A year ago, I signed a contract with Hillsborough marching band but I never knew what I was signing up for. The place I feel at ease is marching band practice. This is because the people there are nice. I even won an award for being the most improved rookie. Although it is tiresome I have to constantly spend around 3 hours practicing marching and playing my music every Mondays and Tuesday during summer and fall, the adrenaline rush made me more focused and on task.
I chose orchestra as my educational activity because it gives you the ability to show off and gain important skills, benefits your body, and teaches you valuable lessons about teamwork. One reason I chose to join orchestra because, it teaches you useful skills,and every so often, tests you on those skills, which can help you in the long run. For example, in an orchestra learn to do things many people can’t. You learn all different types of important skills like how to read sheet music, how to multitask, gain impressive hand-eye coordination, and how to cooperate with people. Most people presumably wouldn’t care for reading sheet music, but multitasking is a genuine skill people search for in the real world.
The melodies in The Magic Flute always linger on hours after I have listened to them. What is more, the conductor of the version I listened to, Riccardo Muti and the Wiener Philharmoniker excellently executed performance of this beautiful,masterful work. Lastly, The Magic Flute contains one of my favourite arias ever written because of how dramatic it is but more importantly how technically demanding it is and it is none other than the famous Queen of the Night aria (translated to English), ‘Hell’s Vengeance Boils In My Heart’ and specifically the version sung by Edita
The best and most interesting piece of music that has been studied this year would have to be Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. It takes one on quite the journey, with so much story behind the music. The fact that the piece is based around Berlioz’s beloved is very interesting because of the story that the music follows. It is a morbidly happy piece where you can tell exactly what is happening in the story while listening. The idée fixe gives the piece a lot of emotion as it comes back in each movement with a different appearance but ties the whole piece together.
Due to its success, an encore performance was presented two months later at Central Hall, Westminster, where Andrew’s father was the organist. The encore performance played to a full house filled with members of the St. Paul’s School community and,
The music flows well, especially in there the transitional sections when the tempo slows down. There is a resounding theme that is always referenced too. I love this piece by Haydn. The first time I heard it, it indeed gave me a surprise.
A large number of orchestrators and composers tour around the world playing his music and trying to mimic his musical studies. Mozart’s music was very gentle and subtle, and easy to listen to for long periods of time. There is still a lot of study going on about his music because it is believed that there is a thing called the “Mozart Effect”. The Mozart Effect is where it is believed that listening to Mozart’s music can stimulant the brain increase brain activity. Listening to his music can help you study for a test or exam, help you remember certain things about a topic, etc.
For example, you could play a trumpet, clarinet, or flute. It’s is fun learning to play an instrument because you can hear new music and learn to play songs that you like. Performing in a concert can make you feel nervous and confident. This can help you later in life because you feel more confident and everyone has your back. Secondly, band class gets the class involved in teamwork.
For over two years I have been blessed to be involved in teaching young children. When I had begun to help at Kids Zone it quickly changed into a transitional period. The administrator, Melissa Cooke, moved to Michigan six months after I had started helping and so it was being run temporarily by the Fisher family for a few months. Unfortunately when Melissa left, the entirety of the volunteer staff stopped volunteering. It was up to the Fisher family and I, five unqualified people to lead the Kids Zone program every week.
The video we watched this week involved three musicians with different leadership styles but their outcome was the same, produce great music. The first musician was Duke Ellington and his band. Duke did not care if his band members hated each other, drank, or even went to jail. Duke’s main concern was that they were able to produce good music at the end of the day. The second musician in the video was Benny Goodman, and his style was to put the fear of God into his band members.
I ended up doing my report on Notre Dame anyway, and while researching the topic, I started to fall in love with the assignment. Listening to the other reports somehow made it easier for me to understand the evolution of music; it made it easier to understand why music is the way it is now, and where theory comes from. After that, I began to do something that I’ve never done before: accept anything and everything a teacher throws at me. If a teacher assigned something that I thought was “pointless”, I wouldn’t put much time and effort into it.
About a month after the nerve racking All-District Band auditions, three bands in Northwest Missouri performed last Saturday to a near-full theater. Thomas Brockman, the lead band director at Smithville and NWMMEA president said, “All-District is an honor band that represents our top players in the Northwest region. Students go in and audition on a set of material and they are selected via their performance in the audition and if you make this group you are doing very well and you’re also one of the top players in Northwest Missouri.” The NWMMEA or Northwest Missouri Music Educators Association holds audition events for high school and middle school band students on the first Saturday of November annually.
I was determined to make it my senior year after that disappointment. My senior year I practiced on my own for at least a thirty minutes everyday and with my voice coach at least one hour a week. We practiced my solo, sight-reading music, and everything in between. I met with my choir director to do mock auditions and he would judge me on my performances.