Self Conduct Winter Gathering

Success! What a show we had last week! All 300 Jean Lumb students got up on the Nelson Mandela stage and performed to a huge crowd. The younger grade conducted us in a sing-along, the grade 2/3s showed off their ukulele skills as we taught the audience the chorus of our newly composed school song, and the grade 4-8 performed with Mr Nunez (and other wonderful JL staff members) on the Cuban/Brazilian drums! There was gorgeous art on the walls, students speaking about how they’ve learned to conduct themselves (get it?!?), and treats offered by our School Council. Thank you to everyone!!

Scars to your Beautiful-CBC Music Class competition video submission.

I am so proud of my grade 7/8s. They chose “Scars to Your Beautiful” from the CBC Music Class competition list and we arranged it for voice, ukuleles, keyboard, and Cuban/Brazilian drums (thank you TDSB Arts Department!). We rehearsed until we became quite tired of the piece but the day of our video recording it was the students who said, “let’s do another take Ms Fraser, we can do better.”

OMEA conference

I presented, with my esteemed colleagues Mary and Doug, at this year’s OMEA (Ontario Music Educators’ Association)’s conference. Our workshop was on the power of jamming -improvisation/listening games- with students. We had a great turn out!

Hello Jean Lumb!

We don’t have our own building or our own music room or our own instruments but we are being thankful for Nelson Mandela School’s generosity and we are making music! Jean Lumb students and staff are lovely- here’s to a great future together!

Goodbye IRC

I just watched a video of our MPP, Bhutila, speaking in the Legislature about why some IRC students and parents fought my surplussed job and it broke my heart. I didn’t want to leave but I had to apply, and I got another great music job at TDSB’s new school, Jean Lumb. Pictures above are of my first K class at IRC (I’ll be back to see you graduate!!), dancing it out together in rm 210, and tearful hugs on the last day. Take care of your musical and creative hearts, my IRC students!!!

IRC Jazz CD 2019

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My K students and I worked so hard to compose and record these Blues songs, I hope you love them as much as we do (the lyrics!!!).

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IRC grade 1-3s composed their own jazz heads and took turns soloing with our rhythm section.

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At our Spring Concert, IRC’s Grade 4-6 class and Guitar Club got to perform Jazz Standards with the Jazz FM91 Seminar Big Band!