• Every week, we will begin class by listening to a great piece of music from many different styles. These listenings will begin our discussion and often introduce our lesson for the day. I encourage you to listen back and keep studying these selections on your own. I have listened to them all many times and still find new and interesting things to learn! Happy listening!

  • Week of March 9th:

     

    As we continue our Rock n Roll unit and study "The Boss,Bruce Springsteen, we'll listen to my very favorite song of his: Thunder Road!

  • Week of March 2nd:

    As we begin Rock n' Roll month, we'll listen to this classic; "Born to Run" by legendary New Jersey rock star, Bruce Springsteen!

  • Week of February 24th: 

     

    This performance of Owl City's "Fireflies" is by an A Capella chorus. A Capella means that all of the sounds you hear are made by voices, no other instruments are used. Even the drum beat sounds are created with their mouths. This is called 'beat boxing.'

  • Week of February 17th:

     

    One of the most recognizable Classical pieces, Beethoven's beautiful "Fur Elise." This is one of the pieces we will explore and study during our Classical unit in May!

  • Week of February 10th:

     

    This performance of "Change the World" by Rock legend, Eric Clapton is a great way to introduce our Rock n' Roll unit in March! In this video, you can easily find the six instruments of the Rock band that we will be studying. 

  • Week of February 3rd:

     

    We have recently explored the instruments of the percussion family. This video, featuring the timeless music from Super Mario Bros., contains several different percussion instruments, each with their own unique sound. 

  • Week of January 27th:

     

    This week we are concluding our instrument families unit with the Percussion Family. Percussion instruments can be played either by striking the instrument with sticks/ mallets, tapping with our hands, or shaking/ scraping. Enjoy this beautiful quartet performed by four marimbas! 

  • Week of January 20th:

     

    This week in class we are discussing the Woodwind Family of instruments. The woodwind family contains familiar instruments like the Clarinet, Saxophone, and the Flute. It also has lesser-known instruments like the Bassoon, Oboe, and English Horn. This song called Pamplona is performed by the Miami Saxophone Quartet. Notice how there are four different sizes of saxophones, each with a unique sound. From smallest to largest: Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, and my favorite, the Baritone Saxophone

  • Week of January 13th:

     

    In class, we have been studying of the four families of instruments. This week we will explore the different instruments of the Brass family. This quintet (five musicians), is made up of the most commonly seen brass instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, and French Horn.  They are performing the "Flight of the Bumblebee," a very fast and challenging piece of classical music

  • Week of January 2nd:

     

    Happy New Year!!! 

    Every New Year's Eve, the New York Classic Rock Radio Station, Q 104.3, creates a countdown of the 1,043 greatest Rock songs ever written. Though, #1 is always Stairway to Heaven, I chose this years 3rd place winner to be our listening. One of my all time favorites, Hey Jude, by The Beatles

  • Week of December 16th:

    The World-Famous Boston Pops Orchestra performs Leroy Anderson's famous winter tune, Sleigh Ride! They are under the baton of guest conductor and basketball legend, Shaquille O'Neal! Enjoy our final listening of the Holiday season. Happy Holidays!!

     

  • Week of December 9th:

     

    This pop hit by world-renowned singer Mariah Carey is reasonably new, but has become a staple of the Holiday Season. Enjoy "All I Want for Christmas is You!"

  • Week of December 2nd:

     

    The Holiday season is finally here! No matter what holiday you celebrate (or even if you don't), this time of year is filled with wonderful music, and great seasonal tidings which bring people together. We will be spending time this month listening to and singing music of the holidays. Enjoy "Christmas Canon", a traditional piece adapted and performed by members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

  • Week of November 25th:

     

    Since its Thanksgiving week, I'm spending a lot of time thinking about how thankful I am to have music be a big part of my life. This is mostly because my mom and dad would play timeless songs and musicians for me from the time I was a baby. This song, Layla, is a great example of my earliest music influences. I am thankful everyday that my family filled my life with such great music. Enjoy! 

  • Week of November 18th:

     

    This is one of the most famous melodies in all of Classical music. A small part of Dvorak's "New World Symphony", featuring a beautiful English Horn solo. In class, we heard 0:50 - 2:51.

  • Week of November 11th:

     

    Composed by the "March King", John Philip Sousa, Semper Fidelis has been adopted as the official march of the United States Marine Corps. The title comes from the words of their timeless motto "Semper Fidelis", which means Always Faithful. This week, as we celebrate Veterans Day, be sure to thank those who have proudly and bravely served our country in the armed forces!  

  • Week of November 4th:

     

    Strasbourg St. Denis is a fun Jazz tune by the late, great Roy Hargrove. These students perform an outstanding a capella arrangement of this song. Enjoy! 

  • Week of October 28th:

     

    Costumes, candy, and of course..... great Movies!!! This classic, the Nightmare Before Christmas, was one of my very favorite movies as a kid! Enjoy This is Halloween!

  • Week of October 21st:

     

    This week, we will hear a section from the first movement of Ludwig Van Beethoven's 7th Symphony; one of his greatest compositions ever! We will study this more in depth during our Classical unit in May. Here are some good words to know:

    The Orchestra, Symphonies, Conductors, Batons, Composers, String Instruments, Quartet

    (In Class we listened from 3:55 to 5:10)

  • Week of October 14th:

     

    "Sing Sing Sing" by Benny Goodman is one of the most well-known and widely performed examples of Swing music. Swing is a type of Jazz that people would perform and dance to in the 1930's to lift their spirits during the great depression. During our April Jazz unit, we will discuss Swing, as well as The Blues and Bebop. 

  • Week of October 7th:

    Saturday in the Park is one of the most famous songs by the band Chicago. In class, we often discuss Rock, Jazz, Classical music, and other styles. Chicago is a Rock band which incorporates elements of Jazz into their music. They use a trumpet, sax, and trombone, in addition to the standard rock instruments. They also sometimes play in a "swing" style in some of their songs. Many of the best bands and artists love to mix different types of music together. That's the true beauty of music: if you can imagine it, you can create it! Enjoy!

     

  • Week of September 30th:

    One of my very favorite Jazz ballads, Early Autumn is a tune written by legendary Big Band leader and clarinet player, Woody Herman. This performance is by the Miami Saxophone Quartet, with the addition of a Flugelhorn. A flugelhorn is very similar to a trumpet, but different sizes and shapes of tubing give it a more dark and mellow sound. 

  • Week of September 23rd:

    This relaxing, fun, and carefree song by the Rock band Weezer was one of my early favorites. I bought this album and one other when I was in 5th grade, and have been listening ever since. Enjoy "Island in the Sun!"

  • Week of September 16th:

    The amazing Big Band directed by one of the world's greatest Jazz drummers, Tommy Igoe. Mr. Igoe was the drummer for The Lion King on Broadway, and continues to lead this awesome group in performance. This composition by Michael Camilo is called "Why Not?"  Enjoy!

  • Week of September 9th:

    "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard." A classic and fun song by the legendary Rock duo, Simon and Garfunkel. I always begin our year together with this awesome music video!

Last Modified on March 10, 2020