Esperanza

January

1-19/1-22

Mr. Lewis

We are still working to memorize our lines and spaces of bass and treble clef to help with note recognition. Click the link and test yourself.

Mr. Waymon

This week, we will be starting our third quarter with another Sonic Meditation from composer Pauline Oliveros. Approach this activity with an open mind to get the most out of it. Perhaps you could try this with your family or other members of your household. Oliveros asks that these be done in a group, if possible. Happy learning!

Mr. Pacheco

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all enjoyed you break are ready to learn more this semester! For the first two weeks we will review a lot of what we talked about last semester. For starters we are going over notes on the treble and bass clef. This is important even if you read only one of the clefs. This will helps later in the semester when we talk about intervals, chords, and melodies.
Create your free account, if you haven’t already and view the tutorial. Once you have understood the tutorial pick what ever level you feel like you are at. (I recommend Pre A to get the feelings of the game. Thanks and have fun!

 

1-25/1-29

Mr. Lewis

Continue to work on memorizing lines and spaces from the previous week. Read the following document on tied notes and why they are used and how they compare to rhythms you already know.

Mr. Waymon

This week, we have a fun listening assignment! Below is a step by step process on how to complete the activity. Have fun with this activity, and have a great week!

Mr. Pacheco

We need to be experts at alto reading. We are going to be talking about intervals soon so we need to learn notes names. We will do all clefs. This includes; Treble, Bass, and Alto.

February

2-1/2-5

Mr. Lewis

While to many this chart may seem like common knowledge, I know there are several students (myself included at that age) who are struggling to break apart basic rhythms and see the bigger picture. Take a look at the following image and see if you can clap through all of the rhythmic formats on the chart. Don't be afraid to ask questions in class on rhythm or ask your instrumental teacher to clap out the rhythm of the music that you are playing.

Mr. Waymon

This week, we have another listening assignment, but this time with a turn to “popular” or “vernacular” music! Below is a step by step process on how to complete the activity. Have fun with this activity, and have a great week!

Mr. Pacheco

Black History Month! We talked about William Grant Still. As you know there are more than just white European composer. Here are some links on William Grant Still so you become familiar with Black American classical music.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/William-Grant-Still

https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200186213

 

2-8/2-12

Mr. Lewis

We are continuing on with rhythmic exercises from last week. Clap through the following patterns on your own and see what is easy and what is not. Remember to give yourself a steady mental pulse as you go through each rhythmic pattern.

Mr. Waymon

This week, we have another listening assignment, continuing with our turn to “popular” or “vernacular” music! Below is a step by step process on how to complete the activity. Have fun with this activity, and have a great week!

Mr. Pacheco

Black History Month! Since we did not meet due to weather. We were going to talk about Florence Price who is another Black American composer. Here are so links you can check out the impact she made.

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2020/10/28/florence-price-americas-lost-musical-genius

https://www.last.fm/music/Florence+Price/+wiki

 

2-15/2-19

Mr. Lewis

Check out the following game in the link below and test your knowledge on the lines and spaces of the bass and treble clef. Work on the clef that you play on and then work on the clef that you don't. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself and work on the Alto clef as well

Mr. Waymon

This week, I thought it would be fun to learn some conducting basics!Below is a link to the video where I teach these patterns.

Mr. Pacheco

Black History Month! Since we did not meet again due to weather we will continue our black composer list regardless. This week is Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. A long name I know!

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/22/arts/music/black-mozart-joseph-boulogne.html

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/periods-genres/film-tv/black-mozart-biopic-chevalier-de-saint-georges/

 

2-22/2-26

Mr. Lewis

Click on exercise number 4 titled "note name memory" and choose a level. The game consists of you matching a card with a note on it with the correct letter card. Be sure to try both the bass and treble clef and move up a level to get more of a challenge out of the game.

Mr. Waymon

This week, I would like the students to explore Chrome Music Labs.

Mr. Pacheco

Black History Month! WOW! Another week gone! Oh well. Hope you all stayed warm! This week’s musician is the famous LOUIS ARMSTRONG! You may have already heard of the name or his music!

https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/Louis-Armstrong/352783

https://kids.kiddle.co/Louis_Armstrong

September

9-8/9-11

Mr. Lewis

Choose your instrument's clef and challenge yourself! Click on the tab "lines and spaces"

Mr. Waymon

Answer these questions to get to know Mr. Waymon and your friends.

Mr. Pacheco

Powtoons is an awesome program that’ll transform you into a comic book type animation! Make a student account and then follow the instructions below:

I wanna get to know you and so will others! I want you to tell me your name, what school you go to, grade, instrument you play, what you love about El Sistema, favorite music, a BORING fact about you and what do YOU want to learn this semester. Have fun with it!

 

9-14/9-18

Mr. Lewis

Theory and Fundamentals review

Mr. Waymon

A creative listening lesson

Mr. Pacheco

Key signature flash cards

 

9-21/9-25

Mr. Lewis

Choose the clef that you play in test yourself on how well you know your lines and spaces!

Mr. Waymon

This week, we have another listening assignment designed to help you listen more broadly and become more aware of the sounds around you!

Mr. Pacheco

Play the note names and key signatures exercise.

 

9-28/10-2

Mr. Lewis

I've had the opportunity to work some vocal exercises as well as solfege with a lot of you and I would love for you to read this article on how singers and instrumentalists relate. I know singing can be a very vulnerable thing and I appreciate your willingness to participate. After reading the article, ask yourself how what you do as an instrumentalist relates to a singer?

Mr. Waymon

This week, we have a really interesting activity. The activity is to experience/participate in a portion of a composition by Pauline Oliveros called Sonic Meditations. This activity should challenge your conceptions of music and performance, revealing and questioning the inequities between audience and performer.

Mr. Pacheco

Play the note names and key signatures exercise.

 

October

10-5/10-9

Mr. Lewis

Mr. Waymon

This week, we are beginning a unit on score study. To start, I wanted to teach you some basic conducting patterns. Below is a link to the video where I teach these patterns.

Mr. Pacheco

 

10-26/10-30

Mr. Lewis

We have begun to do some basic work on singing and working with solfege "Do Re Mi" Click on the Link to work on your solfege and sight singing skills.

Mr. Waymon

This week, we are continuing our unit on score study. Studying a new score can be a daunting task. Luckily, I have a systematic approach to score study that makes any piece imminently learnable. This week, we will go through the first three steps, which involve learning the background information of the piece.

Mr. Pacheco

Sign up for a free account at Theta Music Trainer here: Sign up

Then do the section on scales at the link above.

 

November

11-2/11-6

Mr. Lewis

We are working on the basics of DO MI SOL with solfege and are working into SOL LA. Watch the video in the link and sing along as we work on getting these pitches and scale degrees into our memory.

Mr. Waymon

This week, we are continuing our unit on score study. Studying a new score can be a daunting task. Luckily, I have a systematic approach to score study that makes any piece imminently learnable. This week, we will go through steps four and five, which are the first steps where we get to really dig into the score.

Mr. Pacheco

Please read the Solfege section and practice the activities

 

11-9/11-13

Mr. Lewis

Sight singing an exercise is just as important as being able to sight read an exercise with your instrument. Read the description and give the first few exercises a try! Sing the pitches on "LA" and then use solfege as you sing through the exercises.

Mr. Waymon

This week, we are continuing our unit on score study. Studying a new score can be a daunting task. Luckily, I have a systematic approach to score study that makes any piece imminently learnable. This week, we will go through steps six and seven. In these steps we truly begin to analyze the music. Below is a step by step process to these activities. Happy learning!

Mr. Pacheco

 

11-16/11-20

Mr. Lewis

Mr. Waymon

Mr. Pacheco