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Music History Project *Optional*
In addition to their regular studies, this year students will have the opportunity to focus on a particular era of music, learning about important composers, compositions, and instruments of that period.
Students choosing to participate will be assigned music from the Romantic period and complete a related project. The Baroque period was from 1600-1750, and included great composers such as Bach, Vivaldi and Handel.
Goal: To gain deeper appreciation and knowledge for the Romantic period.
Award: Bust of a Classical era composer, given at spring recital
Challenge End Date: February 14, 2020
Requirement for Award: Complete one "hands on" project of student's choice related to the Baroque era. Project should be age appropriate for the student. (Each student will also learn at least one baroque era piece or theme as part of their curriculum.)
Why am I asking them to create something related to the Baroque period? It is my experience that students who think, plan and then execute creating a visual project retain so much more about the subject! A sample of fun project ideas includes the following suggestions:
•Read a book about a Baroque era composer, and write a brief book report
•Attend a concert featuring Baroque music, and write a brief concert review
•Create a model of a Baroque instrument using clay, legos, Popsicle sticks, paper mache, etc.
•Create a "concert promotion poster" for a Baroque concert
•Create a model (diorama) about a composer, period instruments, etc.
•Make a poster about a composer, musical styles, period instruments, etc.
•Create a timeline of the Baroque period
•Learn and make a video of a popular Baroque dance (minuet, etc.)
•Burn a CD of student playing their Baroque pieces
•Create a card game, board game, or trivia game about Baroque composers, pieces, instruments, etc.
•Your idea! - anything creative. Projects do not have to be music related. In the past, students have incorporated projects related to architecture, art, fashion, and important historical events of that period.
As a student, I personally was very motivated by the opportunity to earn awards and public recognition for my accomplishments, and I know that several of my students share this motivation in their own studies. I seek out fun and challenging opportunities for K-12 private lesson students to earn awards within the studio.
students from the studio participate in a program
modeled after the former Music Teachers National Association Music
Achievement Award Program, designed to help encourage students to
continue their music study and to strive to achieve goals that will
help them not only become better musicians but that will enhance their
love for and appreciation of music.
Annual goals include achievements such as mastering technical skills, researching composers and performing for others, with the opportunity to earn studio recognition and awards for accomplishments.
I love to offer challenges over shorter periods of time. In the past we have done practice challenges, technique challenges, and memorization challenges. As an example, one year we had a "Studio Stars Challenge", where students were challenged to have an "outstanding lesson" (which means they have met
practice goals and had all their assignments prepared as instructed) for at
least 80% of their lessons (out of the challenge period)! The goal set at a minimum of 80% to allow
a "cushion" for those weeks we all have when students are kept from
practicing as much as they would like due to school obligations or
homework, sickness, and travel. Past prizes have been candy, gift cards, certificates and medals, depending on the theme and of the complexity of the challenge.
Stay tuned for what our next challenge will be!
Spring Cleaning? Trying to clear out things that aren't used? I am always seeking donations to share with my students! Sheet music, gently used instruments, music stands, microphones, recording equipment, music history books, CDs, DVDs, cassette or CD players, iPads, etc. Your items will find a good home!
Keeping in Touch
Please make sure you have my email address saved as a "safe sender." I typically send out communications to all my students as a mass email, but lately am finding out that not all of my emails reach their intended recipients. This one is being individually sent to each family to make sure that you are receiving this information and can add me as "safe" for future emails.
Are you on facebook? If you haven't already, you can like the "Lisa Emmick Music Studio" page. There are several free concerts coming all the time! I'll be posting details about each (in addition to other info!) on the Facebook page as they come up.
The link between the home and music study success is very interesting! You might enjoy reading this article about motivating your young musician: http://www.psmag.com/navigation/books-and-culture/motivate-young-musician-72960/#.Utgq6wVBILc.facebook
So happy for David R., a former piano student who I was so lucky to get to teach! David won honors for his first film score! He was the composer for "Drawn," a 48 hr. Film submission which was Winner BEST SOUND DESIGN, and BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS. Watch it here
Mrs. Emmick and Mrs. Wooldridge attend the TMTA Convention most years. What a thrill to be with so many other teachers to share ideas, learn and make music!
Music students from the Studio of Lisa Emmick participate in a program, modeled after the former Music Teachers National Association Music Achievement Award Program. Designed to help encourage students to continue their music study and to strive to achieve goals that will help them not only become better musicians but that will enhance their love for and appreciation of music.
Goals include achievements such as mastering technical skills, researching composers and performing for others with the opportunity to earn studio recognition and awards for accomplishments.
It is always fun to get students together and can be very beneficial. In groups students can practice their performance skills, drill on theory in a fun way, play together in ensembles, and enjoy time spent with others who love music. As an example of a group lesson, one summer students had the opportunity to participate in a end of summer celebration. 100% of the students had made their summer practice goals, which was a lot to celebrate! Here is a recap:
· Played some games (hangman with musical terms and musical bingo)
· Reviewed our recital manners
· Took turns playing for each other – everyone did great!!
· Enjoyed special practice treats for all the work they did over the summer!
· I did a presentation about Mozart and played the Turkish March, and then we “acted out” the dynamics in the piece
· I presented riffs that showed off what really cool stuff could be done with scales
· One of my adult students who studied composition with me attended and we introduced one of his compositions to the students and talked briefly about how he developed the piece.
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