Friday, February 25, 2011

Percussion - N'Stuff

Click on the link below to find more detailed information regarding all of the different (Non-pitched) Percussion available -


Here is a short video that gives a brief description of some of the standard percussion instruments. 

The University of Missouri - St. Louis, Percussion Ensemble

Friday, February 18, 2011

Independent Music - What the Big Dogs Don't Want You to Hear!

The boundaries between major and independent labels, and the definitions of each, differ from commentator to commentator. In practice, however, the traditional definition of a 'major' record label is one that owns its own distribution channel. Some independent record labels, in particular those with successful performing artists, sign dual-release agreements (and make other deals) with major labels and may rely to some extent on international licensing deals, distribution agreements, and other arrangements with major record labels. Major labels may also wholly or partially acquire independent labels.

Other nominally "independent" labels are started (and sometimes run) by major label artists but are still owned at least in part by the major label parent. These spin-off labels are also frequently referred to as vanity labels or "boutique labels" and are intended to appease established, powerful artists and/or to give them latitude in discovering and promoting new talent.

According to Association of Independent Music (AIM) "(...) A "major" is defined in AIM's constitution as a multinational company which (together with the companies in its group) has more than 5% of the world market(s) for the sale of records and/or music videos. The majors are (currently) Sony BMG, Warner, EMI, and the Universal Music Group (which incorporates Polygram).(...) If a major owns 50% or less of the total shares in your company, you would not (usually) be owned or controlled by that major. In that case, you can join AIM."

Assignment: Due Tuesday 2/22/2011

Use the "Internet" to find an Independent Artist you dig - Post a "bit" about them. Where did you find them (website)? Post a clip, video, or Picture if possible. Tell us why you like them.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

4 Songs - 2 Ideas: What makes this music tick?

In class you listened to 2 groups of 2 songs each. Compare and contrast each group of songs. Tell us how they were similar/different. Answers questions like: What is the Genre of these songs?  What are the prominent instruments used between these two songs?  What role does the bass play?  What role do the drums play?  What is the purpose of these songs?  Are they the same?  Can you hear a lot of layers?  What is the Musical Texture?  Etc...

Once you do your initial listen write 2-3 well developed paragraphs (on Your Blog) stating your conclusion about the relationship between these two songs.  You of course will do this again with the second set of songs. 

Due Thursday 2/17/2011

Track Listings:

Set One
Nine Inch Nail: Ringfinger
Jamiroquai: Stop Don't Panic

Set Two:
FlyLeaf: I'm So Sick
Paramore: That's What You Get

Monday, February 7, 2011

Music, Energy, and Fiction

Today in class we are listening to 5 different pieces of music and writing a work of fiction (in real time) that reflects the energy and vibe that the music portrays -

Track 1.) Third Rail (Ben Allison)
Track 2.) The Deep End (Crossfade)
Track 3.) Red Satin Dress (Cherryholmes)
Track 4.) Boogielastic (Joshua Redman)
Track 5.) These Small Wonders (Dog's Eye View)

Assignment:  Please take the time to type up your "Story" and post it to your blog by Wednesday 2/9/2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

What you need to know for your T*E*S*T on 2/11/2011

Below are links to the topics covered in class today.  Be sure to look them over.  You will have a test on these concepts Friday February 11, 2011!  This test will include note reading/identification.  Be sure to practice your note reading using the Practice link below.  If you have any further questions regarding the material - check out the video below for a quick and helpful review. 

1.)  Please click HERE to review the Staff, Clefs, and Ledger Lines covered in class today. 
2.) Please click HERE to review the Note Values covered in class today. 
3.) Please click HERE to review Measures and Time Signatures covered in class today. 
4.) Please click HERE to review Rest Values covered in class today. 

Practice Note Reading!

Here are some mnemonic devises  for remembering the notes on the staff in both treble and bass clef.