Meet the Teachers Night 2016

Music @ MELS
900 students and counting...



SEVENTH GRADE MUSIC

I. What's this about?
  • Collaboration - Making music with others, in different ways
  • Understanding Music in the World - Learning about the music all around us by making music, not just by consuming it.
First Recording Examples 2015

Mary Had a Little Lamb (Violin)

Mary Had a Little Lamb (Cello)



II. What do students find challenging?
  • The first two months are exciting, but also discouraging - Early success and encouragement is key.
  • November and December are the "slump" - Listen to your child's recordings and listen to practicing.
  • When it is hard, it's easy to say that Music isn't an important subject or that some students have "talent" while others don't.

III. What resources are available?
  • Checking out an instrument (sign the permission form!)
  • Lunch open practice every Wednesday and Thursday
  • Course Website (shieh.metropolitanels.com)
  • Online tutorials on YouTube and other websites
  • Jumpro.pe
  • 7th Grade Weekly E-mail Updates through MailChimp (starting in October)
  • Purchasing an instrument

Thank you for your support of Music at MELS.  Half of the school (over 400+ students!) participates in Music!


IV.  Instrument safety at home
  • Make sure the bow is (1) loose and (2) looks like this: 
           
  • Keep the instrument out of the heat or cold and away from siblings and pets.
  • Keep the instrument in its case when not in use.  Do not let siblings play
  • Do not tune or attempt to repair the instrument



EIGHTH GRADE MUSIC

I. What's this about?
  • Foundational skills for professional music making:
    • Music recording and production
    • Reading staff notation
    • Ear training and tuning
    • Playing in a large ensemble (March performance)
    • Rhythm and harmonizing instruments
    • Improvising and songwriting in bands (June performance)

Remix Project Example 2015

Oren Kaplan & Aiden Serpa 2015

Ines Villegas Costa & Mellisa Ramdeen


Songwriting Project Example 2016

Fire Breathing All Stars Song Submission

Rising Stars Song Submission 3



  • Asking the big questions:
    • What are the challenges and dangers of remixing people's words?
    • How do you get 60 eighth graders to play in sync, and why does it matter?
    • What makes a (good) song?
  • Additional opportunities:
    • Queens Borough-wide Honors Orchestra (more info to come)

II. What do students find challenging?
  • There are a lot of different skills: technology, note reading, melody instrument, rhythm/harmony instrument, working in a band.  Some will be easier than others for each person, and students will need to spend more time with their weak areas.
  • Projects are more creative and open-ended. This can be overwhelming for students at times. Sometimes it helps to list out or talk through challenges one by one, and often students have a lot of success when they come in before school, after school, or at lunch to work or speak with me.
  • It takes a lot of courage to perform. When students are nervous, it's hard to see the big picture: (1) this is a first step toward becoming someone in high school ready to participate in all kinds of activities and (2) it will get easier the more prepared they feel (support and supervise practicing at home!).

    III.  Resources
    • Checking out an instrument (sign the permission form!)
    • Lunch open practice every Wednesday and Thursday
    • Course Website (shieh.metropolitanels.com)
    • Online tutorials on YouTube and other websites
      • TONS of staff notation quizzes online for next month!
    • Jumpro.pe
    • 7th Grade Weekly E-mail Updates through MailChimp (starting in October)
    • Purchase an instrument?  (See attachment below)

    Thank you for your support of Music at MELS.  Half of the school (over 400+ students!) participates in Music!


    IV.  Instrument safety at home
    • Make sure the bow is (1) loose and (2) looks like this: 
               
    • Keep the instrument out of the heat or cold and away from siblings and pets.
    • Keep the instrument in its case when not in use.  Do not let siblings play
    • Do not tune or attempt to repair the instrument


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    Eric Shieh,
    Sep 24, 2016, 8:27 PM
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    Eric Shieh,
    Sep 24, 2016, 8:27 PM
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