Wednesday, February 9, 2011

WEDNESDAY; FEBRUARY 9, 2011

GENERAL MUSIC PERIODS 2, 3, 6:
COMPOSER: Chopin Etude in C Minor "Revolutionary"(Fall of Warsaw) 1831
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1. Discuss the meaning of the word "etude" in relation to Chopin's music
.....a. An etude is a French word for a musical study piece designed to provide practice material for perfecting a particular musical skill 
2. Chopin wrote this piece during his Polish homeland's revolution against Russia. Due to poor health he could not fight for his beloved country so he wrote this music as a tribute instead
OBJECTIVE: Intro to Percussion
1. Quote by Irving Berlin
.....a. Berlin was a very famous 20th Century American composer of Broadway musicals 
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irving_Berlin)
.....b. One of his most famous pieces was: 


 Kate Smith sings "God Bless America" 
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2. Solfege Roll: Review solfege hand signals adding "Sol." Teacher asks with hand signals: Sol-Mi-Sol-Sol-Mi-Mi- Sol Mi 
    ("Mar-y did you finish your quote?")/Student answers with hand signals: Sol-Mi-Sol-Mi ("Yes I did") and show the quote 
    to me. 
3. Pass out various percussion instruments: slapstick, tambourine, cabasa, guiro, spoons, claves, woodblock,
ratchet, and maracas
4. Review how to follow a conductor's silent cues (signals) and how to start and end together.
5. Start "Alley Cat"
.....a. Graph of the beats and the form (Intro/A/A/B/A/CODA) and practice with BP (body percussion)
...........1)Compare FORM in music to form in writing, to a "sandwich" [2 pieces of bread (INTRO and CODA) with cheese 
               and turkey in between], etc.
.....b. Exchange to instruments. Blue is any choice, wood sounds play the color yellow (A SECTION), scraper and shakers play 
         pink (B SECTION)
.....c. Students to play with help of the teacher but then be able to follow chart without that help.
..........1)Students learn to track with their own eyes and listen to the patterns of sound on their own.
.....d. ALLEY CAT CHART WITH QUARTER and EIGHTHS (INTRO. TO BASIC RHYTHMS)
..........1)What is a quarter note?
..............a)Generally the "heart beat" in music is called the quarter beat or "quarter note"
..............b)An easy way to produce it is by the tap of a foot, a patsch on the leg, a clap of a hand, or a snap of a finger
..............c)Verbally, there are many ways to produce it; an easy way is by saying (or thinking) the sound of "TAH"
..........2)Is all sound music?
..........3)What is silence? What is one of its function in music?
.............a)Silence organizes sound into patterns; without silence the sound continues on without stopping like a drone.
.............b)Silence in music is called a REST
.............c)There is a relative REST for every type of played rhythmic note in music
..........4)The length of sounds and silences can be musically notated using specific musical symbols based on fractions
..........5)Eighth notes
.............a)Splitting quarter notes in half produces a sound that is twice as fast
.............b)Two eighth notes equal one quarter beat
7. Do not forget to turn in signed rule sheets: worth 1 point

TERMS:
MUSICAL FORM
INTRODUCTION
CODA
BINARY FORM (SECTION "A" and SECTION "B")
QUARTER NOTE
REST
QUARTER REST
EIGHTH NOTE
BODY PERCUSSION (BP)
ETUDE

BEGINNING VIOLIN PERIOD 5:
OBJECTIVE: PREPARATION FOR SPRING CONCERT
1. TUNE
2. MARIACHI SONG: CIELITO LINDO
.....a. Worked on the second phrase
..........1)Noticed that the second phrase is mostly in scale-wise patterns
3. SONG: HOEDOWN
.....a. For sight reading purposes and because we have some new students in the class we all read through the harmony 
         version of Hoe Down using a student as a pointer to help with visual tracking

ADVANCED VIOLIN PERIOD 4:
OBJECTIVE: PREPARATION FOR SPRING CONCERT
1. TUNE
2. SONG: "NUMB"
.....a. Separated class into harmony and melody sectionals
.....b. Melody (violin I parts) spent time on the first phrase working specifically on proper bowing patterns
3. SONG: BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS
.....a. Entire group worked together cleaning up articulation passages with and without the accompaniment

PERIOD 4 and 5 VIOLIN CLASSES FROM LAST SEMESTER NEED TO GET IN THEIR FIELD TRIP PERMISSION FORMS FOR OUR FEBRUARY 24th FIELD TRIP TO THE DOWNTOWN DISNEY HALL. THERE ARE A FEW STUDENTS WHO STILL NEED TO TURN THEIR SLIPS IN!!!!!