HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS for FALL 2015!
Attention All Choir Students! We are going deeper in learning essential and fundamental skills. This is going to have a HUGE positive impact on the choir program and on YOU personally! If you do not have access to a home computer or smart phone, please see Mr. Hawthorne for an alternate assignment. The following assignment is also under STUDY TOOLS!
A. MUSIC THEORY HOMEWORK PAGES, Part 1: When you can demonstrate “Exceeding the Standard (A)” for these two exercises by completing 10 minutes with at least 50 correct answers, click on the “i” icon to submit your progress report. By the due date, if you have not achieved “Exceeding the Standard”, submit your best score. Print out the Code Verification Page and turn it in to Mr. Hawthorne. Music Standard 2: Reading and Notating Music. Value: 20% of Grade. Due Date: October 30th by the end of the day.
- Note Identification (Treble Clef Only) www.musictheory.net/exercises/note/brwa9dbynyykcy
- Note Identifications Both Clefs:www.musictheory.net/exercises/note/oy99uypa9dbynyykcy
- Key Signatures: www.musictheory.net/exercises/keysig/oya9dyyykcy
Additional Assessments for CONCERT CHOIR and CHORALATION Students only!
B. MUSIC THEORY HOMEWORK PAGES, Part 2: When you can demonstrate “Exceeding the Standard (A)” for these two exercises by completing 10 minutes with at least 50 correct answers, click on the “i” icon to submit your progress report. By the due date, if you have not achieved “Exceeding the Standard”, submit your best score. Print out the Code Verification Page and turn it into Mr. Hawthorne. Music Standard 2: Reading and Notating Music. Due Date: December 4th by the end of the day. Value: 20% of Grade.
- Interval Recognition: www.musictheory.net/exercises/interval/dg1a9drh98nbnykcb
- Ear Training: www.musictheory.net/exercises/ear-interval/998eyybgneyyykcb
The greatness of a choir is not found in the group as a whole! Greatness is found in each individual’s investment in the process of deep learning. When individual members express value and take responsibility for their learning magical things begin to happen. There is no magic, however, that can replace knowing music fundamentals: Instant recognition of note names, key signatures, rhythmic patterns, and chromatic solfege are central to success. Don’t be a follower. BE A LEADER! Commit to using musictheory.net to establish your fundamental skills. DO IT!!!!
This morning, Choralation walked into the choir room to discover mics in place for “It don’t mean a thing”. The student’s energy exploded and we had a remarkable rehearsal. It makes me pause for a moment to reflect on why it was so great. Expectations were high, students were engaged, thoughtful, self-reflective, receptive to new ideas and challenges and eager to go to the next level. Icing on the cake was singing in the main office and the tunnel! Happy day! Sky’s the limit!
Let’s see which choir will have the highest percentage of parents show up at Back To School Night on Wednesday! I’ll be there! Hope to see as many parents as possible!
Sir David Willcocks, retired conductor of the famed King’s College Choir and London Bach Choir passed away today. He was 95. An important conductor and choral arranger, Sir David was kind, approachable and generous of spirit. He will be missed. I had the privilege of singing under his baton at the Green Lake Music Festival in Ripon, Wisconsin when he was in his 70s. As a conductor Sir David was witty, humble and unrelenting in his demand for perfection.
What does it mean to consume the page? How do we look at a piece of music and see everything that we need to do? Things like: notes, rhythms, dynamics, and articulations? This is the architecture of the music. Without it, it is hard to get to the nuances of vowels, blend and balance. And it slows rehearsal way down! So that we can have fast, lively rehearsals, we need to do what a mentor of mine, Stafford Boyd, says: “sometimes you have to go slow to go fast”.
So that is what we are going to do. We are going to slow down and spend time looking at the fundamentals of music architecture. The goal will be to become fluent in the following areas:
Note Names; Key Signatures; Interval Recognition (visual and aural); Time Signatures; and Understanding Rhythmic Units within Time Signatures
Understanding PITCH is about understanding notes in relation to each other in the context of a key signature. A series of notes will be a collection of pitches that go up, down or stay the same. The trick is to hear the pitches in the context of a scale. If you can find DO and SO you are going to do great. TI and RE are neighbors to DO. LA and FA are neighbors to SO.
Go to the STUDY LINKS and click on musictheory.net! Go to exercises and click on Key signatures. The name of the key is DO. See how you can begin to visually recognize key signatures.
My good colleague, Dr. Geoffrey Boers from the University of Washington asks these questions of his singers. I do too!
I can’t wait to meet everybody on Wednesday and Thursday! How exciting to open this new chapter! The Leadership Team has been so helpful! The room looks great. I can’t wait to hear each choir sing. Music will be ready! Each choir will sing on Opening Day! And play ice breaker games! And meet new friends!
Can you imagine the joy of hearing your choir singing? It is going to be fantastic!
So what is next? And what is possible? Come Wednesday and Thursday and find out!