I like to share fun videos that I come across through social media or links that friends pass my direction. The kids get a kick out of them and it is great for them to see unique performances. If you’ve never seen Pentatonix perform, I highly suggest you watch a few of their videos. They take current music and write a capella arrangements to suit their five-voice group. This “Evolution of Music” video takes you through time. They are all amazing, but the bass and the beat boxer really wowed me!
Students in the choirs were introduced to Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir today via the TED video below. Eric Whitacre is a well-known choral composer who thought it would be neat to collect videos of people from all around the world singing their voice part to one of his songs. He collected all of the videos and layered them on top of one another to create the world’s first Virtual Choir! The video below is 15 minutes long and chronicles how the Virtual Choir came to be, described by Eric Whitacre himself. It is well worth your 15 minutes of viewing. To see all of the Virtual Choirs, check out the videos following. Virtual Choir 4.0 is very different from the others in style and in animation!
Eric Whitacre’s Speech about how the Virtual Choir came to be:
Virtual Choir 1.0 – “Lux Aurumque”
Virtual Choir 2.0 – “Sleep”
Virtual Choir 3.0 – “Water Night”
Virtual Choir 4.0 – “Fly to Paradise”
I’m a little delayed in posting about this, but a big shout out to Vocal Motion on a great performance of the National Anthem at Butler. Check it out below!
If you want to see an amazing performance, check out this video from The Ohio State University marching band performed a week ago in the halftime show. The theme is “Video Games.” We watched this video in class this week because the music, marching, drill, and creativity of the show are astounding. Make sure you continue to watch until the 6:00 mark. The band creates a horse and…well…you have to watch. I can’t give it all away!
Parents, all Year-Long and Women’s Choir students are required to purchase the black “Westfield Music” polo shirt for concerts. If you would like one for yourself, please contact Mrs. Smith, the choral director, as soon as possible. Shirts are $20 and checks can be made payable to WMS. They are made of a very nice dry-wick material. Women’s shirts are fitted and run small, so order a size up. If you know Mrs. Smith, she wears a size 6 in women’s tops and she barely wears a medium in the choir shirt (if that gives you any size indication). They shrink minimally in the wash. The logo on the chest looks like the one above (black stitching is in white on the shirt). Please let Mrs. Smith know if the shirt you are ordering is for a man or a woman, as the cuts are different.
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Students often wonder what we do in Music Exploration. One of the units our class focuses on is World Drumming. In the video below, you will see that we not only learn how to play drumming ensembles, but we also have fun with drumming games in class. For this game, students selected a drum, a rattle instrument, or a bell to play. Two students handle the basketball at a time. Students must pay attention to how the ball is handled – thrown, passed, or rolled — and respond accordingly on their instruments. Click the link below, watch the video, and ask yourself if you can tell which instruments play during each of the three methods of handling listed!
(Video coming soon!)
Thank you, Mitchell Siefker for these great videos from the Winter Choral Concert! Our students are just awesome!
Final projects are due on Monday! If you lost your assignment sheet, you can download one by clicking on the link below.