Thinking Musically



My book is “Thinking Musically” by Bonnie C. Wade is a very interesting book.  In music, the interpretation of musicality is just as important as learning the pitches and rhythms, which is why I chose this book. 

The book talks about different aspects of being musical in your expression and translation of music. I really enjoy being able to see how someone else processes a piece and interprets it based on their own understanding and experiences in life.

It asks questions and elaborates on all of the factors of musicality and even the outside factors such as the music makers, the listeners, time, rhythm, pitch, structure, and many more topics.  The chapter of the book that I am most excited to read is Chapter 4, “Thinking about Pitch.” It has so much information that can be translated into better singing, and I’m ready hear a different view on how certain aspects of music should sound.  

For a group, a choir especially, every director has challenges to face on how he or she wants her choir to sound (that is assuming they have the luxury of voices for that).  This book has such an interesting take that I enjoy reading and learning about the different aspects and being able to adapt some of those opinions into my own philosophy. 

This book is challenging and changing how I interpret how a piece should be expressed, and I’m really enjoying that!

Scavenger Hunt!

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1. The URL for my WIX page is : http://crossfusernt.wix.com/ethansfuturechoir

2. Here is a cool website that streams Broadway hits! the coolest part is that you can choose what Broadway music you want to listen to even by decade! http://v5player.slipstreamradio.com/#!/player/545c26804895c72ed35a130b/

3. Master FX is a cool app that is on sale right now.  It is a good effects processor for guitar, piano, voice or anything else. It would be something good to use if I needed to record a piece for a competition! This app would make it very easy to record, cut, and mix any recordings that my future choirs will have!

4. I have actually had my eye on a type of digital recorder for a while. I personally would love to own an Olympus recorder, but recently I like the new LS-100 model.  Olympus is known for making great quality recorders and it would be a worth while investment.  It has two ways to store the recordings, it has a 4 GB internal memory and it also has an optional 64 GB external memory.  It also has a voice activated recording ability so that even when I am away from it, I can set it to record. It has inputs for direct or condenser mics to be attached to help increase the recording quality.  I personally own a Mac computer and would use GarageBand to cut and mix any songs that I might need to!

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TIMELINES!

Using timelines in a music classroom can be very beneficial when teaching about many things.  As a teacher, it would be easy to simply map the progression of a style of music or a simple history of music, so that a student in a general music class can easily follow along without having to worry about where things happen in time.  It can also benefit the students by allowing them to remember things chronologically, so that they can understand how things happened, and what caused them to happen.

Two great online timeline creators are Capzles and Timetoast, and even though one might think that they do the same thing, they actually are very different.  I’ve noticed that in Timetoast, that it is very good about having a general overview of the different points in time by having many dots that, when you place your mouse over them, they will give you information.Timetoast

You can add photos to the timeline to help describe that moment in time, but as far as I have seen you can only add one.  Timetoast also comes with two separate views to see the timeline and the information in it, the timeline view and the list view.  Personally I enjoyed the list view more because it gave all of the information in one sitting, rather than having to wait and move your mouse over each section.  Timetoast can help both students who are visual learners and informative learners by having two separate views. The only downside to Timetoast is that it is not a free service.

Capzles is a completely different monster entirely.  This is a very descriptive and vivid timeline that uses music, photos, and videos.  This website also has an iPhone app that you can use as well as an online website!

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Capzles would be very good to use if you are overviewing a country or a trip that involves a lot of first hand experience or photos.  The Capzles creator flows seamlessly from one point in time to the other, although I have only found one simple view.  It does however still have a place for information to be added next to the photos, and you can also download the photos and use the information from the timeline.  Capzles and Timetoast both are very good and both have many already created timelines to browse through.

The use of both Capzles and Timetoast would be beneficial in my future classroom.  In my opinion it would depend on the subject or the part of music that I would be teaching over.  In more of a history setting where there is a larger amount of information I would probably use Timetoast, but if I were to be using different scores or maybe comparing writing styles of composers where I could have more media I may use Capzles.  In the end though, they are both very useful and easy to create with.

Here are the two timelines that I used as examples in my review:

http://www.capzles.com/#/6cc6e8ce-34e7-46c9-acef-d29e9236d28c/

http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/kodaly-zoltan-zenepedagogiai-munkassaga

My brief timeline of Broadway:

https://www.timetoast.com/timelines/956041

Looping is Fun!!

Today in Music Technology, Dr. Barber introduced us to the app “LoopyHD.”  It could be used to teach how to correctly sing a canon!  It could be very useful in the Elementary Classroom to teach them how to sing about the canon. It is something students are able to do themselves, and they would be able to explore the way to be musical even outside of the classroom.  Looping is also a good way to put together a simple accompaniment for a small ensemble.  It can excite a crowd and make you seem more knowledgeable about music, even if you aren’t!

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NoteFlight is Cool!

NoteFlight is a very useful tool in the classroom, and also in teaching in general.  The piece that I am embedding into the blog post is a simple warm up that was shown to me by my voice teacher, Dr. Jon Clements.  Ornamentation can easily be added to spice up the warm up so that students will not get bored.

Using NoteFlight in class can be very useful because it can allow me to notate a more difficult or extensive warm up, so that students can easily read it, and learn it much faster than by ear alone.  I could also have students notate music theory homework online or something so that it can eliminate the need for copied paper.

Bella Signore

NoteFlight – http://www.noteflight.com/embed/010b3ecdab0fa472dfb0963d487adfa7f242696d?scale=1

They Just Keep Moving the Line – Jazz

This modern, jazzy, Broadway style piece is sung by Megan Hilty from the NBC show “SMASH.”  The songs point of view is through the eyes of Marilyn Monroe, and explains how no matter the amount of success she acheives, it is never good enough to reach the finish line. The passion felt in the performance helps to incorporate dynamics even more.

They Just Keep Moving the Line

TaskStream Lesson Plan:

https://w.taskstream.com/Lesson/View/21E7EA9F95927DFE2635A827EC0B07A6