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Music Recital: Elements of Music
Students of Karen Yonkers
Saturday, November 2, 2019
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
Elements of Music includes contrasts. Contrasts in pitch, dynamics, tempo, rhythm and note duration. There are patterns. Patterns of black and white piano keys, specific series of half and whole steps, and musical forms in predictable melodic, rhythmic, or sequential patterns. And there are colors. Color includes the individual timbre of an instrument and the texture of sound. Along with the type of instrument or combination of instruments and voices heard, color also may apply to the way in which the sound is produced. Examples would be staccato, legato, accents, phrases and fermatas! And of course, music is art which is heard. Tonality includes such elements as major or minor modes, and the relation of melody to harmony. Today’s recital focuses on the marks on the page, demonstrating what these various elements of music are.
My definition of music: vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce melodic and harmonic beauty of form.
Here, I list the students, their pieces and what they demonstrated:
Noah: Opposites and patterns. Pitch: hi & low, Duration: long & short, Black Key patterns and imitation
Analithia Monsieur Mouse. High pitch & quarter/half note Rhythm patterns Faber.
Nathan Mary Had a Little Lamb. Contrasting Tonality: a tune on both white and black keys
Henry Improvisation and Boogie with Tucker. Creating melody over harmonic progression with C and D. Faber
Kate: Juggler: Staccato and legato, playing C in octaves. Alfred
Katelyn: Get Away! (William Tell Overture): Dynamic Contrasts. Alfred
Selah Minuet and Trio: Dynamic contrast, varying touch & Ternary Form. Alfred
Jacob: Folk Song Mix Up. Melody in right and left hands, playing octaves.
McKenna: I’m a Fine Musician. Varying dynamics. Pentascale with Tonic and dominant chords
Sojourn: Rigaudon Clarinet scale with quarter and eighth notes. Clarinet duet: harmony.
Perry Oom Pah Pah & Clown. Major and minor modes compared
Ariston: Vocal: America, Happy Wanderer. Demonstration of solfege singing & diction
Gabriel: Pastorale by Couppey. French Ternary with Plagal Cadence. Bacchus
Grace: Village Waltz by L. Køhler. Ternary I-V-I in G Major.
Caleb: Juggler, by J. Strickland. Arpeggios in music in a minor.
Owen; Bouree by Krieger. Rounded Binary form
Next is our Winter Recital, Saturday, December 14, 2019 entitled: Expressions in Music, and featuring seasonal selections from many cultures. 1:30pm at St. Luke's Lutheran Church on 4 Mile and East Beltline.
For lessons, event music or questions: Karen Yonkers (616) 648-3011 KarenYonkersMusic.com
When learning a new piece there is one pitfall that I discourage students from falling into. People of all ages lead busy lives. Finding practice time to learn pieces can get tricky. As I explained in the first tip, developing this habit is of utmost importance.
The pitfall I see is this: student begins playing piece, gets a few measures in, makes a mistake. Students stops, and goes back to the beginning, playing the same thing they just played, gets to that same place a few measures in, makes the same mistake, and then....did you guess? Goes back to the beginning. So what portion is being practiced? The part they already can play well!!!
My instructions are always: stop. Go to the place a few measures in where the problem happens. S-l-o-w it down. Employ one of these ways to fix that problem area:
1) Again, slow it down
2) if piano, try playing hands separately first
3) Methodically strip and rebuild: example in 4/4 time: play beat 4...a few times (x amount of times correctly), back up and play beat 3 and 4...then beat 2,3,4....and finally the entire measure. I call this "practicing backwards"
More tips to come!