Lower School News

Brown Bag Concerts Conclude a Wonderful Year

Last Friday, May 19, marked the last Brown Bag Concert of this school year, and featured students from kindergarten and first grade.

A beloved Hillsborough tradition, Brown Bag concerts provide opportunities for students to perform for one another in a fun and relaxed setting.

Students sign up in advance for these concerts, which are held in the Ballroom once or twice a month on Fridays during lunch. Concerts can feature 12–15 short performances by a variety of student musicians and sometimes include selections from the likes of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin.

While most students choose to share musical pieces they are studying with their instrumental music teachers, students can also share their own compositions or collaborations with classmates.

Last Friday’s concert included four kindergarteners performing a rendition of “Space Oddity,” by David Bowie, bringing their classroom theme, Life in Space, to the Brown Bag. Their teacher, Michelle Barreras, said, ““We’ve integrated songs with a space theme into our studies and the students really loved “Space Oddity.” Mia T., Kylie E., and Lucia V. started practicing it, invited Satya S. from Laraine’s kindergarten to join them, and together planned their performance for this concert.”

Another kindergarten student, Jane J., performed a song called “The Butterfly,” which she wrote to honor her grandmother who passed away several months ago. About playing piano, Jane said, “I love to move my hands and play the keys.”

Maggie Eggert, preK-5 music teacher, shared her thoughts about this important tradition. “While they appear to be casual events with students sitting on the floor eating lunch, Brown Bag concerts bring lots of benefits and are one of many ways we cultivate a love of music in our community. Our very youngest performers, who may initially be nervous to perform publicly, become comfortable as they watch their friends and become excited to participate. Listeners build skills as good audience members while appreciating the music and supporting classmates.”

Watch for the 2017–2018 Brown Bag Concert schedule on the Nueva calendar next fall!


 May 26, 2017

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