Music Ed Mondays – They Just Aren’t Scared

So, Spring Break is done and we’re back to real life now.  Teachers reading, I hope that you’ve had some chance to rest; students reading, welcome back 🙂 About two weeks before, we went to the Brandon Jazz Festival in Brandon, MB, Canada.  The playing is fabulous and the clinics are usually good (like any festival, some clinics are good and others… not so), but … Continue reading Music Ed Mondays – They Just Aren’t Scared

Music Ed Monday – Count Basie Eighth Notes

This past week, I took my Senior Big Band to the Brandon Jazz Festival in Brandon, MB, Canada.  It’s a fantastic festival and I hope that you all go 🙂 In which case, we played Count Basie’s “Hayburner,” an arrangement of Chick Corea’s “Spain” and then a local tune called “Hobgoblin” by Moses Mayes (and arranged by my bass player, which is fabulous).  In our … Continue reading Music Ed Monday – Count Basie Eighth Notes

Coffee with Composers – Matthew Patton

On Friday, I had a really thought-provoking conversation with Winnipeg composer Matthew Patton. Matthew was the Artistic Associate with the New Music Festival that just happened a few weeks back.  In other words, he’s the guy who got the headlining Icelandic composers to come to Winnipeg.  That’s a great feat, but he’s no slouch as a composer himself. He studied Composition at Manhattan University and … Continue reading Coffee with Composers – Matthew Patton

Music Ed Monday – Allow Yourself To Be Moved

The strangest thing happened on Friday night: I went to “Indie Game: The Movie” and was emotionally moved.  I mean, really emotionally. I had to go home and journal after watching the movie, it was that profound. If you don’t know of IGTM, then watch the trailer below and read up on it.  There were only two screenings in Winnipeg and both were sold out – … Continue reading Music Ed Monday – Allow Yourself To Be Moved

Music Ed Monday – A Flute Player’s Relationship With Music

Good afternoon! Here is another essay from a Grade 11 Fundamentals of Music student describing her relationship with Music.  It’s very personal (but I have her permission to post it) and that’s its greatest strength: It’s authentic. This reminds me how lucky I am to teach Music to young adults who are invested in this collaborative effort.  But while the ensemble is collaborative, there are individual rewards 🙂 … Continue reading Music Ed Monday – A Flute Player’s Relationship With Music

Music Ed Mondays – What We Remember

Think back to when you were in school… all the way back… What do you remember? (Think outside of your subject area, if you’re a teacher) Raise your hand if you remember how to play Ab major.  How about the symbolism of Piggy’s glasses in Lord of the Flies? SOH CAH TOA? How many parts of the cell can you name? How about Newton’s Laws … Continue reading Music Ed Mondays – What We Remember

Music Ed Monday – … Now Go Do It

In the last few posts, we’ve talked about visualizing our classroom – “What if it were…” and “What does that look like?” Now comes the hardest one: Now go do it. The cliche is “if you build it, they will come,” isn’t it? But the problem with cliches is that so many of them are true.  Another good cliche that I love comes from (I … Continue reading Music Ed Monday – … Now Go Do It

VGM Wednesdays – ~Revived Power~ Battle with the Colossus

“~Revived Power~ Battle with the Colossus” from Shadow of the Colossus by Koh Otani, released in 2005. How did this get published? This is supposed to be next week’s VGM Wednesday.  I must have hit “Publish” instead of “Schedule”… Oh well, I guess it’s already out there! ________________________________________________________ Aren’t you pumped now? What a ride! I love so many things about this game’s score.  There … Continue reading VGM Wednesdays – ~Revived Power~ Battle with the Colossus

Conception to Completion – Filum Vitae

Making parts and I have a love/hate relationship.  I love the formatting, the making every part beautiful, the tweaking of fonts and the slight adjustment of dynamics and articulation… until about the fifth hour. You see, it’s painstaking and precise work.  I love that kind of work… up to a point. The other catch with making parts is that, while there are many steps between … Continue reading Conception to Completion – Filum Vitae

VGM Wednesdays – “Blue Skies Over Guardia” from Chrono Symphonic

“Blue Skies Over Guardia,” from Chrono Symphonic,  released in 2006 and remixing “Guardia’s Millenial Fair” from the Chrono Trigger OST by Yasunori Mitsuda There some things in life that make me profoundly happy: Oreo ice cream, pleasant surprises, when the Winnipeg Jets win a nail-biter of a game and finally, music in odd metre. “Blue Skies Over Guardia” is a 7/8 remix of “Millenial Fair,” so we feel … Continue reading VGM Wednesdays – “Blue Skies Over Guardia” from Chrono Symphonic