Improv Everywhere put on a production in NYC... click to see what happens!
Check out Conductor Hero! This game is JUST LIKE guitar hero, except with classical music. Help Maestro Gustavo Dudamel conduct the LA Philharmonic Orchestra!!
Each key (A, S, D and F) controls a section of the orchestra (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion).
Comment if you beat my score! I got 7230 points!
I have been so fortunate as to have unbelievably talented musical and educational role models throughout my life. With each teacher or musician I meet, I am given the opportunity to learn about something I didn't know much about before, to explore a new point of view, or to simply enjoy listening to someone make music.
I had one role model during my time at UMass Amherst that constantly challenged me to see things in a different way, and who always reinforced the idea that musical ensembles were for everyone. He always said that playing in a band is the best thing you can do, and don't let anyone ever tell you differently!
His name was Professor George Parks, and he was the director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band for 33 years. Mr. Parks pushed students to be their best inside the classroom and out, on the marching field and off. He taught me to dream big, to welcome new challenges, and to find the very best in everyone I meet.
I wanted to share some clips of him and his band with you on this chilly September morning.
The UMMB 2010 Pirates of the Caribbean show:
Band Day - A day where thousands of high school musicians play with the UMMB:
"Be your best when things are at their worst."
"To be early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late."
"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."
“Do something spectacular, so your spirit lights up the room when you leave.”
"Make sure you show support for others before they show support for you."
"Every time you don't do something because you're afraid of failure, you failed."
Mr. Davey, Ms. Olivier and I have been having so much fun during demos this week! We have had the opportunity to put on a concert for all of the 4th and 5th graders in Stoughton, while teaching them a little bit about each instrument and which one might be right for them.
Instrumental Rental Night is on Wednesday September 18th 2013 at 6:30 in the Stoughton High School Auditorium. If your student is switching instruments in 5th grade or starting a new instrument in 4th grade, you can come to this event to get information about renting an instrument. At the end of the night, you have the opportunity to leave with your very own, brand new instrument!
Remember, thousands of students have gone through the music program in Stoughton, so there are plenty of instruments in attics and basements around town! You can borrow an instrument (that still works) from a relative, friend or neighbor to use in school.
I can't wait to meet the newest members of band! See you Wednesday the 18th at 6:30!
It is that time of year again! The time of year when the leaves begin to change, the air gets a little chilly, and I am reunited with the fantastic musicians of the Stoughton Public Schools!
If you haven't seen your instrument since June, now is the time to clean the dust off the case and get your embouchure back in working order! Your embouchure is the set of muscles in your face and around your mouth that you use to make a high-quality sound on your instrument. If you didn't use those muscles all summer, they probably got weaker. Start lifting some musical weights by practicing!
Pull out some of your favorite tunes, clean out your instrument, and start making music! See you soon!
PS: The Stoughton High School Marching Band has been hard at work since August 19th to put together their 2013 field show! Come down to the OMS Parking lot or the SHS Football Stadium to see them practice on Saturday mornings (9am-1pm) or see them at a competition, with dates listed here!