NEWFOUNDLAND - The First Grade of the Wallenpaupack South Elementary School will sing about cupids and leprechauns at their annual music program, Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafetorium.
The snow date is Monday, March 9. This concert also begins the celebration of March as Music In Our Schools Month, a national designation highlighting the importance of music education for all children in all schools.
Taking a backward glance to February 14, the children will celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with songs like Valentine Mystery where the children are puzzled about who left them a valentine.
A 1920s accompaniment spices up the next song, Wouldja Be My Valentine? The children will demonstrate their talents in the song Be My Valentine when they sing in two-part harmony!.
A cool Bossa Nova accompaniment has Cupid wanting to escape the February cold of the Pocono Northeast and take a trip to the Southern Hemisphere in the song Bossa Nova Valentine.
The children will rock out with the song Rock & Roll Valentine. A Latin flavor is heard in the music and lyrics of the final cupid song Valentine Vendor.
The children now look forward to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a set of spirited songs about shamrocks and leprechauns. The lilting song Emerald Isle speaks of Irish tunes and Irish dance and all things green.
There’s a saying that everyone is Irish on March 17 and the next song of the same name has all the little ones dancing to the Celtic beat.
The Celtic folk song Follow The Rainbow in two-part harmony, teaches the children about Roy G. Biv. The drums will bang, the cymbals clang, and the kazoos will lead the way in the grand MacNamara’s Band.
The Lucky Little Shamrock did find the pot of gold but he was generous in sharing it with the shamrocks all around.
We all know about leap frog but the children are going to demonstrate a Leprechaun Leap. Everyone is encouraged to be on the look- out for one of the wee folk when the children sing The Little Leprechaun.
The holiday double-header comes to a close with March of the Leprechauns complete with special green hats.
The songs come from the wonderful Music K-8 resource magazine for music teachers and were written by the creative composers Teresa Jennings, John Riggio, Karl O’Hitzemann, and Mike Wilson, with adaptations by Jennings and arrangements by Paul Jennings.
Jean M. Shields, music teacher, and Mark Kirsten, principal, invite everyone to this holiday concert.