Portfolio Projects in TPA Music Classes

Each student in TPA fine arts classes participates in a portfolio project.  A portfolio is a representative selection of each student’s work.

In the performing arts, we document each student’s achievement by making video recordings.  In music, the videos are performances by the student on the instrument being studied.  In 7th and 8th grades, this is the recorder.  In my classes, we enter 4 “archives” (submissions) in each student’s portfolio:

  1. A solo performance recorded on video, early in the semester.
  2. Another solo performance recorded on video, later in the semester.
  3. The public concert in which all students participate.  This year it is on March 3.
  4. A written reflection, submitted at the time of the final exam, of the student’s own assessment of what he or she has learned this semester that is of value.

The portfolios constitute the qualitative, formative and cumulative assessments of the student’s progress.  The quantitative cumulative assessment of the student’s progress is a comparison of the student’s performance on the written pretest and post-test.  Other formative assessments include frequent quizzes, tests, homework, and in-class work.

Regional Choir Audition Results!

This year, nine of our number auditioned for Regional Choir and four of us made it!

The auditions were Saturday at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale. They consisted of singing a solo for a judge and sight singing three single-line and one SATB selection for another judge.  Hundreds of students from our region, including high school students from Chandler, Westview, Basha, McClintock, and Dobson to name a few, competed for spots in the choir.

Here are the superstars who made it into choir:

  • Nasrynn, soprano
  • Tiffanie, soprano
  • Christopher, tenor
  • Nate, bass

While I’m not allowed to publish the ranking yet, I’ll say that Christopher and Nasrynn ranked very high in their sections!

Also auditioning were Catherine, Gyllian, Miriam, Marisa, and Chesca, sopranos.

The concert, to which the public is invited, will be on the afternoon of Saturday, February 21 at McClintock High School, only about 1 mile from TPA!  It always is an awesome performance.

Congratulations to all!

P.S. Josephine (first violin) and Connor (bass) made it into regional orchestra!

Cantamus Valentine’s Gift to (and from) GCU?

Dr. Baum asked me today if Cantamus is available to sing the National anthem at Grand Canyon University’s basketball game on February 14, Valentine’s day. I don’t know the time yet.

This sounds like a great opportunity, since we will also receive some inexpensive tickets, which we can use as a fundraiser. Plus, it will give us great exposure and present you with the opportunity to perform for hundreds of people!

I presume the game will be in the afternoon or evening.

Tomorrow, I will ask for a tally of people who definitely will not be available on February 14 in afternoon or evening.

This is a great opportunity for us, so I hope we can do it.

La Vita Gala Nets $3,360!

Thanks to the hard work of our Cantamus singers and parents, to the generosity of our donors, and to the expert guidance of Mrs. Shea-Piechaczek, our fund raising event, “La Vita d’Amore” netted $3,360.00, the largest amount ever!  The funds support TPA’s Performing Arts.

Cantamus singers who participated in the event qualify for a discounted price for the Spring trip to the Advanced Vocal Workshop in the Disney recording studio in Anaheim.

The trip is April 24-26.  I will be setting the price within the next two weeks.


Concert for Review Sunday!

Students in 7th and 8th Grade music classes will want to consider reviewing a concert performed on Sunday. This one includes ballerinas! 

Peter Wiley performs with his ballerina daughter, Dona.  I am told it will be spectacular.  Wiley is the cello professor at Curtis and was a member of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Guarneri Quartet. They will be joined by Nikki Chooi, 2013 winner of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, and ballerina Claire Mazza, a soloist with the Connecticut Ballet.

The performance is on Sunday January 11th at 2:30 in the Tempe Center for the Arts Theater.

Students, their families, and all associates of Tempe Preparatory Academy are eligible to receive specially priced tickets for this event: $5 for all students, their families and all associates of Tempe Prep.  Tickets can be purchased through online below using the code: Great Schools or by calling the box office on 480-350-2822. Plan to come 15 to 30 minutes before the program begins as this is open seating in the Theater. There is an option to print the tickets at home, which is a good idea.

Also, and this is very important, there will be cake for all after the performance! It will be an opportunity for students to meet the artists and visit with their friends. Impresario and cellist Catherine Hayden hopes “these young concert goers will find chamber music fun and want to support music all their lives.”

Find the concert review form on the Music Class Downloads page.

Cantamus Begins!

Or maybe, Cantamus returns! 

Thank you to the 17 Cantamus singers who remembered that rehearsals began this morning, 7-8am.  We worked a good deal of solfège, dusted off some cobwebs on “Ma Navu,” and talked a bit about plans for the semester.

Welcome to new member Grace, sister of Nico, who auditioned successfully for Cantamus, singing S2.

We will begin in earnest with our three new pieces that I wish to attempt this semester:

  • Jubilate, by Mozart
  • And the Night Shall Be Filled with Music, by Greg Gilpin
  • Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, by Brahms, one of the most transcendently  beautiful pieces of choral art in the literature

These are huge pieces and we may not be able to learn them all — but then again we might!

If you know someone who wants to audition for Cantamus, please let him or her know that time will soon run out for them to do it.

Rehearsals continue every Tuesday and Thursday, 7-8am in Zelman.  WolfeGang Bucks are awarded to students who help set up before 7:00 am.

Welcome 7th and 8th Grade!

Welcome, 7th and 8th grade TPA students and parents to music class!  I am excited to have the opportunity to work with you to create some beautiful music together!

This blog site includes:

  • A list of concerts suitable for review (not yet available)
  • The concert review form
  • The course description
  • Audio files to help you learn your recorder music
  • More!

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