Monday, November 1, 2010

WHAT WE DID TODAY #1-41: MONDAY; NOVEMBER 1, 2010

GENERAL MUSIC PERIODS 2,3,6
COMPOSER: PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: SLEEPING BEAUTY WALTZ from the Sleeping Beauty Ballet
(AS MADE FAMOUS BY WALT DISNEY: 
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1. (1840-1893) Russian composer 


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2. The story (http://www.balletmet.org/Notes/Sleeping.html) is the famous fairytale set to music and dance.
4. The original version of the tale on which the ballet is based was written and published by Charles Perrault:


(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Perrault) under the name, "La Belle au bois dormant" (The Sleeping Beauty) in Paris, 1697.
OBJECTIVE: RECORDER NOTE READING
1. QUOTE AUTHOR: Nadia Boulanger 
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.....a. (1887–1979) French composer, conductor and teacher who taught many composers and performers of the 20th century.
.....b. One of her compositions is called "Three Pieces for Organ" transcribed for cello and piano 
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1. RECORDER WARM-UP
.....a. Practiced the muscle movements (finger coordinations) needed to play the new song "Chanukah"
..........1)G-E
..........2)G-high C
..........3)A-F
..........4)F-D
..........5)F-B
..........6)B-G
..........7)B-high C
2. HOLIDAY SONG: CHANUKAH
.....a. I played the song for the class on my recorder.
.....b. The chart I made with the music on it has phrases of the notes in different colors and I asked the class to make an 
         educated guess on what the colors represent.
..........1)Students determined that the "black" note phrases were phrases that were exactly the same.
..........2)The "blue" notes had the same pattern as the "black" phrase notes except every note is one letter name lower (the 
             term used to describe this is called "sequencing").
..........3)The "red" note phrase is different than the other phrases.
.....c. Before playing, the class reviewed the recorder fingering
..........1)Students said the finger numbers as they moved their fingers silently.
.....d. I then played the keyboard accompaniment as a student pointed to the notes to help the others in the class with their 
         tracking.

MINI-KEYBOARD RECITAL IS SCHEDULED THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 8, 9, 10.

DECEMBER 9th is the holiday concert for chorus, band, and strings. Recorder students are invited to play their instruments ("recorder carolling") as the pre-concert activity outside of the gym. This is not mandatory; just a fun way to celebrate the holidays through music. We will play the holiday music learned in class. All students need to bring is their recorder; music and accompaniments will be already set-up. More details to follow as I get them.


BEGINNING VIOLIN PERIOD 5:
OBJECTIVE: PREPARATION FOR HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE ON DECEMBER 9th
1. TUNE

2. SHIFTING on a major scale one octave ascending
.....a. Shifting is when a single finger slides from one note to another without leaving contact with the string.
.........1)The shift we are using in this exercise has the left thumb and finger moving together while sliding.
.........2)The finger depresses the string to play a pitch and then the pressure is released but contact with the finger on the 
            string remains as the finger slides.
.........3)As the sliding finger approaches the next pitch, its sliding speed slows down while the finger pressure on the string 
            increases until the exact pitch is found (sort-of like the concept of a baseball player sliding into home plate).
.....b. We started on the open string (DO) and then we added the 1st finger (RE) then moved the 1st finger forward (toward the 
         bridge) without lifting it up, to the next pitch, and we repeated this movement up (ascending) the scale. (do:1, re:1, -mi: 
         1, -fa:1, -sol:1, -la:1, -ti:1, -do
3. HOLIDAY SONG: JINGLE BELL ROCK
.....a. Reviewed directions, note names, and fingerings.
.....b. As we listened to the music, students sang the note names (without playing the instrument)
.........1)Doing this helps students develop the mental concept first. (If you can't hear it in your head, you can't play it on your 
            instrument.)
.....c. We then sight read through this piece.

VIOLIN PERIOD 4:
OBJECTIVE: Preparation for: Holiday performance on December 9th
1. HOLIDAY SONG: GREENSLEEVES

.....a. Everyone worked on the harmony part first.
.....b. Started with keyboard harmony part.
.....c. Added cellos to keyboard part
.....d. Then we added the guitar part
.....e. Lastly, all violins came in with the harmony part.
.....f. After the harmony part became a little more secure, most of the violins changed to the melody part

Holiday Concert : Thursday, December 9th
18 rehearsal days left until the concert