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GREAT BIG THANK YOU!!! for a successful Choristers season!

This Malibu Choristers season was dynamite! I want to extend a very heartfelt THANK YOU to Kim Daniels, Clint Cochrum, Eileen Treon, Erin + Matt Simeone for being there to chaperone our trips and watch after the Malibu Choristers. It takes time and patience which are both limited resources! Thanks to Kris and her staff for taking care of all our setup and building needs! You guys are the best.
Thank you to Mr. Maloney and Mrs. Bailey for being incredibly supportive of our thriving Malibu music program. 25% of students enrolled in extra-curricular music! That's huge.

I also want to thank the PTA volunteers who decorated the auditorium and hallways for the Wednesday night formal concert. They really created an atmosphere that really made the students feel that warm, magical, festive, holiday spirit. I couldn't do it without you!
Lastly, a big than you to the beautiful Malibu Choristers. You worked hard and it PAYED OFF!!! You sound great, and you've learned so much since sta…

Bobby McFerrin at his best. Day of Song

The things that can be done with a light voice...

Snarky Puppy (feat. Magda Giannikou) - Amour T'es La (French)

13 Year Old | Jayna Brown, with Snarky Puppy | Family Dinners

Great big voice! With a phenomenal band. Take a look at the concert format, audience sitting in and around the band members. Guitar solo by Gabriel Morales, age 15. Beautiful talent, Hard work.

Malibu Choristers | Formal Concert Tonight | Field Trip Thursday!

Malibu Choristers will perform tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Malibu. Students need to come to the music room at 5:45 dressed in their finest! NO EARLIER.

Thursday, we will meet at Malibu again at 5:45 to load the buses to attend the Holiday Lights at the Beach festival. Remember to dress warmly! We perform at the first street stage (beach side of Rudee Inlet) at 6:30.

Favorite Action Hero | Broadway Star Hugh Jackman

World Percussion | Tombak & Daf by Reza Montazavi

Skip around in the video to find some really phenomenal playing.

Drama Club Music | "A Year with Frog and Toad" and "Eating Cookies"

A Year With Frog & Toad (C major, melody starts on E))
The sun is out, the sky is clear We came back, spring’s almost here So let’s begin a year with Frog and Toad
The sun is out, the sky is clear We came back, spring’s almost here So let’s begin a year with Frog and Toad
Frog jumps in the water, toad sits on a rock. They are two of the bestest friends to live up on their block…I said…
The sun is out, the sky is clear We came back, spring’s almost here So let’s begin another year, let’s begin another year, Let’s begin a year with Frog and Toad (getting softer) Frog and toad, Frog and toad…………….(shout)a year with Frog and toad!


Eating Cookies(insert after Toad says, “Yes, let’s sit and eat cookies together”)
Eating cookies, eating cookies We’re so happy eating cookies Cookies, cookies, cookies we adore---- Cookies, cookies, cookies, cookies (shout) WE GO KOOKY EATING COOKIES! Maybe we should stop. (GRAND PAUSE) Toad: Stop!?........(sadly, slowly) but I don’t want to stop eating cookies All Sing: Let’s…

Jazz | Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Incredible, Tuba Solo

Bell Notes | Saxophone Family

Al McLean plays through three different sizes of saxophone: tenor, alto, and soprano. Beautiful playing. It's worth putting headphones on and closing the eyes...

Now There's something you don't see everyday | Contrabass Saxophone edition

"Michael Finnegan" | The traditional lyrics

There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He grew whiskers on his chinnigan.
The wind blew them off, but they grew in again.
Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again.

How many claps are there in his name?

This is America Songs | Videos with the words, practice at home!

Recorder Technique | Relaxed Embochure

Will re-upload when I get a better quality video recorded. This works for now.

Music as a Language: Victor Wooten at TEDxGabriolaIsland

Victor Wooten is regarded as one of the best bassists in the world. His views on music as a language represents the foundation of what students should be learning in public schools, and why music is still a vital part of elementary education.

TEDxSydney - Richard Gill - The Value of Music Education

Worth the 13 minute commitment.



The Virginia Beach City Public Schools was recently named one of the Best Communities for Music Education for 2012. This is a prestigious national designation sponsored by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing active participation in music. Beach schools were among the 166 school divisions and 10 schools across the country recognized.
Some takeaways...and why we do what we do. Is it really just a fun activity, or is there a lot more to it?
"Music is worth teaching for its own sake. It is worth teaching because it is good. It is worth teaching because it is unique. It is worth teaching because it empowers children spectacularly"
"Music is an aural art...Sound organized in some way passing through time."
"It is abstract. It doesn't mean anything outside of itself. In each person, music evokes a different response
Music does not describe Music does not narrat…

VA Beach All City Chorus 2014 | GO SURFERS!

Every year, VA Beach Schools All City Chorus is an amazing experience for the students involved. Every elementary school sends six of its fifth graders to sing as part of the powerhouse chorus. Way to go to our 4 that attended this year out of the six that were selected! Drew, Leo, Noelle, and Jahre! Here are some recordings I found that a parent uploaded to Youtube. While they don't show the whole chorus, the recordings are pretty good. Stop and listen to the 25 minute concert through all the videos. Jahre is right in the front, and Noelle is behind him to the right. Drew and Leo are just outside the frame on the right, but the video doesn't pan that far over. Congratulations to you all! Well Done.

Say Something | PS22 CHorus

Though it's a song with a sad message, the beauty of music, simply stated, can't be undone in the ears and minds of a focused listener.

Ocean | John Butler.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!