Class News

  • 7th Grade Blues recordings are up! For their latest recording project, 7th grade students recorded Bob Phillips & Randy Sabien's "De Blues" and their own improvised blues solos along to a backup track. In order to create these recordings, students used Garageband software to layer, record, and mix their own performances with the background track. Some featured recordings include: Gurleen (701), Amelia (701), Jean (702), Solomon (703), Ariella (703), Kyra (703), Orla (704), Elias (704), Fabianna (705), and Jesus (705). Click on the link on the left, and have a listen!
    Posted Feb 8, 2020, 8:14 AM by Eric Shieh
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Musician of the Every-Few-Weeks

  • Sudan Archives, "My Strings Propagate Through Space and Time" Last month singer, violinist, and songwriter Brittney Parks dropped her debut album "Athena" and I can't stop listening to it. Her singing is R&B and hip-hop influenced, her violin playing builds from Sudanese fiddling in West Africa, and like many pop musicians she uses electronics to loop and layer different sounds. Check out some live performances of her song "Confessions" ( for an amazing violin riff and "Nont for Sale" ( for how she fuses violin plucking, playing, and singing!
    Posted Dec 25, 2019, 9:09 AM by Eric Shieh
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7th Grade - Homework

  • End-of-Expedition Projects due 3/12 & 3/13 Students are working on rhythms and beats, and will be closing the Expedition with performances of Bruno Mars's "Grenade" and Camila Cabello's "Havana" this week on Thursday and ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2020, 11:46 AM by Eric Shieh
  • Homework for 2/13 & 2/14 Students need to come to class on 2/13 and 2/14 with a copy of their final blues song lyrics!
    Posted Feb 10, 2020, 8:35 AM by Eric Shieh
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MELS Music Collective (After School)

  • No Jazz Ensemble this year :( There will be no Jazz Ensemble for the 2019-2020 school year. Students interested in extracurricular opportunities in music should see Mr. Shieh or Mr. Wettstein about groups performing outside of MELS.
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 3:59 PM by Eric Shieh
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8th Grade - Homework

  • Migration Performance on Monday, 3/16! All students have set their own commitments for bringing their best work to our POL on 3/16. We will be performing three songs as an orchestra, and students will ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2020, 11:41 AM by Eric Shieh
  • Rhythm Instrument "Bootcamp" ends Jan. 7 Students have selected their rhythm and harmonizing instruments for our new case study, and have until January 7 to demonstrate basic proficiency on them. Any students who wish to check ...
    Posted Dec 25, 2019, 9:12 AM by Eric Shieh
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