Concert Planning

by Donna Rhodenizer

Concert Planning and Preparation - with Donna Rhodenizer

Concert Planning and Preparation

This page is dedicated to components that need to be considered, addressed and organized when planning and preparing an elementary school music concert. There are lot of things that happen “behind the scenes” as music teachers help create  wonderful musical memories for students and their families!

Songs for Elementary School Concerts

A major factor in the success of the elementary school music concert is choosing songs for each grade level. Many factors will be the same for all grades, but there are also needs that are specific to each level: Littles (K-1), Middles (2-3) and Bigs (4-6), that must be considered.

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It’s Christmas Time/ C’est Noël  

Planning a school Christmas/winter concert requires a great deal of music teachers’ time. Early in Donna’s song-writing career, she needed songs for her school Christmas concert. She composed songs for all her classes from Primary (Kindergarten) to Grade 6 and connected them by writing a script as if the audience were listening to a radio broadcast. That concert plan was turned into a collection of Christmas songs with script and narration options: It’s Christmas Time / C’est Noël. 

It's Christmas Time - C'est Noël

As an elementary music education specialist, Donna has created her collection to be as versatile as possible for music teachers planning an elementary school concert. Many of the songs have alternate winter lyrics for those schools trying to provide a seasonal/winter mix for their performances.  The songs offer something for every grade level from Kindergarten to grade 6. The songs can be performed in any order, and can be mixed and matched with other Christmas/winter songs to create a unique performance for any elementary school concert. The English portion of this bilingual song collection includes individual introductions for each song as well as Donna’s full “radio broadcast” script connecting all the songs.

Recorded performance tracks for all the songs are included in English and French (except for The Huron Carol which is only available in English for copyright and content reasons) and there are instrumental accompaniment tracks for all the songs, which teachers have permission to use for in person or online performances.

This song collection is truly a “one-stop concert package” providing song material that will become a valuable resource in any music teacher’s concert repertoire library.

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Donna Rhodenizer - Accordion with the Blue Nose, Lunenburg NS

Composer, Elementary Music Specialist

Donna Rhodenizer

Donna Rhodenizer has been composing music for young singers for over 35 years. Donna LOVES composing Christmas and winter songs, and her students are always keen to see what she will pull from her imagination and turn into a song. She has used her original compositions in the many school Christmas concerts she has organized during her years as an elementary music education specialist in schools in Nova Scotia. Donna’s Christmas concerts are “legendary”, and have been well-loved by her students and appreciative audiences. Donna is delighted to plan and organize concerts and create music memories for her students. She is keen to share her years of concert-planning expertise to help her music-teaching colleagues with their concert plans.

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