Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I'll Be Bach

We have began to dive right into our composer of the month in music at CFES.  This month we learned about one the most famous composers of all time, Johann Sebastian Bach.  3rd-5th grade students listened and watched Bach's music being performed.  Students knew a lot more of Bach's compositions than they previously thought. They were familiar with pieces such as Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor," which they often think is spooky movie music but was actually composed for church services.

Many students were also familiar with Bach's wonderful "Cello Suite No. 1."

In class I often like to show students other ways that artist have taken classical composer's music and turn it into something new and exciting.  One artist who does an amazing job with that is Bobby McFerrin. Bobby McFerrin is known for his hit "Don't Worry Be Happy," but he is actually a very accomplished musician in many other aspects.  He performs all his music a capella and the only instrument that he uses is the human voice.  This is a video of him performing a Bach motet with the audience's help. 

And as always the Piano Guys. 

Ask your child what they learned about Bach.  Where was he from?  How many kids did he have?  What period of music did he compose in?  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Mustang Chorale

  Mustang Chorale is starting back up for another year of great music making!  If you are or have a 4th or 5th grade student interested in Mustang Chorale a form will be sent home this week and I will also attach it to this post.  We have rehearsals every Monday from 2:30-3:30.  One of the requirements is to have a ride that can pick you up promptly at 3:30.  Students are picked up in the back of the school at the music room. We will begin rehearsals Monday, September 12. You must turn in your permission slip before you can attend Mustang Chorale.  Permission slips are due September 19. I will not accept any more students after that date.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  I look forward to seeing you at rehearsal.