Reflection Question Online

Each semester I ask students to offer an assessment of their own sense of wonder and depth of inquiry by asking a reflection question:

“What have you learned that is of value in music class this semester?”

Full directions are available right now on Jupiter.  I encourage students to start writing the reflection question as soon as possible. 

The reflection question is heavily weighted and can make the difference of a half letter in the semester grade. 

To look at the prompt, students need to log into Jupiter, click on “Show More” on the To Do list for music class, and then click on the Reflection Question.

The assignment is due by 11:59pm December 17.  It will go offline at that time and I will accept no more responses. 

Arizona Pro Arte concert

Arizona Pro Arte contacted me with information about a concert that sounds interesting: “Meat and Potatoes of the German String Quartet,” featuring the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms.  For more information and tickets click here

This concert will be acceptable for review. 

Hallelujah chorus parts online

Students in both 10th and 11th grade are expecting to perform the magnificent “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah

To help you learn your part, go here to find your own part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) emphasized in audio recordings. 

The parts are on the Music Downloads tab. 

Cantilena Concert 9/29/18

I received the following message from Mrs. Marlynn Rey, former Cantamus director and member of Arizona Cantilena:

I wanted to make sure you know about the Arizona Cantilena Chorale … concert coming up on Sept. 29th in Scottsdale at the Taliesin West Pavilion.  This is going to be a magnificent concert featuring Paul Phoenix (former King Singer from the UK) in conjunction with the Chorale.  Dr. David Thye (principal conductor at Carnegie Hall for MidAmerica Productions, NY) is now our Cantilena director and has turned up the heat in terms of musical excellence for us. 

Performances are 5pm and 7pm.  Tickets are available through Eventbrite here

This concert, while not on the concert review agreement list, is acceptable for review. 

ASU Concert Discount Tickets

Because many of my students go to concerts at ASU, I want to pass on to you this notice about discounts.  Please recall that many of the ASU concerts do not have an admission price, although many of them do. 

Also remember: only concerts on the Concert Review Agreement are automatically approved for review.  Any concerts not on this list must receive advanced teacher approval.

Through Saturday, Sept. 15

Time is running out to save 25 percent on your season tickets! Select at least three performance dates and receive 25 percent off the total price when you purchase by Sept. 15. To receive the discount, tickets must be purchased through the Create Your Own Season ticket package at season.asu.edu.

 

Why concert reviews?

Occasionally I get questions from parents or students about our concert review requirement in music classes.  Why are students required to review concerts?  Why two?  Why college-level performers or above?  Why not recordings; why do they have to be live performances?  Why classical (art) music and not pop or folk music?  Why do we have to spend so much money to attend an expensive concert?

While we’ve refined some of these requirements (including introducing a form to complete rather than a two-page review to write), the basic requirement has remained the same for my entire 15-year tenure at TPA, including the three criteria for concerts that qualify for review. 

The 81 concerts on the Concert Review Agreement all meet the following criteria, qualifying them for review:

  1. Live
  2. Classical (art music, not jazz, pop, or folk)
  3. College-level performers or above

As regards the last question above, why do we have to spend so much money to attend an expensive concert, the answer is you don’t.  There are plenty of free concerts, but not at the end of the semester.  Be sure to plan ahead so you don’t get stuck choosing between going to an expensive concert or not meeting the requirement at all. 

For a rationale for the concert review requirement, click here

Some students tell me that the concert review requirement is one of their favorite parts of the class. 

Both concert reviews are due Friday, December 7, 2018 at 3pm.