Haere mai! Pūoro 2020
Welcome to senior music 2020
Kia ora koutou and welcome to the WHS senior music learning site. This site functions both as a learning site for all of our senior music students at WHS and as a place to share our work with the world. All of the years tasks and assignments will be available here, along with key dates, links to our Google+ community and, our class blog and other key information.
What you’ll need for this course
- You should have a device for this course and bring it to every lesson—it is essential for helping you to complete the online component.
- If you have a cell phone, you will be allowed to use it at certain times (as advised by your teacher) to create videos of the work you are doing.
- The school does have some instruments, however, in general if you own your own instrument you’re encouraged to bring that to school to practice on—you’ll feel much better practicing on your own instrument than one of the school ones that are of varying quality (and states of repair!)
The importance of personal practice
There is a lot to get through in the music courses (true for all levels). In order for you to keep on top of your work and complete all available standards, it is important that you are practicing your instrument in your own time (as homework). There are opportunities to practice in class as well, however, class time is better spent (particularly after you’ve finished the group performance assessment) on completing the written internals and preparing for the externals. Ideally, every student should have an instrumental teacher. If you are a singer, I’d advise you to join the singing/choir class on line 6. Other instrumentalists can talk to me about the options available for instrumental tuition, both through the school and in the community.
We have our double period on Friday. Every week we will have students performing to the class. The idea here is to build performance skills in a safe environment before presenting items to wider audiences. Performances in these times are not meant to be finished products necessarily (though you should aim to present something to the best of your ability), they may be works in progress or even segments of things you’ve been working on. We will construct a schedule for these performances in class. We’ll start week 3!
Concert Series 2020
We will be running several concerts through out the year. The first will be a series of lunchtime concerts in Rm 11, starting in term 2, and running through term 3 as well. We didn’t get this off the ground in 2019, but I’m going to push to get it going this year. As a class we will discuss the programs for these concerts—there are a few options of what it might look like. We will also have a more formal concert in the evening towards the end of term 2. Level 2 and 3 students will be expected to perform at these concerts as part of their assessment.