Thursday, March 27, 2014

GHS Band Assignment: Friday March 28th.

I apologize for not being with you today. In my absence, Nick Lawrence will be working with you on the march, Punchinello. Please give him your utmost attention and respect. Thank you.

Additionally, You have a short writing assignment within Noteflight.

  • Follow the instructions in the prompt above the staff.
  • You will be changing the instrument to match what you play (using the option within the "staff" drop down menu)
  • You must choose your key: Bb, Eb or F (using the same "staff" drop down menu)
  • Your completed etude will include examples of 16th notes and dotted rhythms.
  • It can extend beyond 8-measures
  • The completed etude should be playable by yourself or someone in your section. Think about the practical playability of your instrument.
  • Be sure to save your work as you go.
  • If you have questions, we have a team of Noteflight experts on hand: Emma, Bailey, Sam, Austin and Tyler
Prior to the end of class, please stack all chairs and stands on the racks.

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Music apps I enjoy...

Apps seem to number like the grains of sand on a beach. I don't feel as though I have any qualifications to properly review apps, but I wanted to share a couple that I am having a good deal of fun with.

I can't stop playing with Loopy HD. If you have not experienced the joy of creating your own loops then you need to get your hands on this app and start looping. This app was brought to my attention when a colleague showed me a clip of Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel singing multi-layered doo-wop parts into this app on the Tonight Show. The app has a unique interface that is both visually appealing and oddly intuitive. 

Another app that I often find indispensable is called Anytune Pro+. This app is somewhat pricey in comparison to others (free ones in particular). This app has the ability to slow down any music without changing the pitch. For anyone who has tried to transcribe music you will understand how important this is. I spent a good deal of time transcribing guitar work that moves faster than my ear will allow me to efficiently reproduce. With this app you can bring it to a crawl and not affect the pitch at all. Amazing.

I will try and keep you updated on the apps I enjoy. If you share some of your favorites with me, perhaps I can enjoy those as well.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Recognition of GHS Student Excellence in the Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Department is very pleased to announce that Freshman Art Foundations student Julia Gaudette's mixed media self-portrait was selected by the Massachusetts Art Education Association to represent Grade 9 from our state in an exhibition of student work at the upcoming National Art Education Association convention in San Diego on March 29-31.  The MAEA chose artwork from each grade K - 12 from the 644 pieces now on display at the Youth Art Month exhibit at the Massachusetts Transportation Building in Boston.  Julia and the 12 other young artists whose work will travel to the national convention will be recognized at a reception at the Youth Art Month Family Celebration on Sunday, March 23.  Congratulations Julia! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

GHS Music Student Chosen for All-State

Congratulations to GHS Junior Jake Sandakly for being selected to perform with the All-State Chorus.
Jake is currently in Boston rehearsing with members of the All-State Chorus in preparation for a concert at Symphony Hall on Saturday March 22nd.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Final Payments for Virginia Beach Due by Friday!!!

The final balance payment for all students planning to attend the Virginia Beach trip is due by this Friday, March 14th.

All checks are to be made payable to:  Bennett Student Travel.

Please refer to the Virginia Beach Payment Records to check the remaining balance.

Thank You!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Noteflight for Band!


Today I wanted to introduce you to Noteflight. Noteflight is an online music notation program that we have been piloting in Harmony and Theory and Guitar class. With Noteflight you will be able to compose music, collaborate with other writers and share your music.

You have all been invited to be part of Noteflight. For Log-in purposes, you will follow this link and enter your first and last name (as it appears on school records) for your user name. You will then be prompted to create a password.

Once in you will browse the scores and find one called Band Composition.

Follow the prompts to begin composing. There are a handful of students who will be available to help if you have questions. There is a bit of a learning curve with this program, but I believe in you!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Jazz Night Bake Sale

The GHS Music Boosters will be holding a bake sale on Monday March 10th, the evening of the Jazz Night concert. The boosters are looking for your help in supplying baked goods for the event.
Your help is very much appreciated. If you can offer an item or two, please sign-up at this link.