Monday, September 10, 2012

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

QUOTE:
“There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating.”
AUTHOR: Frederick Delius
MEANING OF THE QUOTE:
“Its more fun to create something yourself then to create something 
  yourself then to have someone else create it for you.”








COMPOSER
CHOPIN


Sonata No. 2 in B flat, Op. 35, 
Movement 3 
(Funeral March)

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"Funeral March"
Orchestrated Version 
by Edward Elgar

SONATA: 
This is an instrumental genre in several movements for a soloist or an ensemble. The original usage of the term implied a composition that was to be played rather than sung.  Later the term came to be understood as a four movement piece with each movement having a different speeds and characters but still all of the movements having a similar cohesiveness that joined them.

MOVEMENT: 
A movement is a part of a larger musical composition with each one in the piece often having a different character or mood so that it could be played as a complete song on its own. 



GENERAL MUSIC
01.  MUSICAL ALPHABET GRAPHING
02.  MEMORIZING THE MUSICAL ALPHABET FORWARD AND BACKWARDS 

03.  RECORDER INTRODUCTION
.......a.  FOLLOWING THE CONDUCTOR 
............1)  SILENT DIRECTIONS
............2)  TEAMWORK
.......b.  POSTURE AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO BREATHING
.......c.  SHORT EXPLANATION ON HOW THE RECORDER WORKS
............1)  IT IS AN INSTRUMENT MADE OUT OF A TUBE WITH HOLES IN IT
............2)  COVERING HOLES IN CONSECUTIVE ORDER LENGTHENS THE TUBE
.................a)  THE LONGER THE TUBE THE LOWER THE SOUND
............3)  SOUND IS PRODUCED BY BLOWING AIR DOWN THE TUBE WITH THE SPEED 
                 OF THE AIR HITTING THE SIDES OF THE TUBE TO CREATE THE 
                 VIBRATIONS 
........d. BLOWING THE RECORDER
.............1)  GOOD VERSUS BAD SOUNDS
..................a)  PLAY THE RECORDER WITHOUT THE FINGERS TO ISOLATE THE 
                       BLOWING MECHANISM FROM THE FINGERING MECHANISM IN ORDER 
                       TO LEARN HOW TO TO PULL A GOOD TONE OUT OF THE INSTRUMENT
..................b)  BAD SOUNDS HEARD ON THE RECORDER CAN STEM FROM EITHER 
                       POOR BLOWING TECHNIQUE, POOR FINGERING, OR COMBINATIONS 
                       OF BOTH
..................c)  USING THE "ECHO" TECHNIQUE TEACHER PLAYS RHYTHMIC 
                       PASSAGES THAT ARE REPEATED BY THE CLASS (SOME PASSAGES THAT 
                       THE CLASS ECHOES HAVE GOOD SOUNDS AND SOME BAD ON PURPOSE)
..................d)  AFTER THE "ECHO" EXERCISE STUDENTS DISCUSS THEIR  
                       EXPERIENCES ON THE PRODUCTION OF GOOD AND BAD SOUNDS  
                       (PROPER BREATHING, USE OF THE TONGUE, OVER USING THE MOUTH, 
                       PUFFING THE CHEEKS, BLOWING TOO HARD VS WHISPER AIR)
..................e)  DISCUSSION AND PRACTICE OF TONGUE ARTICULATIONS TO PRODUCE  
                       EACH SINGLE SOUND
........e. PUTTING FINGERS DOWN ON THE RECORDER INTRODUCTION (TO BE  
            REVIEWED AND/OR CONTINUED TOMORROW)
           
ADV. STRINGS
01.  BURGUNDIAN CAROL
.......a.  LISTEN TO THE MUSIC
.......b.  GO OVER THE DIRECTIONS
.......c.  REVIEW FINGERING
.......d.  SIGHT READ
02.  ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL
.......a.  GO OVER THE DIFFICULT FAST PASSAGES AND SHOW HOW TO PLAY THE 
            BOTH PASSAGES USING A SHORT-CUT UNTIL THE ENTIRE PASSAGE IS 
            LEARNED AT THE ORIGINAL SPEED (TEMPO)
.............1)  TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY THESE PASSAGES FAST, THESE PASSAGES NEED 
                  TO BE PULLED OUT OF THE MUSIC AND PLAYED SLOWLY AND 
                  REPEATEDLY A LITTLE FASTER AND FASTER (A METRONOME CAN HELP 
                  WITH THIS) UNTIL LEARNED
.............2)  THIS "SHORT-CUT" IS USED WHEN PLAYING THE ENTIRE PIECE FROM 
                  BEGINNING TO END WITHOUT STOPPING FOR CONTINUITY UNTIL THE 
                  ORIGINAL PASSAGES ARE TOTALLY LEARNED AT THE PERFORMANCE 
                  SPEED

BEG. STRINGS
01.  LEFT HAND PIZZICATO: CYCLE OF STRINGS EXERCISE USING EACH FINGER 
       PLUCKING EACH STRING 4X IN THE CYCLE
02.  LEFT HAND PIZZICATO SONGS
.......a.  CRIPPLE CREEK
............1)  GO OVER (EXPLAIN) THE MUSIC NOTATION IN THE MUSIC
.................a)  QUARTER NOTES/QUARTER NOTE RESTS
.................b)  METER (TIME SIGNATURE)
.................c)  BAR LINES and MEASURES
.................d)  TREBLE or "G" CLEF
.................e)  MUSICAL ROAD SIGNS: REPEAT SIGNS and TERMS: D.C. (DA CAPO: THE 
                      TOP) and CODA (SPECIAL ENDING TAGGED TO THE END OF THE PIECE)
.................f)  PITCH NOTE READING OF THE OPEN STRING NOTES and RELATING 
                      THEM TO COLORS (BLUE: G/ RED: D/ YELLOW: A GREEN: E)
............2)  STUDENTS READ THE NOTE NAMES and COUNT OUT LOUD WHILE   
                 LISTENING TO THE MUSIC
............3) STUDENTS READ THE NOTE NAMES and COUNT OUR LOUD WHILE LISTENING AND
                 PLAYING THE NOTES USING LEFT HAND PIZZICATO TO THE MUSIC
.................a)  STUDENTS PIZZICATO WITH 1ST FINGER, THEN PLAY AGAIN WITH THE 
                      2ND FINGER, AND THEN TWO MORE TIMES USING THE REMAINDER  OF 
                      THE FINGERS
.......b.  BATMAN
............1)  SIGHT READ (TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW)