Somerset students compete in music listening contestTwo sixth grade teams and one fifth grade team participated in the Wisconsin Music Listening Project competition on May 1 at the Somerset Middle School.
Two sixth grade teams and one fifth grade team participated in the Wisconsin Music Listening Project competition on May 1 at the Somerset Middle School. The sixth grade teams were awarded first place medals and the fifth grade team earned a 1* and will advance to the state competition held at Waunakee High School on May 12.
Sixth grade team members were Sally Bodlovick, Sophia Dunleap and Rebecca Rivard, earning 68 points; Dakota Johnson, Glenn Coerber, Henry Thurber and Zeb Rivard, earning 67 points.
Members of the state qualifying fifth grade team were Samuel Christiansen, Mara Erickson, and Kennedi Kjellberg, earning 70 points.
The state-bound team will be competing with qualifying fifth grade teams of three students from throughout Wisconsin. All teams obtained 70 to 75 points in order to participate at the state level.
Rosanne Erickson, gifted and talented coordinator, and Rachel Erickson, music teacher, have team-taught the students since December and are excited to have one of their teams qualify in such a difficult activity.
The team is responsible for completely knowing 10 musical compositions selected by the state, the composers, style, large and small forms, and all the timbre of musical instruments as applied in the musical selections. The most difficult part of the competition is the transfer rounds when musical pieces not previously studied are presented and the team needs to answer questions on style, form, and timbre. Additionally, at the state level students will need to provide a creative representation of a listening map for a musical selection from their listening list. The presentation may include the use of technology, props, movement or any ideas the team invents.