Thursday, June 27, 2013

Jerabek Elementary School takes Music Memory Award

Jerabek Elementary School was named Music Memory Champion 2013 for earning perfect scores while competing against more than 10,000 musicians in 16 schools from around the county in the Annual Hunter Family Music Memory program at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

Students in grades 3-4 and 5-6 from San Diego Unified, Del Mar, National City and some private schools, under the guidance of their music teachers, learned 16 pieces of classical music throughout the school year as part of the Music Memory Program. The May 21 event, sponsored by San Diego Winds, featured a 21st century version of the old "Name That Tune" TV show as teams from elementary schools competed to see who could identify snippets of songs played by a live orchestra.

Teams of five finalists (grades 3-4 and 5-6) from each site were selected to compete in the Music Bee.

The live orchestra, comprised of students from the San Diego Unified School District Honor Orchestra and the SDSU Symphony, was conducted by Philip Espee. The orchestra played random excerpts from the 16 pieces while the teams identified the name of each selection and its composer.

Many of the schools bused students to the event to cheer for their peers, making it a very exciting event for all who attended as well as for the participants. Congratulations to this year’s San Diego Unified elementary school medalists:

  • Grades 3-4
    • Gold: Doyle, Jerabek, E.B. Scripps.
    • Silver: Torrey Pines Whitman.
    • Bronze: Crown Point, Golden Hill, La Jolla.
  • Grades 5-6
    • Gold: Crown Point, Jerabek, Whitman
    • Silver: E.B. Scripps, Golden Hill, Torrey Pines
    • Bronze: La Jolla 
Thanks go out to music teachers Debbie Burton, Julie Greathouse, Dr. Linda Lundgren, Margie Orem, Virginia Simpson, Becca Tang, and Tom Waczek for their excellent work.
If you would like to know how your school can participate in this program next year, contact Kyoko Miura in the VAPA Office.