Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mom and dad always made sure we had a bicycle.

Dad made sure we knew how to ride it.  We would get at least one good day with dad running behind us helping us learn to ride our bicycle.  After a while I would pull my bike up to the curb and stand on the curb to get a good straight start.  I remember riding circles in front of dad and dad being so pleased that I could ride my bike.  most of the time we got our bikes for Christmas.  and most of the time I had a ten speed bike.  but at first all of us girls had bikes with those long banana seats that were all the rage.  and of course the bikes were pink and girly, and over time the banana seats were duct taped together, because the sun would dry theme out and break them apart.  I think I had training wheels to start, and then came the big day when dad took them off and taught me to ride without them.

journal jar topic:  Did you have a bike when you were growing up? What was it like?

"I need to get away to the mountains..."

That is what my mother often said.  And each of us kids would get excited.  That meant picnics, pretty scenery, playing in the stream, exploring, looking at wild flowers, and all around good family times.  I forgot to mention the water fight in the stream, there was always a water fight in the stream.

Journal jar topic.. tell about some place you went with your mother.

Friday, February 12, 2010

My Head is Spinning...


I have always wanted to be good at music.... So I was somewhat excited at that challenge to learn how to lead.  Though not at all excited to be infront of the whole ward :p. I learned in Marching Band about how to lead a song.  But all it took was substituting one time for Primary Chorister for me to realise just how much I have forgotten, and how off beat I can get.      I am moving through this course and much of it is review, I have been mostly feeling fine, keeping up.  Today I got to Fermatas (spell check does not even know what a fermata is), Pick up Beat, Preparatory Beat, Holds, and Cut offs, and my head is spinning.  I expected that I would need to practice each song at home quite a bit just to make sure I could stay on rhythm.  I tend to follow the rhythm of the words more then the rhythm of the notes.  But now I realise I am going to have to practice each song just to get use the the unique elements of it.  

I am excited that they have a VHS at the library I can watch...  But I do not have a VHS player, only DVD... Maybe they will let me rent a VHS player over the week?  My hymn book is still packed.  Thankfully I have a DVD with all the hymns on it, hopefully that is not packed and I can find it.  I think I need to buy a metronome.  My speakers on my computer stopped working last week, so I can not play the music off the web... Some technical difficulties here, and lots of butterflies.. Lord willing I can get it together enough to at least look like I understand basic rhythm on my first day.

Jeanine

Lets Learn More about Music... at LDS.org

INTRODUCTION TO THE BASIC MUSIC COURSE

LEARNING ABOUT BEATS AND RHYTHM

CONDUCTING PATTERNS

The Four-beat Pattern

The Two-beat Pattern

THE 6/8 TIME SIGNATURE

SOME TIPS ON CONDUCTING

GUIDELINES FOR TEACHERS

GUIDELINES FOR CHOIR DIRECTORS

GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCTING CHILDREN'S MUSIC

GLOSSARY OF MUSICAL TERMS

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

INDEX

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Chorister Calling

I was just called to be the Sacrament Chorister for my LDS ward.  It took me a long time to find the training materials from the church that can help me learn my new calling.  I am posting these materials on here so that I can find them easier next time.  And also so anyone else looking for resources and how to learn to lead music can also find the easier.

The main page that really gets you into all the information you need is this

Introduction to Music
http://www.lds.org/pa/display/0,17884,6748-1,00.html

Another good one is this

Church Music Site Overview
http://www.lds.org/pa/display/0,17884,6754-1,00.html

Online Training is available at

Conducting Course Book and Audio Tapes
http://www.lds.org/cm/display/0,17631,4798-1,00.html

Here you can see the resources available from the LDS church available for learning music.

Music Training Materials
http://www.ldscatalog.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10151&storeId=10151&categoryId=13786&langId=-1&cg1=13781&cg2=13782&cg3=&cg4=&cg5=


Big thanks to this article posted below that helped me find my way to these wonderful church resources.

A man as the Primary chorister? By Bruce T. Forbes
http://www.mormontimes.com/mormon_voices/reader_voices/?id=13196