Monday, November 3, 2014

Lesson Plans for 11/4/2014

Students should plan to work on homework and/or missing assignments from their other classes. They may choose to rehearse together and complete a sight reading example for the first 20-25 minutes as long as it is productive and purposeful. If a student doesn't have homework or missing work from other classes they may choose to read quietly. It's up to the substitute teacher whether students can listen to music while they should NOT be a distraction!

The choir room should be quiet and productive with minimal bathroom breaks...just like when MrW is here!!!

For a fun challenge, students may, as a class, phone in their final sight reading performance example to MrW @ (616) 953-0874. Don't worry...I won't answer :) Go to to generate an appropriate sight reading exercise.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Google Classroom

You will need a special code to join your classroom. MrW will provide this for you during class.

Click on the link to go to Google Classroom:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Piano Lessons through Piano Marvel!

MrW found an incredible new resource for students who want to learn how to play piano! Even better news is that these lessons are incredibly inexpensive, can work with your keyboard or digital piano at school or at home, and can move as fast as you want to learn.

The website says that lessons are $15/month (which is already awesome!) but because MrW signed up as a teacher, AMS Choir students can get a $3/month discount. Interested? Here's what to do:

  1. Go to their website:
  2. After reading through their basic info, click "Create An Account" in the upper right
  3. Click "Subscription", fill out your info. Be sure to enter Studio as your promotional code to receive $3 off per month.
  4. Have your parent/guardian enter their CC info for secure billing
  5. Click "Create Account"
NOTE: If you don't have a keyboard or digital piano at home, you can sign up for a Practice Room at school! MrW will provide the piano and the MIDI cable, you bring your laptop and login to your PianoMarvel account to practice. MrW can even check your progress and help you set goals to improve! If you or your parents have questions, please contact MrW and he'll help out.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Parents! Receive text announcements from MrW!

Remind is a free, safe, and easy way for teachers to connect instantly with students and parents!

You can sign up for announcements from AMS Choirs on your cell phone! Texting has become so much easier for many people instead of emailing. Getting handouts home is also a pretty big challenge! Students and Parents can receive announcements and even class handouts without having to worry about losing important information between school and home. It's SUPER easy to sign up! Look for a special email from MrW very soon. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Here It Is...Eric Whitacre's Virtual Youth Choir!!!

Here is the LIVE performance of the Virtual Youth Choir in support of children the world over! What a beautiful performance and an exceptional cause (UNICEF). Allendale Middle School singers can be SO proud of their involvement of this project. As your teacher, I am blessed to have the privilege to introduce you to these kind of experiences and blessed to see you grow as young men and women musicians. Very well done!!

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Youth Choir Performance!

Got this exciting message from Eric Whitacre's team this morning:
Tonight, the Virtual Youth Choir premieres at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.   I can’t tell you how incredible it looks on the giant 1000m sq screen that spans Celtic Park stadium.  You look and sound AWESOME.
Click on this link to read more about the Virtual Youth Choir and the Glasgow Games:

I'm so proud of all of our AMS Choir students for participating in this World Event!!!