Monday, August 24, 2009


Hello again,

This week, you will be listen to FOUR videos to the right. As you listen, you should think about how the timbre (the tone color) and pitch (highness/lowness) of the instruments are different. Which one creates the highest sounds? Which one creates the lowest sounds?

Write four sentences: One sentence about each instruments that describes how it is uniquely different than the other three.

You WILL be graded on your spelling, punctuation, and use of complete sentences. Each sentence will be worth 10 points for a total of 40 points.

Please write and submit your post for this assignment by Monday, January 18 for full credit.

In case you can't watch the videos to the left, here are the URL's for the videos:
French Horn:

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Welcome to Music Appreciation!

Hello Music Appreciation Students!

This blog will be used to communicate, to listen to musical examples, and to work on special homework assignments and projects over the course of the semester.

In music, a cadenza (Italian for cadence) is, generically, an improvised or written-out ornamental passage played or sung by a soloist or soloists, usually in a "free" rhythmic style, and often allowing for virtuosic display.(taken from Wikipedia)

View the two videos to the right and then leave a comment about the two different cadenzas. How do they differ? I will be assessing your response for accuracy, so be sure to listen to the entire cadenzas and write at least a few sentences that fully answer the question.

If they do not show up to your right (and there is a white square instead), click on the following links to view on YouTube:



To comment, just click on the link below that says "comments." Then make sure you sign your name by clicking "Name/URL" so that I know it is you leaving the comment.

Have a wonderful day!

- Mr. Ward

Evolution of Music

Background - Lecrae

Hansel and Gretel