Fall '17 NCVPS Music Appreciation

Fall Music Appreciation Updates!

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Welcome to Week 15!

Hi everyone!

We are quickly coming to the end of our course so please make sure you check with your child/student to be sure they are caught up in the course. I am always available to help as needed.


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Musical Theater

Students have begun learning more about musical theater, and we are currently discussing the musical South Pacific.

After World War II from the 1940-1950’s Broadway began to crank out blockbusters dominated by Rodgers and Hammerstein such as: Oklahoma, The King and I, The Sound of Music, and South Pacific. Their repertoire of music includes great songs such as: Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’, Some Enchanted Evening, Getting to Know You, Do-Re-Mi, and My Favorite Things. A repertoire is an inventory of musical compositions that a musician can perform excellently.

Other great musicals such as Leonard Bernstein’s’ West Side Story, featuring the songs "Maria," and "America" and Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man with the songs "Seventy-Six Trombones," and "Good Night Ladies," also became very popular. All of these musicals were very focused upon the storyline with not as optimistic views as before the war. Some musicals had "happily ever after" endings, but many did not.

The 1960-1970’s began to reflect the social age ranging from light themes to dark themes to everything in between with Hello Dolly, where a poor boy falls in love rich girl. Political ideas, rebellion, and religious themes such as Hair, featuring rock music and the story of long-haired hippies resisting the draft into the Vietnam War, and Godspell which tells the story of Jesus through song. Some musicals contained much more darker themes such as Sweeny Todd, a story about a revengeful barber who murders unsuspecting clients.
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We only have 3 weeks left to go in this course, so please make sure you students submit any late work, since late grade is better than a zero. As always, if you have any questions, just let me know.



Welcome to Week 11!

Hi Everyone!
We are already into Week 11, and this course is quickly flying by. Please make sure you are checking with your child/student to see how they are doing in their online courses. Your interaction and support are crucial to their success.
Ms. Lisa
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Canvas App is Available!

We have some wonderful information for parents, who can now see more of what their children are doing in their courses. Please check out the information below and feel free to use it as you wish.

Canvas Parent App

Parents and facilitators can now download the Canvas Parent app in both the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Parents and facilitators will need student login information to set up their parent accounts. This will have to come from the school. NCVPS cannot supply login credentials to parents or facilitators. Check with your school's e-learning advisor (ELA).

The Canvas Parent app is designed to provide visibility into a student's progress at a glance. Canvas Parent allows both parents and facilitators to:

  • View assignment descriptions and due dates

  • Set reminders for assignments

  • View assignment grades

  • View course grades

  • Set grade alerts

  • View course announcements

Here are several helpful links:

Canvas Parent Guide Overview

Canvas Parent Android Guide

Canvas Parent iOS Guide

Parents and facilitators can also use the Parent Portal online. Directions on how to use the portal are here.


NCVPS Reporting Overview

Progress Reports

See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.

Follow this link to see the details on NCVPS progress reports.

Final Grade Report

Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.

Follow this link to see the details on NCVPS's final grade report.

Student Status (No-Show) Reports

NCVPS posts student status reports after the third and seventh days of class. These reports indicate if students have logged in or not to their NCVPS courses. These reports are early warning indicators for schools.

Follow this link to see the details on NCVPS student status (no-show) reports.

Additional Grade Reporting Resources

Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.

Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.


Support Center Tickets in Canvas

Students are able to open a help ticket with our Virtual Support Center when they are logged into Canvas.

Students can click on the ? Help button to open a ticket. At that point, be sure students select "Enter a NCVPS Help Desk Ticket" NOT "Report a Problem".

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Progress Reports

Progress reports will go out to your schools on Wednesday next week, so make sure you are aware so that you can check your students' grades.

See you in our next issue!

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Welcome to Week 9!

Hi everyone!
I trust you all are having a great Monday. Today, I am going to cover what your students have been learning in their Music Appreciation course, as well as what they will be doing next week.
I'm always available if you have any questions.
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The 1980s

Last week, we learned about the 1980s, from an historical, social, and musical perspective. For example, students learned about musical groups like Queen, Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson, and the concert to raise money called Live Aid in 1985. We also looked at the Challenger Shuttle disaster, on January 28, 1986, when the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger (OV-099) (mission STS-51-L) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members, which included five NASA astronauts and two Payload Specialists. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 11:39 EST (16:39 UTC). Disintegration of the vehicle began after an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster (SRB) failed at liftoff. The O-ring was not designed to fly under unusually cold conditions as in this launch. Its failure caused a breach in the SRB joint it sealed, allowing pressurized burning gas from within the solid rocket motor to reach the outside and impinge upon the adjacent SRB aft field joint attachment hardware and external fuel tank. This led to the separation of the right-hand SRB's aft field joint attachment and the structural failure of the external tank. Aerodynamic forces broke up the orbiter.

The crew compartment and many other vehicle fragments were eventually recovered from the ocean floor after a lengthy search and recovery operation. The exact timing of the death of the crew is unknown; several crew members are known to have survived the initial breakup of the spacecraft. The shuttle had no escape system, and the impact of the crew compartment with the ocean surface was too violent to be survivable.

I remember seeing this on the news, and it was horrific. In fact, my husband actually worked on this shuttle, and knew the crew, and he still doesn't talk much about it to this day because it is just too painful.
Ask your students what they learned from this decade!
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It's Midterm Week!

This week, students will be taking their midterm exam. It can only be taken in one sitting, meaning that they cannot save it and come back to it. Please check in with your child to see how well they did on the exam, since they know their grad immediately upon submission.
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Want to find out your child's grade?

Do you want to know what your child's grad is in their Music Appreciation course? Well, here is a color code that will be used to identify your child's grade when you ask through email or text so that no personally identifiable information will be recognized:

PURPLE 90-100 A
BLUE 80-89 B
GREEN 70-79 C
ORANGE 60-69 D
RED Less than 60 Failing

Please refer to this chart if you request their current score in the course.

See you in our next issue!

Next Week - Week 10 (of 18)

Next week, students will begin learning more about the early 2000s, and many of the historical, social, and political issues of the decade. There is just so much they will learn!

Welcome to Week 7!

Hi everyone!

Students have been very busy learning about the 1960s and 1970s, and we are delving into what made those decades so unique. Find out more below, and thank you for supporting your students!
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The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool, in 1960. With John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", but as their songwriting grew in sophistication they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's socio-cultural revolutions.

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First, in the world of music, the rock group Queen entered the world stage and their popularity took off! They were a British band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, incorporating further diverse styles into their music. Queen enjoyed success in the UK with their debut and its follow-up, Queen II (1974), but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack (1974) and A Night at the Opera (1975) that gained the band international success. The latter featured "Bohemian Rhapsody", which stayed at number one in the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks; it charted at number one in several other territories, and gave the band their first top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their 1977 album, News of the World, contained two of rock's most recognizable anthems, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions". By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world, and their performance at 1985's Live Aid is widely regarded as one of the greatest in rock history. In 1991, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then, May and Taylor have infrequently performed together, including a collaboration with Paul Rodgers under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers which ended in May 2009.

See you in our next issue!

Have a great week!


Welcome to Week 5 - already!

Hi everyone, and welcome to our Week 5 Newsletter! Time is quickly flying by, and we will be at the midpoint in this course soon. Please continue to check in with your childstident(s) to make sure they are up to date in their course. Also, you can even have them show you some feedback on their assignments when they sign in to the course!

As always, if you have ayn questions about your child's work, please let me know.
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This week, student have been delving into the 1950s, and with this comes the 50s groups, like Bill Haley & the Comets who made it big with their hit, Rock Around the Clock. They are learning more about the social climate as well as the political climate of the decade, and have the opportunity to listen to many of the songs from this decade as well. Ask them what they're learning!
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Progress Reoprts Go Home Next Week

Our progress reports go home next week so be sure to ask your child how well they are doing. If you have any questions, just let me know.

See you in our next issue in two weeks!

Week Three News!

Hi everyone,

I am amazed that we are already in Week 3 - time flies! This week's newsletter will give some more information about where students are in the course and how you can help them succeed. Be sure to pass along any questions you may have. If I don't know the answer, I will do my best to find it.
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Music Fundamentals

This week, students are learning more about music fundamentals such as, harmony, rhythm, chords, and melody. To find out more, ask them what they are learning, perhaps they can learn by describing these elements to you!

See you in our next issue in two weeks!

Welcome to Fall NCVPS Music Appreciation Updates


Hello everyone!

My name is Lisa Fee, and I have your child or student in my Music Appreciation course this Fall semester. My contact information is in your student's course, as well as at the bottom of each of these newsletters which will be emailed to you every other week during our course. If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to contact me.
I look forward to working with you all!

Kindest regards,

Week 1 - What's Due by the End of Week 1

Here we are starting our First week of Music Appreciation! I know that you're all excited to begin so let's review some things first.

  • Make sure they complete all the steps in each module, going through the links to make sure they don't miss anything. There are many things in there that will help them be more successful and get started on the right foot so to speak. Please be sure they complete them.

  • Make sure they are completed with the Getting Started Module and Module 1 so that they can begin module 2 next week. We complete one module in one week during the semester, so it is crucial that students understand that they must complete work on time by signing in each day. As always, let me know if you need help.

  • Make sure they understand where things are in this course. There are links on the Home Page, showing announcements, modules, and other important links. Know what is in them so you understand where to go for specific course material.

  • Read the announcements every day. Let me say that again: Make sure they read the announcements every day so they don't miss deadlines, helpful reminders, or any other important information. It is there to help you.
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    Has your student/child signed in to the course?

    If you are a school contact, please make sure all your students have their user name and password. If you are a parent, make sure your child has this information. The most important part of doing well in any course is to begin as soon as possible and remain consistent. We all want your child to do well!
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    NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center

    Our NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center has been very helpful in its offerings to students and providing proper learning support. In fact, our Virtual Buddies are ready to help by lending a hand to students needing an extra little push, another reminder, a bit of time management guidance or encouraging words throughout the week. Do keep in mind, Virtual Buddies do not provide content specific support. While we do try to match students with a Virtual Buddy with experience in their course, we cannot guarantee it. Do you need extra help? Check out the link below:


    See you in week 3 for our next newsletter!