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)

Staff Picks of the Week

This week we were feeling dramatic and have listed 5 of our favourite musicals! Click on the names to take you to some clips or whole shows!

Mrs. Ayers

This is a cruel joke… Top 5? Seriously. You get 10. I could have easily gone 20.

  1. West Side Story
  2. Wicked
  3. The Phantom of the Opera
  4. Hamilton
  5. Hello, Dolly! – fun fact, I was in my hometowns production of this as a child
  6. Les Miserables
  7. The Lion King
  8. Rent
  9. The Sound of Music
  10. Hairspray

Mr. Martin

Here are some you might not have heard of or seen. Take a look.

  1. Frankenstein – Written and performed by Edmontons Catalyst Theatre. This was an awe inspiring gothic retelling with great music, acting and sets. Shame there isn’t a full soundtrack or recording.
  2. Kiss me Kate – Oldie with an amazing score, based on the Merchant of Venice
  3. Martin Guerre – Written by the team behind Les Miserables this musical didn’t last long but had an amazing score and songs.
  4. Pirates of Penzance – Not technically a musical but the 80’s re-scored production and film is too bonkers not to include.
  5. Sing Street – Just watched the movie last week! Here is a sneak peak of the musical version that has been postponed before its broadway debut.

Mr. Ward

  1. Singin’ in the Rain
  2. Moana
  3. Holiday Inn
  4. Fiddler on the Roof
  5. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Ms. Worman

  1. The Blues Brothers
  2. The Commitments
  3. Muppets Christmas Carol
  4. La la land
  5. Jesus Christ Superstar

Monday, Monday…

Hopefully you had time to check out the Cancer Blows opportunity and can take part in recording the global version of Song for Hope (See previous post for more info).

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)

Upcoming

RESONATE: ONLINE – May 27th/28th & June 3rd/4th Register HERE. More info coming

Music Challenge – Cancer Blows

For anyone with instruments, please take a look at this potential opportunity for an amazing cause to record yourself, and combine with musicians across the globe.

Some older students will remember Senior Band performing the poignant piece “Song for Hope” by Dr. Peter Meechan three years ago. Written for world renowned trumpet player Ryan Anthony. Song for Hope has become an anthem of strength, togetherness and hope that has been featured on concert programs around the world. 

A film company has been recording Ryan’s 8 year battle against terminal cancer and in this unsettling time have opened up the opportunity for a project to combine as many musicians as possible playing Song for Hope. They will then carefully stitch all of these videos together into one music video proving that in a world under crisis, we are together and when people need hope they can always turn to music.

“We want this project to be as inclusive as possible – unity, togetherness, collaboration, and – of course – hope are our goals. The “perfect” take doesn’t exist – and so we encourage you, more than anything else, to find joy and hope through your performance – participation is what counts!” – Peter Meechan

There are parts for every level of musician and full instructions and more background at this link:

https://www.songforhopemovie.com/song-of-hope-world-band

Here is a reminder of the piece. Have a great weekend.

Happy Friday!

Whats Streaming?

Canadian Brass – This world renowned Canadian group are presenting weekly live videos, Interviews, special guests , Trombone, Tuba Chat, Music Mindset talks, lessons and more.

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Canadian Brass Weekly Sessions.
https://www.facebook.com/canadianbrass

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts: This awesome series is continuing with artists in their own home.

Two picks – Jazz Saxophonist Braxton Cook and Rodrigo y Gabriela: 

Test your Brain

Did you know the band that wrote this track is actually from Jacksonville, Florida? Can you guess the song?
Fly away and never look back. Then see if you can guess this song’s title.
If all of us lived here, it’d get real claustrophobic real quick. Can you guess which song we’re showing?
The music may have died but this song will live on. Can you guess what it’s called?

Get Active

Beat Goes on Body Percussion (Join Ollie in another body percussion workshop in your own living room)

Staff Picks of the Week

This weeks topic: 5 favourite composers (click on the titles to listen)

This week we asked the teachers to name some of their favourite composers. Top 5 was just too hard to narrow down! Comment below or by email with yours.

Mrs Ayres

  1. Brian Balmages – Blue Ridge Reel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YhtvI9DX4o)
  2. Eric Whitacre – October (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EoUAbODO34)
  3. Percy Grainger – Lincolnshire Posy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1FDk8__Nv4)
  4. Elena Roussanova Lucas – Harvesting the Fields of Russia (https://www.jwpepper.com/Harvesting-the-Fields-of-Russia/2700114.item#/submit)
  5. Howard Cable – Banks of Newfoundland (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz9Ftc4x8bs)

Mr. Martin – complete bias to composers that affected me through me performing their music!

Mr. Ward

1. John Williams, The Olympic Spirit https://youtu.be/i4QQ2SvQcE8
2. Hans Zimmer, Planet Earth 2 Theme https://youtu.be/Qh_runxXook
3. Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 3 https://youtu.be/F3sZQeU4O1U
4. Howard Shore, https://youtu.be/Xx8C0RWUb5A
5. Giovanni Gabrielli, Canzon Due Decimi Toni https://youtu.be/LrsBSK1WgbA

Ms. Worman

Music Monday – Week Ahead

Happy Music Monday and May the Fourth be with you!

Imagine a world and movies without music… (Star Wars Throne room scene minus the triumphant music soundtrack changes the entire scene!)

More Star wars music here:

MUSIC MONDAY TODAY – Get out and play and send us your videos!

On Monday, May 4, 2020 hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, parents, musicians, and music lovers from coast to coast to coast will celebrate the importance of music in our lives. We are asking Prairie Spirit School Division band students and alumni to participate in our event!

At 11am (Saskatchewan time) we are asking our musicians to take to decks, yards and/or driveways to perform O Canada as an expression of gratitude for living in this great country during such anxious times.

BONUS

If you can have someone video your performance or you can video it yourself PLEASE post it on social media (at the very least – a photo) with the hashtag #musicmonday #pssdproud

Let’s join together (at home) to celebrate music and the importance of music education in schools. Let’s celebrate what it means to be Canadian.

Get your sheet music below or use your own versions of O Canada

O Canada Sheet musicDownload

Activities – May 4-8th

  • This weeks activities have been updated on the assignments pages.

NEW SITE! For grade 7-9 *link updated on the 7-9 page*
There is a new website for online band for grades 7-9!  Several people were having trouble accessing the Google site.  With this new website you won’t need a google account or permission to access, and all the lessons can be downloaded as word files.  All the content on the website remains the same.  Here is a link: www.pssd79.wordpress.com