Sunday, December 26, 2010

Upcoming Events in General Music

As Mrs. Eifler prepares for maternity leave, there will be a couple performances that will be your student's last performance for the year.  The list of dates and times are provided below, please note all performances except the 5/6 festival performance will take place in the Herrera Performing Arts Center.

Third and Fourth Grade - February 9, 2011 - 5:30p.m.
Third grade will be Mrs. Eifler's Recorder Classes
Fourth grade will be Mr. Mac's General Music Classes

K-2 - March 2, 2011 - 5:30 p.m.
Students in Mrs. Eifler's Generla Music Classes will engaged in a musical literacy unit. Your child will be singing, dancing, and playing instruments to a narrated story.

Fifth and Sixth Grade Music Fesitval - March 4, 2011
UPSP (7th St. and Fillmore)
Selected students will be invited to participate in the District General Music Festival.  Students from Mrs. Eifler's class will be singing, dancing, and playing instruments to Tranquil Light, Kid of Hope, and You're a Grand Old Flag.

Kinder First and Second Holiday Performance

The k-2 students of Herrera Elementary School celebrated the ending of the first semester of 2010-2011 celebrating the Holiday Season by singing, dancing, and playing instruments to various tunes of the season.  Please check out a portion of the show below.  Remember if you would like to see the entire show, we are selling DVD's for $5.00!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Herrera Instrumental Music Concert

Third Graders Perform with Band and Orchestra
Last Thursday, December 2, 2010 the third graders performed several holiday selections in the Performing Arts Center.  Once their class performed, students had the chance to listen to their peers in higher grade levels perform on instruments for band and orchestra!  Be sure to check out the performances of the third graders below.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Super Mario Brothers Theme

Below is a clip from the Jr. High Guitar class as they practice a run-through of their Super Mario Brothers music.  The students have been working on this about a month and a half now and I really reading tablature well. 

Patriotic Performance 2010

Fifth and Sixth Grade Students Perform a Patriotic Affair

The fifth and sixth grade students presented the colors of America and sang five Patriotic hymns for the public on November 11, 2010.  The event took place in the Performing Arts Center at Herrera Elementary School.  Students, family, veterans, and school staff gathered to honor and celebrate our country's service men and women as well as our freedom.  Students wrote their own poems and recited them as a way to give back to their veterans.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Third Graders Prepare for Holiday Performance

Herrera's third grade classes learn recorder in general music all year to prepare them for band next year.  Students have been complete staff identification charts and practicing away on the pitches of B,A,G,C, and D.  This year's students are playing several classical selections as well as a couple well-known holiday tunes.  Be sure the catch their concert on Tuesday, December 2, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.  We will be in the Performing Arts Center!

Kindergarten's First Performance

The kindergarten classes of Martinez and Sanchez had their debut performance at the opening night of the Performing Arts Center!  They were so excited to perform on a REAL stage with lights and a curtain and in front of their parents that they could hardly stand still.  The shock and excitement got to them once they got on stage, but their performance was still outstanding!  The video above is 2 rehearsals prior to the performance as we practiced like we were on a stage in the classroom.  Kinders you are amazing!

A Night of Patriotism

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 the Herrera Elementary School fifth and sixth grade students will take the stage and honor our local service men and women.  Please make plans to attend as the students have been working extremely hard on various patriotic hymns as well as writting their own patriotic poems.  This is their way to give back to the people that have gave them so much!  The show starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Video to Come!


The kinder classes have been working on different nursery rhymes since the begining of the year.  We decided to practice a performance run through in the classroom and video-tape the results.  We are in process of waiting for the disc to fill so please stay tuned! 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Junior High

Junior High Keyboard and Guitar

The piano students have been working diligently to learn enough fundamentals to practice a song selection of their choice.  Students work on fundamentals the first half of class and the second half, they begin their independent songs. Students are working on In the End by Lincoln Park, Airplanes by BOYB, The Super Mario Brothers Theme and Linus and Lucy from Charlie Brown.

The guitar class has been working on tablature reading with The Super Mario Brothers Theme.  We have also been learning about chords and the 12 bar blues form.  We hope to create our own lyrics with a 12 bar form for presentation. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

September and October Music Events

**Performing Arts Center Premiere**
The staff at Herrera Elementary School have been working hard to promote our new Performing Arts Center!  We are proud to announce the opening performance from many of our students and community members.  Please join us October 21, 2010 at 5:15p.m.  Students from Mrs. Eifler's fifth and sixth grade classes will be performing the Star Spangled Banner.  Students in Mrs. Eifler's kindergarten classes will be performing the Eenzy Weenzy Spider.

Fifth and Sixth Grade Upcoming Performance
The fifth and sixth grade general music and choir students will have a performance November 10, 2010 at 5:30p.m. in the Performing Arts Building at Herrera Elementary School. The performance is in recognition of Election Day and Veterans day.  Students will honor our veterans and people that serve in our communities and country through sharing their singing and instrument playing talents, as well as showcasing some of their compositions in the form of song and/or poetry. Please invite your friends and family as well as any current serving citizen or veteran that you know.

~Kinder, First, and Second Grade Performs~

On September 30, 2010 our first and second grade classes along with Ms. Pozo's kindergarten class at Herrera Elementary School took the stage for the first performance!  The
y took the audience through the days of the week.  Each song discussed something particular about that day of week in the scheme of life. Students from Mrs. Eifler's classes danced to certain songs and played a variety of musical instruments.  Mrs. Benson's dance class added songs from the months March and April in which they did special choreographed dances. 
Students that performed in this program were from the following classes: Mr. Ortega, Mrs. Diaz, Mrs. Esquivel, Mrs. Segovia, and Ms. Pozo.

Be sure to watch I like to Sing on the following video!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Welcome to Herrera General Music Class Blog

Hello Everyone!

This blog is to be used as a resource for students and families, staff, teachers, and other district support to discover what we've been doing in General Music Class at Herrera Elementary School.

As we perform we will be posting the videos.  When we do class projects and complete them we will be posting samples from that project.  Anything we do that can be transferred to this portfolio will be found. 

Please stop visit regularly for updates!  Make comments and enjoy SOME of our many learning experiences!