Saturday, January 24, 2015

CC Upcoming Test

Chamber Choir,

The week of Feb. 2nd we will have a unit test on triads in your theory groups. Please reference the study guide here. We will review this material in class this coming week and practice notating triads.

Your grades from the triad identification quiz last week will be in synergy by the end of the day on Monday. If you would like to improve your score, you may do the similar practice examples here and return them to me either in person or by e-mail NO LATER THAN Monday Feb. 2nd for a substitute grade.

If you feel that you need some extra help, please schedule a tutoring session with me. I am happy to meet with you before or after school, but you must arrange a time in advance.

Happy studying!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

VC Tutoring Session

VC: in preparation for your unit test next week, I will be offering a tutoring session at 7:30 on Thursday morning. You may also schedule individual help sessions, but I encourage you to come to the tutoring session if you need clarification.

Here are some practice examples, with the answers listed below. Don't forget to draw a piano to use along with your scale pattern: WWHWWWH. Remember, half steps are right next to each other on the piano (i.e.--C to Db, E to F), and whole steps are two half steps (i.e. F# to G#, Bb to C).

Write the following scales and then bracket the two tetrachords for each one.
1. C   2. G   3. D   4. A   5. E   6. B   7. Gb   8. C#   9. Ab   10. Eb   11. Bb   12. F

1. (CDEF) (GABC)
2. (GABC) (DEF#G)
3. (DEF#G) (ABC#D)
4. (ABC#D) (EF#G#A)
5. (EF#G#A) (BC#D#E)
6. (BC#D#E) (F#G#A#B)
7. (GbAbBbCb) (DbEbFGb)
8. (C#D#E#F#) (G#A#B#C#)
9. (AbBbCDb) (EbFGAb)
10. (EbFGAb) (BbCDEb)
11. (BbCDEb) (FGABb)
12. (FGABb) (CDEF)

Friday, January 16, 2015

CC Quiz Update

CC: we will take your quiz on TUESDAY and THURSDAY of next week, during your normal group times, so please review the material over the weekend. Refer to the previous blog post for details on what you need to know.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

VC and CC: Quizzes Tomorrow!

VC: You need to be able to write Major scales both in letters and on the staff. You also need to know the definition of a Major tetrachord: "a series of four notes with the pattern WWH; two tetrachords connected by a whole step make up a scale."

CC: You need to be able to find the quality (Maj./min./dim./Aug), inversion (root position/1st inversion/2nd inversion), and function (Roman Numerals) of any given triad.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

RC Tech Project Info

RC: Next Monday and Tuesday your proposal is due for your tech project. This should be a fairly detailed idea of what you would like to do, along with a specific song if you are doing an arrangement. Please refer to the guidelines below. Also, don't forget that we will begin scale pop quizzes next week.


1. You may choose to do either an arrangement (I must approve the piece) or an original composition.

2. You may choose to do either a notation project (Finale) or a recording project (Garageband)

--Notation projects must be 16-20 measures, clearly and efficiently notated
--Recording projects must be 1-3 minutes, containing a minimum of two tracks

For both notation and recording projects the use of other instruments (i.e. Garageband beat loops, an additional string part, etc.) is encouraged, but all projects MUST include piano.

3. Along with your project you will turn in a one page paper (1) explaining your musical choices AND (2) describing what you learned through the technical process.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Welcome Back!

I hope that you all had a happy and restful holiday season! Below is an overview of what we will be doing in groups this week.

VC Theory: We'll be picking up where we left off with the scale pattern. You will also start practicing writing your own pianos.

RC Piano: If you have finished scales and have not yet received new repertoire, we will get to that this week. You will also receive the guidelines for your technology projects.

CC Theory: We will pick back up with triads this week.