is this it?

December 1, 2017
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louis armstrong

November 29, 2017
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instrumentation questions.

small group vs. large ensemble

what is an ensemble?  what is meant by small group (duet, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, octet, nonet…)  jazz combo, vocal group, SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE

one video viewing.

exchange half sheets and check your partners work.  -what do you see?  did they complete it?  were they specific?  how in depth did they go when they describe the video?

louis armstrong articles and videos…

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new unit! catching up

November 27, 2017
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  1.  passing out papers.
  2. while i am passing them out, ask your neighbor how their break was
  3. moving forward (4 weeks, january heads up…)
  4. rap music discussion highlights…
  5. jazz history pretest and discussion
  6. ukes?

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study guide

November 20, 2017
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please bring your notebook as well

Unit 3 assessment topics


Instrument ID


Gregorian Chant

Pope St. Gregory

Biblical Texts

Renaissance Characteristics?

Baroque Period


-many questions

Classical Period








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interesting read?

November 15, 2017
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maybe their teachers never engaged them so they felt they had to engage themselves?

ultimately, its up to the students to decide how deeply they want to engage.


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Music Quiz on monday

November 12, 2017
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This is for 3rd 6th and 7th: choose 13 out of the 15 to answer. 

1. Compare and contrast Handel, Mozart, and Beethoven through time. Complete your answer referencing significant works, historical context, and structural changes throughout their careers. Please use no more than 3 sentences. 

2. Don’t answer # 1. Define “oratorio.”

3. Oratorio was created in response to people losing interest in Italian _____________.

4. Who is the first composer I listed in google classroom?

5. What time period are we studying?

6. What are the years we are looking at according to google classroom?

7. “The Messiah” was created by ___________.

8. “The Messiah” took multiple references from which book of the Bible?

9. Where was Mozart born?

10. Describe Mozart’s childhood in 2 sentences. 

11. Describe the professional relationship between Mozart and Beethoven. Best answers include one specific reference. 

12. In your own words, can you describe an instance where your met someone you looked up to? Can you share 3 sentences about this. 

13. List 3 characteristics or qualities of the Classical Period. I can think of 6. 

14. What happened to Beethoven in his late 20’s?

15. Out of these 3 composers, which one do you feel most intrigued by and why? 3 sentences please. 

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Happy Holidays!

November 1, 2017
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October 20, 2017
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varsity band today

October 16, 2017
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parade information.  what to expect:

uniforms (jacket, pants, shoes) go home friday after school.   bring a plastic bag to put your shoes in.

  1. 20 minutes realistically from when we begin
  2. we will play all our tunes before as a warm-up.  no music.
  3. crazy in love.  lines.  cadences. we will have more space.
  4. van is drumline and sousaphones only.  all other cases can be stored there but not long term.
  5. we have many swag apparels coming in.  stay posted.
  6. thanks bridee!!
  7. anything else?
  8. 4:15 pm columbus and roosevelt.  (cart…) parade is 6-8 pm.  then leave.
  9. 1:15 pm lane tech parking lot sunday.  parade is 2-3 pm.  then leave.

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varsity band update…YES!!

October 12, 2017
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things that need to happen today:

  1. put away uniforms from samba shred fest
  2. someone help me later to get the rest of the gear out of the van.  please.  after school or during another period.
  3. if you need different pants come today after school!! karla, everett, anyone else?
  4. we are unable to get more white shoes by saturday.  if the pair i instructed you to wear is huge please bring extra socks.  that is the best we can do.
  5. for this saturday, arrive at 10 am.  game is at 12:15 and we should be done completely by 3 or 3:30.
  6. working on specifics of the game.  we are planning on making a tunnel for the players to enter in, we will be playing in the stands primarily.  if we are able to take the field it would not happen until after the game.
  7. majorettes and flags – we need to make sure our crazy in love routine can transfer to the parade.  we need to talk about this today in your groups.  also, majorettes need to brainstorm beyonce outfit ideas.  this is for the parade on the 21st.  there needs to be forward progress continually.  we cannot stop or move backwards.
  8. 21st: 4:15 pm columbus and roosevelt. done by 8 pm. 22nd 1:15 pm lane tech lot.  done by 3 pm.  we will meet at length about this monday.  then tuesday – friday we will practice outside in the parking lot.
  9. shirts! david.  today we are going to run all of the other material inside.

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