Community Music: Listening for the Family at Home

We realize that the family might get a little stir crazy at home. The PA department has lots of music playlists on youtube and spotify to get you singing and dancing at home. We’ll be adding to them throughout the time of virtual school, so keep checking back on them! You can find them here.

As you listen, pick a couple of questions to talk about:

  • What do you like about this music? Why?
  • What do you not like about this music? Why?
  • What instruments do you hear? What do you think they’re made of?
  • Does the music tell a story? If so, what is the story about?

Are there songs that you like to listen to as a family that aren’t included in these playlists? If so, keep them in mind for our post next week!

Gonna Build A Mountain!

What a great “Gift of Performing Arts” that we had this week. Thank you to all of our “special guests” for coming to sing, dance and play with us over the last four days.

Many parents have asked for more information about the final song “Build a Mountain” that we sang in many of the GOPA sessions. You can find the words here.

There are two versions of the song that I enjoy. One is by one of my mentors Doug Goodkin and his jazz quintet “The Pentatonics.” There version is the most similar to what we sing in class. You can find his version below:

The other version that I really like is by Sammy Davis Jr., check it out below:

So Many Opportunities to Perform in LS PA!

We are so lucky at this school to have a community that loves to perform! There are many opportunities for students in Grade 3-6 to utilize and extend their passions in the perform arts. Check them out below!

We have our first Friday Fun in the Forum of the year next Friday, August 30. Students in Grade 1-2 can sign up for this optional open mic opportunity in their PA classes. Students in Grade 3-6 can sign up by filling out this form here.


Band, Choir, Dance and Strings!
The Lower School Performing Arts Department hosts a wide variety of after school ensembles that students can join first semester this year! For many of those ensembles auditions to join the group are happening next week. To sign up for an audition fill out one of the forms below:

Tuesdays After School – 2:45-3:55

Wednesdays After School – 2:45-3:55

Thursdays After School – 2:45-3:55

Wizard of Oz Workshops
In addition to these ensembles, students can also sign-up for the Wizard of Oz Workshops. This is a set of drama workshops that run on select Friday afternoons with the purpose of getting students ready for the LS Musical Production. Auditions for the production are in November, more information will be coming out on that soon!

Playing Solos at Assemblies
Finally, students are invited to perform a solo in a more formal setting, their class’ assembly! Each homeroom hosts an assembly once a year. We audition up to three solo performers from that class for the event. Interested in performing? Sign-up below!

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
Grades 1-3 – Ashley Benusa at
Grades 4-6 – Kimberly Butler at

Save the Afternoons – Performing Arts Opportunities 2019-2020

Next year, the Lower School Performing Arts Department is excited to offer many after school experiences for the 2019-2020 school year. As you organise your child’s schedule for next year, keep the following opportunities in mind:

Treble Timbertones, led by Ashley Benusa will meet Tuesdays from 2:45-3:55. It is open to any student who loves to sing in Grade 3 to Grade 6. This group will meet in the first semester only.

LS Intermediate Band led by Kimberly Butler will meet Wednesdays from 2:45-3:55. Students who are already studying a wind instrument or percussion in Grade 3 to Grade 6 are welcome to audition to be a part of this group. This group will meet in the first semester, and again from April to June.

LS Strings Ensemble led by Ashley Benusa will meet Wednesdays from 2:45-3:55. Students who are already studying violin, viola, or cello outside of school in Grade 3-6 are welcome to audition to be a part of this group. This group will meet in the first semester and again from April to June.

LS Beginning Band led by Kimberly Butler will meet on Thursdays from 2:45-3:55. This ensemble is for students with no prior experience on a wind, brass or percussion instrument, and is open to students in Grades 3 to Grade 6. This group will meet in the first semester only.

LS Dance Troupe, led by Carole Saunders will meet on Thursdays after school for Grade 4 to Grade 6. This group will meet in the first semester only.

LS MUSICAL –  we are pleased to announce our Lower School musical for 2019-2020 will be The WIZARD OF OZ, Young Performer’s Edition. Auditions will take place the week of November 25-29, with rehearsals from January to March on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Performances are on March 26 and 27, 2020. To prepare for auditions, special WOZ Workshops will be offered on select Fridays from September to November. For more information, please check out the LS Musical Blog here.

More information about joining each of these ensembles will be available in August.

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!