Moving Day at Kids in Tune

After a terrific 6 week summer program, its time to move everything a children’s orchestra needs from our summer home at Prairie Ridge Elementary  back to Woods Lake Elementary for our school-year program.  The staff had fun being together one last time before our August break.   We feel very grateful to the Kalamazoo Symphony and their big truck!   Here are some photos

Kids in Tune Student Compositions


Over the past three weeks, Mr Jimmy has led our wind and percussion students in a composition project.  Beginning with the basics of musical notation, the students have developed steadily to the point that this week they performed their finished compositions on their instruments.

We are especially proud that every student performed their piece with confidence and poise, for an eager and supportive audience of their fellow composers.  Here’s a slide show featuring a few of the students and their compositions.


With Gratitude from Kids in Tune


As we come to the end of our 6-week summer program for 2016, we are thankful to our partnership of sponsor organizations:  Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo, and Kalamazoo Public Schools.

Thank you for the instruments, the music, the teachers, the youth development support, the facilities, and the belief and support for our mission of providing opportunities for children and their families to enrich their lives through music!

Kindfulness at Kids in Tune




Every student this summer has participated in Miss Deb’s Kindfulness training: a daily session of talking and practicing about how we think about our feelings, how we can calm our thoughts and our bodies, and how we can notice our surroundings, our responses, and how we choose our actions.

Here’s a link to Miss Deb’s YouTube Channel containing a number of guided mindfulness exercises she has made.  Try them today and bring some Kindfulness to yourself!

This Thursday: Kids in Tune End-of-Summer Family concert

As we begin our  final week of the six-week summer program, we are busy preparing for our Family Night Concert.  With a start time later in the day, we hope this event provides a convenient after-work opportunity to share time with Kids in Tune!   Please join us to hear our summer pieces, see our work on projects in art, academics, and music classes,  and to learn more about our Kids in Tune plans for the fall.

Thursday, August 4
5:00 pm
Prairie Ridge Elementary School Cafeteria

Kids in Tune Summer Tour, Day 2 on the Kalamazoo Mall

We’re grateful for the  beautiful summer day!  Our annual  noon-time concert on the mall in front of the stunning Burnham & Flower building was followed by a pizza party at Bimbo’s.  Thanks to Benje Daneman from the Kalamazoo Symphony for his photographs.  Here’s a slideshow:

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Kids in Tune Summer Tour, Day 1 at Friendship Village


Today we traveled to Friendship Village to play a concert — the first of our Summer Tour.

Overture from Rossini's Barber of Seville

Theme from Finale of Dvorak Symphony #9

Chamber Orchestra:  
 Mozart's Eine Kleine, and Cantina Theme from Star Wars

Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien

Conga del Fuego Nuevo by Arturo Marquez

Here’s a little video clip:


How we see ourselves…

On our musical journey to Spain with Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, we’ve been learning about Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.  Today we mounted a display of our students’ self portraits.  Many chose to make their portrait in a Cubist style, influenced by what we’ve leaned about Picasso:

Kids in Tune Bugle Calls

At Kalamazoo Kids in Tune, our summer 2016 concert rep is anchored by

Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien.
 While studying the opening bugle call theme, we learned about bugle calls throughout history and composed our own bugle calls to announce various activities throughout our summer program day.  Here’s a slideshow of our bugle call compositions, performed by our trumpet teacher Mr Jimmy