Studio Journal

SCSM Performance Challenge

posted 17 Nov 2009, 04:29 by Kylie Grayston   [ updated 31 Dec 2009, 21:24 by Thomas Grayston ]

Nine students were involved in the Performance Challenge held over a weekend in early October.

A Winter Recital

posted 30 Jul 2009, 23:58 by Kylie Grayston   [ updated 17 Nov 2009, 04:29 ]

Our mid-year student concert was held at the Launceston General Hospital Chapel on the 12th of July, 2009.
Thirteen students entertained their families and friends, along with some hospital staff and patients.

More composing

posted 12 May 2009, 21:44 by Kylie Grayston   [ updated 15 Jul 2009, 20:29 ]

Here are Lucas, Tom and Jacinda working on the compositions that they began writing in 1st Quarter.  I am been very impressed by the creativity of many students.  I have given them less guidelines to follow this week and they have coped very well!

Dry Erase Theory Activities

posted 7 May 2009, 20:45 by Kylie Grayston   [ updated 15 Jul 2009, 03:39 ]

This week the whiteboard markers are out and we are learning about accidentals.  Practising drawing flats, sharps and naturals is fun when you have coloured markers and a whiteboard!

Kodaly Rhythm System

posted 7 May 2009, 20:43 by Kylie Grayston   [ updated 15 Jul 2009, 03:38 ]

This is Isobel working on rhythm cards with ti-ti, ta, ta-a, sa etc. as the beat names.  We stick the cards on the whiteboard and clap and say the rhythms.  We can also write the beat names under the notes.  Some of these rhythms are real tongue twisters!

One Minute Club

posted 7 May 2009, 20:42 by Kylie Grayston   [ updated 15 Jul 2009, 03:36 ]

I have introduced the One Minute Club into the studio.  To be in the One Minute Club you have to name and play 34 note flashcards in 60 seconds! It can be done! Everyone started with level 1 this week - which involves 6 guide note cards to be named and played in 10 seconds! I have a new yellow stopwatch ready to time everyone :)


posted 7 May 2009, 20:39 by Kylie Grayston   [ updated 15 Jul 2009, 03:34 ]

Here are Jacinda and Shanae creating rhythms to use for a composition activity.
Many students had fun composing a rhythm with big coloured note cards and pencils for bar lines.

They chose from a range of interesting pentascales (black key, pentatonic or blues) and used those notes to write a melody.
Later we will finish the melody and add a left hand accompaniment!
Hopefully some compositions will be ready to perform at the mid-year concert :)

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