Monday, August 14, 2017

Week of 8/14/17

Congrats on your first concert! And now...groups start. Here's the plan:

VC Theory: No groups yet. You will have a unit on the Star-Spangled Banner first, then groups next week.

RC3 Piano: We will spend a week brushing up on playing triads and starting pitch. That also means a little sight-singing practice, so get ready!

RC4, Chamber, and Phoenix Theory: Quick review for everyone on key signatures and intervals. If you need extra practice on either topic, please visit

Monday, July 31, 2017


Welcome!!! Please visit Dr. Woolf's blog for vocal information for the first two weeks of school.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


If you wanted more information on Native American music, here is the link to Sloan's presentation that we were unable to see due to technical difficulties:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Week of 5/15/17

Last full week of school!!! And it is a very full week. Please see Dr. Woolf's blog for a detailed schedule of who is doing what when. Here's the plan for my groups:

VC: Wednesday and Friday will be your theory review days for your final exam.

RC3: Piano finals Monday-Wednesday. My group of class project performers will perform on Wednesday.

RC4: Senior piano finals on Monday, Junior piano finals on Thursday.

CC Seniors: Mock placement test on Monday, research presentations on Wednesday.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Week of 5/8/17

Here's the plan for this week:

VC: continuing to review for finals.

RC3 & RC4: continuing to practice for your final. See last week's blog post for your rubric.

CC Seniors: continuing to review for placement exams. Your mock placement exam will be next Monday.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Week of 5/1/17

In all groups this week we will continue reviewing for finals. Here's the breakdown:

VC: We'll go over the topics on your final and do practice examples.

RC3 & RC4: You will have practice time and a progress check for your piece (performance final the week of 5/15-5/19). You may view the rubric on which you will be graded for your final here.

CC Seniors: You will either be reviewing theory for placement exams, or working on the theory research project. Pairs and trios of you will also spend some time prepping for 5th.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Week of 4/24

Now that concert week is over, it's time to get back into GROUPS!!!! Here's the plan.

VC Theory: We will have an intro to dictation and then spend some time reviewing for your final.

RC3 & RC4 Piano: Your piano final will be performing the piece of repertoire that you chose before the February break. You will have 6 class days to get it perfected before your in-class finals the week of 5/15. As you are ready, you will be allowed to work on your Garageband arrangement. Those students whose pieces are outstanding will have the opportunity to play for piano recitals in 5th period, also the week of 5/15.

Loewe Theory: This week we have a three day crash course over function of triads, 7th chords, and chord reduction and analysis. They will be extremely full days, so if you miss a day, please see me to receive the information and/or make up the classwork.

Looking ahead for Chamber--starting next week seniors will have your college prep unit. Those of you who are going into music or musical theater in college, please make sure that you bring a copy of your school's music theory placement exam. Those of you going into college for something other than music will have a final research project to wrap up your understanding of theory in "real world" music. More details to come in class.