Mr. Voychick (Webb) and I made a very special video for our musicians today! Yes- We used our smartmusic accounts to practice for this! 😀
All Musicians have been sent home with their Turkey Challenges!
Our current "World" (Emerson) Record is 36 belts earned! Good Luck and Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Super busy day at the Orchestra DMV. All first year string students got their Bow License today!!!!
Please note: they are aware my powers only give them the licensing to operate a bow not a car 😂
HARTT NEEDS STUDENT SINGERS!!!!
Event: The Hartt School Viola Ensemble: Holiday Cookie Sing-a-long!
Date: Wednesday, November 29th
Time: 6pm. (Student singers must arrive by 5:45pm)
Location: The Hartt School, University of Hartford 200 Bloomfield Ave Hartford.
Please note: Parents are responsible for transportation and student supervision for the entire event. Runtime will be about 1 hour. I will be involved in the performance so students will sit with their families until they are needed to come up to the front to sing.
Concert Flyer Attached!
Let Ms. Caravella know ASAP if you are able to make the event and want to sing in "The Grinch"! All are welcomed to attend to enjoy the show!
The third year students are excited to start their role as leaders of our ensembles. We worked on some duets this week and watched this awesome cover by Kevin Olusola who played all the parts of this piece on his own by using a looping station t record. We know as leaders of the ensembles we need to practice our parts keeping a really steady beat for the ensemble to be able to play through our pieces!
Ask your musicians...
1. Why is important to keep a steady beat when playing ..... especially duets?
2. What is a duet?
3. How many parts can there be in band? Orchestra?
4. What is a "cover" of a song?
This year, the second year students will be in rehearsal for the first time! This means in addition to their weekly lessons they will get a weekly rehearsal with the full orchestra or band!
Ask your musicians...
1. What is the role of a conductor?
2. What can the conductor tell the ensemble?
We watched this youtube video of members of the NY Philharmonic following guest "conductors" on the sidewalk of NY! We also got to conduct each other!
The second and third year students are working hard to practice carefully and keep a steady beat.
One practice tool they can use to do this is called a "Metronome" it is available FREE on google, app stores and even smartmusic. The metronome keeps a steady beat for you so you can practice with it.
We watched this AMAZING piano player as well - he keeps a steady beat with his foot on the piano. The students would like you to note: this piano has been specifically altered to handle his foot doing this - doing this foot technique on a "normal" piano would break it.
It is a super cool piece and we wanted you to enjoy it as well!
I am writing to remind you about an amazing resource all WPS students have access to at HOME!
Every instrumental student at Emerson has a Smartmusic account. This is a home practice system that is essentially like having your very own music teacher in your home!
Smartmusic allows students to:
-Practice all of their book songs
-Practice assignments I send them
-Play with "background music"
-Send me songs so I can email them about their progress!
-Find NEW songs (there is an extensive music library FREE for the students to try out any song they would like to play)
-Click a note for reminders on how to play them and what they sound like.
The list goes on....
How do you log on?
All students have logged into smartmusic at school.
Please bookmark the website: home.smartmusic.com
Username: firstname.lastname@example.org (Their school emails)
Please check students emails for their passwords.
When using Smartmusic:
Please email me if you have any questions.
Here is some helpful information on keeping your instruments clean and in tune over the winter!
*All BRASS MOUTHPIECES (trumpet, trombone) can be soaked in a cup of hot water to disinfect OR put on TOP RACK of dishwasher.
*All WOODWIND MOUTHPIECES (clarient, saxophone) can be soaked TIP DOWN in warm water to disinfect. (The cork will be damaged if it gets wet)
*Tips for REEDS:
*All FLUTE HEADJOINTS- use a damp hot cloth to wipe down the head joint. Do NOT submerge in water- it will damage the cork inside the flute.
Cleaning the Flute Head Joint
Avoid using cleaning products on string instruments. Use a dry cloth to wipe off the instruement. "Cleaning products" could lift the color off the fingerboard so use at your own risk - Do not use any products on the wood!
Wintertime is a rough time for our instruments. The cold and humidity like to make our strings go out of tune often. If your instrument is out of tune you can bring it in any day and I will tune it for you. Most music stores will tune instruments free of charge if you are in a pinch during a vacation!
Some tips that will help your instrument stay in tune….
1. Keep it where you would want to stay! No cold basements, trunks of cars or by the fireplace!
2. You are the only one allowed to touch your instrument.
3. Do not touch the pegs or fine tuners.
4. Make sure your instrument is in a safe place, so it cannot be tripped on or moved around.
5. Wipe the rosin off your strings, bow and instrument with your cloth in your case.
Stay Healthy Everyone!
Below, A piece titled "Winter Flu Polka" Who knew Coughing and sneezing could be "musical"! :)
This blog is for students and their families. It will feature both techniques and songs we are working on in class, listening activities for students and some fun examples of how great the world of music can be!