November - Student Page

100-day Challenge
- keep working on your practice charts. You can still do this challenge.
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Students who have completed the 100-day practice chart

October Issue
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November Teachers Guide
Kids' Corner
Past Issues


Composer of the Month

Antonin Dvorak



Click this link to learn how to say his name: 

Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

Largo - This is probably the most famous part of the work. Listen for the beautiful English horn melody.


The whole Symphony No. 9:

(0:37) 1st mvt (Adagio, Allegro Molto)
(10:42) 2nd mvt (Largo) - You can see the English horn playing the melody at around 14:30 minutes.
(23:30) 3rd mvt (Scherzo, Molto Vivace)
(32:07) 4rth mvt (Allegro con fuoco)



Serenade for Strings (note in the issue we accidentally wrote that this was a five-minute work, we meant to say that it is a five-movement work.) This video offers a good opportunity to look at the different string instruments up close. Notice how the violas (shown right at the beginning) are just a bit bigger than the violins.



Serenade for Winds: Notice the non wind instruments that are there for accompaniment.




Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin) - Listen to the famous solo by the clarinet right at the beginning. It slides around the notes and gives it a very distinct, jazzy sound.


Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 - The clarinets start this work as well but with a very different sound and effect!


Just for fun!

Flight of the Bumblebee on clarinet:



Pianoforte - listen to this work by Domenico Scarlatti on a very old pianoforte made by Bartolomeo Cristofori, the inventor of the piano. It has a very different sound and is much smaller than a modern piano.



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