And we’re back! Sign-up for Assembly Solos!

Welcome back to a new school year! We’re excited for all of the exciting projects that we have planned for 2019-2020!

Each year, students in the Lower School are invited to audition to perform in grade level assemblies. Students may prepare a short solo or small ensemble piece of no more than 3 minutes. This opportunity is optional and is a great chance for young musicians to exhibit the music making that they do outside of school!

To sign-up, please click on the appropriate grade level form below. Sign-ups are first come, first serve! Students may only sign-up to perform in an assembly for their current grade level. Please only sign-up for one date to give more students an opportunity to perform! Assembly dates will close two weeks prior to the performance or when they fill up!

Prep Sign Up
Grade 1-3 Sign-Up *Students in Grade 3 can only sign up for their homeroom assembly.
Grade 4-6 Sign-Up
 *Students in grades 4-6 can only sign up for their homeroom assembly.

Once the form is completed you will receive an email from a Performing Arts teacher regarding an audition time and location. If you have any questions please contact the following Performing Arts teachers:

Prep – Carole Saunders at carolesaunders@cdnis.edu.hk
Grades 1-3 – Ashley Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk
Grades 4-6 – Kimberly Butler at kimberlybutler@cdnis.edu.hk

Audition Sign-ups for Student Showcases 2019!

Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, actors, poets and more!

The Lower School Performing Arts Department is looking for talented Prep-Grade 6 students to perform in the Student Showcases from June 4-6 in the Forum.

The showcase provides an opportunity for students to share their amazing talents in front of an audience of their peers. Auditions will be held after school in the Forum on May 9 and 10. If your child is interested, sign them up using the forum below.

The last day to sign up for auditions is Tuesday, April 30. If you have any questions, email Ms. Benusa!

What’s Happening in LLAC 816!

Happy New Year! It’s great to be back to school after a refreshing holiday. There is a lot of really wonderful learning going on all over the school. Here’s an update on what’s going on in LLAC 816!

Grade 1: Traditional Chinese Instruments

In the weeks leading up to Chinese New Year, grade 1 students will learn about the different instruments of the Chinese orchestra. Students will have an opportunity to explore the instruments, their materials and the sounds that they make. Using Chinese percussion instruments, students will study basic rhythmic notation and create repeated patterns to accompany the well-known folk song for Chinese New Year “Gongxi Gongxi.”

Take a look at this video from the After School Chinese Orchestra that explains some of the instruments that we are learning about:

Grade 2: Mime

Our students in Grade 2 are in for a special treat this semester as we host an artist-in-residence, Bill Bowers to our school for two days in February. Bowers is a professional mime and will work with Grade 2 students on how actor’s express an idea, story, or emotion using only one’s body, face, or gesture. Students have really enjoyed a variety of drama games in “sharpening their tools in their actor’s toolbox” in preparation for Bower’s visit.

They’ve also been inspired by this fun look at what mime’s do:

Grade 3: How We Express Ourselves Spotlight

Grade 3 students have been traveling the world and looking at how different cultures express themselves through the arts. They have learned that a country can be different than a culture as some places contain many different types of people and ways of doing things. Students have explored the Ewe culture of Ghana, Javanese culture of Indonesia and the Newfoundland culture of Canada. In their work they have learned that the arts often serves a greater purpose.

Students will present their work in their G3 Spotlight on March 8 in the LLAC Theatre. More details to come soon on their work! For now, take a look at the song that student will use to close their Spotlight:

Sign-Up to Perform in a Grade Level Assembly

Each year, students in the Lower School are invited to audition to perform in grade level assemblies. Students may prepare a short solo or small ensemble piece of no more than 3 minutes. This opportunity is optional and is a great chance for young musicians to exhibit the music making that they do outside of school!

To sign-up for students in Grade 1-Grade 3, please fill in the information on this form. Sign-ups are first come, first serve (please use a CDNIS email address to sign up)! Students may only sign-up to perform in an assembly for their current grade level. Please only sign-up for one date to give more students an opportunity to perform! Also note that Grade 3 students may only sign up for the assembly that their class is hosting.

All assemblies are hosted in the Alan Dick Forum. Grade 1 and 2 assemblies start at 9:30. Grade 3 assemblies start at 1:40.

Once the form is completed you will receive an email from a Performing Arts teacher regarding an audition time and location. If you have any questions please contact Ashley Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk

FFF on DDD next Week

Our first Friday Fun in the Forum is on the first Dress Down Day of the year, September 7th! FFF on DDD is an informal open mic opportunity for students only during lunch recess in the Forum. Students are welcome to sign up to sing, dance, play an instrument or perform a short act of no more than 2 minutes. This is a great way to practice presenting student talents in a casual environment!

Grade 1-2 students can sign up in their PA class with Ms. Benusa. Grade 3 students can sign up by filling out this form here.

See you there!

Welcome to a New Year in PA!

It is so exciting to be back at CDNIS for another great year of singing, dancing, drama and playing instruments! As our school transitions to using Seesaw as a tool for communicating student learning and announcements home, this blog will become a more static page with general information and celebration from Performing Arts in Grade 1-3. There are also designated pages for LS Strings and CDNIS Timbertones for students who choose to be a part of those ensembles.

I spent an amazing summer in the Volta Region of Ghana with a school called the Nunya Music Academy. There I worked with other music teachers to learn music and dance of West Africa. I’m excited to share what I learned with the students of CDNIS! Get ready for a lot of drumming and dancing!

To keep track of what’s going on in Performing Arts throughout the Lower School, I encourage you to follow all of our accounts:

LS PA on Twitter
LS PA on YouTube
LS PA on Flickr

There are so many methods of communication here at CDNIS, but the best one is via email. You can contact me at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk  Looking forward to seeing you in the LLAC!

End of Year Jams

Students in Grade 1 and 2 have ended the year singing a variety of songs which will culminate in an end-of-year sing along in the Forum on the last day of school. They’ve had so much fun with them that I thought I would post them here so they can sing them at home as well!