Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Piano recital - Tues and Wed during 5th period

Piano Mid-term - Chamber is exempt

Piano Mid-term
VC - selected repertoire - 10 pts of written final

RC3 & RC4 refer to your journals for review
key signatures
relative minors
intervals P1 to P8, with the exception of tri-tones

Monday, December 7, 2015

RC3 & 4
I plan on completing the intervals, with the exception of the tri-tone.
Please go to Teoria.com for listening exercises and  identification.

It will be included on your final.

Piano??  We'll get as much done next week as we can before finals.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Welcome Back!!

VC- Congratulations to our piano recital participants. Let's get ready for the 5th period recital at the end of the semester.

For those who recently played "A Tisket, a Tasket" ...check this out. Compare these 2 versions.


Listen to more Ella singing with jazz great Mel Torme..just for fun
These two videos are about 20 yrs. apart


RC- Please look ahead to aural 4ths & 5ths. You can also begin 6ths and 7ths if you'd like.  I'd like to get moving.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Chamber - Everyone, except for students who have not completed their scales should have repertoire at this time.  If you haven't completed your scales, you may still work on them during class, but you will not be allowed to check them off.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Vocal GHP Candidates:      GOOD LUCK TONIGHT!!

VC:  Please look at harmonic and melodic 2nd and 3rds.

Chamber:  If you don't have repertoire by now, see ASAP.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen

We will resume all groups this week.  I hope you've done some work on your own.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Piano will resume after 'Hymnody of Earth".

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

Monday, October 19, 2015


For VC student playing "Largo".  Sorry, I forgot which one.
Ladies and Gentlemen of RC3 & 4:

Here is a link to very good site where you can practice interval training, both aural and visual identification.

You should practice M2, m2, M3 and m3.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

VC Beg. Pianist - I've posted your grades for the "Ode to Joy" flash mob and "Love Me Tender" writing assignment.  Please check Synergy.  Late work is still better than no work.

Everyone should be looking and practicing on the grand staff by now.

VC Adv. Pianist -  You should be preparing for a class recital this week

Chamber - I'm still waiting on a lot of you...

RC 3 & 4 - The majority of you did very well on the quiz last Friday. We're moving on to 3rds.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

VC - Beg.  If you haven't turned in the writing assignment, please do so immediately.  Late work is better than no work.

Monday, September 28, 2015

VC - for Beg. Pianist playing Ode to Joy:  Please watch the 1st video and write a short paragraph about what you observed.

VC -  for Beg. Pianist playing Aura Lee this week:  Please watch the following:  Write a short paragraph about the similarities and differences of these two performances.  Which one did you enjoy the best and why?

If you've completed Aural Lee, you may write about either of the videos.  Your choice.



VC- groups who are playing "Ode to Joy" this week.  Please watch


Tell me what you think at our next session.

Chamber Choir!  Congratulations on a stellar performance on NPR's "From The Top"!  Excellent Job!

Scales please... grades have been entered

RC - tutoring is available if needed.  It is needed for some...see me immediately

Friday, September 18, 2015

Congratulations Solo Festival Participants!!!

Please practice over the break.

Beg Pianist - C Position rh and lh
Adv - selected repertoire
Chamber - I hope major scales are completed
Phoenix - Minor Sharp scales should be complete - please begin work on the flats

I will enter grades over the break.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Chamber Choir Members:
Your major scales are due by the end of next week.
Please see me in the mornings if you can't complete the assignment during your group session.

Phoenix:  You're responsible for the sharp minor scales by the end of next week.

Monday, August 31, 2015


Please view this link and tell me what you think.  Consider it as you learn and play "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven.
We will discuss this in class.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen of RC 3&4:
Please review all major key signatures and observe the order in which they are notated.

Workshop Concert - Tuesday, 8/25
7:30 Earl Reese Theater

Dress Code for robe wear

white collar shirt
tie (dark color)
black pants
black socks
black dress shoes

what we should see
robe, leg, shoe
dress (follow school dress code)
dress shorts
flesh colored leg
closed toe black shoe (flat, or no more than 3 inch heel)
no earrings (any jewelry under robe is acceptable - necklace, bracelet, ring) 
hair accessory should be the same color as hair

*All members should look dressy under their robe

Sunday, August 16, 2015

We will begin groups this week in 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
VC will begin preparing for the National Anthem Sing-Off

Others:  If you intend to audition you should begin practicing now. The finals will be Friday during 5th block.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Workshop Concert - Friday, 8/14
7:30 Earl Reese Theater

Dress Code for robe wear

white collar shirt
tie (dark color)
black pants
black socks
black dress shoes

what we should see
robe, leg, shoe
dress (follow school dress code)
dress shorts
flesh colored leg
closed toe black shoe (flat, or no more than 3 inch heel)
no earrings (any jewelry under robe is acceptable - necklace, bracelet, ring) 
hair accessory should be the same color as hair

*All members should look dressy under their robe

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


I'm looking forward to a great year of making music with you.

Here is a link for your info forms.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

VC - Piano juries are Wed.,  5/6 and Thurs. , 5/7 
Please be able to play "What Can We Share?" and be prepared to answer any questions having to do with the piece.  Please ask for a copy if you don't have one.
Begonias - You should play your selected rep.

Chamber -  Piano juries are Friday, 5/8
You will play 2 scales and cadence  patterns.  You will choose the scales from a basket.
You may use your music.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chamber Ladies and Gentlemen:

Piano will be a part of your jury.  It will be worth 20 pts.  Please begin reviewing  scales and cadence patterns. You will choose 2 scales out of a basket and perform them for 10 pts each. They don't have to be memorized, but I won't provide paper copies. You should have your own.

VC - We will resume piano studies this week.  You've had a long vacation!!
We will discuss your piano jury requirements in groups.

Rep. Chorus - We will resume music theory this week.  Please check Synergy for missed tests.  Time is running out.

Vocal Students - Recital Credits are due!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Chamber students:  Please pick up your new piano repertoire. Everything should be copied and available.  I want you to have it before spring break.

RC 3&4:  We will complete primary chords this week.

Monday, March 23, 2015

VC - Tulips, Corcuses, Daffodils:  You should be prepared to play "Mary Ann" this week.  Last week we talked about "Largo" and Dvorak and listened to an excerpt from The New World Symphony.  We also discussed, "Going Home", Paul Robeson and Harry Burleigh.

Antonin Dvorak - New World Symphony ~Largo~ - YouTube

Going Home - Paul Robeson - YouTube

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen of VC

We will complete rotations tomorrow 3/4, before I go leave for All-State.  The Daffodils will get extra time in piano next week, because their group lost time trying to take the survey.

Chamber - I've enjoyed your arrangements very much.  We will listen to your creations in groups next week.

Have fun at All-State!!!!!!!  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Crocuses, Tulips and Daffodils - Please practice C and G7 chords.  Be prepared to show and tell me the differences between them during your session, which will be after the concert. (next week)
Chamber  - Please finalize your Garage Band arrangements so that you can share them next week.
RC 3&4 - Please continue practicing descending intervals.  I've posted several websites that have excellent practice tests and examples. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chamber piano -- You have done an excellent job with your arrangements on Garage Band.  Congratulations!!
I would like to have a little "listen and tell" after the LGPE Concert next Tuesday.  I'm very proud of you.

Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils -  Jingle Bells???? Hmmm...   Lets try harder to complete the assignment next time.  Some of you played very well.  Stay ahead of the game.  Come in before or after school to practice if you don't have a piano at a home.

Begonias - You must show progress during every check-off to get a "10".

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Daffodils, Tulips and Crocuses - Your "Jingle Bells" are due this week.  I'm looking forward to stellar performances. (I haven't heard many yet)

RC 3&4 - You will have a listening test this week on m2 - P8.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

VC - Daffodils, Tulips & Crocus - Please look at melodic 4ths and 5ths.
The EQ for the week is:  What are the differences between melodic 4ths an 5ths and harmonic 4ths and 5ths?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Crocus, Daffodils and Tulips - You played "A Tisket, A Tasket" last week.  Please watch the first 2 videos so that we can discuss them during your next session.  The other videos are for your entertainment.  After finding Ella Fitzgerald and Natalie Cole singing your piece, I started listening to more of Ella Fitzgerald scatting and I thought you might enjoy.

Ella Fitzgerald, "A Tisket, A Tasket"

Natalie Cole, "A Tisket, A Tasket"

Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme (jazz legends)  when they they were very young

Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme 20 years later

Young Ella Fitzgerald scatting "It Don't Mean a Thing" 

Monday, January 5, 2015


I hope everyone had a happy holiday season and I'm looking forward to a great 2nd semester.

Crocus/Tulips/Daffodils - we will continue where we left off last semester with intervals/melodic and harmonic ends 3rds.

Begonias - Those that were not able to perform n last semester's recital will perform for your class next Friday.  Practice.

Repertory Chorus - We will resume interval training.  Be prepared to move faster this semester.