This week, I thought that we would look at the Brass Family! Here are a few videos that I enjoy watching. The first video shows how people make sounds on the Brass instruments and the second video shows some members of the Brass family. These musicians you see in this video belong to a Symphony Orchestra – an ensemble that has all 4 families of instruments! What do you think of this family? They are similar to the Woodwind family because you need to blow air into the instrument, but not exactly the same. What are some of the differences?
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Speaking of instruments – here is a video that shows off a lot of cool instruments that you might never have heard of before! How many did you recognize? How many were brand new?
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Camille Saint-Saens was a very famous composer that lived in France from 1835-1921. He wrote a lot of music but one his most famous pieces is a piece called “Carnival of the Animals,” which he wrote in 1886. This composition has 14 different sections (musicians call them movements) in it, each devoted to a different animal. What do you think? Do you think that the way he changed the music for each movement reflects the characteristics of the different animals? One very interesting thing is that Saint-Saens just wrote this piece for fun and didn’t want it played in public until after he died! This piece is quite long but amazing. I hope you enjoy it!
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Jazz music is wonderful for many reasons but one of the ones that I love the most is scat singing! Scat singing is when the singers make up the music on the spot without using real words. When musicians make music up on the spot without practicing, they call this “improvising.” Here is a clip of two very famous American musicians, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme demonstrating their scatting ability at the podium of an awards show!
Mel Torme wrote the music for “A Christmas Song.” Here is another clip of “A Christmas Song” but this time Mel Torme is performing it as a duet with Judy Garland. Judy Garland played the role of Dorothy in the original Wizard of Oz!
Ella Fitzgerald was a very famous Jazz singer and was the first African-American woman to win a Grammy award. Sometimes, musicians never know what is going to get them noticed – one of Ella Fitzgerald’s first big breaks came when she performed a children’s rhyme, called “A Tisket-A Tasket!” One of her most famous songs was “And All That Jazz!”
What do you think of these musicians? Do you like the style of Jazz and Scat singing?
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In our classroom, we use a lot of “body percussion.” Music and sounds that we can make with just our bodies: clapping, snapping, patting, stamping. Here is a video of professional musicians making music with just body percussion. For the third, fourth, and fifth graders – did you notice any spots where they were performing in canon? “Two or more groups, do the same thing, but start at different times?”
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Finally, since I have been sharing a “Piano Guys” video each week, here is one for this week. Since we have talked so much about Jazz this week, I thought this video would be appropriate. The Piano Guys were giving a concert at a college and invited a student up on stage to improvise on the piano. Do you remember what that means? It means, he didn’t get to practice ahead of time. He just went on stage and started making music. Would you be nervous to do that?
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I wish you nothing but the best this week. Reach out and say hi if you haven’t already by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully, you and your family are staying safe and healthy! I can’t wait to get back to school! “For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.” ― Lois Lowry
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