Sounds of Silence performed by Simon & Garfunkel 1964
WELCOME TO MUSIC 2021-2022!
I can't wait to share the joys of music with all of my students this year!
Please check out this teacher page for links to great learning materials, music games, resources, and videos about many styles and genres of music.
Instrument Guide for Beginners
Watch these members of the United State Army Field Band demonstrate instruments in the concert band - which one would you choose?
Benefits of Playing an Instrument
So have you heard that playing an instrument is good for your brain? No?!? Well then watch this video and find out the how playing an instrument benefits your brain and why you should get started playing an instrument SOON!
"Impossible is Possible" - Black Violin
Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
comprising two classically trained string instrumentalists, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B. Kev Marcus plays the violin, and Wil B. plays the viola.
Their genre is called Instrumental Hip Hop, although they also have vocals in some of their music. I hope you enjoy this new song, "Impossible is Possible."
"The Music Man" - Broadway Musical video
A Broadway Musical - set in 1912, a time when BANDS traveled the USA, entertaining folks in small towns and big cities. This funny musical is appropriate for all ages and has a positive rating on commonsensemedia: "Parents need to know that there's not much that's objectionable for kids in this classic musical The Music Man."
This information is copied from commonsensemedia:
WHAT'S THE STORY?
In THE MUSIC MAN, trouble comes to a small Iowa town when con man "Professor" Harold Hill (Robert Preston) arrives, posing as a salesman of band instruments and uniforms. Hill happens upon an old friend, Marcellus Washburn (Buddy Hackett), and is ready to run his favorite scam on the folks of River City. He plans to sell the town on the idea of a boys' band, with himself as leader, get them to order instruments and uniforms, then skip town with the money. But first he must convince the skeptical citizens, including reserved librarian and music teacher Marian (Shirley Jones), who lives with her widowed mother (Pert Kelton) and her shy little brother Winthrop (Ronny Howard). Hill is able to dazzle the town, even Marian. Despite evidence that he does not have the credentials he claims and her certainty that he is not what he pretends to be, she finds herself softening toward him and protecting him. Because of her, he stays too long, and he is arrested. But somehow, the boys force a few sounds out of the instruments, enough for their proud parents. And Harold stays on -- it turns out that all along, deep inside, what he really wanted was to lead a band.
Watch it with the family, either all in one sitting (just over 2 hours) or broken into smaller viewing sections. It's a treat!
I hope you enjoy this video!
Make Your Own Rainstick!
The Museum of Making Music invites you to create your own rain stick from materials you can find around the house: a cardboard tube, paper, aluminum foil, rice, lentils, pebbles, etc. This optional activity can be decorated and played - I'd love to see it when you are finished!
Can't Stop The Feeling - Dance Like Nobody's Watching
Can you imagine this happening to YOU? Music fills you full of Great Vibes & Good Feelings - and makes you want to groove & moo- oo- ve! I'd LOVE to meet The Piano Guys like this - how cool! Let music make YOU feel good and wanna move today!
Happy Together - Me and My Cello by The Piano Guys
Now HERE's some music to make YOU HAPPY! This fun Cello Cover by the Turtles has the power to make everyone SMILE & BE HAPPY!
This week, let's choose to be "Happy!" Try to create your own special dance for this song. There are two man parts to this song, the verse and the refrain. Create two unique sets of moves for each section! Teach your dance to your family! Let's be HAPPY!
"Don't Worry - Be Happy"
Sing Along with this relaxing song with the positive message: "Don't Worry - Be Happy"