Monday, May 23, 2016

Fifth Graders perform at LEAF with M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

LEAF feels long ago, but we bet our fifth graders are still excited about getting to perform!

Thanks to LEAF in Schools and Streets, all Claxton fifth graders got to experience a residency with M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, an immigrant band now hailing from New York City. Their music combines authentic Columbian Folklore and Caribbean grooves. During their dynamic performances, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem explores how multicultural communities can grow together through a positive perspective encompassing love, hardships, and the embracing of different cultures. Their various musical backgrounds allow them to truly exemplify the idea of World Fusion and bring together a diverse room of listeners through their empowering sound.

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem embodies an active quest for celebrating identity through performance. Throughout their journey, they have explored various musical landscapes from indigenous Colombian compositions to progressive rock, bringing cultural awareness to venues and festivals across the United States and throughout the Globe. 

Best of all for our Spanish integration school, much of their performance is in Spanish. Check out "El Jugo" ("The Juice"):

The residency included a performance for our kindergarten, first, and second graders and a hands-on demonstration.

Thank you, LEAF in Schools and Streets for making this amazing opportunity available for our kids. And thanks to Mr. Butler for making it happen!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Second Graders in a Special Recording Session!

Claxton second graders rock the Orange Peel annually at the Dr. Bob's Soundschoo show, but this year they also landed a record deal!

As part of their work learning the science of sound, they wrote a song about Bob Moog, founder of Moog Music. The Bob Moog Foundation sponsors Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, a program that teaches the science-of-sound in Asheville City Schools.

When our kids performed the piece at the Orange Peel show, Michelle Moog-Koussa—Executive Director of the Moog Foundation, daughter of Bob Moog, and parent of Claxton alums—was moved to tears. And then moved to invite Claxton's second graders to record the song.

On Friday, May 5, they did just that. The Moog Foundation sponsored a field trip for all of them, put them in a real sound studio, and recorded their performance. 

Way to go, second graders! And thank you, Bob Moog Foundation! What an amazing experience for our students. They're sure to remember the science of sound.

Learn more about Dr. Bob's SoundSchool here. And check out the video below to see Claxton students at work learning the science of sound.

Monday, May 2, 2016

"Fifties" Is Nifty!

It's truly springtime when our talented Claxton third, fourth, and fifth graders perform in the Spring Production, and we're happy to report that spring 2016 has been rung in with high style by this year's performance of The Nifty Fifties.

Watching the show was a real reminder of the huge benefits of arts-integrated learning. Students memorized lines, learned songs and choreography, understood story structure, practiced working cooperatively, and demonstrated real leadership in making it to rehearsals and performances, taking care of their costumes, and making the show the huge success that it was.

Backstage was great fun too!

Full of great songs, notable costumes, and some incredible acting and singing by our students, The Nifty Fifties was a real treat, and a showing of just how much love and support our teachers and parent volunteers offer. From set design, construction, and painting to costuming, hair and make-up, and backstage supervision, to programs, pictures, and DVD's, this was a real community effort.

And, of course, it couldn't possibly happen without the heroic efforts of Mr. Butler working with the students on their singing and then leading the band for performances, and of Ms. Baldwin once again helming as Director.

This was Ms. Baldwin's final production, as she'll be retiring in December. It was a bittersweet send-off for all, topped by the presentation to Ms. Baldwin of a quilt made of old Claxton tee-shirts, including many from her productions. Ms. Ingle made the beautiful quilt, and the faculty got together to purchase it at the Light the Night Auction. It made the perfect thank you gift.

Our deepest thanks to Ms. Baldwin for all she's done over so many years of Spring Productions, and to everyone who made this year's happen!