• Hawfields Middle School Chorus
    Welcome to HMS Chorus and Music Appreciation!
     
    Mrs. Aria Westbrook
    7th and 8th Grade Chorus and 6th Grade Music Appreciation
    Email: aria_westbrook@abss.k12.nc.us
    Phone: 919-563-5303
     

    Here are current Zoom links for each class. These links are also located on your class' Canvas Homepage.

    7A: https://abss.zoom.us/j/81857349156

    7B:  https://abss.zoom.us/j/86587517064

    8A:  https://abss.zoom.us/j/84480470388

    8B:  https://abss.zoom.us/j/88966011954

    6A: https://abss.zoom.us/j/89379149470

    6B:  https://abss.zoom.us/j/83619302732

    Please note that you will need to be signed into your student Google account in order to gain access.

     

     
     **During remote learning, all student assignments will be delivered through the learning management system Canvas. Your teachers will explain how this will work during the first few Zoom Meetings.  Students can access Canvas through the ABSS Clever Portal.
     
     ** Parents/Guardians are encouraged to download the Canvas Parent Application on their smart device for full access to your child's learning.  You can find a Canvas Parent App guide here. (Spanish versions)
      
    ** If you are using your personal computer, you may need to download the zoom application.  You will be prompted to do so when you try to join a meeting for the first time. Here is what it may look like. 
     

    Welcome to Chorus (7th and 8th) and Music Appreciation (6th)! This is my fifteenth year at Hawfields Middle School. I received my undergraduate degree in music education from Elon University and completed my Masters in Music with a concentration in Music Education from UNCG in 2013. Students involved in the HMS Choral program have enjoyed trips to and performances at The Biltmore Estate, the Carowinds Festival of Music, All State Chorus, NC Honors Chorus, ABSS All County Chorus, MPA (Music Performance Adjudication), Mebane Ridge Assisted Living, and share many in-class concerts during school. 6th Graders will recieve an introduction to Chorus/ Music Theory Concepts while exploring a diverse range of musical topics including Music Technology, African Drumming, Music in Motion (e.g. we keep our bodies MOVING!), and lessons that foster an reconnection to the musican inside all of us. 

    Additionally, througout the year, Friday "Cultural Nights" are planned wherein eligible Music students and interested parents (per ticket availability) travel together for dinner and a show to DPAC- the Durham Performing Arts Center.  Tickets for shows are reserved pending season schedule and group accommodations. All trips and extracurricular opportunities (except for bi-annual Music Showcase concerts) are optional enrichment experiences separate from the academic rigor offered during the chorus/music elective classtime; the HMS Cultural Arts department works diligently to provide learning experiences that extend beyond the rehearsal room walls. Students are encouraged to explore their trip and perfomance opportunities. 

    Chorus and Band students perform in two required music showcase concerts held in December and May.  Dates for these events are provided during the first week of school and do not conflict with HMS sports and/or other after school activities.  We also look forward to having some guest clinicians/ musicians come in to share their talents with students during class time and at our concert events.  This is going to be an amazing year in music and I'm so excited to share this expressive art with YOU.  

     

     


    CONGRATULATIONS NOAH SCOTT- 8TH GRADE CHORUS TENOR- FOR SERVING AS ONE OF OUR NC HONOR'S CHORUS HMS REPRESENTATIVE!!!! GREAT WORK AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL STUDENTS WHO WENT TO AUDITION.

     Here's a little clip of Noah and his big brother (also an HMS Music alum) working together: https://soundcloud.com/amwestbrook/stay-with-me-noah


    ENJOY A RECORDING FROM OUR BILTMORE TRIP/ PERFORMANCE: Blackbird- Biltmore 2015 


    https://www.dpi.nc.gov/documents/curriculum/artsed/scos/new-standards/arts/music/essential-standards-music-k-8

    This is the link to the 6-8 Music Common Core Standards.  


    HMS Chorus Performs "Jai Ho": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-q9hnSBXMo
     
    SUPER FUN LINK TO MAKE YOUR OWN MUSIC: http://www.incredibox.com/ 
     
    UNCG PARTNERS MUSIC AND SCIENCE RESEARCH: www.wildmusic.org
     
     
    CREATE YOUR OWN A CAPELLA VIDEO WITH THIS COOL APP: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/acapella-from-picplaypost/id924635678?mt=8
     
    CREATE YOUR OWN FREE LISTENING MIX ACCORDING TO ACTIVITY, GENRE, OR MOOD (our classroom favorite is the channel "Left Brain, Right Beat"... it keeps us super focused during transitions: www.songza.com
     
    SING AND PLAY WITH BOBBY MCFERRIN: http://bobbymcferrin.com/sing-and-play-with-bobby/ 
     
    STAY CONNECTED WITH THEORY TO BECOME A BETTER MUSICIAN: https://www.musictheory.net/