• 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
     
     
     

    Welcome to Chorus (7th and 8th) and Music Appreciation (6th)! This is my sixteenth 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.  

     

    WINTER CONCERT DATE: 12/15/2021 Arrive by 6:30pm/ Concert 7-8pm

    SPRING CONCERT DATE: 5/26/2022 Arrive by 6:30pm/ Concert 7-8pm

     


    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/