esme festival

On March 1st, IRC’s Guitar Club participated in the yearly esme (expanding success in music education) festival. We performed and jammed like pros! A big thank you to our guitar Dads, Kaleb and Michael.

Composing with singer/song writer, Joe Lapinski

Constant composing at IRC these days- creating melodies, intros, lyrics, accompaniment parts, chords, rhythms, and arrangements in songs for our upcoming spring show. Joe Lapinski spent two full days with us and his expertise in songwriting helped move us closer to our song writing goals. Feeling lucky. Thanks, Joe!

Music mends minds concert

On Jan. 30th IRC’s Kindergartens, Junior Choir, Guitar Club, room 202, and Grade 6 band took the stage. Our wonderful MCs, Audrey and Adam, explained how music learning may strengthen our mental stability. I was so proud of us. Good work, team, and thanks to all!!

Band practise

Our spring concert is still in the “vision” stage but one thing’s for sure, IRC students are going to compose original music for the event. All of it. Grade 3-6 students have written melodies and formed bands. Their “rock band” practise time runs into recesses and the hallway. 100% engagement.

IRC’s Community Open House

  • Well I certainly had fun! Last week’s open house welcomed IRC families into our school to celebrate together – making art of all different sorts, jamming in my room, posing for a Winter Wonderland picture, experimenting with technology, playing with math, or making fundraising purchases. A huge thank you to all of the teachers, ECEs, parents, admin, and students who helped this event succeed!

So we just make it up?

“So Ms Fraser, we just make it up?” “Yes, you come up with an idea, try it out, and then write it down. It’s composing!” “So we just make it up?”

IRC students are all composing original music for a Spring Talent Dance in April. They are starting by each writing a melody but soon we’ll form bands and use GarageBand. We’re all excited and a little bewildered. 

Winter Wonderland

IRC’s Community Open House will take place on December 6th from 6-7:15. Visit different activities in different classrooms. When you and your child come to the music room you can learn “Winter Wonderland” on a ukulele, guitar, drum, or mallet instrument. We’re going to teach you and then jam! These are some grade 3s demonstrating that “practise makes better!”

Remembrance and The Law of Great Peace

This year’s IRC Remembrance Day Assembly included a tableau presentation by the Grade 6s about The Law of Great Peace, an IRC parent speaking about her appreciation for Canada, traditional trumpet music, and the Primary Choir singing “Thanks a lot.” Sitting in a circle together was my favourite part.