The Rose that Grew From Concrete

Our third blog assignment is to watch this commercial.  Then please tell me about someone who you know or knew of that is a rose that grew from concrete.  This could be a relative, a role model, or just a friend.  Please don’t mention the person by name unless you get permission first.  This assignment must be a 10 – 15 sentence paragraph to get full credit.

This assignment is worth 10 points and is due Monday September 24th at 11:59 pm. The rubric for this assignment is found here. Remember please use only your first name and last initial and put what class you are in under your name.  As always I will accept a written version of this assignment.

You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on. The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points.

“Don’t ask me why…ask me how” – Tupac Shakur

I love you more than I love roses!!

Mrs. R

Habit vs. Intent

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Our second blog assignment is to argue one side or the other of this quote.  Do you believe that habit is more important than intent, or the opposite?  You need to have 10-15 complete sentences to back up your argument, some of those sentences could be a working definition of intent and habit.

This assignment is worth 15 points and is due Monday September 17th at 11:59 pm.  The rubric for this assignment is found here.  Remember please use only your first name and last initial and put what class you are in under your name.

You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on.  The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points.

I love you more than I love snickerdoodle iced coffee.

Mrs. R.

Critique of The Music Of Living

This first written assignment blog post is a critique of this performance of The Music of Living by Dan Forrest.  Please listen to this performance and choose three of the following criteria to comment on; Tone, Intonation, Musicality, Diction, Accuracy, Balance, Blend, Presentation.

This assignment is due on Monday September 11th, at 11:59 pm.  It is worth 15 points and you may earn 2 bonus points for each classmate’s comment that you comment on for a maximum total of 6 bonus points.  The link to the grading rubric and a document explaining the criteria can be found here.

You Will Be Found

Our second blog assignment of the semester is to watch this video and answer this question:  Do you believe one voice (or person) can really make a difference?

To get full credit you must write at least 5 sentences.

This assignment is worth 10 points and is due Monday February 12 at 11:59 pm.  The rubric for this assignment is found here.  Remember please use only your first name and last initial and put what class you are in next to your name.

You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on.  The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points.

I love you.

Mrs. R.

New Semester Resolutions

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending” – Carl Bard

“Never stop trying to become better than the you of yesterday” – Amy Rolniak

I have never been a fan of New Year Resolutions, but I am a fan of striving to be better.  Name three things you want to do better this semester.  Also include some obstacles that might get in your way.

This assignment is worth 10 points and is due Monday January 29 at 11:59 pm. To get full credit you will need three “resolutions” and three potential obstacles. Remember please use only your first name and last initial and put what class you are in under your name. I will also accept a written version of this assignment.

You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on. The comment must be at least 2 sentences to receive the full credit. The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points.

I love you more than new beginnings!!

Mrs. R.

Jenny Kiss’d Me – Critique

Our third blog assignment is to critique this performance of Jenny Kiss’d Me by Eric Barnum.  Do you enjoy this performance?  If you do what about it do you enjoy?  If you do not enjoy this performance, tell me specifically what you don’t like about it?  Think about intonation, rhythmic articulation, stylistic elements such as dynamics, phrasing, tempo.  Do you like the choices they made?  This assignment must be a 5-7 sentence paragraph to get full credit.

This assignment is worth 10 points and is due Monday October 2nd at 11:59 pm. The rubric for this assignment is found here. Remember please use only your first name and last initial and put what class you are in under your name.  I will also accept a written version of this assignment.

You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on. The comment must be at least 2 sentences to receive the full credit. The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points.

I love you more than I love the coming of fall!!

Mrs. R

Worst Song Ever

Here we go again!!

Our second blog assignment is to tell us what the worst song you have ever heard is.  To receive credit for this assignment you need to write a full paragraph (5-7 sentences) including the following information: Title, performer, genre and specifically why you don’t like it.  Talk about the elements of music in this critique (rhythm, melody, harmony, lyrics, dynamics, texture, timbre, form).

This assignment is worth 10 points and is due Monday September 16th at 11:59 pm.  The rubric for this assignment is found here.  Remember please use only your first name and last initial and put what class you are in under your name.

You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on.  The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points.

I hope no one hates one of your favorite songs, but then again it will make for a good discussion.  Please remember to respectfully disagree!!

I love you more than I love snickerdoodle iced coffee.

Mrs. R.

Random Facts About YOU!!

Well Hello!!

Our first blog assignment is a getting to know you assignment.  Please tell us 5 things about you.  This could be anything from your favorite band to the fact you have 2 belly buttons.  This doesn’t have to be in paragraph form and can simply be a numbered list.

This assignment is worth 10 points and is due Tuesday September 5th at 11:59 pm.  The rubric for this assignment is found here.  Remember please use only your first name and last initial and put what class you are in under your name.

You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on.  The comment must be at least 2 sentences to receive the full credit.  The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points.

I can’t wait to hear all about you.  I hope you find others with your same interests.

I love you more than I love Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

Mrs. R.

El Vito

Our blog assignment this week is to analyze Joni Jensen’s arrangement of “El Vito”.

Here is some information about this piece:

The vito is a song and dance (St. Vitus is the patron saint of dance) from Andalusia. Its character is fierce and flashy…the piano takes on the role of the guitar accompaniment and the singers participate in the percussion by clapping (although this is quite simplified from true flamenco clapping). –Joni Jensen

Translation:

With the vito it goes
I don’t want them to look at me for I blush.
Single ladies are of gold, married ladies are of silver.
The widows are of copper, and the old ones are of tin. Don’t look straight at my face for I blush.
I don’t want you to look at me for I’m going to fall in love.
A Malaguean lady went to Sevilla to see the bulls and in the middle of the way the Moors captured her.

Use this information to write 5-7 sentences on how Joni Jensen depicts this in her arrangement of this piece.

We listened to this in class, but I encourage you to listen again with your eyes closed and focus on the elements of music: Rhythm, Melody, Tempo, Dynamics, Harmony, Form, Texture, and Timbre.  Focusing on rhythm, melody, tempo, and dynamics for this assignment.  You can also  put into your paragraph whether or not you enjoyed this piece and why.

This assignment is worth 10 points and is due Monday March 20th at 11:59 pm. The rubric for this assignment is found here. Remember please use only your first name and last initial and put what class you are in under your name.  As always I will accept a written version of this assignment.

You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on. The comment must be at least 2 sentences to receive the full credit. The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points.

I hope you enjoy this piece of music.

I love you more than I love warmer weather!!

Mrs. R

Langston Hughes – Humor

 

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Our blog assignment this week is to celebrate  African American poet Langston Hughes.  For this blog assignment use your 5 – 7 sentences to tell me what this quote means to you. There is no wrong answer if you are articulate and explain your reasoning.

This assignment must be 5-7 sentences paragraph to get full credit.  This assignment is worth 10 points and is due Tuesday March 7th at 11:59 pm. The rubric for this assignment is found here. Remember please use only your first name and last initial.  As always I will accept a written version of this assignment.

You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on. The comment must be at least 2 sentences to receive the full credit. The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points.

I love you more than I love visiting Tucson!!

Mrs. R