Class News

  • New 7th Grade Recordings Are Up! 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!
    Posted Apr 27, 2019, 9:47 AM by Eric Shieh
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Musician of the Every-Few-Weeks

  • Layale Chaker & Sarafand's "Inner Rhyme" album I was introduced to Layale Chaker and her band Sarafand when I walked into Mr. Dell's room one morning at MELS and asked "What are you listening to??" I hadn't heard anything quite like the music of Layale Chaker (violinist) and her latest band, Sarafand. Layale describes her music as "counteracting stereotypes of Arabic music" and works to build a bridge between Arabic music and Western classical music. Her album, "Inner Rhyme" was just released and her band includes vioin, cello, bass, piano, and various kinds of drums. Check out the jazzy song "Relentless" and the haunting "Impressions" (London Jazz Festival performance) on Youtube! [click on post for links] 
    Posted Feb 20, 2019, 1:31 PM by Eric Shieh
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7th Grade - Homework

  • Spring Break HW All students must find a protest song and bring it to class--on the back of their booklet they should fill out: (1) title of song, (2) artist, (3) the ...
    Posted Apr 27, 2019, 7:43 AM by Eric Shieh
  • Homework for 2/7 & 2/8 Students who did not finish their blues lyrics rough draft (p. 4 of the blues lyrics packet) must do so by Thursday this week!
    Posted Feb 4, 2019, 1:12 PM by Eric Shieh
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MELS Music Collective (After School)

  • MELS Jazz Ensemble on hiatus There will be no Jazz Ensemble for the 2018-2019 school year. Middle school students interested in Music extracurriculars should take the Song & Dance after school. High school students are encouraged to take part in music production open studio!
    Posted Feb 4, 2019, 1:13 PM by Eric Shieh
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8th Grade - Homework

  • POL is on 3/25!!!!! All students are required to attend. All music students are performing! Invite your parents! Invite your grandparents! Invite your aunts and uncles and sisters and brothers and neighbors! It's ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2019, 10:30 AM by Eric Shieh
  • Recording on Tuesday, 11/13 Students will be recording DRAGON SLAYER and PERFECT for assessment on Tuesday.
    Posted Nov 8, 2018, 3:35 PM by Eric Shieh
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