About the Spring Festival 2018

This year the studio hosted a Spring Festival.  Students were invited to attend as many of the five events as they wished.

Our first two events featured special guests.  Melissa Goodchild was invited to give a workshop on improvisation.  She brought over a whole bunch of percussion instruments for students to try out as a part of her workshop.Melissa's Percussion instruments
Tuesday, Janna Willard discussed composition with students.  Prior to the festival students have worked on composing by ear as well as experimenting with aleatory (chance music – some students wrote pieces with the help of dice).  Thus, it was really interesting to meet a local composer and learn about a different method of composing.  We got to learn a little about how theory and composing can work together.

Wednesday, we made composer collages.  This year’s composer of choice was J. S. Bach.  Whilst the collage was put together we listened to music by this composer, looked at instruments from Bach’s time, and discussed fun history facts.

Inside of composer lapbook

Thursday was the music games night – students were invited to come over and play some of the studio’s musical games.  These focus on a variety of areas of theory ranging from beginner to advanced levels, so  there were games for students of all ages and years of study.  Having the chance to try out some new games is a fun way to learn!

The week ended with a mini-recital.  This was very well attended – many students came, as well as some family members.  Students had a chance to play multiple pieces for each other, and had time for a few group activities at the end as well.

 

Thanks to everyone who came out to these events.  It was wonderful to have some guests in the studio and for students to have a chance to try out some new and interesting musical activities.  I’m looking forward to planning next year’s spring festival!

Musical Timeline 2018

Students have been working on a huge musical timeline this year.  This year, we featured composers.

Composer Timeline side 1As you can see, students really filled up the timeline!  We added familiar composers students had played as well as learning about some new ones.   The composers’ age is reflected in the length of their name card.  This made it easy for students to see relative ages, who was contemporary to whom, and also to see who is still composing today.  We listened to compositions and discussed facts about the lives of the composers.  It was really interesting to learn so much about both familiar and unfamiliar musicians.

Composer timeline side 2

We had so much fun with this project, we had to add a second side so we could keep adding composers!

Musical Timeline

In the fall, students started building a musical timeline.  Each composer get their own strip of paper, and students write on their name and dates.  Students often like to add other information too, such as a list of some well-known compositions.  We’ve included composers students are familiar with and have played and have also added some new composers students may not have heard of, which gives us a chance to learn about new music.  Students have also suggested and added a few of their favourites.

Timeline picture

We have been filling up the modern era really fast, so the opposite side of the timeline has been marked with dates as well so that we can continue adding composers even if we run out of room on the first side.

We’ll continue adding composers as the year progresses – you can look forward to more pictures in June, when you’ll get to see the timeline filled up!