Bravo!

The concert was a success because of the impressive effort from your children. They looked and sounded great, and they put in the work to have four pieces memorized. Concert reviews were due on May 6th. Thank you for helping your child to get to a concert. I hope it was enjoyable.

This week in class your child received a packet and questions over the Classical era. Over the next few class periods we will discuss the three main composers of that era: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. As the semester comes to a close, please make sure your child cleans his or her recorder according to the directions they have been given.

 

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Getting Close

The concert is right around the corner! The students have a total of four pieces to memorize, and they are almost finished learning all four. Playing quizzes this quarter are from memory and performed alone. If they score below a 70 there will be a spot for a parent signature. One common problem is that they will forget the piece under the pressure of performing in front of their peers. Ask your child to perform their pieces for you. This will help them become comfortable when performing.

Concert reviews are due soon so please start to plan your trip to a concert.

Spring Concert—Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 6:30

Concert Review—Due by Friday, May 6

Concert Prep

This week you should have received a form about the concert. It includes an updated description of female concert attire, and other important information. Please sign and return it if you have not done so already.

Hopefully you are hearing practicing at home as they have three pieces to learn and memorize. Playing quizzes this quarter are from memory and are performed alone. A helpful way to overcome stage freight is to perform in front of friends and family.

Spring Concert—Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 6:30

Concert Review—Due by Friday, May 6

Final Stretch

7th graders have learned the four main scales in Western music. They are the major, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor. They have a test on Monday (7B/C) or Tuesday (7A) over scales. Then the focus in music will shift to preparing for the spring concert. Hopefully you will hear even more wonderful music around the house!

Spring break is next week and while it is an R and R week I am strongly encouraging students to wash their recorders.

Spring Concert—Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 6:30

Concert Review—Due by Friday, May 6

More Whole and Half

Whole and half steps are arranged in common patterns, and these form modes. They have been practicing creating them. There is a test on Thursday (7A/7B) or Friday (7C), and it is over half steps, whole steps, and modes.  

Whole or Half

Hopefully the sound of recorder is filling the house. They have one piece to learn, and will be getting the others soon. Outside of recorder, they have learned about whole and half steps. Whole and half steps are both the smallest distance and the building blocks of Western music.

Welcome Back

This past week the classes reviewed reading treble and bass clefs and the five basic rhythms. They learned a new recorder warm up and started to practice a concert piece. A new semester means new projects. This semester students will do another concert review and have a spring recorder concert on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 6:30pm.

Concert Week

The concert is Wednesday! Call time is 6:00pm to your first period teacher, and the show starts at 6:30. Keep practicing and memorize the music.

Concert Reviews are DUE by December 7th, so please start to make concert arrangements now if you have not already.

Practice, practice, practice!

Students are reminded daily to practice and memorize the music and soon they will display their work. All notes and rhythms in the concert music have been covered and now it is time to polish the pieces and incorporate style and dynamics. The concert is quickly approaching!

Concert Reviews are DUE by December 7th, so please start to make concert arrangements now if you have not already.

 

Time to Memorize

The concert is around the corner, and the students are preparing well. They have to memorize all the music, and to help motivate them, there will be multiple playing quizzes this week and next.

A note of clarification: only people in the extracurricular Wind Ensemble are to wear ties on the concert.

Concert Reviews are DUE by December 7th, so please start to make concert arrangements now if you have not already.