Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Yesterday Blog

Your assignment is to listen to the three versions of "Yesterday" that are listed to the right.
As you listen, think about how the interpretations and arrangements are similar and how they are different.

In paragraph one, write about specific ways (instruments, dynamics, tempo, mood, etc.) that the three versions are similar and different.

In paragraph two, explain which version you like the best, and explain WHY you like it the best. Be specific in your reasoning of why you prefer one version over the rest.

25 pts. Paragraph one has 3 to 5 sentences that describe how the different arrangements are similar and different.
25 pts. Paragraph two has 3 to 5 sentences that explains clearly which version is liked, and there are clear reasons on why.
25 pts. By the way that you discuss the music, it is clear that you did listen to each entire video.
25 pts. You used excellent grammar and spelling in your comments.

Be sure to comment on this blog post by Monday, March 1st for full credit!

If you are not able to open the videos, here are the URL's:
Paul McCartney (the Beatles) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONXp-vpE9eU
Boyz II Men - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgtByWlBSdA
Michael Bolton - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAjqxnLlQN8

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mozart Blog

Hello Music Appreciators!

This week, you'll listen to just one video of an orchestra playing the music of Mozart.

Write a well-put together paragraph that describes the characterisitics that you hear and see to prove that this piece does fit in the Classical period. Refer to your Classical characteristics sheet as you answer. You should have at least 5 reasons for why the piece is a Classical one. Remember, all of the characteristics on the sheet might not fit for this piece, so listen to the entire piece and make sure you pick the ones that are most relevant.

25 points - You wrote a nice paragraph - at least 5 sentences
25 points - You used at least five characteristics to prove that this piece is a Classical piece.
25 points - You show that you understand all of the characteristics that you mention, and they are truly applicable to the piece in the video.
25 points - You used excellent grammar in your writing.

Please turn in by Monday, February 22 for full credit.

Here is the URL, if the video to the right is not working correctly:

-Mr. Ward

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Blog #6 - Keyboard Instruments

Hello class,
This week, you will be listen to THREE videos to the right.

Write one paragraph about each video. In each paragraph, describe the timbre of the instrument and the style of the music played in the video.

Here are some good timbre words:

light or heavy; dark or bright; breathy; punchy; clear; focussed or unfocussed; piercing; harsh; warm; mellow; resonant; flat; vibrato (do you hear it vibrating?) or no vibrato

20 pts. You wrote a blog!
20 pts. You described the timbre of all three instruments.
20 pts. You described the style of the music played.
20 pts. You used good grammar when writing.
20 pts. You wrote three paragraphs.

Please write and submit your post for this assignment by Monday, February 15 for full credit.

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

Monday, February 1, 2010

Blog #5 - Non-Traditional Rhythm Instruments

Hello class,

This week, you will watch just two videos you see to the right - another stomp video, and a video of the Blue Man Group.

As you listen, think about the rhythms that you hear and see. Use at least 5 of the words you see here. When you use them, make sure you show that you understand what the words mean.
Write 2 paragraphs (at least three sentences) - one about Stomp, and one about the Blue Man Group.

Make sure to comment on this blog by Monday, February 8 in order to receive full credit.

20 pts. You wrote a comment!
20 pts. You used correct grammar, punctuation, capital letters, etc.
20 pts. paragraph one about Stomp (at least 3 sentences)
20 pts. paragraph two about the Blue Man Group (at least 3 sentences)
20 pts. 5 of the above words were used correctly

If you cannot see the videos, here are the URL's
Stomp: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu15Ou-jKM0
Blue Man Group: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOL8-qIYemg

Evolution of Music

Background - Lecrae

Hansel and Gretel