Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Congratulations to everyone on completing your finals! Have a safe and restful break, and we'll see you in January!

Monday, December 15, 2014

CC Theory Final

CC: below is the list of things that you need to know for the theory questions that will be on your final. Refer to your journal notes and to previous blog posts (especially the ones on intervals and scales) for further review.

1. Error detection
2. Audiation
3. Aural intervals
4. Visual intervals
5. Major/minor vs. Perfect intervals
6. Key signatures--you will need to identify the key signature of an excerpt. Be sure to look at the last chord to determine whether it is Major or minor.
7. Scales--Majors and minors. Know the differences between natural, harmonic, and melodic forms. Also know parallel and relative minors in relation to Major.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

VC Study Guide

VC: for your quiz on Monday, you will need to be able to do the following:

1. Identify whole steps, half steps, and enharmonic spellings.

Ex: a. E to F#  b. C# to Db  c. B to C

2. Write whole steps, half steps, and enharmonic spellings.

Ex: a. what is a half step above G?  b. what is a whole step below C?  c. what is enharmonic to D#?

3. Write Major scales using the pattern WWHWWWH

Ex: a. write out the letters for the Major scale starting on D
      b. write out the letters for the Major scale starting on Eb

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1. a) whole step, b) enharmonic, c) half step
2. a) Ab or G#, b) Bb, c) Eb
3. a) D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#-D  b) Eb-F-G-Ab-Bb-C-D-Eb

CC Study for Intervals

CC: for extra practice before your quiz tomorrow, visit  Under "staff identification" you will find the link to interval identification. You can customize the clefs and the key signatures and find a pop-up piano to look at in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Monday, December 1, 2014

CC Intervals Worksheet

George and Ira, please remember to bring your completed interval worksheets to class tomorrow. We will go over them in class, and they will be graded.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CC Intervals Worksheet

CC: the worksheet on intervals that we started in class is due to me by Friday. If you were not there or need another worksheet for any other reason, you can find it here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

RC Scales

RC--your scales and cadences are due by Friday!!! After Friday you will not receive full credit for any remaining scales. I will be available both before and after school to hear scales.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Piano Lab!

We are excited to be starting classes in our new piano lab today! Please review the rules posted on the wall beside the door. We want to be able to get lots of use out of this great resource.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Announcements 10/27

Happy concert week, everyone!

VC: Due to the technological issues that some of you had with the online assignment, I am still accepting it. If you have been unable to access it, please see me for a few minutes after 5th period today and we will do it in person.

RC: Those of you who have not yet returned your piano performance rubrics, please do so asap.

Monday, October 20, 2014

VC Ear Training

VC: here is some audiation practice in preparation for your quiz on Friday. You will hear two musical examples and must identify whether there is a pitch difference, a rhythm difference, or no difference.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Piano Recital Grades

Congrats to all RC students who have completed their piano recitals! We've seen some excellent performances. RC4, we will finish your recitals on Monday. If you have already played, please e-mail me for the link to see your recital video. The self-assessment rubric is due back to me by this Friday, 10/24. You can find the rubrics here. Be sure to choose the correct rubric for your section.

Monday, October 13, 2014

RC Recital

Reminder: RC, your piano recital is THIS FRIDAY. The piano lab is open for extra practice before and after school.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Week 10/6-10/10 Announcements

VC: Your grades have been posted from the ear training quiz last week. After additional practice this week, on Friday you will have a chance to retake the quiz if you would like to improve your grade.

RC: Due to missing groups the first two days of this week, your progress check will be next Monday and Tuesday. I will expect for you to be able to play your piece (or excerpt) hands together with accurate notes and rhythms. We will continue to work on polishing your pieces in preparation for the recital on 10/17.

CC: Please be sure to return to me the theory worksheet that you did in your groups on Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RC Piano Rubrics

RC, this week we are continuing to work on repertoire in preparation for your upcoming performance. The rubrics that you will use to evaluate your performance (created based on our class discussions last week) can be found here. Please familiarize yourself with them. Note that the rubrics do vary a bit from section to section, so be sure that you are looking at the correct one. We will practice evaluation in class this week and next.

Monday, September 22, 2014

CC Theory Homework 9/22-9/27

Chamber Choir, write the below scales and turn in a hard copy or e-mail me a digital copy (notes on a staff, please, not just the letter names) by Friday. If you need staff paper, you can print it here. You may use whatever clef you choose.

1. Using accidentals, write a B-flat major scale.
2. Using accidentals, write the parallel natural minor to B-flat major.
3. Using a key signature, write an F# major scale.
4. Using a key signature, write the relative harmonic minor to F# major.
5. Using a key signature, write the parallel melodic minor to F# major.

RC Piano Practice Suggestions

Welcome back! RC, in preparation for your progress checks next week and upcoming performance, please look over the practice suggestions below. Some of this we covered in class, and some are other tips and tricks for successful practice. Don't forget that the piano lab is open before and after school for those who would like some extra practice time.

Scales and Cadences:
-it is usually a good idea to START with scales and cadences to get your fingers warmed up
-accuracy of notes and fingering and a steady tempo are more important than speed
-check to be sure that your fingers are curved and you are not holding over multiple notes

"Work Practice"--when you are first learning a piece
-one hand at a time
-work in small sections
-put the hands together in small sections
-COUNT and keep a steady tempo
-focus on notes and rhythm first, then add dynamics, articulation, pedal, etc.
-isolate difficult parts
-layer melody and accompaniment

"Performance Practice"--when you are polishing a piece
-focus on expression and musicality
-sing the melodic line first, and then play it
-be sure that the melody is at the forefront dynamically

One of the best ways to practice (especially when you are nearing a performance) is to run the whole piece without stopping, paying close attention to specific things that need improvement. Then, go back and work on just the parts that you want to improve. Finally, run the piece another time or two to make sure that you have achieved your goal.

Happy practicing!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CC Theory Minor Scales Quiz

Chamber: below are the steps for writing scales to study for your quiz over parallel vs. relative minors. Don't forget to return the quiz to me by Friday.

  • Step 1: Determine your starting pitch. Parallel = same note as major
  • Step 2: Write major scale (using accidentals).
  • Step 3: Alter the parallel major scale to match the minor form that you need.
  • Step 4: Substitute the key signature for accidentals if needed.
  • Step 1: Determine your starting pitch. Relative = 6th note of major.
  • Step 2: Determine the number of sharps or flats (same key signature as major).
  • Step 3: Write a natural minor scale (using either a key signature or accidentals).
  • Step 4: Alter the natural minor scale to match the minor form that you need.

Reminders: When using a key signature for a minor scale, you will still use accidentals for the raised 6th and 7ths in harmonic and melodic forms. Be sure that you differentiate between ascending and descending melodic scales with either natural/flat signs or a bar line.

Suggestions for more practice:
1. Write out the parallel natural minor scale to Ab major.
2. Write out the relative harmonic minor scale to A major.
3. Write out the parallel melodic minor scale to B major.
4. Write out the relative melodic minor scale to Eb major.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Piano Rep

RC 3 & 4: we will be choosing repertoire in piano class this week. If you have not yet played a piece for me, please come prepared to do so today and tomorrow.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


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