Issue No. 1
September, 2014
Lifelong Listeners Newsletter
Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to Music 101's Lifelong Listeners Newsletter! This is your chance to step outside of the studio and learn about music in a whole new way! Each month, we will feature concerts you can attend and videos you can listen to online. We will also have music-related links, games, articles, and studio news. By exploring this newsletter, students can earn listener points by completing worksheets and redeeming them
at the studio for great prizes!  We hope that this newsletter will be a fun, inspiring, and interesting way to grow an even deeper love of music.  

Happy Listening!

Music 101

Live Concerts!piano-stage
(Use this section with Listener Worksheet #1  and Listener Worksheet #2)

9/20 (Sat.) - Lexington Symphony Concert, 8PM.
Come hear the Lexington Symphony celebrate Estonian composers and musical traditions in their "Estonian Night" concert! This concert includes a piano soloist so you can hear the orchestra as well as a wonderful pianist!  Click here for more information!

10/4 (Sat.) - Waltham Symphony Concert, 8PM.
Come hear the Waltham Symphony perform Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with pianist Paul Carlson.  Here is another chance to hear an orchestra and a great pianist all in one night!  Click here for more information!
Listen Online!abstract-mouse.jpg
(Use this section with Listener Worksheet #1 and Listener Worksheet #2
At the Lexington Symphony concert, the orchestra will play with a wonderful piano soloist, Diana Liiv. Want a preview? Check out this video of her playing three short piano pieces by Arvo P�rt. She will play this at the concert.

 

Guitar: "Malaguena" (Sabicas, guitar) At the Lexington Symphony concert, they are celebrating the music of Estonia. The Kantele is a traditional Estonian instrument. To learn more about it, click here.  Other countries also have traditional instruments. In Spain, it is traditional to play the guitar. Check out this video of Spanish guitar player Sabicas playing Malaguena. Piano students, do you recognize it?

 

Spanish composer Manuel De Falla wrote this Jota (a Spanish dance) for violin with accompaniment. Notice how the violinist plucks the strings to imitate guitar sounds.

 

In America, Jazz music is traditional. Check out this video of Ella Fitzgerald, a famous jazz singer. Notice how she sometimes sings nonsense syllables, this is called scat singing. Also listen in the middle when all of the band members take turns playing solos that they make up as they go along (this is called improvising). Imagine if you had to make up your recital song right on the stage! 

 

Orchestra: Aaron Copland: "Hoedown from Rodeo" (Sofia Festival Orchestra) American composer Aaron Copland wrote this music for a ballet called "Rodeo". The ballet is about cowboys and cowgirls. Does the music remind you of cowboys, horses, and open prairies? It is a celebration of American culture. Want to hear more? Click here to hear more music from "Rodeo".   

Student Games!

Feeling a little rusty after a long, relaxing summer?  Review your note-reading and music terms with these great online games!
Faculty Spotlight

We are delighted to introduce our new teachers: Hayley Thompson-King and Leah Dominy!  Both are accomplished performers and teachers.  In fact, Leah will soon be featured in a 1/2-hour segment on the Brooksby Village Retirement Community's TV channel!  On the show, she will talk about her career and perform on piano and organ.  Read more about our new faculty here!
In This Issue
Composers & Artists
(Use this section with Listener Worksheet #3)

Aaron Copland

Manuel De Falla

Ella Fitzgerald

Arvo Part

Sabicas

Other Links
(Use this section with Listener Worksheet # 4)

Estonia

Jazz

Jota

Improvisation

Kantele

Orchestra

Scat Singing
How to Earn Listener Points!
You can earn Listener Points by exploring this newsletter, completing worksheets, and redeeming them for great prizes!  Here is how:

 

1) Download Listener Worksheets  from our website or pick up copies at the studio. 

 

2) Go to a concert!  See our "Live Concerts" section for ideas.  Turn in your program for 10 points.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #1 or Listener Worksheet #2 about something you heard for 10 additional points. 

 

3) Listen online!  Listen to one of the videos in the "Listen Online" section and turn in Listener Worksheet #1 or Listener Worksheet #2 for 10 points.

4) Click on a link in the "Composers & Artists" section.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #3 for 10 points.

5) Click on a link in the "Other Links" section.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #4 for 10 points.    

5) Look up any music topic that interests you.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #5 for 10 points. 

 Have a question? Email Jenny Herzig at enrichment@music101studios.com