The featured instrument this week is the clarinet!
I enjoyed greeting my classes this week with my clarinet!
The story goes that I saw an instrument demo at school in the 3rd grade and left really wanting to play the clarinet. The problem was that you had to be in the 4th grade to play an instrument. So, my parents purchased one for me and I took private lessons for a year (with Ruth Ann King), and then I received lessons through my school (with Bob Spargo).
Here's a true master of the instrument, Benny Goodman:
That incredible performance gives me goosebumps!
Here's Sharon Kam in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A:
And I just love this Artie Shaw classic from Second Chorus:
And how about The Beatles using clarinets in "When I'm 64?"
Can you find the clarinets in this really cool flash mob?
And last but certainly not least... a carro-net?!?!?
I had so much fun tweaking the music lessons this week!
to another busy but exciting Monday! Music classes and 4th and 5th grade choruses at Jefferson Elementary School and then at Davis Thayer Elementary School, and then an evening of guitar lessons through the Lifelong Learning Program at Franklin High School!
I just enjoyed a gorgeous, sunny, summer-like, 3-day autumn weekend with my family! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, as well! I now feel recharged and ready to bring you the very best in our Music Classes together this week! Looking forward to seeing you all!
The students in my music classes have been hearing me say "take it with you" lately. It has become one of my many mantras. "Don't leave it lying on the music room floor" is another one. I ask the students to apply what we have learned in music class to their own lives and their own music outside of school. I might share a particular song or a piece of music with them in class to help teach a musical concept, but I then want them to take it and see how it connects to the music they enjoy and like to listen to. It's all about making it real for them.
What an amazing day with my 4th and 5th grade choruses at BOTH Jefferson and Davis Thayer Elementary Schools! After only two official rehearsals, they sound incredible! They really do! I only wish I had recorded all four groups today! I will try to do that for next time! Way to go, kids! You've inspired me! I only hope you've inspired yourselves!
I had the extreme pleasure of witnessing Bobby McFerrin (opening for the great and highly unconventional jazz guitarist, Stanley Jordan) out in Los Angeles, CA. It was the very first concert (of many!) that I attended after moving out to Hollywood to study at Musician's Institute and it blew me away! Bobby took the stage with just a microphone and proceeded to "WOW!" me and the rest of the audience with his unbelievably amazing vocal ability!
that I've begun assigning homework to my students... that's partly true! I often ask my students to take what we've learned, discussed, explored in the Music Room and apply it to their lives, their "world," outside of school... as an "unofficial homework assignment!"
Welcome back to a great new year in music! This year, my newsletters will be here online at Music With Mr. Barrett. For anyone who is not able to access this newsletter, I will be happy to print out and send home a copy of it with your child(ren). I'm trying to become more tech savvy, and I'd also like to save a few trees, as well. ;-)
All of the students at Jefferson Elementary School (and students in grades 2, 4 and 5 at Davis Thayer Elementary School) have been reviewing the Music Class Rules (through the song of the same name!): 1) Listen Quietly, 2) Sit Correctly, 3) Sing Nicely, 4) Raise Your Hand, and 5) Keep Your Hands And Feet To Yourself. The students know that in order to have a great musical experience in music each week, everyone needs to respect the rules, the teacher, and each other. We need everyone to think of themselves as part of a team where we're only going to be great if everyone is focused on the task at hand and trying and giving their very best.
All of the students have been focusing on the musical concept of beat in the basement of our Music House so that we will have a strong foundation for the rest of the floors (rhythm, melody, harmony and form, as well as a few others). The students have also been singing a lot of fun songs in (and out) of class (I typically hold a lot of sing-alongs outside of the Music Room!)! Kindergarten and first grade students will soon be using non-pitched percussion in some of their music lessons, while second and third grade students will be using pitched percussion (such as xylophones, metalophones and glockenspiels). Fourth grade students will be embarking on a Rockin' Recorder adventure, while fifth grade students will begin one of many different types of music composition projects.
In addition to general music, fourth and fifth grade students will also be involved with an exciting new chorus that is during the school day this year! This is a wonderful new class that all fourth and fifth grade students will be participating in and we will let you know about our upcoming concerts as soon as we are ready to perform!
Hope you are having a great start to the new school year! I hope you will also consider following this website (blog) so that you can be up on all of the latest music news! I have new postings nearly every day! Some of these posting are songs we've enjoyed singing, some are clips that we've seen that have tied into our music lessons, and others are my thoughts and/or reflections on what's going on musically in and out of the Music Room, so... be sure to sign up so that you will be able to check it out!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 541-2120 ext. 1029. I'm really excited for a fantastic new year in music and I hope you are, too!
This song was a great way to kick-off our musical year in the older grades as we explored beat and rhythm, and even discussed who the people are that we look up to! Stevie Wonder pays tribute to the people who made a difference in his life (Basie, Miller, "Satchmo," Ella, and the King of all, Duke Ellington) in this classic, "Sir Duke."
is to connect with each and every one of my students and make them realize that what I am teaching them and sharing with them in our music classes together is only going to enhance what they already know and love about music. I am not going to judge them or the music that they listen to, but rather help them to see what it is that they love about their music and why that's the case.
If you're a parent of one of my students this year, ask your child what they learned in Music Class today and ask them to reflect upon it for you. If you're one of my students, think about why I shared a particular lesson, musical concept, song, idea, etc., with you and think how this relates to your music and your life. Let's make the most out of our musical year together!
Welcome back to another great musical year! This is the place to visit if you want to know what's going on in the Music Room this year! I will be posting new information on this main page throughout the year and I have created pages over to the right side of this site that will be updated often. Check out any and all of these posts and pages that interest you and feel free to make comments. I hope that you will come back and visit often as I will be adding new information all the time and throughout the school year. You could also follow this site so that you will receive e-mail notifications of any new additions and not miss out on anything newsworthy.
Please feel free to take the survey below if you are a current music student of mine from Jefferson, Davis Thayer or Parmenter Elementary School. Your answers will help me to make the music classes even more meaningful for you this year!
(Feel free to complete and submit this form if you're not a student of mine, too!)
Mr. Barrett ;-)
Your name: Your grade: Your school: Your classroom teacher's name:
Not because I expect you to major in music
Not because I expect you to sing or play all your life
Not so you can relax
Not so you can have fun
But, so you will be human
So you will recognize beauty
So you will be sensitive
So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
So you will have something to cling to
So you will have more love, compassion, gentleness, good - in short more life.
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?
I would teach the children music, physics and philosophy, but the most important is music, for in the patterns of the arts are the keys to all learning.
During the Gulf War, the few opportunities I had for relaxation I always listened to music, and it brought me great peace of mind. I have shared my love of music with people throughout this world, while listening to the drums and special instruments of the Far East, Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Far North, and all of this started with the music appreciation course that I was taught in a third-grade elementary class in Princeton, New Jersey. What a tragedy it would be if we lived in a world where music was not taught to children.
-General H. Norman Schwarzkopf — United States Army
The things I learned from my experience in music in school are discipline, perseverance, dependability, composure, courage and pride in results. . . Not a bad preparation for the workforce!
-Gregory Anrig – President, Educational Testing Service
Music is an essential part of everything we do. Like puppetry, music has an abstract quality which speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul.
-Jim Henson – television producer and puppeteer
Should we not be putting all our emphasis on reading, writing and math? The ‘back-to basics curricula,’ while it has merit, ignores the most urgent void in our present system – absence of self-discipline. The arts, inspiring – indeed requiring – self-discipline, may be more ‘basic’ to our nation survival than traditional credit courses. Presently, we are spending 29 times more on science than on the arts, and the result so far is worldwide intellectual embarrassment.
-Paul Harvey – syndicated radio show host
In every successful business…there is one budget line that never gets cut. It’s called ‘Product Development’ – and it’s the key to any company’s future growth. Music education is critical to the product development of this nation’s most important resource – our children.
-John Sykes — President, VH1
It is our job, as parents, educators, and friends, to see that our young people have the opportunity to attain the thorough education that will prepare them for the future. Much of that education takes place in the classroom. We must encourage our youngsters in such pursuits as music education. In addition to learning the valuable lesson that it takes hard work to achieve success, no matter what the arena, music education can provide students with a strong sense of determination, improved communication skills, and a host of other qualities essential for successful living.
-Edward H. Rensi – President and Chief Operation Officer, U.S.A. McDonald's Corporation
A grounding in the arts will help our children to see; to bring a uniquely human perspective to science and technology. In short, it will help them as they grow smarter to also grow wiser.
-Robert E. Allen – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Corporation
Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human.
-Jewel – singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist
95% of Americans in a 2003 Gallup Poll believe that music is a key component in a child's well-rounded education; three quarters of those surveyed feel that schools should mandate music education.
-Gallop Poll - "American Attitudes Toward Music" - 2003
Sometimes we choose to serve our country in uniform, in war. Sometimes in elected office. And those are the ways of serving our country that I think we are trained to easily call heroic. It’s also a service to your country, I think, to teach poetry in the prisons, to be an incredibly dedicated student of dance, to fight for funding music and arts education in the schools. A country without an expectation of minimal artistic literacy, without a basic structure by which the artists among us can be awakened and given the choice of following their talents and a way to get to be great at what they do, is a country that is not actually as great as it could be. And a country without the capacity to nurture artistic greatness is not being a great country. It is a service to our country, and sometimes it is heroic service to our country, to fight for the United States of America to have the capacity to nurture artistic greatness. Not just in wartime but especially in wartime, and not just in hard economic times but especially in hard economic times, the arts get dismissed as ‘sissy’. Dance gets dismissed as craft, creativity gets dismissed as inessential, to the detriment of our country. And so when we fight for dance, when we buy art that’s made by living American artists, when we say that even when you cut education to the bone, you do not cut arts and music education, because arts and music education IS bone, it is structural, it is essential; you are preserving the way of life that we are supposedly fighting for and it’s worth being proud of.
-Rachel Maddow - American radio personality, television host, and political commentator
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosphy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.
-Ludwig van Beethoven - music composer
Music can change the world because it can change people.
Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.
-John Denver - singer-songwriter
Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony?
-Leonardo DaVinci - painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer
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