Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chapter 17 Vocabulary Test - Monday 11/1/2010

You will have a vocabulary test on Monday 11/1/2010.  This will be a 15 point test that will include matching and some fill in the blank.  Be sure that you are able to use these terms in a sentence.  That, of course, would only make sense.  Proper definitions can be found in the book in chapter 17! 

How to Listen to Classical Music- 10/27/2010

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Baroque Instruments - Class lecture for 10/26/2010

I find the Theorbo to be the most interesting of the three guitar like instruments-

A cousin to the Harpsichord - The Clavichord! Enjoy...

Baroque Music Hunt - Assignment Due 10/28/2010

What is the essence of baroque music? Baroque music expresses order, the fundamental order of the universe. Yet it is always lively and tuneful. Music reflects the mood of the times, then as now as always.

Click here to experience - a great resource of Baroque composers, compositions, and history!

Use the web-site listed above to research a Baroque era composer NOT J.S. Bach or A. Vivaldi.  Once you find one you like - Embed a video of a performance/recording of one of their works onto your blog. 

Write a brief Bio of your composer.  (Please do NOT copy and Paste - that would be plagiarism~) 
Did you enjoy the piece of music you embedded?  Why?  Is there anything special worth noting about your composer?

Due: Thursday 10/28/2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Vivaldi - The Four Seasons (Summer)

Enjoy the Storm that the music portrays in Vivaldi's "Summer". Click here to learn a bit more about Vivaldi.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fugue - A rich polyphonic composition consisting of a series of successive melody imitations.

These are two great examples of Fugues by J.S. Bach. Notice on the second video the lined interpretation of the musical performance!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Class Lecture Videos - Chapter 17 - 10/20/2010

Watch this (exciting) video that details the characteristics of word-painting in the Italian madrigal -

Listen to the first third of Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo. Click here to read more about Orfeo, the ancient Greek tragedy about Orpheus's decent into Hell!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Understanding the Beginings of Western Music-

In Reference to Chapter 17 in your book - Listen to Hildegard von Bingen: O Pastor Pnimarum (plainchant) and then to Michael Praetorius: Two Dance Clusters from Terpsichore. Write 3-4 paragraphs comparing and contrasting these two early works in Western Music. Who was Hildegard von Bingen and who was Michael Praetorius? When did they live and what was the purpose of the music that they wrote?
Due: Thursday October 21, 2010!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Non-Pitched Percussion

Click on the link below to find more detailed information regarding all of the different (Non-pitched) Percussion available -


Friday, October 8, 2010

Writting for Percussion Ensemble -

Here is a video that goes into some detail about the different sounds that you can get out of non-pitched percussion. Enjoy-

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The four ways sound affects us-

As we start to gain an awareness of sound and develop our listening- keep in mind the points from the video above. How can these four ideas be used to our advantage? 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Evelyn Glennie: How to listen to music-

Ms. Glennie's Web-Site
Embed this video to your blog and write 2-3 paragraphs of your reaction to her talk on listening. Be sure to keep in mind that Ms. Glennie has been fully deaf since she was 12 years old.

Due: October 6, 2010!