Here is the link to our Musicianship 3 blog for this week: Dotted Quarter Notes Video
We are studying one of the trickiest rhythms on the planet: The dotted quarter note followed by a single eighth. Please remember that you can NEVER do rhythm without feeling the beat, so make sure you are tapping the beat when you listen and when you figure out the rhythm.
This assignment will be due the week of October 6th.
Also, we need our guitarists and violinists to come into the classroom with their instruments tuned and ready to play "When the Train". We will be spending extra time on this song this week (of course, the pianists must be ready to play as well, but we won't be so strict about tuning your instruments ahead of time).
This week we will continue to work on the pitches So and Mi, focusing on how to write them on the staff. In addition, we will be preparing students ears for a new note and practicing the ta and tadi rhythms we learned earlier. If you have not already viewed and written out the homework video from last week, you may do so this week.
In addition, we will be focusing more on playing as an ensemble, so please be sure guitars and violins are in tune and ready to play at the start of class. Piano students are excused from tuning our pianos before they come in.
This week we will be focusing on finishing up our study of 16th note rhythms. Please take the time to watch this video and write out the rhythms on a blank sheet of paper.
We have our first ensemble piece: When the Train Comes Along, a beautiful old Southern spiritual. Please learn the appropriate guitar, piano, violin part along with the melody. If you are voice or percussion, please learn the melody along with the solfege.
This week in musicianship 2, we will be practicing the pentachord (do re mi fa so). Please watch the videos "Do re mi fa so aural," do re mi fa so reading" and "do re mi fa so writing." For the "do re mi fa so writing," please write your answers on staff paper and turn them in the week of September 29th.
Click here to view the videos.
Also, please continue to practice your guitar, violin, piano, voice or percussion part for "In the Hall of the Mountain King."