Tag Archives: music

Duke Ellington on Bebop

“Playing ‘bop’ is like Scrabble with all the vowels missing.”

 Excerpted from: Schapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

Quoted in Look. 10 August 1954

Shakespeare’s 18th Sonnet

In response to a request from a student, I worked up this reading on Shakespeare’s 18th Sonnet and this vocabulary building and comprehension worksheet to accompany it.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Learning Support: The Muses

Here is a learning support on the 9 muses that I contrived to use with a unit on the History of Hip-Hop unit I began assembling in my second or third year of teaching. (OK, yes, I admit I don’t know what I was thinking here; let’s just say I was a neophyte teacher attempting to find a way to synthesize a broad of content into a high-interest unit that would attract highly alienated and challenging students in the South Bronx.)

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

This Is Spinal Tap

“A spoof documentary (1984) written by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner about an ageing British heavy metal band on a disastrous tour of the United States. The accuracy of this satire about the rock business fooled many people into thinking that Spinal Tap was a real rock group. The wheel turned full circle when the band actually conducted a US tour with their second album Break Like the Wind in the early 1990s.”

Excerpted from: Crofton, Ian, ed. Brewer’s Curious Titles. London: Cassell, 2002.

4 Voices and String Quartets

“Soprano * Alto * Tenor * Bass

The four voices required by a chorus are (descending in pitch) soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. The voices have their instrumental counterparts in the string quartet–one of the abiding images of Western high culture, as if a group of four musicians can aspire to express something beyond our humanity. It was Mozart (who wrote twenty-one string quartets) who perfected the form, using violin, two violas, and a cello, though some argue that with the addition of a third viola and the composition of his six string quintets he perfected the form.”

Excerpted from: Rogerson, Barnaby. Rogerson’s Book of Numbers: The Culture of Numbers–from 1,001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World. New York: Picador, 2013.

Beatlemania

That the students I serve took the interest they did in this reading on Beatlemania came as a surprise to me. Here also is a worksheet to aid comprehension.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Bruce Springsteen

I’m not entirely confident high school students take any interest in him, but if they do, here is a reading on Bruce Springsteen with a comprehension worksheet to accompany it.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.