Monday, September 10, 2018

D Major Sheet: Audio Files for Accompaniment


Beginning orchestra audio files for D Major scale pieces

After putting together the audio files for the Orchestra Expressions supplement, I thought this audio-file accompaniment would also benefit my second-year students, so I went ahead and typed up some Finale files to correspond with their first handout of the year (the D Major sheet).  For the rounds, I created a solo version with piano accompaniment and then a round version with all string sounds.  Some pieces were exported at different tempos (named either Andante, Moderato, or Allegro) to help students at different points in their learning.

Table of Contents to D Major Sheet: Audio Files (with links)

Enjoy!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Orchestra Expressions Supplement: Audio Files for Accompaniment


Orchestra Expressions supplement audio files accompaniment


To match up with the Orchestra Expressions supplement packet that I wrote, I whipped up some accompaniment parts on Finale and exported them as audio files.  I'm hoping that students will find these pieces more attractive to practice at home when they have a piano part to play along with.  Each track begins with the sound of a triangle to show the tempo and meter, and several give options for the tempo--either a slower practice tempo or one marked "fast!"

Enjoy!

Table of Contents to Orchestra Expressions Supplement Audio Files (with links)


Orchestra Expressions supplement audio files accompaniment

Orchestra Expressions supplement audio files accompaniment


Monday, August 27, 2018

Supplement: D Major Sheet


Hallelujah D Major supplement sheet music beginning orchestra


At the beginning of the year for second-year students, I like to start with this sheet of pieces in D Major for review.  We don't get to all the pieces together in class, but it's a nice supplement for those that want extra music at home.  The D Major scale is provided as a reference on the the top of the page.  "Hallelujah" is a round that we spend quite a bit of time on during the first weeks of school.  We spot the D Major scale hiding in the second line and work on the skips in the first line.  Eventually students will get an opportunity to lead their group for the round by standing in front of the orchestra, taking a breath to start off their group, and playing along.  Over the years, I've switched out pieces here and there, so I have a couple versions of this D Major sheet.

Contents of Version 1:
  • D Major scale
  • Hallelujah!
  • A Mountain View
  • Do, Re, Mi, Fa
  • Where is John?
  • Play from "For Children"
D Major Version 1 (Word document)
D Major Version 1 (PDF)

Contents of Version 2:
  • D Major scale
  • Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow
  • Hallelujah!
  • Do, Re, Mi, Fa
  • Where is John?
  • Play from "For Children"
D Major Version 2 (Word document)
D Major Version 2 (PDF)

Contents of Version 3 (also includes a version at the end with Alpha notation):
  • D Major Scale
  • Do, Re, Mi, Fa
  • A Mountain View
  • Gopala
  • Shortnin' Bread
  • Sea Shanty
  • Hallelujah!
D Major Version 3 (Word document)
D Major Version 3 (PDF)

 Enjoy!



D Major supplement sheet music beginning orchestra


D Major supplement sheet music beginning orchestra Alpha notation


Monday, August 13, 2018

Together We Will SCALE New Heights! Bulletin Board

Together we will SCALE new heights bulletin board elementary orchestra and music





With the new school year quickly approaching, I created a bulletin board that is welcoming, punny, and music-theory based: "Together we will SCALE new heights!"

I used the same color scheme for the solfege and scales that I use in the classroom, just on a smaller scale (2-inch squares for the letter names).  Thanks to my mom for letting me use her Cricut to cut out the letters, and then here are the key signatures and images of the hand symbols.  These are the three scales we focus on in beginning orchestra as well as the first scale learned in band.

Happy school year everyone!

Together we will SCALE new heights bulletin board elementary orchestra and music


Together we will SCALE new heights bulletin board elementary orchestra and music


Together we will SCALE new heights bulletin board elementary orchestra and music


Together we will SCALE new heights bulletin board elementary orchestra and music


Together we will SCALE new heights bulletin board elementary orchestra and music


Together we will SCALE new heights bulletin board elementary orchestra and music


Together we will SCALE new heights bulletin board elementary orchestra and music



Monday, April 9, 2018

Jupiter Arrangement


Jupiter elementary orchestra arrangement sheet music


My students are learning an arrangement of "Jupiter" from The Planets by Gustav Holst, but I wasn't pleased with several aspects of it, so I arranged it myself for the next time I teach this piece.  This arrangement includes just the hymn part of "Jupiter," no introduction, and violins/violas have the melody while the cellos/basses have the harmony.  It's transposed to G Major, so low second fingers are needed, as well as E string notes for the violin (I put viola down an octave in those spots).  There are a few slurs for the upper strings and a few hooked bowings for the lower strings.  I did switch the original dotted eighths/sixteenths to even eighth notes, made the harmony part all arco instead of pizz., then arco, and I added some bow lifts that would not be in the original melody just to help students who might need an extra spot to regroup in case they get lost.

Sheet music (all PDFs):
Audio (WAV files) to preview or for students to play along with to practice:
Selected YouTube links:

Enjoy!
Jupiter elementary orchestra arrangement sheet music
 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Books of Compositions

Book of orchestra student compositions

When my school started a section in the library dedicated to student writing, I made up two binders of student compositions from my first year of teaching up to the present.  Each time students write a new composition, I make sure to print an extra copy to add to the binder.  Now current (and future) orchestra members can check out what current (and past) students have written.

Book of orchestra student compositions


Book of orchestra student compositions


Book of orchestra student compositions

Friday, March 2, 2018

Women Wow the Music World! Bulletin Board



Women's history month music bulletin board female composers performers


March is Women's History Month, and this year I wanted to create a bulletin board highlighting female musicians throughout history.  Thanks to my mom for coming up with the title: "Women Wow the Music World!"(and for cutting out and mailing me the letters)!

As with some previous bulletin boards (see the post "Celebrate Music with these Great Americans!" for Black History Month), I printed out the "condensed" file, trimmed and laminated each half sheet, and then attached them to a folded piece of colored paper.  If you'd rather save some steps, just print out the "double sided" file, fold each page in half, and you're ready to staple them to the bulletin board!

For each musician, I included her name and picture on the front and then her name, dates, country, instrument, profession, genre, and one famous title when you lift up the flap.

Here are the 24 musicians included (feel free to add your own):

  • Martha Argerich
  • Amy Beach
  • Hildegard von Bingen
  • Nadia Boulanger
  • Regina Carter
  • C├ęcile Chaminade
  • Sarah Chang
  • Sandra Dackow
  • Jacqueline du Pre
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
  • Jennifer Higdon
  • Billie Holiday
  • Alma Schindler Mahler
  • Midori
  • Soon Hee Newbold
  • Florence Beatrice Price
  • Clara Schumann
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger
  • Anoushka Shankar
  • Bessie Smith
  • Esperanza Spalding
  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich


Women Wow the Music World!--heading


Names, pictures, and trivia (condensed)

Names, pictures, and trivia (print double sided)

Enjoy!

Women's history month music bulletin board female composers performers


Women's history month music bulletin board female composers performers


Women's history month music bulletin board female composers performers


Women's history month music bulletin board female composers performers


Women's history month music bulletin board female composers performers


Women's history month music bulletin board female composers performers


Women's history month music bulletin board female composers performers


Women's history month music bulletin board female composers performers


Women's history month music bulletin board female composers performers