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While our Internet access over the next week in Cuba will be spotty (at best), we are looking to be able to provide updates from this year’s tour via the school’s Twitter account (@gleneaglemusic), and in the weeks following the trip here on the music blog. To whet your appetite, you can enjoy some of the exploits from our previous Cuba visit in 2011 here, along with the above video compilation of our visit to the Matanzas Fine Arts Elementary School.
Here are a few of our choir students sight-singing along with choral students at the Matanzas Fine Arts High School we visited, as well.
And an impromptu performance by Steven and Kate with several Cuban dance students looking on.
A favourite from the 2011 tour, here are Jessica and Scott wowing our hotel lobby with a rendition of “the Prayer” on a very honky-tonking piano.
And Kyle practicing a little conversational percussion with a jazz student at the fine arts high school.
Along with these sorts of gems, this year we will again be broadcasting from our departure gate before heading south to the Carribean, live on DS106 Radio. You can tune in to this broadcast, beginning somewhere before our 8am boarding, by accessing the media player here: ds106rad.io/listen Staying tuned to the Music Department Twitter account will also keep you in the loop for this broadcast and other updates throughout the trip.
Wishing our traveling students a good night’s rest before our trip tomorrow, and our parent community many hearty thanks for their support to make this trip possible!
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Do you play the guitar (or did you even play along with us last year)? Do you want to learn, or maybe have friends, colleagues, teachers or students that might benefit from tapping into a community of learners improving their guitar playing?
In #IntroGuitar Open Online Participants are invited to browse the various assignments people in the course have created, request songs for the class to learn as a group, create your own new assignments for classmates to perform, and do as many (or as few, or as none) of the other assignments you choose for yourself. For more information on Open Online Participation, you can consult this page here: http://talonsrockband.wordpress.com/about/open-online-participation/
But suffice it to say that there are no expectations, no apologies, or criteria for Open Online Participants: hopefully our little one-site schoolhouse provides you (or the folks you refer our way) with a little more motivation than learning guitar on your own might provide.
Folks wishing to explore the open online experience should enter their details in the attached Google Form (which is also available at the above link) to be invited as authors on the course site. You may have to create a WordPress account, but will receive instructions on logging in by email shortly after registering.
From there, you may (or may not: remember, no expectations!) wish to introduce yourself to the class community. You can peruse last semester’s Course Introductions here: http://talonsrockband.wordpress.com/category/assignments/course-introductions/
Another opening assignment you might enjoy is the Tell the Story of Your Guitar, where you can introduce us to your instrumental companion(s). Feel free to share links or videos of people telling the stories of other notable guitars as well, as you can see collected under the assignment category: http://talonsrockband.wordpress.com/category/assignments/tell-the-story-of-your-guitar/
More advanced assignments include the Asynchronous Jam, and Fake ______ Plays Real ______. But remember: you can make up your own assignments and create the pathways that others might follow toward learning.
By organizing the different assignments this way (by assignment Categories), our hope is that the #IntroGuitar site becomes a vibrant community of for-credit and open-online participants while the course is in session, as well as a lasting record and educational resource into the future. As Alan Levine described last year’s community, “it is not a class that teaches guitar but one where you can learn guitar.”
With a little help from our friends, we hope to make that even truer this time around.
Over the last few years, Gleneagle Music has made a habit of sharing live performances with the Ontario-based K12 web radio station, 105 the Hive. Our Introduction to Guitar class has presented recitals on the air, we stream almost all of our concerts each year, and our ensembles and choirs shared tour stops in California live to listeners in Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and South America. By special request from a Gleneagle parent on vacation in Ireland last spring, we shared the entirety of the Voices Benefit Concert so he could hear his son play drums on a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog.”
This Fall, a group of graduating seniors have been plotting a return of one of the early traditions of web radio in the choir and band rooms: the Lunchtime Jam.
Beginning this Thursday (October 3rd) on lunch hour, you’ll be able to stream live music directly from Gleneagle Music on 105 the Hive. Stay tuned, or say Hi! to our @GleneagleMusic Twitter feed, and join us via any of the means listed here to enjoy:
Kicking things off on Thursday are members of Gleneagle’s Alluvium, who may be joined by the guys from Knit Me a House.
Here’s Alluvium at last year’s Voices concert:
Over spring break, the Gleneagle Music Department will be headed south to Los Angeles and the Heritage Music Festival, where we brought home many awards and recognitions four years ago (when the festival was held in New York City).
Students in Gleneagle’s bands, choir, and vocal jazz ensembles will be taking in not only the elite musical showcase at the festival, but also the wilds of Disneyland, Universal Studios, and the California Beach (not to mention temperatures approaching 30 Celsius ), and will be bringing home no shortage of laughter and memorable experiences to be shared in car rides home from YVR and into the rest of the spring semester.
But we hope to be sharing some of our adventures and performances with our audience here on the Music at Gleneagle blog, as well as Twitter, Youtube, Flickr, and K12 distributed web radio station 105 the Hive, based in Ontario, Canada.
You can subscribe to this site by entering your email address above to recieve updates when we post things here, or can also check back on a regular basis.
The Music Department will also be updating its Twitter profile with more sporadic 140 character posts and pictures, which you can view and follow here, www.twitter.com/gleneaglemusic. Recordings and videos will be shared here on the blog, but we will also be streaming recordings and audio post cards live from the festival and hotel on 105 the Hive Radio for Learning, which you can listen to by visiting their website: http://www.105thehive.org/listen.
Stay tuned to the Gleneagle Twitter account to hear about upcoming live broadcasts.
Some memorable tour moments shared on the blog in the last few years:
We hope to be sharing more and adding to this list in just over a week, and hope you can join us!
I wanted to take a few minutes and tip my hat to the vibrant community that has sprung up around our school’s Introduction to Guitar class. Having had students post their work regularly to a wiki site in past years, I wanted to incorporate some of the design lessons I learned in #Philosophy12 and create a site that could function as a hub of creation, collaboration, and community that would serve not only our school’s face-to-face guitar students, but also offer wayfinding musicians on the open web a place to play, learn, and offer their own expertise to one another.
Alan Levine nailed it with this description:
…it is not a class that teaches guitar but one where you can learn guitar.
And while I think the course has always functioned this way as a ‘closed’ system (even though we have shared our exploits on Youtube, #ds106radio, and other places), the energy and inspiration that our open online participants have so far brought to the class has increased the creative combustibility of the group by several orders of magnitude. There are folks in Japan, Ontario, Australia, Singapore, and even Ontario-azona strumming along with #IntroGuitar lessons and assignments, sharing stories of their instruments, their struggles (and triumphs) of playing music, and making meaningful musical connections with the face-to-face students who meet daily in our school’s choir room through videos, blog comments, and listening to performances in class.
Having made some trans-oceanic songs written with Jabiz over the years, I opened up a Google Document and began sanding the poems edges and syllables with some chords and a basic melody. I recorded this so that folks could follow up with what I had made out of Michelle’s orginal poem, and posted the works on Twitter and the #IntroGuitar blog.
Over the weekend, Nathan John Moes continued to work with the chords and Michelle’s lyrics and added this version of the song that has been stuck in my head since Sunday night.
Take a listen. Seriously, wow.
Which all would have been amazing, right? A poem gets posted late at night (I might be adding that piece to the narrative…) on a student blog in Singapore, and a week later it’s spawned a song that has been amended, added to, and recorded by a few teachers in British Columbia.
But this ball is still rolling, still bouncing.
Of his work putting the song and the recording together, Colin said:
...this is totally uncharted territory for me.
Totally uncharted territory, for a guy who isn’t even getting a grade or credit for the course and – beyond that – has been playing guitar for more than ten years.
And yet still, the ball bounces, and rolls. This morning Leslie joined the party all the way from Lima, Peru, offering the fifth (!) incarnation of the poem accompanied by her ukelele.
But this is likely not the end of this particular story, with chapters, verses and tomes yet to be discovered.
Update: Back in Singapore, Keri-Lee Beasley has added some stunning vocals to Nathan’s track. Check it out:
Click here to see about registering as a non-credit, open-online participant in Introduction to Guitar.
You can tune in to tonight’s Gleneagle Music Christmas concert on 105 the Hive, a distributed K-12 web radio station developed and maintained by Ontario teachers Andy Forgrave and Heather Durnin, along with Clarence Fisher and a few other teachers across Canada. Inspired and brought about by the same technology (and some of the same people) that first broadcast Gleneagle events on #ds106radio, we’re excited at the prospect of sharing the warmth of the MPR tonight with a new audience.
Tune in by opening this playlist in an Internet browser or with a media player (like iTunes or VLC): http://radio.shoutcastcloud.com/tunein.php/hedurnin/playlist.pls
You can read about the last few years’ experiments in K12 Web Radio at Gleneagle here.
We’re working on a new project in guitar this spring.