Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review Material for Music History

Medieval Era
- Thinkquest website

Renaissance
- Thinkquest website
- listening: Ancient Greece to Renaissance

Baroque
- Thinkquest website
- listening: Baroque part 1, Baroque part 2, Baroque part 3

Classical
- Thinkquest website
- listening: Classical, Mozart, Beethoven

Romantic
- Thinkquest website
- listening: Romantic part 1, Romantic part 2, Romantic part 3, Romantic part 4

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What to Study for Theory and Ear Training

- identifying key signatures
- Italian terms (cresc, decres, rit, accel, p, mp, mf, f etc)
- repeat signs and barlines
- time signatures
- syncopation
- chord identification
- rhythmic dictation


Monday, January 13, 2014

EXAM OUTLINE - SECOND YEAR STUDENTS


PART A: Ear Training /10
- listening and identifying chords
- rhythmic dictation

PART B: Music Analysis /10
- listening to two pieces of music and analysing features to determine what era they are from

PART C: Music History Essay /50
- full five paragraph essay addressing a question related to music, history, society and/or technology

EXAM OUTLINE - FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

PART A: Ear Training /10
- listening and identifying chords
- rhythmic dictation

PART B: Theory /15
- identifying Key Signatures
- looking at a given piece of music and analysing musical terms

PART C: Music Analysis /10
- listening to two pieces of music and analysing features to determine what era they are from

PART D: Music History /15
- paragraph answer comparing two eras, using facts from learning to support your answer

PART E: Reflection /20
- essay answer addressing a personal opinion on a topic related to music, society and technology

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Culminating Timelines - reminder

Wednesday Jan 8 - email Works Cited to Ms. Simmons

Thursday Jan 9 - Composition Check-in

Friday Jan 10 - Factsheet Handouts to Ms. Simmons

Monday Jan 13 - Factsheet and Works Cited due, Presentations begin

Tuesday Jan 14, Wednesday Jan 15 - Presentations continue

Thursday Jan 16, Friday Jan 17 - Exam Review

Monday Jan 20, Tuesday Jan 21 - Sharing Compositions

Wednesday Jan 23 - In-class Exam

Monday, December 16, 2013

We are now making the transition from term work to Culminating Activities.

At some point this week everyone should finish the following:

- Reading Response #1-5

- Listening Portfolio #1-5

- All composition projects (recently: Tone Poems, Historical Compositions and 4 part progressions)

Ms. Simmons will be handing out your Culminating Activity assignments and a plan for the next four weeks. Looking forward to seeing the fruition of your learning this semester!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Listening Portfolio #5: ROMANTIC ERA and 20th CENTURY  (the last one)

We are going to listen to pieces that cover the major features of these important eras. Your job:

Pick 3 (THREE) of the following pieces and 1 (ONE) of your choice.

Listen to them. For the pieces below, visit http://tdsb.naxosmusiclibrary.com/ (see Ms. Simmons for password) or find a version on YouTube.

Write a paragraph (150-200 words) response to EACH piece. 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?
  • dynamics - loud, soft?
  • timbre - the instruments used?
  • other comments on the feel, mood or affect of the piece

Playlist #5: ROMANTIC ERA and 20th CENTURY

Pick one of these:
1. Wagner - "Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walkure
2. Rachmaninov - any of his piano pieces - watch this version
3. Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Theme

Pick one of these:
4. Scuhmann - "Ich grolle nicht"
5. Bizet - "Toreador" from Carmen
6. Paganini - any of his Caprices - watch this version

Pick one of these:
7. Debussy - "Claire de Lune"
8. Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire (get ready to be spooked out)
 9. Bartok - Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta

Plus one of your own choice from the Romantic era.

Due emailed to Ms. Simmons by Monday Dec 16.