Woodside Elementary School students will be making and appreciating music this December. Highlights include:
Dec. 4, 12:45 p.m., Woodside Gym
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Storytellers will perform on percussion, clarinet and string bass to help students learn that music can tell stories. This performance is part of Arts in Community Education (ACE), which is the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s educational outreach program that encourages understanding of music, improved listening skills and family participation. The Woodside Home and School provides financial support for the ACE program.
Dec. 6 at 5 p.m., Sussex Village Hall
A chorus of 25 volunteer singers from Woodside’s fifth grade will sing songs about winter, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa prior to the official lighting of the Christmas tree outside of Village Hall.
Dec. 8 at 10:45 a.m., Woodside Large Group Area
A group called Present Music will perform for kindergarteners on orchestra instruments in addition to creating sounds from unusual sources, such as playing percussion on rice bowls. The performers, which are part of the ACE program, will improvise music based on students’ movements and drawings, teaching the students about music composing.
Dec. 9 at 1 p.m., Woodside Large Group Area
First-graders will listen to Francisco Mora, an author-illustrator of children’s books, explain his process of creating books. Mora’s appearance is also part of the ACE program.
Heather Cheslock is the music teacher at Woodside, which is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.