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I am starting this thread for a specific purpose: to harness the collective knowledge of ILM in order to help me provide the best music appreciation class to my students. I think ILM has the friendliest group with the widest-ranging interests, so that is why I am posting here. Also, I have been a community member for some time. I hope and trust that the conversation can remain civil and helpful.

There is a course syllabus and a structure I have in mind; I'm not looking for teaching strategies or ideas.
I am looking for information, youtubes/links, recommendations within certain parameters (TBD).
(Note: I plan to use youtube for sharing with students, so all other streaming services are out, I'm afraid.)

My plan is to post questions here, and then hopefully people will help me to answer them.
I thank you in advance for your help and civility, you are doing a musical community service :)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:07 (one year ago) link


clouds, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:08 (one year ago) link

The first few weeks will be introduction, overview of various facets of the music industry, basic musical terminology, how to describe music, examples of certain terms (this is what I might need some help with initially)
I need to meet my students before I proceed much beyond that, at least wrt this thread.

Bookmarking is a good idea -- that way you will know when I have a question and you can help me answer it! :)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:12 (one year ago) link


kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:32 (one year ago) link

Yep, bookmarked!

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:44 (one year ago) link

#TeamHailing (imago), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:46 (one year ago) link

Ok I forgot a rule -- please do not post youtubes without words telling me what they are. Thank you.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:48 (one year ago) link


Good thread idea

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:29 (one year ago) link

Bookmarked. HMU for classical, 20th c and film score stuff.

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:38 (one year ago) link

I've bookmarked as well.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:52 (one year ago) link

LL, I have to admit the first time you mentioned this I had an image

You're sitting at a drum set in the front of a classroom, drumming as students file in. The class begins, and you pause

drum a little more

"What is it?"
do a little fill

and then a little more of the intro to the class until you finally wind down into slow cymbal crashes, then get up and present the syllabus

mh, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:05 (one year ago) link

I feel like this is cheesy and completely reminiscent of something I've seen and I've been holding back

mh, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:06 (one year ago) link

On the actual practical advice side:

How music is taught. After using some of the books in learning, I found reading up on the background of the Suzuki Method fascinating:

mh, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:11 (one year ago) link

I wanted to learn via the Suzuki method so badly when I was a kid. The teacher was too expensive iirc :( But this isn't a music performance class and students aren't learning how to play instruments (although I may do a short workshop introducing improvisation in the 2nd half of the semester because I already have that all done)

My initial goal with this class is to be as inclusive as possible, and start off by giving them some tools for listening to, describing, and discussing different types of music as well as its context. Then we can start talking about different types of music.

I only hope I am up to the challenge, and I hope to do the best job I can this first time. The next time will certainly be better and easier.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:21 (one year ago) link

Things I may be asking from this thread:

1) examples of certain key terms (what is a quintessential example of a crescendo? examples of songs in xyz scale? different types of melody, etc)

2) essential artists/tracks in a variety of types of music -- folk (from anywhere in the world), popular music (from anywhere in the world), classical music (not just Western but other types too -- I don't know much about this so I'll def need ILM assistance)

3) musicians who are willing to be interviewed by students (questions will be predetermined -- I did this for a student last year and it was exceptionally enjoyable as no one had ever interviewed me about music before)

4) electrifying live performances on youtube to share and watch in class

Overall, fun questions to answer! At least I think so.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:28 (one year ago) link

i can maybe connect you with certain artists to discuss an interview
and can generally talk folk/pop/genre-specific suggestions out the wazoo

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:42 (one year ago) link

cool, thank you -- folk/pop/genre-specific suggestions out the wazoo this is why i started this thread, to harness the substantial collective knowledge of ILM!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:46 (one year ago) link

It's a little basic but this video of Bobby McFerrin guiding an audience through the pentatonic scale is delightful:

dinnerboat, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:05 (one year ago) link

yes! basic is what i am looking for -- this is a survey course and i need to cover the basic before i can go into any more depth

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:06 (one year ago) link

i've seen mcferrin do that bit live in concert; it really works somehow!
see also: entire arenas knowing the right notes for "AIR-BALL"

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:13 (one year ago) link

I took a Music Appreciation class in 6th grade (1977) that was very influential to me, but the only thing I really remember now is that our teach (Ms. Kennedy) went through all the lyrics of "American Pie" explaining the lyrical metaphors ("jester" = Dylan, etc.) and it BLEW MY MIND

sleeve, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:21 (one year ago) link

Will likely benefit from this myself and happy to share when I can.

Whole thread reminded me of this Stark Reality edu-jam:

Skip to 4:25 is you’re not feeling super patient

rob, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:23 (one year ago) link

When you get to chords and chord changes, the widely shared Axis of Awesome doing "4 Chord Song" should provide familiar reference points for your students.

Brave Combover (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:45 (one year ago) link

Ooh yeah -- the other thing I'd like to find is the youtube of a drummer going through like 50 years of popular beats?! I googled and couldn't find it.

I started a youtube channel w playlists, let's hope I can keep it organized and updated...

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:48 (one year ago) link

There's a really great documentary on the music scene of New York in the 70s which is a great primer for cbgbs, bands like talking heads, ramones and I think it focuses on disco as well. Probably too long for class tho, but certainly gives a good look at the social climate too and how music was a reaction to that.

I'll wait for your questions :)

kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:50 (one year ago) link

here's a drumming history in multiple parts that might be interesting for your budding percussionists?

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:51 (one year ago) link

i should probably watch that myself

none of my students are required to be musicians -- they are not being trained to be musicians either. they are fulfilling an academic obligation to the humanities in order to earn their credits to graduate. i can't say for sure since i haven't met them yet, but they are probably interested in a fun class where they get to learn about stuff that isn't boring. my obligation is to provide a well-rounded overview as well as opportunities for fun projects with maximum mind-blowing listening opportunities for everyone :)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:55 (one year ago) link

Ooh, F bomb in part of that though...

Brave Combover (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:57 (one year ago) link

...part of that Axis of Awesome vid.

Brave Combover (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:58 (one year ago) link

thanks for the warning

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:05 (one year ago) link

you're supposed to listen to aaron copland in this kind of class iirc

j., Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:08 (one year ago) link

Not outside of North America. At least I hope not.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:09 (one year ago) link

I doubt I'll have much to contribute as I'm a rank amateur when it comes to this stuff but great thread idea, btw.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:10 (one year ago) link

When you get to chords and chord changes, the widely shared Axis of Awesome doing "4 Chord Song" should provide familiar reference points for your students.

Rob Paravonian's "Pachelbel Rant" is also good for showing connections between contemporary popular chord progressions and Baroque/CPE antecedents. He calls Pachelbel a one-hit wonder of the 1790s, though, when he was really closer to a one-hit wonder of the 1690s.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:16 (one year ago) link

spent a few minutes grimacing at j.'s post

mh, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:21 (one year ago) link

well i have no idea if this will be any use but here's a half-finished series of amateur thoughts on classical music:

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Thursday, 18 January 2018 02:04 (one year ago) link

i’m also interested how music curriculum now deals with the “classical music” versus “classical period” dichotomy. I had a few teachers who would grimace if anything other than the period (1750-1820ish) was referred to as “classical” and insist we use the right terms, but I think generally things are looser?

mh, Thursday, 18 January 2018 03:31 (one year ago) link

Generally, in an academic context, "Western art music" is the preferred term for the entire tradition. "Classical music" may sometimes be used in more general lower-level courses, especially if WAM is not the primary focus of the course.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:46 (one year ago) link

That said, no one says e.g. "I play guitar in the Western art music tradition" as opposed "I play classical guitar".

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:55 (one year ago) link

Also WAM also commonly stands for Mozart which makes things extra confusing

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:02 (one year ago) link

i might adopt the western art music terminology to distinguish between "classical" traditions in other parts of the world.
the syllabus that i was given spends a week each on the baroque period. the classical period, the romantic period, 20th c/modern classical music and...buckle your seatbelt..."music of the oklahomans"
i am going to see what my students are like before i commit to 4-5 weeks of western art music + whatever the oklahomans are up to in the second half of the semester.

i need to emphasize that this is 1) an elective 2) students are not only not studying music, they are barely studying the arts. this class might be the best opportunity they have/have had to explore different types of music in an academic context.

i also need to get them to a live performance, which shouldn't be too hard since our class is at night. we also have a performance space we could potentially use with a fully functioning piano in it!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:40 (one year ago) link

Leonard Bernstein explains intervals and the development of the circle of fifths with brevity and giddy enthusiasm

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:51 (one year ago) link

I've spent a couple of years reading about and listening to pre-WWI recorded music, minstrel shows, ragtime, cakewalk, Sousa, etc, would by no means call myself an expert but can recommend the best books and recordings I've encountered if you feel like going in that direction.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:56 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I was answering mh's question, to be clear, not suggesting that you should be fussy about terminology in a gen ed music appreciation class. 2xp

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:57 (one year ago) link

(Very curious about this Oklahomans business, though.)

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:00 (one year ago) link

that bernstein video is perfect, thank you

pre-WWI recorded music, minstrel shows, ragtime, cakewalk, Sousa, etc, would by no means call myself an expert i may need your help, thank you. for some reason* i am really excited about telling them about the gigantic shift that occurred once music started to be recorded and played at home (not family singalongs, but records!) and the resulting explosion of music. i remember learning that and finding it so compelling to contemplate. also my gpa worked for RCA so i was familiar with the gramophone and the doggie. i'm trying to stay away from forcing them to learn the pet things i am interested in but i'm sure a little of that is inevitable.

i thought maybe the oklahomans was like grapes of wrath/okies/oh susanna/i've been workin' on the railroad?! if that's not it, i have no idea tbh.

* the reason is obvious, this is the kind of music dork i am

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:04 (one year ago) link

LL if you want to have some retro fun i recommend showing the classic "Mr. B Natural" short. MST3K famously riffs it but i was actually shown this film in class.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:06 (one year ago) link

If you're looking for the broadest possible overview of Western art music, I very much enjoyed A Concise History of Western Music by Paul Griffiths.

pomenitul, Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:08 (one year ago) link

i have a textbook -- World of Music by David Willoughby

there are so many movies i want to show them. one of my priorities is to give them a solid background for talking about music and then encouraging them to research, describe, and present their findings to the class. there are three projects where they can choose their topic. i haven't settled on the general themes for each one yet.

they also will write 2 short papers 1) describing a performance they saw 2) interview a musician

in between all that, i need to present information to them. that's the basic structure of the class. it is 3 hours every tuesday night.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:18 (one year ago) link

I’m sure it possible to assemble an all-ukulele version of any listening syllabus

saddest kamancheh (bendy), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:49 (one year ago) link

but why?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:57 (one year ago) link


the Warnock of Clodhop Mountain (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:02 (one year ago) link

To teach the dangers of random YouTube searches

saddest kamancheh (bendy), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:10 (one year ago) link

make wenches/rogues read benjamin's "work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction" as penance

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:27 (one year ago) link

my cousin works with a community over 60's ukulele band project. He's always posting the results on youtube like as if this hateful twee shit is bringing some fucking light into the world.

calzino, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:30 (one year ago) link

teaching as a profession isn't masochism enough? j/k i love teaching but grading sucks

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:41 (one year ago) link

Lolol wenches and rogues

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 21:56 (one year ago) link

next week i am expanding my international jazz diaspora content and i would like to see any recommendations y'all have for the following: (requesting googleable search terms and youtubes if you feel like it)

Caribbean/Cuban jazz (past or present)
Brazilian jazz (I think this is actually the easiest one for me but bring it on if you have qreat ideas)
Japanese jazz (i know nothing at all about this but i assume Japan has produced some jazz or jazz-esque artists?)
African (I am aware of some Ethiopian jazz but not much beyond that)
Other parts of the world that have produced jazz-like or jazz-influenced/saturated music?

I'm familiar with some big names but i am wondering what i'm missing
help if you can! thank you

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 28 October 2018 21:11 (one year ago) link

Cuban piano maestro Chucho Valdes (son of Bebo) is someone I like a lot, his 90's Blue Note albums are all brilliant, his solo Pianissimo alb is a good showcase for his piano genius and feel for some Cuban standards. There is probably loads more good stuff, but that is far as I've got.

calzino, Sunday, 28 October 2018 21:23 (one year ago) link

Just been listening to his Solo Piano alb from '91, it's wonderful!

calzino, Sunday, 28 October 2018 21:38 (one year ago) link

almost Cecil Taylor wonderful in parts!

calzino, Sunday, 28 October 2018 21:39 (one year ago) link

I've been digging the by-way-of-Sweden African jazz of Bengt Berger & Don Cherry's Bitter Funeral Beer Band. The 80s fashion disasters can dissuade, but the music is great.

saddest kamancheh (bendy), Sunday, 28 October 2018 21:50 (one year ago) link

Also, Soviet-era Vagif Mustafazade explorations connecting jazz to Azerbaijan's folk and classical traditions. His straight up 1970s jazz is great, but stuff like this is particularly intriguing:

saddest kamancheh (bendy), Sunday, 28 October 2018 21:54 (one year ago) link

ok this is going to get messy and isn't necessarily going to be straight jazz

eastern bloc jazz - lost of it. really great polish jazz, of course, well-known enough that i figure you won't need me to recommend you for instance zbigniew seifert or tomasz stanko. but also the soviet union itself had some sweet jazz musos, i'm gonna break these links so they don't clog up the thread

melodiya ensemble's labyrinth: fgwNtnGYBAg
yuri morozov from "jazz night": 4a_PbwuuO_E
marimba plus: sE-Ya6rL66c

japanese jazz - a couple of great comps out this year, "j-jazz" it gets called. here's a random comp off the youtube: kNRIFhkYONc - for more modern stuff i really like "soil & 'pimp' sessions", here's a video of them AQMgXPFzdg8 - oh and of course i LOVE LOVE LOVE shibusashirazu orchestra, goddamn you cannot go wrong with these people UfW2j5tFVGI

african jazz - aside from ethio-jazz the biggest jazz scene i know is the south african jazz scene, a lot of these folks came to england and are well-known, chris mcgregor etc, also abdullah ibrahim (FXfWLrLwW_4). the guy known as the south african charlie parker was kippie moeketsi, he didn't record much but here's one of his songs: (k3mMEr5UnRI). like a lot of jazz music jazz in africa mutated into forms we might not necessarily recognize as "jazz" - kwela and suchlike, and of course there's stuff like the famous "skokiaan" by the cold storage band from zimbabwe in the "tsaba-tsaba" style (and the b-side of which is a charming take on "in the mood" with vocals, see: which i'm not going to cover here but much of which is damn good. for more modern south african stuff you want to hear Nduduzo Makhathini: sTr5a93n4fw

cuban jazz - you're talking after the "afro-cuban" heyday, i'm assuming, you don't need to know about machito. jazz in cuba post this of course developed into the well-known "boogaloo" style but also into something called "descargas", one of the best albums in this genre is cachao y su ritmo caliente - "cuban jam sessions in miniature 'descargas'", here: B6KenosUuJ8. some good trombone here, also in this vein worth hearing el trombon majadero by generoso jimenez, ub_l9M3GVWo. for more modern stuff i like yosvany terry's "contrapuntisco", it is definitely very complex and academic, apologies for that, that's just how i tend to like my jazz QCbkJbQLku8

i'd also recommend jan johansson's "jazz pa svenska", this is european jazz but it uses traditional swesish melodies as its basis, see t2D5HlKLh34&list=PLKUyqLlH6brkzzJgD6Gdriga4mdtCAMBJ

you probably got more on brazilian jazz than me, i'd be remiss if i didn't recommend the quarteto novo album tho y374WwqZtOI

a good australian jazz record is yaarandoo by rob thomsett 5ym3rzdx-Bc

anyway. lots of good jazz.

dub pilates (rushomancy), Sunday, 28 October 2018 22:24 (one year ago) link

that's ok! thank you!! i am trying to show students how the concept/basic idea of jazz spread all over the world and cross-pollinated with other cultures. they are really interested in cross-cultural stuff.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 28 October 2018 22:30 (one year ago) link

well, let me give you another swedish song, "be-bop accordeon": vwzVWxyyp7E
i also like stuff like rufus harley's jazz bagpiping, but rufus harley was all-american as they come

dub pilates (rushomancy), Sunday, 28 October 2018 22:35 (one year ago) link

apparently the "Afro" of Afro-Cuban jazz is mostly derived from the music of Mozambique.

calzino, Sunday, 28 October 2018 22:48 (one year ago) link

oh, hell, let's take this from another direction. this isn't jazz, but the saxophone is way more associated with jazz than it is from carnatic music:


dub pilates (rushomancy), Sunday, 28 October 2018 22:50 (one year ago) link

ok wait sorry check this out this is some some great shit i just stumbled into, the title track of masahiko togashi's "spiritual nature" album from 1975, seriously goddamn wow, just this great pile of basses and flutes and percussion


dub pilates (rushomancy), Monday, 29 October 2018 00:48 (one year ago) link

this a more current Cuban release I've been liking recently, another bandleader who is the son a Cuban legend, which might suggest nepotism rules over there!

calzino, Monday, 29 October 2018 10:36 (one year ago) link

No idea why youtube urls pull from the address bar aren't working, so here's a attempt at pasting in my links through the share buttons

saddest kamancheh (bendy), Monday, 29 October 2018 10:52 (one year ago) link

I can't find any excerpts on YT, but as far as Russian/Central Asian free improv goes, I strongly recommend Astreja (or Astrea depending on the transliteration)'s Music from Davos. It features Sofia Gubaidulina (still one of the greatest living composers) and Viktor Suslin playing a variety of traditional instruments from the Caucasus region, alongside percussionist Mark Pekarsky and singer Valentina Ponomareva. It may not count as jazz if we go by a stricter definition, but that can make for an interesting discussion in its own right.

pomenitul, Monday, 29 October 2018 11:08 (one year ago) link

good noisy Russian Free Jazz group here!

calzino, Monday, 29 October 2018 11:18 (one year ago) link

on the cross-cultural/jazz-influenced end I'd be tempted to include some african big band stuff like congolese soukous a la Franco Luambo & OK Jazz, Fela Kuti & more recent afrobeat disciples like Lagbaja, or Salah Ragab's egyptian jazz. you could also have some 50s jamaican ska but I don't enough to recommend.

otherwise surely a bit of Django Reinhardt/gypsy jazz, perhaps L Subramaniam's indo jazz/fusion, or John Zorn/Masada-style klezmer-jazz

baku in azerbaijan is supposed to have a strong jazz history, idk anything about it tho

ogmor, Monday, 29 October 2018 11:42 (one year ago) link

Hungarian avante garde Jazz meister Szilard Mezei is another interesting player, sort of surreal Marching Music, Bartok and Jazz influences. His last album was a concept album about postwar genocide in the East. Perhaps a bit much for some!

calzino, Monday, 29 October 2018 11:48 (one year ago) link

there is one tune he did which was a homage to Mal Waldron, and it was one of the most moving pieces of music I'd heard in years!

calzino, Monday, 29 October 2018 11:54 (one year ago) link

this type of stuff

calzino, Monday, 29 October 2018 12:10 (one year ago) link

i am getting to fela etc in a later lesson -- have no fear!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 29 October 2018 13:04 (one year ago) link

Japanese jazz fusion had a surge of international recognition at the start of the 1980s, and there's been a wave of renewed interest in the last few years. Acts of note include Ryo Kawasaki, Sadao Watanabe, Hiroshi Fukumura, Casiopea, Genji Sawai & Bacon Egg, Teruo Nakamura, Pacific Jam, Arakawa Band, Himiko Kikuchi, Nobuo Yagi.

mike t-diva, Monday, 29 October 2018 13:27 (one year ago) link

Re African jazz, this group is from thee tyme of far-out sounds making their way even unto Voice of America etc., also increasingly demanded in clubs, and they always had several schools of body language grooving simultaneously---no perfect gateway, so pick any (if it doesn't show, search Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo Cotonou)

dow, Monday, 29 October 2018 16:25 (one year ago) link

Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet ‎– Afro-Latin Soul Vols 1 & 2 (1966 LPs reissued this year) He plays billowing, rattling vibes over his own piano and percussion---very early, imperfect, but he's already got it, also some hip guests show up occasionally (what is that trumpet player on, I want some)

dow, Monday, 29 October 2018 16:31 (one year ago) link

we have a thread for japanese jazz fyi

Japanese jazz, "j-jazz"

Οὖτις, Monday, 29 October 2018 16:38 (one year ago) link

Don't sleep onRough Guide To Ethiopian Jazz, with several approaches, all roads leading to a splendid gateway.
Haven't really followed Abullah Ibrahim or South African jazz overall as much as I should, but certainly his Ekaya was a white sky desert rose in my brain, Water from an Ancient Well also an old favorite; he has a way of blending echoes of Monk, Ellington, various homegrown colors, taking 'em a bit further on African Space Program. Still need to check the one with Gato Barbieri, from when AI was still billed over here as Dollar Brand.
Speaking of Gato, I'm still mostly familiar with his nutty romantic music for/in the notoriousLast Tango In Paris and especially Latin America: Chapter I---now that's what I call magic realism (also epic folklore and more romance). Follow-up, Bolivia, brings in some Americans, which works, and then later he goes to New York but haven't heard that one.

dow, Monday, 29 October 2018 16:51 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

I am getting better at this! week 2 is the week where we have a LOT of vocabulary and talk about the elements of music. It's probably the most fun because we can talk about ANY KIND OF MUSIC as long as it illustrates a principle we are trying to learn. I also brought a bunch of instruments to try out and demonstrate the elements of music. This is more fun than I ever expected to have at work and it is because I stepped up and redesigned the whole curriculum. Thank you ilx for helping me!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:23 (nine months ago) link

Is this your third time through teaching this? Pretty curious to see the lecture titles or rough outline.

eva logorrhea (bendy), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 21:42 (nine months ago) link

yes, this is my third time. i have two sections now, and plan to open a third (and find another teacher) in the fall. enrollment is booming!

the class is structured in 4 parts -- intro/vocabulary/what is music and how do i talk/write about it? ---> folk music of the world (description practice, students do a presentation) ---> intro to jazz/jazz diaspora (also includes a presentation) --> popular music by the decade starting in the 1950s (this part could change depending on who is teaching the class, it happens to be something i know just enough about to teach other people)

they also have two larger writing assignments -- observing and writing about a musical performance of their choice (i also host outings) and interviewing a person who works in the field of music (volunteer interviewees welcome! if you are interested webmail me your contact info! no jokers)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 21:49 (nine months ago) link

I've just started reading something that seems like it might be helpful: Playing Changes: Jazz For The New Century, by Nate Chinen---starts on an evening in 2017! But skimming ahead, can see it loops back aways, tracing M Base Collective and its influence, for inst. Cover flap assures us that this traces the rise of jazz historicism, institutionalism, and and beyond, w increasing influence of R&b, hip-hop, other, also how "shape-shifting elders," like Shorter and Threadgill, "have moved the aesthetic center." Blurbs by Sonny Rollins, Alx Ross, Herbie Hancock.

dow, Friday, 15 February 2019 16:11 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

just a little update --

the smaller of my two classes meets at night and i gave them the option of putting together an end of semester show as their final project. today is flyer/flier-making/digitizing/distributing and the show is in 2 weeks. we have a stylistically and culturally diverse lineup and everyone is giving it their best so far, self included. so far, so good!

my other class is going ahead with the regular curriculum so it's also interesting to see the difference between the two classes.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 30 April 2019 21:47 (seven months ago) link

by show, you mean mixtapes or something like that?

bendy, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 14:45 (seven months ago) link

No we’re going to put on a real performance!! In our classroom! Room 169 is about to get lit 🔥

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 15:07 (seven months ago) link


bendy, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 15:13 (seven months ago) link

yeah! it's the first time i am trying this project and its success depends entirely on my students not dropping the ball on ANYTHING
their attendance and participation has been so reliable and of such a dedicated quality that i have faith in them

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 15:41 (seven months ago) link

Any chance that you might post this on the 'Tube? Maybe a student will---

dow, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 20:07 (seven months ago) link

we do have someone in charge of photography and documentation
i would like to have a video, idk if we will post it but if we have it we probably will!

it's about 45 min of live performance (like a small variety show i guess? a very unusual one) followed by karaoke party (to blow off steam the week before finals, naturally)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 20:22 (seven months ago) link

we did it! still sorting through our media, not sure if any of it will wind up on youtube but i posted some myself
(not linking here because i value the piddling shred of anonymity this website provides me)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 18:38 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

* should have two sections again this upcoming semester, good news bc fall is much more lively in the "free concert" department than winter/spring
* upgraded my equipment to a retired phone + bluetooth speaker. I can put my own music onto the phone and play at will or use school wifi to stream. nice! better than relying on the old laptops we have on the carts! way better than carting around a zillion CDs, which I will do to show that they exist but dnw to cart bags of them around town)
* this means i am going to buy a spotify subscription and use it in conjunction w youtube (not thrilled about this but a lot of students use spotify and I can make/share better/more reliable playlists)

we are also using a new LMS this year so cheers to tech upgrades, however late or antiquated they are, and to music appreciation, which almost singlehandedly fuels my zest for life in these trying times

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 10 August 2019 14:38 (four months ago) link

Not completely unrelated, I found this videos on youtube last week and loved the idea:

For his final exam at the state music university in Stuttgart, flo koenig formed a band to reinterpret songs into a live format. Covers include: Jasmine by Jai Paul, Our Love by Caribou and Nothing Thought by Sonnymoon.

I love the idea and the challenge of taking these songs that rely heavily on studio work - could be considered electronic music even - into a live setting.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 10 August 2019 16:36 (four months ago) link

#goals !!!!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 10 August 2019 16:37 (four months ago) link

This is probably too basic for your age group, but last year, with my 3/4 class, I a) did a kind of history of music video, playing around 10 videos that I thought were among the best ever (a mix of obvious ones and personal favourites: "Nothing Compares 2U," "Walking Contradiction," "Man on the Moon," etc.), then b) had them produce their own video, preferably one that was more abstract than just lip-synching along. I had four groups: we were getting near the end of the year, so one group didn't finish, but of the other three, one of them produced something that was
really good!

clemenza, Saturday, 10 August 2019 16:45 (four months ago) link

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