JOHS Music Newsletter
March 27th, 2020
The newsletter will be released weekly (hopefully every Friday during quarantine) and will provide resources for your musical, personal, and physical growth and inspiration. Enjoy!
P.S. It's better to view this newsletter on a laptop or desktop computer.
This week's focus for theory is staff identification, including notes, key signatures, intervals, scales, and chords.
Go to https://www.musictheory.net/exercises - click on the exercises under "staff identification" and remember that you can customize the exercises by clicking the gear in the upper right hand corner of the screen to fit your instrument clef, ability, etc. You should all be able to do note naming in your clef, key signatures, and scales. If you need help with intervals check out this video. If you need help with chord identification, check this out.
If you're struggling with any of these, I am happy to help. There are also many videos on youtube explaining theory to beginners.
Interested in creating your own music? www.musescore.com is a great free resource to start exploring composition. It takes some time to learn how to use the program, but once you do, utilize your theory skills and try to create a melody for your instrument!
Bored out of your mind? Want new music to play? Head on over to www.sightreadingfactory.com to test your sight-reading skills. You may also enjoy www.musicnotes.com. On this website you can find all kinds of popular songs, available in multiple keys and varying instruments. You can get the first page of most songs for free, but then you must pay a few dollars if you'd like the whole thing. This is great for anyone who is looking to spice up their musical lives!
smartmusic is offering free subscriptions through June 30th to schools impacted by COVID19. I submitted an application and was approved! Follow the instructions below to sign up and have access to SO MUCH MUSIC!!!!!!! Seriously, there's even music from the Cavaliers drum corp.
1. Open a chrome browser and visit: https: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
2. When prompted for a class code, please enter:
Miller and Barna's Practicing Tip for the Week!
Do you keep making the same mistake over and over and over and over again? Don't lie to me. If so, stop. Put your instrument down. Figure out what part is messing you up. Isolate that one spot. Literally, if it's two notes then only work those two notes. Next, slowwwwwww it dowwwwwwwn. Once you have the isolated part clean at a slow tempo then start to speed it up. Gradually, start to connect the music on either side of the tricky part so you are still working in small chunks. REMEMBER, if you start to make the same mistakes, STOP. ISOLATE. SLOW. IT. DOWN.
Student Spotlight - Jess Clements
Favorite color? Maroon
Favorite food? Dark chocolate covered pomegranates
What clubs and organizations are you apart of? I am in the National Honor Society, marching band, and theater.
What has been your favorite pass time during the COVID19 quarantine? My favorite pass time has been arts and crafts. I've been using different colored or designed paper, even paper bags, and doing a lot of writing/calligraphy to create my own little projects. It's been fun!
What do you miss most about school? The thing I miss most about school is the community and seeing all my friends and teachers. I'm a hugger, so I really miss being able to physically see my favorite people and hug them.
Do you have a secret talent? I have a very odd talent that is a little embarrassing, but it's kind of cool. I can do a really good baby voice, meaning I can easily raise my voice and sound like a young child. I think it would be really fun to use this talent and be a voice actor.
What advice do you have for the underclassmen? Truly embrace the joy in the moments you have right now. Never say that you hate high school because you truly never know what you've got until it's gone.
Undercurrents by Robert Buckley
- An electrifying, virtuosic showcase featuring solos, duets, and trios as well as various chamber sections within the band. The music was inspired by watching schools of fish and flocks of birds perpetually moving with the ocean and air currents. Once in a while a single solo shape, or two or three, will appear as they dance apart and then are drawn back into the ensemble. A powerful tour de force from beginning to end.
The Flight of the Bumble Bee for flute - James Galway
- Let me introduce you to James Galway. Galway is one of the most famous flute players in the entire world. He had a humble upbringing, but by the age of 9 was already winning competitions and impressing people with his playing. Galway studied flute, was an orchestral player with many groups including a 6 year residency at the Berlin Philharmonic, and then pursued a solo career. He has played on many albums and movie soundtracks and at age 80 is still rocking it on flute. Check out his wiki page for more information!
- Check out this 9 year old playing Flight of the Bumble Bee. It'll really boost your confidence...She has some of the cleanest multiple tonguing and flutter tonguing I've heard on flute. She's also suuuuuper relaxed when playing.