Recital-2 PM, Sunday May 5th, 2013
Students who study privately with teachers at BCD will be performing for a recital.
New Music Student Orientation-3:15-3:45
Potential students and parents will have the opportunity to talk with music teachers and try out the various instruments available for after-school instruction at BCD. (Please note that our violin/viola teacher will not be available on this day.)
Please contact Mrs. Hilliard with any questions
Posted in Arts Department ,Uncategorized April 22, 2013
There is an awful lot of fun and laughter going on in Ryan 21 7th period on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fifteen US students are participating in MS. Brentano’s Improv class where they are learning how not to censor their creative expression. As students, we often spend our days trying to fit into a structure, following the rules of our educational institution, controlling our impulses, while absorbing and processing the information we are learning. This class sets the goal of achieving spontaneity, developing narrative skills, and accessing the unconscious without censor. Through a variety of games, techniques, scenarios, and courage, the students are collaborating and acquiring the basics of improvisational performance. They practice basic rules like letting go of the obligation to always be funny, focusing on the details of who-what-why-where-how, and saying “yes” to what the other actor offers in order to keep building a scene. As an instructor, it is exciting for me to see many US students I’ve never had the opportunity to teach excel in this class. It’s also a great chance for students to work with students from other grades.
Posted in Uncategorized April 12, 2013
Just a reminder…
December 18th, 1:30 p.m.
This concert will feature the LS Chorus, MS Chorus, MS Band, US Band and Guitar Ensemble.
Concert attire for Lower School Chorus and Middle School Chorus
We have chorus t-shirts for the children which they can wear over their own shirts or can wear alone.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Posted in Uncategorized December 5, 2012
“Pantalone and his servant Columbina”
- “The motley crew”
The What is Theatre arts block class is studying Commedia dell’Arte, an important form of theatre that flourished in the second half of the sixteenth century in Western Europe. The stock characters performed improvised scenarios and it was the first form of theatre with ‘professional actors’. In our class, each student was assigned a different stock character to research. They studied the particular movements, social status, vocal patterns, clothing, etc. Then we found classic scenarios to improvise for each other. Needless to say, there were many laughs. We’ve enjoyed finding contemporary references to the Commedia in film, television, and animation.
“Il Capitano tries to impress Columbina and Arlechinno with tales of war before being dreadfully frightened by a mouse!”
Posted in Uncategorized November 16, 2012
BCD has a beautifully decorated tree in the Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum. Following the theme of Myths and Magic, Third Graders made dragons, magic wands, and clothespin figures from myths and stories. The trees are spread throughout the second floor of the Museum, giving everyone a chance to see all the Museum treasures that are on display, along with our tree. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the collection. On view from Sun., through Jan. 2, 2013.
Posted in grade 3 ,Uncategorized Tagged: grade 3 November 15, 2012
Berkshire Country Day School’s
Upcoming Musical Performances
December 18th 1:30-2:55 PM, Fitzpatrick
Lower School Chorus (Grades 1-3)
Middle School Chorus
Middle School Band
Upper School Band
US Arts Block Performing Groups
Thursday, February 14th, 1-2:30 PM, Furey Hall
Electronic Music Class
(Possibly) Guitar Class
Private Music Lesson Concert
Saturday, May 5th, 2 PM, Furey Hall
Private students in BCD’s After-School Music Lesson Program perform
MS and US Spring Music Concert
Friday, May 24th, 1:30-3:00 PM, Fitzpatrick Hall
Middle School Chorus
Middle School Band
Upper School Band
Lower School Music Concert
Friday, May 31st, 1:30 PM, Furey Hall
Lower School Chorus
3rd Grade Maypole Dance
Posted in Uncategorized November 9, 2012
The Sixth Grade had a successful day at Olana last Wed. Their good manners and serious questions convinced the guide to let them visit both floors, despite the second floor usually being off limits to students. Also, the drizzle abated while the students were touring the house, allowing them to both sketch comfortably outside, and then enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to school.
Posted in Arts Department October 27, 2012
The Lower School Art classes all worked on International Dot Day, inspired by the wonderful book, “The Dot”, by Peter H. Reynolds. This event currently involves 600.000 students and adults! In the Kindergarten art class the students made paintings with dot paint markers on round, dot, paper. First Graders made buddy dots, drawing on colored cut out dot circles that they then divided in half, shared with another student, and glued down as a large collage. In the Second grade, each student made a dot to share with every other student in his or her section. They rotated from station to station, watercoloring, making a collage, or drawing with crayons, or combining those methods. Each student then designed an individual page of his or her buddy dots. Third graders were able to write their name in Morse code, emphasizing the dots, which they colored with markers. Everyone enjoyed the experience, and you can view their work on the bulletin boards in Furey Hall, and in the entry to the main building.
Posted in Uncategorized October 3, 2012
Wednesday, September 12th
6:30 P.M. Furey Music Hall
Come and hear our fantastic after-school music staff play or sing!
Come and try out which instrument you like best!
Private and/or group lessons are available for violin, viola, trumpet, percussion, voice, guitar, cello, saxophone, composition, clarinet and flute.
If interested in piano lessons, please e-mail Mrs. Hilliard as soon as possible. Our piano teacher has filled up her schedule already. We are in the process of hiring an additional piano teacher, but need to have interest from several students before we can do so.
Our woodwind teacher’s availability is limited, but we do still have a few slots open.
Information about our program is available on www.mybcd.org/afterschoolmusic/ including bios and contact information for each instructor.
Feel free to e-mail Mrs. Hilliard at email@example.com with any questions.
Hope to see you there!
Posted in Uncategorized September 10, 2012