Greetings all! Please read this info carefully.
*Times: Tuesday, October 24 is the Solo and Ensemble Concert for 7th and 8th graders and I wanted to share info with you.
-7th grade Brass begins at 6:00pm
(Note: These are the times when the concert begins, not when the students arrives. I would try to arrive 20-30 minutes before concert start time so that students may warm up, tune, and review their music.)
*Extra academic option for some students: If there are any students who need extra credit (as we are ending the first quarter) to improve their grade, a student at one grade level/year in school may attend the concert of the other grade level and write a review of each group. If a student is interested in this option, student must see me ASAP so I can give them a form for this listening assignment. Seeing me right before the concert is not acceptable as students should see me during the day to secure this option.
*Important note to parents and attendees: Without a doubt, this is the hardest concert of the year for our students. We go from sharing musical responsibility with lots of other students to a concert format where your child may be the only person on their part, having a very high responsibility for all music occurring. Also, there are only a few students playing in each ensemble so the performance is exposed and transparent. And finally, there is no conductor. Students will implement listening skills for all aspects of music.
Chamber music teaches young students to listen beyond themselves
Chamber groups provide an excellent opportunity for young musicians to develop their musical ability and performance experience. Even more than band work, chamber music places a great responsibility on the individual performers as each must study, prepare and be present to perform his or her part in order for the group to perform. It enables them to socialize in a nonverbal context, create beauty in a nonjudgmental framework, learn to listen to more than themselves, and develop the ability to roll with spontaneous interchange.
Each member of a chamber ensemble is a vital component to the success of that ensemble. Musicians must understand that with the many benefits of their participation comes the need for commitment and responsibility toward musical preparation. Though some music may be attainable to the individual, the chamber ensemble will make discrepancies with tone, tuning, and timing much more obvious.
The main benefit is that they are learning how to play as an ensemble. Now it’s not just me, myself, and I, but they have to think about matching the other people in pitch, rhythm, sound, and feeling.
According to our own student musicians over the years, playing in a chamber ensemble has its benefits:
“I think that playing with my teammates teaches me more about music. It teaches us to keep playing if we make mistakes and to listen to each other.”
“We learned to listen so that we wouldn’t go too fast or too slow.”
“I never realized how important tuning and dynamics really were.”
“We feel smarter.”
“I know how to prepare better for our future concerts.”
“I better know how to practice now.”
Thanks so much reading this info and see you at the concert!
Mr. Marc Whitlock
Band Director, Discovery Middle School
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William Arthur Ward