ArkMEA Fall Inservice Conference 2015

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Keynote Address: Legendary Leaders in Bass

-“Great bassists lead from underneath, without being in the foreground of the texture until it is their moment.” -Victor Wooten

James Jamerson is considered the father of the electric bass in 1964 with “I Got Sunshine”.

-Slap-style bass was once known as fumpin-n-pluckin’ and was inovated by the bassist Larry Graham, who was known as being a resourceful bass player.

– A wonderful team player is Paul McCartney who took from Motown and innovated with his voice and band to create a group sound that was the Beatles.

-A fusion of rock and jazz was first created by the bassist Stanley Clarke.

Jaco Pastorius innovated harmonics on the bass.

Victor Wooten is exceptional for his transparency and support of education.

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Keynote Address: Approaches to teaching Jazz Improvisation

-Create a culture of improvisation

-Encourage students to embellish, augment, and make new.

-Blues scale is mostly always a good starting point for improvisation ideas.

-Warm up with improvisation everyday, call and response is a great way to do this with any ensemble.

-Learn a series of standard blues chart heads from memory and be able to quote them.

-Create exercises to play with solo sections of your repertoire.

-Characteristics of Improvisation Expertise:

  • Aural Imitation
  • Technical Facility
  • Rhythm/Time Feel
  • Melodic/Rhythmic Ideas
  • Harmonic Knowledge
  • Style
  • Expressiveness
  • Creativity

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Rethinking Music Education

Taylor, Rod C. Rethinking Music Education in the 21st Century: Segue, September 2015. Print.

This article written by Rod C. Taylor title Rethinking Music Education in the 21st Century (September 2015) argues that music is emotion.

  1. In order to be a well-rounded musician one must be versed in all the different genres of music.
  2. The ability to listen is undoubtedly the most crucially underrated part of being the best possible musician.
  3. The psychological, emotional, and spiritual aspects of music are equally as important as the technicalities involved.
  4. Students should actively participate in their own education through instruction.
  5. In music there are no beginners, we begin to process music in the womb.

In my own personal opinion I concur with the majority of the points made by Mr. Taylor. I believe students will achieve more through diversity of music types and remaining actively engaged as listeners. “Music is emotion” can’t be underestimated. The raw natural sonic powers that exist through music connect all peoples through time and space. Emotion is necessary in music to give the piece life, it is the breath of song. Finally, and most importantly of all we must keep in mind “what does the world need with another good musician; the world needs good people.” The easiest thing in the whole world is to be nice to somebody, and while it may seem like common sense, the music world could always use another hefty handful of patience and kindness.

Boomwhacker Blues

12-Bar Blues Progression on BW key of F

Students will play along with the blues progression first and listen to the chords.

P.5.3.3 Then I will play a short solo and demonstrate to the students about solos in the blues and ask if anyone wants to try and take a solo over the form.

P.4.3.1 Then I will have just the bottom note, then only middle, and finally the top notes to play through separately, followed by all together the last time through.

Book Lesson

My book lesson is over the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Sing: Students will learn the song “I’m a Little Pinecone” to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot. We will sing along with and watch the video too “Roots, Trunks, Branches, and Knees” to the tune of :”Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.

Listen: We will listen to different songs about trees. We will also watch the original Giving Tree movie from 1973 and listen to Shel Silverstein himself read the book aloud and guess what instrument is in the background.

Instruments: Students will play the chords together on their mallet instruments while we listen to I’m a Little Pinecone. We will also listen to and identify different instruments used in the videos we watched.

Creating/Art Activities: We will create a class Giving Tree by coloring our own leaves and then putting them all on a paper tree trunk that will be at the front of the classroom on the wall.

Moving: We will learn the moves to the song I’m a Little Pinecone when we sing it, and get up to do the movements to Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes with the video.

Drama activites: I will show the expressions of the correct emotions on my face as I read the children the story, and students will act out scenes they create and show different ways they can give to people.

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If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet. (stomp stomp)

If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three. (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)

Timelines

  • TimeGlider.com

This is a web tool that lets you create, collaborate on, and publish zooming/planning interactive timelines for free.It is like Google Maps but for time. Seems easy to use and is free.download

  • Ourstory.com

Ourstory enables you to write stories, tag friends, and add media to collaborative timelines either privately or in public. It is also free and seems a tad less user friendly.

Halloween Post!

  • WIX page here:

http://chriscopeland47.wix.com/chriscopeland47

  • KXIO 106.9 FM Live Streaming Radio

“The Coffee House” in Clarksville, Arkansas is my families radio station. I have worked at the radio station since I was 15 programming into our windows 98 computers all of the songs that now rotate on a logarithmic shuffle to produce the music you hear everyday on these airwaves, and this live stream!

http://www.kxiocoffeehouse.com/listen-live.html

  • A great recording tool is the Apogee One for iPhone, iPad & Mac. It is a studio quality multipurpose USB-inter-phase recording tool.  The best software is Garage band and comes standard with Apple products.

http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/one

  • The best music app in my opinion is Cleartune –  a chromatic tuner for any instrument.  I use it daily for my string bass, piano, guitar, voice, and trombone.  It is very precise and consistent in my opinion.

https://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id286799607?mt=8

MuseScore and Resources

MuseScore is a great resource from which students are able to view many scores online and on the go!  It is free music composition software and you can view it on your smartphone.

https://musescore.com/user/32306/scores/64547

Music Education Rescources:

  • Giovanni Bottesini– Concerto for Double Bass No 2 in B Minor:  http://youtu.be/QgZ_-f7pVk4
  • Art Tatum– Yesterdays:  http://youtu.be/D9Cs_zb4q14
  • Miles Davis Quintet feat. Wayne Shorter– Autumn Leaves: http://youtu.be/K0PAhPjieVg
  • Weather Report- Birdland: http://youtu.be/pqashW66D7o
  • Charles Mingus– Meditations on Integration: http://youtu.be/diMNtCFrZ_w