Saturday, June 25, 2011
This last post is not my work, but the wonderful work of Hannah Limb and 5th Grade KDLP. I was saddened to learn that Miss LImb, along with Mr. Marks, will not be back to teach 5th grade next year. I will miss my colleagues as I will miss this year's 5th grade class, several of home are longtime ensemble players. However, I am grateful for our time together and I wish them all well as they head off on exciting new adventures.
Have a great summer everybody!
The other song was a medley or combination of two songs -- "In My Life" by Lennon and McCartney and "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLaughlin. Not an easy arrangement, but the kids did a great job.
Yesterday the class of 2011 culminated and was able to snag a few video captures. This was the first year I was asked to help out with the music, and I was very proud of the job the kids did on the two songs we worked on, including this one from movie "Fame."
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Our final number was the Led Zeppelin classsic "How Many More Times" with the recorder players taking the Jimmy Page role, playing short improvisatory bursts against one of the coolest grooves of all time. For me it was the best of a lot of great moments. Thanks everybody for your inspired work!
This arrangement or a traditional fok tune came together in the dress rehearsal. One of our fourth graders had the idea of adding the bass line from the "Hit The Road Jack." If you listen closely the second time through the piece, you can hear it. An inspired improvisational idea!
One of things that always makes me a little sad, is to say goodbye to our excellent fifth grader players, like Francesca who is playing the recorder solo in this clip. Good luck in middle school guys. You'll be missed!
Yesterday the Recorder and Orff Ensembles put on a terrific show -- a perfect end to and excellent year in music at Third Street. Here in the first of several clips the recorders perform "La Volta" by Michael Praetorius. Nice job!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Hi Recorder Ensemble Cats -- here's the final piece of music for our concert next week. The solo piece that goes along with the Orff piece in Dorian Mode. Francesca needs to learn it, but if anyone else wants to take a shot, go for it!