Class News


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.

Auditions for the All-Queens Borough Orchestra are 10/20

posted Oct 13, 2018, 12:34 PM by Eric Shieh

If you are planning to audition for the All Queens Borough Honors Orchestra, come see Mr. Shieh at lunch this week for a few minutes to go over the audition requirements!

The music room is now open for lunch practice!

posted Sep 26, 2018, 5:17 AM by Eric Shieh

The music room will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for lunch practice. Come with questions, projects, interests, and just about anything. We'll (try to) make it happen!

Welcome to 2018-2019!!!

posted Sep 10, 2018, 5:12 PM by Eric Shieh

New year!!! I'm looking forward to meeting the 7th graders and seeing what instruments you pick, challenging 8th graders to do even more impossible things this year (notation!!!), and making up new songs about llamas. If you are in 8th grade, keep in mind that the audition dates for the Queens All-Borough Honors Orchestra are on October 13 and 20 this year. Let's break a new record for the number of MELS students we get in!

7th Grade Class Videos (Expedition 2)

posted Apr 11, 2018, 8:09 AM by Eric Shieh

We have short videos from our class performances of Bruno Mars's "Grenade" and Camila Cabello's "Havana"! Click on the link to the left under Current Projects to watch!

1-10 of 57