Out with the old, in with the New

There are a number of things to be excited about when entering a new year of teaching, learning, and exploring. I don’t know about most teachers, but I am most excited about  being able to create a positive, inviting, and musical (pun intended!) environment. Although this is my second school year working with my students, I am eager to watch them grow as disciplined singers and enriched musicians. The 2017-2018 school year has not even started yet and I already know that it will be a phenomenal year. Stay tuned!



District V Honor Chorus Information

The purpose of District Honor Chorus is to provide GMEA District V Choral students (grades 4-12) an opportunity to rehearse and perform with a large group of singers who have demonstrated advanced skills in the areas of singing and musicianship and to work with a renowned conductor.Each middle school is allowed to send three SAB trios from 7th and 8th grade and seven singers with unchanged voices from 6th Grade.  Schools are also allowed to list several alternates who will be notified by October 1 if they are invited to attend.

  • The District V Honor Chorus Event will take place on October 25-26, 2019.  The location is Johns Creek United Methodist Church.
  • Parents will be responsible for their child’s transportation during the event, including providing lunch both days.
  • Rehearsals will be all day Friday, beginning at 8:00am and ending at 5:30pm.  Saturday rehearsal will begin at 8:00am.  The concert will be Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm. (This is information from last year. The schedule has not been released. As soon as it is, I will pass that along to you)
  • In order to attend the event, students must audition for Mrs. Smith.  Students must bring the audition form signed by a parent to the audition.   Auditions will be held in the chorus room on Thursday, September 5th during their appointed connections period. For the audition, students will sing their part on a song we are working on in class.  Audition results will be posted online on September 6th at www.bearcreekchorus.org.
  • The cost to attend is $30. This fee must be paid no later than Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Students are able to pay the fee using the Online Payment System. This fee includes the honor chorus music, an honor chorus folder and rehearsal recordings, all yours to keep after the event.

Performance attire: Girls must wear a floor length black skirt, black blouse with sleeves (sleeve length does not matter, no sleeveless) or a dress meeting these requirements with black shoes. Boys must wear black pants, a long sleeved, button down black shirt, black bowtie, black shoes and black socks. School clothes may be worn for all rehearsals.

If you would like to audition for District V Honor Chorus please complete the application, including a parent signature and bring it to your audition on Thursday, September 5th at during your connections period.  Please do not send money at this time.



Music Monday – Black History Edition

Prior to February, I had struggled on how to highlight the music and compositions from that of African-American musicians and composers while integrating technology (I’m still evolving)…Sprial.ac and Flipgrid saved my life. Both technology platforms gave my students a voice that ignited conversation and passion beyond my expectations. I wanted them to understand that even the smallest contribution is significant to the evolution of music. By highlighting songs and elements from the jazz, hip hop, pop, and even rap genres, I was able to encourage collaboration with all of my students, no matter their race.

So on today, I wish to highlight James Weldon Johnson, author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, and songwriter. Johnson was born on June 17, 1871 in Florida. He is best remembered for his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Johnson composed the lyrics of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” originally written for a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday at Stanton School. This song became widely popular and has become known as the “Negro National Anthem. The song included the following lines:

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and Heaven ring

Ring with the harmonies of liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies,

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun as our new day begun.

Let us march on, till victory is won.

#History365 #MusicMonday


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New Year, New Music, New Goals

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I cannot believe it is 2018 already! In 2017 I am sure we all experienced highs, lows, and in-between. And if you are like me, then you experienced more highs than lows. This year our word is ELEVATE. Say it with me, E L E V A T E. I have discovered that in order for my students to be musically challenged, I have to present them with more challenging music, warm-ups, and activities. I desire for them to leave junior high school a better musician, citizen, and student. My students are excited and nervous about LGPE, as this will be their first year attending. Although we talk about it often as we are preparing in class, I asked them did they understand how serious it was. Of course, most of them said no. I told them to think of it as them rehearsing and preparing for the milestone, but for music. Eeeeeek! I have no doubt that they will receive Superiors or Excellents because they put forth the effort in class and BELIEVE that they can, so they will. Stay tuned for the next episode of Music Monday.

Have you set some goals in your classroom that you would like to share? Please feel free to email me at SmithAG@fultonschools.org or comment in our comment section under this post. We would love to hear from you!

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Keep Calm and Trust Your Music Teacher

If you had asked me 6 months ago if I were excited about the new school year, my answer probably would have been No. I was looking forward to enjoying my first official summer off, being that I have worked every summer up until this past summer. Oh, but when I started to think about what I wanted my students to sound like, where I wanted them to be vocally, and the impact I wanted them to leave on this school year, I immediately thought  “Concerts, Uniforms, Fees, LGPE, Fundraisers, etc.” We have now completed almost 40% of the school year and I’m wondering “Where has the time gone?” The students are now gearing up for their Christmas concert, and their progress amazes me daily. I don’t know who’s more excited, me or them. As we continue to stride through to May 24, 2018 I am reminded daily of why I show to do what I am passionate about, and that is to educate the world one voice at a time.trust a music teacher


A Peek At Our First Few Weeks

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Early Mornings, New Environment, Nervous Parents, Schedule Changes…lots and lots of schedule changes! Our first few weeks at Bear Creek and more specifically, in Chorus,  have been filled with anticipation about the events that will be taking place over the course of the school year. I am learning and growing with my students; what they like, what they dislike, how their voices are changing, etc. and having fun molding their voices in the process. I am equally excited about this year as they are. Expectations and Standards have been set and our classroom environment is one of many, many, many talents. The students are breaking out of their shells and I am loving it. Oh, The Places We’ll Go this year. Join us on this rocket ship as we zoom through each crescendo, melody, and phrase!


Bear Creek’s Elite Chorus

It is my desire to challenge my students vocally to encourage them to push beyond their limitations, embrace the changes, and possess knowledge of the how and why behind the voice. By doing so, they will learn to value the art behind music in general and develop a greater appreciation for singing.

Auditions will be held in the Chorus Room (505) on August 17, 2017 from 4:30-5:30. I encourage all current members of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choruses to audition!Elite Chorus Auditions


Welcome to the BCMS Chorus Site!

Welcome students, parents, administration, colleagues, and community members! Here you will find updates on the 2017-2018 school year, including music resources, photos, videos, performance dates, and so much more!

I have tons of information to keep you in the loop about the extraordinary things that will be taking place this year in our Chorus program.

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and beginning what I know is going to be an amazing year of singing, performing…..and traveling! 🙂 

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~Mrs. Smith