Saturday, December 13, 2014

RC3 & 4
Mid-term Theory Exam

Please refer to your journals for this information:

All key signatures and relative minors


  • Major and minor 2nds and 3rds. 
  • You should be able to identify the intervals visually and aurally. 

Piano Mid-Term Exam

  • You will be asked to show C position for both hands
  • You may play "Rock Along" or "Mexican Hat Dance"
  • You will be asked questions concerning C position fingering and the grand staff

  • You will be assessed according to your progress and performance of the individual repertoire you received at the beginning of the semester. If we've previously decided  on a "cut" of your piece, that will be acceptable. 
  • Please be prepared to play on the recital
Aphids playing out of "Alfred":
  • You may play your most recent assignment.  Make sure that it is performance ready. You will not play on the recital. You will play for me.

Piano Mid Term Exam

  • You will be assessed according to your progress and performance of the individual repertoire you received at the beginning of the semester. 
  • If you are accompanying someone, you should be practicing with your vocalist. You will be assessed according to your ability to accompany - (to go along with the singer) 
  • Please be prepared to play on the recital. 
  • Participants in the recital are guaranteed the maximum points, but if you are not prepared, you will not play on the recital and will be graded according to your progress. 
  •  Is it impossible to receive the maximum points unless you perform on the recital.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen:

If you'd like to practice intervals, you can download the free app "playing by ear" and/or go to 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Congratulations to our 76 All-State Choir finalists!!!!

VC Beg. and RC 3 and 4 - Your essential questions for the week are:
What are intervals?
What is melody?
What are melodic intervals?

RC 3&4 - Please continue to practice notating M2, m2, M3 and m3rds.  We just might complete P4ths this week.  Look forward to a quiz on Friday.

Chamber - Please make progress on your ind. rep.  Time is short.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

VC Beginners - Please continue to practice over the break.  Everyone should understand the Grand Staff and be playing with both hands.   Most have begun or completed "Mexican Hat Dance".

Thank you for your thoughts on your comparison between to two versions of "Love Me Tender".  I enjoyed reading them very much.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

WOW!!! Our new Piano Lab is now open before school.  Please come in and play!

VC - We've just completed "Aura Lee" and most groups are testing on it this week. We talked about "Aura Lee", the folk song, and how Elvis Presley had a big hit with the same melody called, "Love Me Tender".  This relates to one of our standards for the week.

MHSIP.9a:  Understanding music and culture.

Please check out these 2 recordings of "Love Me Tender" and write one or two paragraphs comparing and contrasting these two recordings, including the rendition you just played on piano. You may include other familiar melodies that have stood the test of time and have been revived by a new generation.

Elvis Presley

Nora Jones

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

Be able to perform your All-State solos, scales and sight-reading skills starting tomorrow.

You should expect to perform one or a combination of these skills until the All-State audition.
You might be called upon at any time during your class period.
Ladies and Gentlemen

The Piano Lab will be open tomorrow!!!
Our piano class schedule will resume.

Our new pianos are similar to the previous instruments, so you may help yourselves experimenting.
PLEASE do not touch the computers or the keyboards until you are trained to do so.
Our introduction to the computers will happen in the next two weeks.
We've got to get back on our piano schedule.  The sooner you show that you're on track, the sooner we can get to the computers.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

We will begin screenings for Showcase auditions tomorrow, which is Wednesday 10/29.
They will continue through Thursday and Friday along with the after school auditions.

VC, RC3 & RC4:  Be prepared to perform during the day starting tomorrow.  If you are called on and are not prepared you will not be able to audition.

The Piano Lab is closed for renovation.  We will be open by the middle of next week..hopefully.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

Please continue practicing your individual repertoire.

The Piano Lab is closed as we prepare for our brand new piano and computer lab.
We will be open the 1st  week of November.

There are error detection exercises on this site.

Friday, October 17, 2014

VC Assignment


You are expected to write a one-page paper answering the following question: 
"Why is self-control important in a choral class?"

All members of the class are expected to write this paper. It is due to Dr. Woolf or myself at the START of class (8:20) on Monday. This includes minors since you are a part of VC. Consider this blog post your notification.

You are expected to hold each other accountable for this assignment. If you are concerned that one or some of your classmates might not complete this assignment I would encourage you to get in touch with them over the weekend to remind them. 

If we do not receive papers from 100% of you by the START of class on Monday we will reconsider you performing on the fall concert. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Congratulations Company!!!!
I saw the show Friday and Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed both.

Seniors who have screenings scheduled with me for Monday:

  • Bring your book
  • Have your cuts and any other directions clearly marked in your music
  • Music should be double sided and legible
  • page protectors
  • Please be prepared.  

VC, RC3 & 4 - please continue to practice your vocal scales.  If you don't have a piano piano at home... 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

The Piano Lab is open for your convenience before and after school daily.  Please feel free to come in and practice with ear phones.

VC: All beginning groups should be prepared to perform "Ode to Joy" for the week of 10/13.
        Jessica Crowe played it with her eyes closed this morning.  Maybe you should try it.

Aphids:  I'm still in the process of checking you off.  We will finish in your session during the week of 10/13.

Chamber:  Please continue to practice your individual rep.  Think about this:
                  EQ:  What are the next steps or strategies for progression on your individual rep?

RC3 and 4:  Please practice sight-reading using our count-singing method and then the sight-singing syllables.  Please practice error detection and audiation.  You will have a pop quiz one day during the week of 10/13 on error detection and audition.
Here are some sites that offer exercises for these skills.

Monday, October 6, 2014

All Classes:

I'm so proud of your answers to today's essential question, "Why do you sing?"  Thanks so much for sharing in class and I look forward to reading your responses.

VC Beginners:  Please practice "Ode to Joy".  We will discuss the piece in class.
Here's the "Ode to Joy" flash mob again just in case you missed it.  During your session this week I will be asking:  "What have you learned about "Ode to Joy"?

Aphids:  You have a check-off performance test this week.

RC3&4:  Think about this:  What you're listening for during audiation?  We will practice various exercises this week.
RC3:  Keep practicing writing key signatures.

Go here to practice error detection.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CC - Everyone should have repertoire now.  If you don't, you should see me immediately.

RC3 - The relative minor test "re-take" quiz was Thursday afternoon.  I will give again Monday, 10/6 at 4:30.

VC - Katydids, Dragonflies, Cicadas, Bumblebees - We will learn and play "Ode to Joy"  next week.
Enjoy this flash mob of "Ode to Joy"

RC3 & 4 - Please tune up your chromatic scales.  I will be listening to them the week of 10/6.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

VC Beginners:  Please memorize the keyboard and letter names for your next session.

RC3:  Great job on the relative minors test.  Those of you who didn't make the score you wanted should see me immediately for tutoring.

RC 4:  I enjoyed your relay race today.  "Scout's Pants"  beat the "Winners, ironically. It was just a game and I look forward to seeing your progress Friday during the quiz!

Remember to keep practicing your vocal scales.  If you don't have a piano, you may use this.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

VC:  Piano finally begins this week!!!
Advanced students:  Please bring your most recent repertoire.

18Voice - Congratulations!! All of you completed your scales by the due date.

Other members of Chamber:  If you are yet to complete your scales, this should be the first thing on your agenda.  I'm available for check-offs in the Piano Lab  before and after school.

RC 3 & 4:  We will complete relative minors and you will have a quiz this week.
RC 4:  Thanks for your help in the Piano Lab!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I'm so excited about our advanced piano group.  Thanks for sharing your lovely pieces with me yesterday.  I enjoyed them very much.  All piano groups will begin after the break.

I have Alfred piano books on sale for $5.00 each.  They are missing the cover, but the books are in tact.
You will have access to our new books in of charge.  This is an option, only if you'd like to buy one.

CC - 18 Voice has completed their major scales and cadences before the due date which is tomorrow 9/12.  You promised, and I'm holding you to it.  I'll see the rest of you in the morning!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

All classes:
I'm looking forward to hearing your performances of your art song this week.

Here are some helpful tips:

Know what you're singing about
Emphasize beginning and ending consonants
Pay special attention to dynamics
Hold notes for the entire duration, ex.  "amar" in "Sebben crudele"
Memorize breaths and perform them the same consistently
Record yourself and critique
Have someone video you singing and critique
Sing live in front of your family and/or friends
Practice walking confidently

Select students will perform in 5th period daily

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Congratulations to all of the National Anthem Sing-off Winners!!
I'll be looking forward to hearing your various renditions.

CC and RC
I'm also am looking forward to your completion of major scales (piano) this week.

VC: Be prepared to sing your major and minor scales along with your solo.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

VC will continue their National Anthem auditions during class along with learning the major and minor scales scales this week

CC & RC  - Your National Anthem auditions will occur during class on Wednesday.


Friday 8/29 during 5th period

The Piano Lab is open before and after school daily for your convenience.

If you can't make it to the lab, check this out.

11th and 12th 

ALL-State song "Sento nel core" by Scarlatti

Soprano I/Tenor I (scales on F)

Practice Track
Performance Track

Soprano II/Tenor II (scales on E-flat)

Practice Track
Performance Track

Alto I/Bass I (scales on D)

Practice Track
Performance Track

Alto II (scales on C)/Bass II (scales on B-flat)

Practice Track
Performance Track

11/12th Graders

Text & IPA for Sento Nel Core can be found here

Soprano I/Tenor I

Practice Track
Performance Track

Soprano II/Tenor II

Practice Track
Performance Track

Alto I/Bass I

Practice Track
Performance Track

Alto II/Bass II

Practice Track
Performance Track

Monday, August 18, 2014

Congratulations to all vocal choirs, including our fabulous soloists!!!

We will begin the National Anthem Sing-off this week!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen of VC

You will have a pop quiz tomorrow, Friday 8/8, over the vocal syllabus.  See Doc Woolf's blog for more information.

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Welcome to the CCCEPA's Vocal Department!!!
We're so glad to have you.  I hope you're looking forward to an exciting year.

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors,
Welcome Back!!!!

You're the largest vocal department in the history of CCCEPA.
Let's make it the best.

Piano classes will begin the week of 8/18.

The Piano Lab is open daily before and after school for your convenience

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

E. White

The Piano Lab is open daily before and after school for your convenience.

VC - Please review for for your piano jury - options for beginners are
"When the Saints go Marching In" (melody in the RH)
"When the Saints go Marching In" (melody int the LH)
"What Can I Share?

Carrots - We will decide what your piano jury will consist of when I see you.

Chamber and RC4 - you will choose 3 scales from a basket and perform them, including the cadence pattern.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Piano Lab is open for convenience before and after school daily.
We will begin piano again next week!  Please keep practicing on your own.

Beg - VC - work on your individual arrangements of "When the Saints Go Marching In".

Wrap up the piece you're working on.  The recital is coming up soon.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

The Piano Lab is open and available for your use before and after school daily.

We will resume piano classes this week.  Those of you that are on individual study are responsible for showing significant progress this week.  All scales are past due.

Snow Day assignment:  All IPA and translations for the Mozart Requiem (you are only responsible for the movements you sing, but don't forget to notate all parts (sop, alto, tenor, bass) if the text is different.
More information is at

Thursday, March 20, 2014

E. White

The Piano Lab is open for your convenience every day before and after school.  Please visit often.

VC - All piano groups will be assessed next week either on "Rockets", "What Can I Share?", or individual repertoire.  For students play individual repertoire (Carrots), I must recognize progress.
We will have a short piano recital tomorrow (Friday, 3/21) featuring Quintyra Wiggles, Caroline Game and Emma Dowdy.

Chamber  and Rep Choir 4 - Students who have yet to complete major scales are finally starting to make progress.  Please continue.  You should come in the mornings before school to finish checking them off.

Auditions for Mozart solos are Saturday, 3/22 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  I'm looking forward to hearing you.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Congratulations all All-State Choir Members!!
The concerts were wonderful and I hope you had a great experience.

Carrots - Please continue to practice and progress on your own.  I will hear you this week.  Be prepared.

Bananas, Kumquats and Apples:  I hope everyone has completed "Largo".

Please enjoy...

Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" - II (part 1)

 We are approaching "Mary Ann" and playing C and G7 in the RH.

Other classes:  scales?

The Piano Lab is open for your convenience everyday before and after school.

Friday, January 24, 2014

E. White

Congratulations 2014 All-State Members!!!

VC - Great job on your "Happy Song". Students that need to take that test again should see me immediately.  I'm available any morning before school. That includes the C and G7 chords depending upon your group.

Carrots - I'll see you next week for sure.  I'll need to see progress on your rep.

Chamber - I'm still waiting on you to finish your major scales.  You should check them off in the morning.  I'm here and available.  Please come in. :(

RC 3 - I'm so proud of your progress in music theory. I hope you're getting ready for diminished triads (next week).

RC4 - You're moving along with your scales, but I still need more students checking off more frequently.  I'd like everyone to have repertoire by the end of next week.