Friday, March 6, 2015

Fun Videos to Watch - Intro to Pop Music Structure

- Evolution of Music (Pentatonix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lExW80sXsHs

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Listening Portfolio # 2 - Pop Music
  1. Pick 1 (ONE) piece from each category and choose 1 (ONE) of your own (4 pieces total).
  2. Listen to them using the links.
  3. Write a paragraph (150-250 words) response to EACH piece.
  4. Write a summary (250-350 words) of your listening using the guiding questions below
In writing your response, consider the questions of the Critical Analysis Process:

Initial Reaction
  • What is your first impression of the music?
  • What does it remind you of?
  • What is your emotional reaction?
  • What puzzles you about this music? Do you have any questions?
  • Can you make any personal connections to it?
Description
  • rhythm - speed?
  • melody - improvisation?
  • harmony - major/minor?
  • texture - layers?
  • form - how is organized? Are there any patterns to how the piece is laid out?
  • dynamics - loud, soft?
  • timbre - the instruments used? the tone of the vocals?
  • lyrics - how are the lyrics and music linked?
  • other comments on the feel, mood or effect of the piece
Summary Guiding Questions

How did the songs you chose differ from each other? How were they the same?
What patterns did you notice in the songs?
What is different about the music you listened to from other forms of music (classical, jazz, film music, rap, EDM, etc)?

Listening Portfolio Playlist Number 2: Pop Music

Category 1
  1. Over the Rainbow (Harold Arlen, 1939) - http://youtu.be/1HRa4X07jdE
  2. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (The Andrews Sisters, 1941) - http://youtu.be/qafnJ6mRbgk
  3. Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis, 1957) - http://youtu.be/Jt0mg8Z09SY
  4. That’ll be the Day (Buddy Holly, 1957) - http://youtu.be/eq9FCBatl3A
Category 2
  1. Penny Lane (The Beatles, 1967) - http://youtu.be/wj0nIMyqPcU
  2. ABC (Jackson 5, 1970) - http://youtu.be/ho7796-au8U
  3. More than a Feeling (Boston, 1976) - http://youtu.be/fT6yVgcewk4
  4. What’s Love Got To Do With It (Tina Turner, 1984) - http://youtu.be/kcj2OyqU1Zs
Category 3
  1. Every Breath You Take (The Police, 1983; Puff Daddy/Faith Evans, 1997) - http://youtu.be/OMOGaugKpzsor http://youtu.be/mM0-ZU8njdo
  2. Black or White (Michael Jackson, 1991) - http://youtu.be/F2AitTPI5U0 (starts at 1:50)
  3. All Star (Smash Mouth, 1999) - http://youtu.be/L_jWHffIx5E
  4. Beautiful (Christina Aguilera, 2002) - http://youtu.be/eAfyFTzZDMM
Category 4
  1. One pop song of your own choice

These will be due emailed to mrchriswai@gmail.comby Monday, March 9.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Next Creation Assignment: Improvisation on the 12-bar Blues Progression

FIRST YEAR ASSIGNMENT:
By Tuesday, Feb 25,  you must create an improvisation over the 12-bar blues progression provided in the AMM folder. You may choose one or more different instruments to perform your solo improvisation, but you must use the upright bass/piano as back-up. The improvisation must be at least 36 bars long (eg, 3 times through the progression) (see example in the AMM 4M1 folder). You may add percussion, change tempo, and have more than 36 bars, but you cannot change the chord progression given. We will perform these on Tuesday, Feb 25.  

SECOND YEAR ASSIGNMENT:
You are going to write your own chord progression. It can have as many chords as you want but the basic progression should be 12 bars long. Some websites to get you started:
Once you have written your progression and played your bed track in to Garage Band, your requirements are the same. By Tuesday, Feb 25 you must create an improvisation over the 12-bar progression you recorded. You may choose one or more different instruments to perform your solo improvisation, but you must use the upright bass/piano as back-up. The improvisation must be at least 36 bars long (eg, 3 times through the progression) (see example in the AMM 4M1 folder). You may add percussion, change tempo, and have more than 36 bars, but you cannot change the chord progression given. We will perform these on Tuesday, Feb 25.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

First Year Students: Reading Response #2: The Blues

Read at least 2 of the following websites:
- What is the Blues? (PBS)
- Understanding the 12 Bar Blues (PBS)
- 12 Bar Blues for Dummies

Watch at least 2 of the following videos:
- 12 bar blues explained
- 12 bar blues on the piano
- How to play the 12 bar blues on guitar

Write a short paragraph reflection answering the following questions:
- What are the origins of the blues?
- Why are the blues important in modern music?

Next, use Google to find an example of piece that fits the 12 bar blues form:
- List the name, composer and artist of the piece you found

Write a short paragraph reflection answering the following questions:
- What is your first impression of the piece?
- What ideas come to mind, or what images occur to you?
- What does it remind you of?
- What instruments are used?
- What vocal sounds are used?
- What is the tempo (speed) of the piece?

Summary: To Hand In: 2 paragraphs - 1 reflection on the history/role of blues, 1 analysis of a piece you've found.

Due: Wednesday, February 25th, emailed to lauren.simmons@tdsb.on.ca by the start of class.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Continue:
- Composition #2 (Melody and Variations) for sharing on Friday Feb 20

Late Work:
- Listening Portfolio #1
- Composition #1
- Reading Response #1

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: Melody and Variations Assignment
- You will take a given melody of 8-12 bars from the choices given to you
- Using Garage Band, you will write at least THREE VARIATIONS on the given melody

- 1st year: 8-12 bars per variation
- Remind yourself of some of the techniques: 
  • changing registers
  • changing instrumentation
  • adding parts or notes
  • changing key
  • diminuition
  • augmentation
  • inversion
  • retrograde
  • changing rhythm
  • changing harmony
WHERE TO FIND THE MELODIES:
- open the Desktop 1013 Folder - open 1013- Stu Share folder  - open folder called SIMMONS AMM
- there are 3 melodies there: "Twinkle", "Simple Gifts" and "Childhood Hymn"
- pick the one you like best!

WHERE TO FIND EXAMPLES OF VARIATIONS:
- visit Youtube.com and find the user name "leasidesimmons" - that's me
- find the PLAYLIST called "Melody Variations"
- check out the different versions that these composers have written using these melodies

YOUR MELODY AND VARIATIONS WILL BE PLAYED FOR THE CLASS on FRIDAY SEPT 20.

SECOND YEAR: World Music Variation Assignment

Pick a culture from outside North America. Write a piece using influences of that culture, at least 32 bars long. One idea would be take a melody you already know, and transplant it using the styles and influences of another culture.

YOUR PIECE WILL BE PLAYED FOR THE CLASS on FRIDAY FEB 20.
GRADE 11 (FIRST YEAR STUDENTS)
 
Go through the following websites:
And for find for midway through today's class a piece that you think has a great tune that you might wish to use in your next composition.

GRADE 12 (SECOND YEAR STUDENTS)

 Go through the following websites:
And decide for tomorrow which culture interests you the most and which you might wish to use in your next composition.

Reminders:
- email Listening Portfolio to lauren.simmons@tdsb.on.ca by the end of class today.