Here are links to the two videos I showed in class today:
Enjoy! Share with your family. Tom Allen and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation have other videos of similar interest.
According to some sources, only 5% of Americans can read music. Others estimate it as high as 11%. Still, the decline of piano or other private instruction in music and budget cutbacks in schools mean that students and parents find it harder to get an education in the basics of music reading.
According to “The Tragic Decline of Music Literacy,” published in Intellectual Takeout, a smaller population of the people in our country are able to read and understand music now than just a few years ago. According to the author, who is the president of an investment-oriented firm, the decline in music literacy is responsible for the rise in popularity of lower quality (meaning less varied) popular music, which he claims has been proven scientifically. In other words, the author contends that the quality of popular music is declining along with the music literacy rate. (Thanks to Mr. Clay Sanderson for drawing my attention to this article.)
At Tempe Prep, we are determined to offer every student the opportunity to learn to read and understand music. In 6th grade, students are exposed to American folk songs from the colonial period onward. In 7th and 8th grades, students learn to play a musical instrument (the recorder) and also learn
- Playing by Ear
- Ensemble Performing
In High School, students learn to sight-sing and perform in a choir, as well as the basics of vocal technique, music theory such as the scales and modes and harmony, as well as some of the great choral literature in western music.
In each of the four, one-semester courses students are required to hear live, classical-music concerts at a professional or near-professional level. Each of our one-semester courses also includes a unit on “music appreciation,” listening to some of the great masterworks of western music.
Our hope is that every one of our students will leave TPA musically literate.
We’ve known for some time that music plays an important role in brain development. A new study indicates that it helps young children, even babies, learn to behave in pro-social ways, in other words taking actions that help others and benefit the group. Read the full article here. Continue reading “Music benefits youngsters, even babies”
Another stellar performance is available to our students for concert review.
The Jupiter Quartet won the Fischoff Grand Prize, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, received an Avery Fischer Career Grant and many other awards. They recently performed all the Beethoven Quartets at the Aspen Music Festival. The Jupiter plays in America, Europe, Asia, Canada and the Americas. Quartet in residence at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, they also hold visiting faculty residencies at Oberlin Conservatory.
For more information, please see Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series website. Mrs. Catherine Hayden, mother of a former TPA student and friend to TPA is the producer.
I received word from Mrs. Catherine Hayden, producer of the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series, about soprano Julia Bullock‘s performance on March 18, Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm in the Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts. (The link takes you to a 2-minute video of Ms. Bullock’s performance with the London Symphony.)
This concert of course meets the requirements for concert review in the music classes, as do all of the concerts in the Hayden’s Ferry series.
Ms. Bullock has won Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Naumberg International Vocal Auditions, Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award and many others.
A reminder that student tickets are $10 and accompanying adults pay the reduced season ticket price of $24 by quoting “Charter” when they buy their tickets at the TCA Box Office on 480-350-2822. As usual, there is a reception following to meet Julia and John.
Now, about our own tenor: congratulations to Eric Johnson for placing 8th chair in All State Choir! Your school is proud of you, Eric! The All State Choir performance is on April 21 at University of Arizona in Tucson and also meets the requirements for concert review for TPA’s music classes.
Parents of 7th and 8th grade music students, please complete the online permission slip in order to allow your student to participate in the required tech rehearsal at the Davidson Center across the street from TPA. Students who don’t have permission slips will not be allowed to participate in the rehearsal.
The form requires less than five minutes to complete.
The tech rehearsal is during morning school hours on Tuesday, March 20. It is required because during the rehearsal we determine where students will be standing and moving to perform for the concert that night. With between 60 and 70 7th or 8th graders on stage at one time, we need to practice!
Students wear their regular TPA uniforms for the tech rehearsal. Concert attire is required for the performance that night. For details, please see the TPA online calendar.
Research continues to demonstrate that exposure to music at an early age aids brain development.
This article, which Mrs. Wilkison brought to my attention, asserts that a child’s auditory systems develop faster with exposure to music. The brain’s auditory system is essential to reading skills, language development and successful communication.
At TPA, every student is required to learn a musical instrument and to experience music performance, as well as music theory.
I ran a series of blog posts on some of the benefits of arts (and particularly music) education. Access it here.
The list of concerts suitable for review by music class students is now available. There are nearly 100 of them, so enjoy choosing two!
Use the form provided here to review the concerts.
Each student in music class is required to review two concerts during the semester.
Due date for both reviews: Friday, May 11, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Find more information on the Music Downloads tab.
Friend of TPA and Haydn’s Ferry Chamber Music impresario Catherine Hayden wrote to me about a wonderful concert Sunday. Because it is after the deadline for submitting concert reviews, it may be used to review for no penalty if students’ parents request an extension.
Here’s what Mrs. Hayden said:
Please tell your students about Trio Combray playing a Proust-inspired program this Sunday, December 10th at the Tempe Center for the Arts at 2:30pm. First prize winner of the Dino Ciani Competition, pianist Jeffrey Swann formed the trio with internationally acclaimed cellist Jeffrey Solow and violinist Gregory Fulkerson, first prize winner of the International American Music Competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. Their program is inspired by music from Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. They will play:
- Ernest Adler’s Fantasy from “Lohengrin”
- Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano
- Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano
- Guillaume Lekeu’s Piano Trio in C minor
In keeping with the theme we will serve petite madeleines at the reception following the concert. Jeffrey Swann, a Proust scholar, will tell us how the music connects to the book. I do hope you and your students can join us for this beautiful and most interesting performance. For tickets, please call the TCA box office on 480-350-2822 or follow the link on the website below. Student tickets are $10 and accompanying adults and all school staff pay the subscription price of $24 by quoting “charter school.”
Thanks to the generosity of our families and patrons, the fall concert and dessert netted $6,834.07. Our goal was $6,000.
Special thanks to event chair Louise Wolfe, development director Christina Staring, Mr. and Mrs. Reed Stough, Tamra Gaylor, Jen Kartchner, Emily Campbell, Jen Hamilton, Cheryl Smith, and Venessa Colinares for their leadership and support for the event. Raffle leaders Wendy Darling and Lisa Schmoker helped to bring in the most raffle intake ever.
Our VIP table donors included Mrs. Lisa Borawski, Dr. Scott Evans, Mrs. Tamra Gaylor, Mr. Michael McQuaid, Mrs. Deborah Dendy, and Mrs. Rita Seto. Our Prime table donors were Mr. Reed Stough and Mr. Jason Rotner.
Counting the guests and performers, 333 people were present. Bel Canto, directed by Mrs. Marlynn Rey, Sinfonia, and Cantamus all performed separately. The new director of Cantamus, Mrs. Aimee Stewart, performed spectacularly. Cantamus, with over 50 singers joined Sinfonia, directed by Mrs. Lenore Wilkison, to perform “And the glory of the Lord” from Handel’s Messiah. Thanks to the generosity of our families and patrons, the fall concert and dessert netted $6,834.07. Our goal was $6,000. I estimate that approximately 93 non-parents were present at the event including extended relations, a faculty member and students, alumni, and members of the larger Tempe community.