Concordia’s elementary school concerts, you’ll know Music Teacher Ms. Martha Seibel has our students performing at a very high level, learning and having fun in the process.

“I like learning songs to perform because Ms. Seibel gives us a song and we practice it together over and over, and we get better at music,” said Linh (G1), adding, “Our class has some instruments and we pass them around - my favorite was a glockenspiel.”

“I want kids to have fun and work together, to “see” music, interact and create,” said Ms. Seibel. “Some parts in the day we are individually focused. Music class can be different because we do something together and fun, which can be a great thing for kids in the middle of the day.”

“We break things down into steps, starting with the most basic thing, and then add something new and change it slightly. It starts very simple but when you add it becomes very complex.

“Now the kids are getting ready for concerts, taking the musical information they’ve been gathering all year and making choices about what instrument they’ll play, what rhythm, being independent about what they’ll do.”

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15 May 2018

Concordia's Elementary Music Program

If you’ve heard one of Concordia’s elementary school concerts, you’ll know Music Teacher Ms. Martha Seibel has our students performing at a very high level, learning and having fun in the process. “I like...

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10 May 2018

Grade 2 & High School Choir Choral Share

Music is a language unto itself and our Grade 2 students experienced this first hand while spending time with the Concordia high school choir members.

The younger students composed their own songs in a previous class and when shared, the high school students were able to read the music and sing the original compositions. The group then created variations on the songs and eventually came together to sing in a three-part harmony as a group. The classroom buzzed with the wonderful music of the mixed group!

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10 May 2018

Grade 2 & High School Choir Choral Share

Music is a language unto itself and our Grade 2 students experienced this first hand while spending time with the Concordia high school choir members. The younger students composed their own songs in a previous class and...

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16 November 2017

South African Dancers Share Culture and Hope

The Kliptown Youth Project (KYP) dancing troupe visited Concordia for a full day of traditional South African singing, dancing, and culture sharing. Each Concordia elementary school class had a chance to meet with the dancers individually to learn more about the group’s purpose as well as join in on some great dancing and music.

KYP’s founder, Thulani Madondo, was named by CNN as one of their 2012 ‘Heroes’ of everyday people changing the world, as KYP helps youth of Kilptown, SA rise out of poverty.

“I liked the gumboot dancers because they taught us how to dance. It was cool that they made their own music with their boots, hands and their drum.” - Bella, Grade 3

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16 November 2017

South African Dancers Share Culture and Hope

The Kliptown Youth Project (KYP) dancing troupe visited Concordia for a full day of traditional South African singing, dancing, and culture sharing. Each Concordia elementary school class had a chance to meet with...

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10 October 2017

Interactive Reading

Our Library featured interactive reading with REAL sound effects: Grade 3 listened to 'Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin' written by Chieri Uegaki and read by Randy Stephens while accompanied by violinist, Ms. Mary. Here they are showing us how they would play their own instruments.

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10 October 2017

Interactive Reading

Our Library featured interactive reading with REAL sound effects: Grade 3 listened to 'Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin' written by Chieri Uegaki and read by Randy Stephens while accompanied by violinist, Ms. Mary. Here...

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28 July 2017

Omnia Sol- “Everywhere Light”

‘Omnia Sol’, which means “everywhere light” in Latin was the title for our most recent concert. Music for this concert focused on themes of hope, resilience, adventure, and joy. With music from the classical era, the romantic era, spiritual, gospel and jazz, (and a few favorite movie themes thrown in), Concordia students brought “light” to our Concordia and Hanoi community through their performance Friday.

A special thanks to Mrs. Nancy Durance, Concordia’s upper school music teacher and our music students in the middle and high school choirs & chamber ensemble orchestra for all their hard work in beautifully bringing this concert together.

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28 July 2017

Omnia Sol- “Everywhere Light”

‘Omnia Sol’, which means “everywhere light” in Latin was the title for our most recent concert. Music for this concert focused on themes of hope, resilience, adventure, and joy. With music from the...

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