Sunday, October 17, 2010

"Tune of the Buffens" Phrase 4

"Tune of the Buffens" Phrase 2

"Tune of the Buffens" Phrase 1 & 3

"Tune of the Buffens" -- Complete

Recorder Ensemble Members and Third Graders -- here is the piece I gave you on Friday. Just click on the play button to hear the recording.

Above I have "deconstructed" it by breaking into smaller, slower chunks for you to learn. I hope you find this process helpful!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Recorder Lesson 5 -- High C & D

Recorder Lesson 4 -- Improvisation

Recorder Lesson 3 -- E

Hi Recorder Ensemble members and third graders. Here's the first of three video lessons to help you practice. Enjoy them -- and no laughing at my hat ;)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

More Fifth Grade Frolics

5th Grade Lesson 1 and 2 -- Compositional building blocks: rhythm

Last week and this week 5th graders began general music classes with the aim of having each student develop an original 16 bar composition.

To do this this the students need to develop a comfort level with the basic components of music beginning with rhythm. Last week the students learned the Keith Terry body percussion piece, "Hey, You, What." This week they began to develop a short performance piece using the rhythms of a variety for school rules for inspiration. In both cases the goal was to demonstrate the role that language plays in developing musical rhythm and how things like meter and notation can be used to keep our rhythms organized.

Next week -- melody!