December 2016 marked our sixth Christmas program. This year’s performance was Santa Bowed at Christmas. The whole school participated along with actors, narrators, soloists, and dancers during two shows. In addition to telling the Christmas story, proceeds from ticket sales helped our school to make purchases that benefit all students. In general music classes, our students in k-5th may make instruments, make posters about instruments, play rhythm instruments, xylophone bells, and recorders, or hear presentations by JSU practicums. We sing using choral music and the textbook, Spotlight on Music.
Mitchell Beginner Strings is composed of fifth graders. Students may learn the violin, viola, or cello. Information is sent home at the beginning of the school year about the size of a violin needed, based on the student’s arm length. Some students provide their own violins, while others share a Gadsden City Schools instrument with another student in a different homeroom. The book, All for Strings, can be purchased at Gadsden Music, and fiddles may be rented there, also. Students perform at Mitchell at Christmas and at Awards Day.
Our own Mitchell Chorus is made up of fourth graders who audition at the beginning of the fourth grade year. They sing at school programs for Veteran’s Day, Christmas, and Awards Day.
Chorus students also participate in the Gadsden Elementary Showcase held in May at GCHS. In the past, students have participated in a 150-voice honor choir, accompanied by the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra or have been invited to sing at events in Gadsden.