Final Week and Year End Celebration

We are in our final week of supplemental learning. If you have anything to submit to your teachers please do so by the end of the week.

This Friday we will be hosting a year end Celebration and Jamming session on microsoft teams. Please feel free to join us, bring and instrument or just hang out.

  • June 19th Jamming Friday and Year End Celebration 10-11:30am – Come join us for a celebration of our musical year, some optional jamming, hanging out and year end awards for supplemental learning. All welcome! 

If you need help getting into microsoft teams just contact your teacher.

June 8-12th

Reflecting back on an amazing past two weeks. If you attended Resonate please send in the sessions you attended, your thoughts and take aways from each!

This weeks activities are found below. Including two interactive live sessions with the Music Team on Microsoft Teams this Thursday and Friday. These events are open to any students of any ability to interact with other musicians/students and staff. Links will be emailed out and posted here on Thursday/Friday.

Thursday Concept Sessions:

  • Road to Jamming (Transposing) 10-11am – Join the PSSD Music team for an intro, hints and tips for how to transpose on sight when Jamming. Then join us on Friday to Jam.
  • Pick your poison – 11-12am – Is there is a burning topic you want to talk about or something you would like to learn? pick the music teams brains.

Jamming Friday: 10-11:30am Bring an instrument, your voice, a box of dried pasta or some old pots n’ pans and join us for Jamming Friday. All ages and abilities welcome.

This weeks activities

Happy Friday

Resonate 2020 is finished and what an incredible 5 days of sessions connecting students and teachers from across Canada and the U.S.

A HUGE thank you to those that took part and our incredible faculty. In tribute todays listening is a playlist of songs from our artists.

Have a great weekend!

This weeks activities

Hello, 

Hope you had a fantastic weekend and enjoyed the amazing weather. We are into our second week and final two days of Resonate:Online this Wednesday June 3rd and Thursday June 4th. There is still time for students to sign up and take part. Please spread the word and help connect students together and with these great artists. There is no cost.

  • Any student in grade 7-12 can attend whether they are currently studying music or not
  • Students can attend as much or as little as they are able over the two days
  • Sessions Artist’s include Tania Miller, Brian BalmagesJeffery StrakerPeter MeechanMegan NashCrock & Brooks(Rowloff Percussion), Andrew LittlefordJoel JeschkeBrendan Friesen and Saskatoon Jazz Jams live
  • Students can sign up here: Register Here
  • More information here: www.resonatelive.ca    Artist Profiles here www.resonatelive.ca/2020-artists

Schedule:

Please let me know if you need more information or have questions we want as many students to take advantage of this opportunity as possible!

This weeks activities

  • Grade 5/6
  • Grade 7-9 – NO LESSON PLANS THIS WEEK – Instead Sign up for and attend Resonate sessions of your choice – SIGN UP HERE
  • Grade 10-12 – NO LESSON PLANS THIS WEEK – Instead Sign up for and attend Resonate sessions of your choice – SIGN UP HERE
  • Jazz – NO LESSON PLANS THIS WEEK – Instead Sign up for and attend Resonate sessions of your choice – SIGN UP HERE

Resonate Day Two – Tomorrow

WOW! What an incredible first day of sessions and performances. Thank you to our amazing day one artists Elly & Eric, Matt Abraham, Paul Suchan, Todd “Lil Duece Duece” Bryanton, Big Dog Rob Bryanton, Cathy Sproule and the inspiring Spotlight artists Bombargo for their performances. Thank you to all the students from across Canada that tuned in and took part!

Tomorrows line up:

  • Karen Donnelly – Brass Masterclass with the Principal Trumpet of the NAC Orchestra
  • Matt Abraham – Conducting 101 first thing!
  • Jennifer Lang Vocals
  • Lil Duece Duece – Composing music to picture
  • Big Dog Rob Bryanton – Repairing Editing and mixing sound for web, tv and film
  • Grammy Nominated artist Jacob Faithful (Young Spirit Singers)
  • Eric & Elly – Songwriters Tool box and bridging the highway between singers and musicians
  • Lunch time performance from Gerard Weber (Tenor Sax) and Brett Graham (Vibraphone)

It is not too late to take part. Sign up HERE or contact Mr. Martin will.martin@spiritsd.ca for more info.

Resonate Starts tomorrow!

It is not too late to sign up for tomorrows sessions for Resonate:Online. There are some AMAZING free sessions tomorrow from Matt Abraham’s Band sessions to Rob Bryanton’s Digital editing, Elly and Eric’s songwriting classes, Paul Suchan’s Woodwind session Lil Duece Duece, a fiddle session with Cathy Sproule and BOMBARGO

Sign up HERE (takes 2 minutes)

Sessions tomorrow

*The 11am Spotlight Session with Bombargo will include their performances.

Week ahead – RESONATE WEEK!

Hello, 

This is an exciting week for music in PSSD. Resonate Student Music Conference is going online and begins on Wednesday. If you haven’t already please sign up if you are in grade 7-12 (or even if you want to and you are in grade 6). We have some INCREDIBLE artists coming to work with and do sessions with students all free of charge. With this in mind there will be no activities for grades 7-12 this week and next week. The activity is to attend some Resonate sessions and report back which ones you attended. PLEASE SIGN UP!

  Artist for this week and next include:

  • Brian Balmages (Composer)
  • Tania Miller (Symphony Conductor – Victoria Symphony)
  • Karen Donnelly (Principal Trumpet of the National Arts Centre Orchestra)
  • Allan Gilliland (Composer)
  • Megan Nash (Juno Nominated Singer/Songwriter)
  • Bombargo (NME Featured Saskatoon Band)
  • Jacob Faithful (Grammy Nominated First Nations artist)
  • Paul Suchan (Composer/Wind Player)
  • Matt Abraham (Conductor and Pecussionist) 
  • Crock and Brooks (Rowloff Percussion, USA)
  •  Andrew Littleford (Dirty Catfish Brass Band)  
  • and many more.  (more artist info here – www.resonatelive.ca/2020-artists )
  • Students can register for multiple days
  • Students/Teachers can come and go and are not tied into full days. Pick and choose the sessions they want to attend
  • All events are free but they need to quickly register HERE so we can give them access to the sessions.

Please let me know if you need more information or have questions we want as many students to take advantage of this opportunity as possible!

This weeks activities, 

  • Grade 5/6
  • Grade 7-9 – NO LESSON PLANS THIS WEEK – Instead Sign up for and attend Resonate sessions of your choice – SIGN UP HERE
  • Grade 10-12 – NO LESSON PLANS THIS WEEK – Instead Sign up for and attend Resonate sessions of your choice – SIGN UP HERE
  • Jazz – NO LESSON PLANS THIS WEEK – Instead Sign up for and attend Resonate sessions of your choice – SIGN UP HERE

Staff Picks of the Week!

This week for our picks we chose the top five albums that influenced/inspired us. Have a look!

Mrs. Ayers

Mozart Clarinet Concerto & Quintet – Martin Fröst
Birth of the Cool – Miles Davis
The Atomic Mr. Basie – Count Basie & The Count Basie Orchestra
Now He Sings, Now He Sobs – Chick Corea
Carnaval – Eastman Wind Ensemble & Wynton Marsalis

Mr. Martin

Parklife-Blur
Classic Brass- Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Blue Light, Red Light- Harry Connick
August and Everything After-Counting Crows
Beautiful Freak- Eels

Mr. Ward
I couldn’t narrow it down to five…

1. Gordon Lightfoot- Summertime Dream
2. Joachim Schaefer- Barocco Concertante
3. Johnny Cash- American III
4. Hammerfall- Glory to the Brave
5. Tyr- Eric the Red
6. Alison Balsom- Bach works for Trumpet
7. Amon Amarth- Twilight of the Thunder Gods
8. The Lord of the Rings soundtrack- Howard Shore
9. Antonio Vivaldi- The Four Seasons
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers- Stadium Arcadium

Ms. Worman

That’s It- Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Myles Davis- Plays the Classic Ballads
Bonerama-Bonerama plays Zepplin
Stan Kenton- Kenton 76
The Band- Last Waltz

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everyone! There are some great concerts to stream this weekend. Have a look, and have great weekend!

May 22
The Metropolitan Opera: Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
https://www.metopera.org/

New World Symphony Fellows: Live From Our Living Rooms
Time: 7 p.m. ET
ttps://www.facebook.com/NewWorldSymphony/

May 23
The Violin Channel Live
– Pianist Christopher Park: 1 p.m. ET
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_DO3GwiKhy-Z6XtmnxhfRA

May 24
Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach’s Cello Suites
Time: 3 p.. ET
https://www.youtube.com/yoyoma

RESONATE: ONLINE – SIGN UP

Happy Monday Tuesday. Please find the links to this weeks music activities below at the end of the post or check the relevant assignment page.

Resonate:Online May 27th & 28th and June 3rd & 4th

All students in grades 7-12 (whether they study music or not) are invited to take part in Resonate:Online. Held over 4 days, students are invited to log in to Microsoft Teams as much as they want to work with some of the most incredible artists – Check out the current list HERE with more to be announced.

This year students can attend as many days and sessions as they want but they must register HERE. All events are free.

A reminder The Saskatchewan Band Association has teamed up with Long and McQuade music to create a great competition with some fantastic prizes for you and your school! The Saskatchewan Band Association (SBA) invites ALL band enthusiasts – band students, band parents, grandparents, band directors, community band musicians etc.- to create a short and fun video of about 30-60 seconds highlighting why you love band. Please click the link for more info

https://www.saskband.org/News-&-Events

This weeks activities

New Activities for April 27th-May 1st

(click on the appropriate age level and follow the links)