Help our Select Choir get to Washington, D.C.!
This one-of-a-kind performance by local musician Gene Evaro Jr is a benefit concert for YV2DC.
Special performances by the Select Choir and Trojan Marching Band with Gene Evaro Jr!
Ticket prices start at $10. This is an ALL-AGES show!
#YV2DC #geneevarojr #WeAreYV
Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Thank you to Strata Tattoo Lab for sponsoring the Tattoo Charity Event for our Marching Band. As of now, we have artists and support from the following establishments:
Strata is also seeking customers/volunteers to bring potluck style dishes, snacks, drinks, etc. to help keep the artists and staff going. The event begins at noon and will continue until at least 10:00 pm.
Cost is $50 and you receive a small music note (or similar musical symbol) tattoo. Customers will pay at the shop. Anyone else may donate at any time by clicking the PayPal badge below. Thank you for supporting the students of the Yucca Valley High School Marching Band and Colorguard!
I hope you'll all take a few minutes to read this great article. :)
Why Students Really Quit Their Musical Instrument (and How Parents Can Prevent It)
I read this great article today and thought you all might enjoy reading it as well. Puts a new spin on my "Do It Again" philosophy.
Reprinted with permission from the author.
Music performance is a complex series of neurophyical events. When I first began my site, I wrote a series of featured articles about the neurology of music learning and music performance. In a nutshell, a musician reaches the point of mastery of a skill when they have done enough successful repetitions of the skill that the sequence of neurons needed to execute the skill have fired together enough times to create a neural network capable of producing that sequence at a high rate of speed. It's what a lot of musicians (and dancers and athletes) refer to as muscle memory.
So literally, if you want to master a skill, you have to successfully repeat it thousands of times until the neural pathways that execute that skill have built to the point of autonomy. It literally is a game of "how many successful repetitions you can accomplish" rather than "how much time do you spend on it".
It follows, therefore, that the more efficient your practice sessions are, the more successful repetitions you can accomplish in a session, and the more rapid your attainment of mastery will be.
The challenge, however, is that we as musicians (and human beings) are highly distractable and desire to be entertained. It is challenging to stay focused on rehearsal and not allow distractions to pull us off-task. This is particularly important when a repetition ends, as that is usually the point where the average musician "goes out for a mental cheeseburger" as I like to say to my students.
The most accomplished live performers I have ever seen are amazing rehearsers. When I marched with The Cadets drum and bugle corps, I was indoctrinated to a work ethic and rehearsal systems second to none. The Cadets are consistently producing cutting-edge performances of excellent quality season after season because they get more successful repetitions done in an hour than most groups accomplish in three. Their rehearsal technique minimizes all wasted time, including the time needed to transition from the end of one repetition to the beginning of the next (literally running from the end of one set to the starting point of the next repetition on the field).
I recently had the pleasure of watching professional jazz vocalists Groove for Thought run a private rehearsal while attending the VoCALnation a cappella festival. They as well had an effecient method of ending a repetition, giving brief feedback on the quality of the last rep, then getting their starting pitch and beginning the next repetition.
So, do you want to be a great musical performer? You want your band/choir/orchestra/rock band/a cappella group to be excellent? Rehearse like a champ and minimize off-task time. Develop a system that executes a repetition, gives brief feedback for adjustments, and begins the next repetition. The best performers in the land develop the strongest work ethic and the most efficient rehearsals. If you ever get a chance to observe one of these groups in rehearsal, take notes. It is an education in excellence.
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First of all, NICE JOB yesterday to all of the Symphonic Band members. I could hear you improving as the rehearsal with TPHS progressed! I'm proud of all your hard work with this challenging piece! Keep up the great work!
Second, I would like to thank all of the parents who attended our Fundraising Meeting on Thursday and also those parents who submitted ideas to me via email. We are working to integrate many of your ideas in the coming months.
Finally, I've been doing some digging and found some articles that you may be interested in reading. Just click the title...
6 Secrets To Unlocking Your Child’s Talent
Helping Your Child Choose the Right Instrument
Music Educator Finds Direct Correlation between Mathematics and Music Education
How to Motivate Your Child to Practice
Singing in a choir could improve your health
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Since I'm always looking for ways to make our Music Department and our students better, I thought I would share a link to an article I found. It talks about the Top 10 things that College Admissions Officers look for when screening potential students. As we near the end of the first semester, I thought some of you might find it interesting. Here's the link:
TOP 10 LIST
I also found an interesting article on the La Quinta High School Band website about what it means to be a music major in college. I don't know if any of you are considering pursuing a music major when you go to college, but if so, this article is DEFINITELY worth reading.
SO YOU WANT TO BE A COLLEGE MUSIC MAJOR?
Have a great day!