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MUSIC - Mr Simon Hughes


Visit from Richard Gill, Australia's foremost music educator

The following is a short movie with highlights of Richard working with our Year 2 and Year 5 students last week. The focus for Richard’s lessons was ultimately developing composition (creative skills) in the students. He did this in a wide variety of ways through a focus piece of repertoire. The student’s learnt the song or speech pattern over the entire lesson through different speech, movement, singing, and playing exercises as well as improvising musical patterns. It was amazing to watch how engaged students were as a result of having ownership over the musical material. Richard also questioned students and assessed their progress constantly. He would adjust pace or direction of the lesson as it suited the classes. He also sat with the children at the end of each session and asked them to describe and explain what they had achieved during the lesson.

Click here to watch a clip from Richard’s visit on the AIS You Tube channel.

As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter our Year 11 and 12 Elective Music Students performed excerpts from Miserere mei, Deus composed by Italian composer Allegri – in the 1630s. This performance was, in effect, representative of our senior Elective Music Program and not a formal ensemble performance. I have included a link to the film of their performance here. It is impressive that our students can access this level of repertoire through our classroom Music Program and I must acknowledge the work of Mr Murray Winton who prepared this performance.


Annual Music Ensemble Evening – Wednesday, 4 June

Ticket and Rehearsal Information
A reminder that tickets are available through the following link http://aisensemble2014.eventbrite.sg - the event venue will have a maximum capacity of 400 on the night and we will not be able to allow standing room. Last year was a sell-out so please purchase early to avoid disapointment.

  • Student performers do not need a ticket

  • Elementary Student performers will need a seat saved for them in the theatre as they will be invited to sit with parents once they have performed

Sunday, 1 June – Rehearsal Day
We are holding a rehearsal day on Sunday, 1 June. These rehearsal times are compulsory for all performers in the ensembles listed below. With many interruptions to our normal rehearsal times, you will appreciate we need this dedicated weekend rehearsal to put the final touches to performances.

Please note that this year we need the Elementary String Ensemble to come to this rehearsal and any Elementary students who are in the Concert Band.

Please note that the Elementary Choir is not required at this rehearsal.

If your child has a problem with meeting these commitments please ask them to see me directly or send an email to the Music Department.

Your child will need to bring their instrument and music on the day and we will provide a pizza lunch for them at 12:00pm. Students are free to leave the rehearsal after their commitments have been met.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Please help your child to meet this commitment. We know that you will enjoy the results of this hard work and commitment on Wednesday, 4 June at the Ensemble Evening.

Sunday, 1 June - Rehearsal Schedule

10:00

Concert Band

Music room 2

 

Palladio - Karl Jenkins
Upper Elementary Strings
Secondary Strings
Tutor Rhythm Section

Music room 1

11:00

Concordis

Theatre

11:30

AIS Lower Secondary (6 to 8) choir

Music room 3

12:00

LUNCH

 

12:30

 AIS Choir (6 to 12) ALL CHOIR

Theatre

1:30

Soul Band

Music room 1

Senior Vocal Ensemble

Music room 3

2:30

FINISH

 


Music CCAs

All Music CCAs are on next week. We are preparing students for our Ensemble Evening in Week 8 and need full attendance at all rehearsals. The Ensemble Evening will take place on Wednesday, 4 June in the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Concert Hall.

Please keep Sunday, 1 June free for any student who is involved in this event as this will be our weekend rehearsal day.

Music CCAs 2014

Monday

Elementary Chamber Choir

7:50-8:40

Music Room 5

Percussion Ensemble

12:50-1:30

Music Room 2

Secondary Strings

3:40-4:30

Music Room 3

Tuesday

Secondary Chamber Ensemble

7:45-8:30

Music Room 1

Yr. 3 - 5 Choir

11:00-11:50

Music Room 5

Concert Band

3:40-4:45

Music Room 2

Woodwind Ensemble

3:40-4:20

Music Room 3

Flute Choir

3:40-4:30

Music Room 1

Wednesday

Elementary String Quartet

7:30-8:30

Music Room 3

Elementary Strings

11:00-11:50

Music Room 6

Secondary Recorder Ensemble

12:55 – 1:35

Music Room 3

Brass Ensemble

3:40-4:30

Music Room 3

Guitar Ensemble

3:40-4:30

Music Room 1

Thursday

Senior Vocal Ensemble (by audition)

7:30-8:30

Music Room 1

Soul Band – Return to the Forbidden Planet - horns and rhythm section

12:50-1:30

Music Room 1

Concordis

3:40-5:30

Music Room 3

Soul Band – Return to the Forbidden Planet - rhythm section only

3:45-4:45

Music Room 1

Senior Brass Ensemble

3:45-4:45

Music Room 3

Friday

Lower Secondary Choir 6 to 8

12:45-1:35

Music Room 3

Upper Secondary Choir 9 to 12

12:45-1:35

Music Room 2