Welcome and some concerts for review

Welcome to a new school year at TPA! Now that we’re in the rhythm of class meetings, homework assignments, quizzes and tests, I’m certainly enjoying working with my Juniors in music class.

Already Ms. Catherine Hayden, President of Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series, has contacted me with information about their wonderful series. When we hear one of these concerts in the museum at the Tempe Center for the Arts, we sit just a few feet from these amazing, world-class performers.

A reception follows each concert where everyone can meet the artists. Students pay $10 and an accompanying adult ticket price is $22.50 (normally $30) using the code “charterschool”.

Every concert in the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series is approved for concert review for TPA music classes.

Music is now a therapeutic Rx

My colleague, Mrs. Wilkison, found this article. Music is good for the mind and the body, including treatment for heart ailments, brain dysfunction, learning disabilities, depression, PTSD, and Alzheimers. Doctors are prescribing it!

Supporting research included studies at the Cardiovascular Society of Great Britain, McGill University, the Namm Foundation, UCLA, Journal Psychology of Music, and others. For more detail, please see the article.

Last-minute concert for review

For all you procrastinators, here’s a last-minute concert for you to review. I received the following message from Mrs. Marlyn Rey, former director of Cantamus and member of the choral ensemble “Cantilena.”

“The Arizona Cantilena Chorale will be performing this next weekend!  Come one, come all and spread the word to music lovers.  A cappella sacred, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, new work by Alan Petker directed by the composer himself. I hope you can come! “

The concerts are May 3, 4, and 5. Check the organization’s web site for more information.

Note: these performances are all of the same program, so only one can qualify for concert review.

Due date for both concert reviews (this concert qualifies for one): Friday, May 10, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Another concert for review


I was contacted by Arizona Community Church about a wonderful upcoming piano recital. Mr. Sam Rotman is scheduled to play an all-Beethoven program on March 17. Mr. Rotman received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.  While a student, he was the recipient of nine awards in the form of grants, scholarships, and prizes. Subsequently, he has been among the winners in five piano competitions, both in the United States and Europe. The most prestigious award was that of Laureate Winner in the 4th International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Austria.   He has performed concerts in over 60 countries.

This concert qualifies for review. Use the concert review form.

  • Sunday, March 17th, 6:00 PM
  • Arizona Community Church
  • 9325 S Rural RoadTempe, AZ 85284
  • Free admission. There will be a voluntary offering taken at the end of the concert.

Additional concert for review

Mrs. Marlynn Rey, former director of Bel Canto and Cantamus, contacted me about her group Cantilena. They are performing a choral concert on Thursday, March 7 that qualifies for review. They will be performing the pieces that they later will perform in Portugal.

Here is the information for this donation only concert:

  • Saturday, March 9th
  • Sun Valley Community Church – Tempe
  • 6101 S. River Dr., Tempe AZ 85283
  • 4pm

Donation only, no set price

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.