Class News

Final 7th Grade Remix Projects

posted Jul 10, 2020, 6:38 AM by Eric Shieh   [ updated Feb 22, 2021, 6:41 PM ]

For their final remix project this year in remote learning, 7th grade students selected a topic, cut clips from a variety of songs and speeches, recorded their own clips, incorporated pre-recorded instrument samples, and assembled them into a remix. Students worked to communicate, creatively and powerfully, a message about a social issue. Check them out here!

7th Grade Blues recordings are up!

posted Feb 8, 2020, 8:13 AM by Eric Shieh   [ updated Feb 8, 2020, 8:14 AM ]

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!

8th Grade Music Trip to Carnegie Hall!

posted Oct 16, 2019, 6:42 AM by Eric Shieh   [ updated Oct 16, 2019, 6:44 AM ]

On Friday, October 11, 8th grade music students attended the sold-out Sphinx Virtuosi performance of music written in response to violence and injustice in the world. What a powerful, amazing performance!


posted Sep 25, 2019, 4:20 PM by Eric Shieh

Meet the Teachers night is on Thursday, September 26! I look forward to meeting all the 7th grade parents, and seeing 8th grade parents again for the second year! Click on the link for Meet the Teachers Night 2019 on the left to get more information about this school year!


posted Sep 15, 2019, 3:40 PM by Eric Shieh

YEAR 10!!!! Since we first started the Music program at MELS, we've doubled the number of instruments and created so many different opportunities for students to explore and become a part of Music at MELS. At this moment, though, we're starting the way we always do: 7th graders are trying out and selecting instruments, and 8th graders are studying hard as they learn to read music. Stay tuned--it's going to be a fantastic year!

New 7th Grade Recordings Are Up!

posted Apr 27, 2019, 9:47 AM by Eric Shieh

Students were given the option of either recording the Main Theme from "Pirates of the Caribbean" along to a background track or performing with a partner. The focus of this recording was on playing the correct rhythm and working with strategies to sync with a different part. This was our first time recording a duet--have a listen!

8th Grade Jazz Combos & Orchestra Perform on 3/23

posted Mar 23, 2019, 10:44 AM by Eric Shieh

Get ready for our performance on Monday! Student displays and presentations on student migration and climate refugees begin at 5:30pm, followed by our performances. In Music, we'll be presenting jazz versions of songs students brought in and which connected them to countries outside the U.S. What does music do for immigrants? What do immigrants do for music? Come join us!

8th Grade SLC Materials

posted Mar 6, 2019, 9:58 AM by Eric Shieh

E-mail Mr. Shieh directly if you would like to show a copy of your group's latest video for SLCs. At this time, the website is not letting Mr. Shieh post the videos--he can send you a copy!

7th Grade Blues Recordings are Posted!

posted Feb 3, 2019, 3:28 PM by Eric Shieh

They're here, and they're great! Click on the link in the left sidebar to listen to our third set of recordings for the year!

Holiday Instrument Gifts?

posted Dec 20, 2018, 9:10 AM by Eric Shieh

I've attached my guide to purchasing an instrument. There are many fake instruments on the market that are made of painted plywood, and are not intended for students that are learning seriously. If purchasing online, please use Shar Music, Southwest Strings, or Sam Ash Music, where all the instruments meet National Association of Music Education standards. If using Amazon, make sure to e-mail Mr. Shieh the links to what you consider purchasing: many of the instruments do not meet basic standards for manufacturing instruments.

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