Sunday, August 30, 2015

Late Summer Blues

The Mohawk schools open in three days. Have you checked off everything on your summer bucket list?

A Morning Glory stretches to greet the late summer sunrise.


Mr Halligan and Mrs. Clark have some great events planned for the year ahead and are ready to get started!

The Mohawk Music Association is also ready to get the school year underway. We are planning two fundraising events this fall (read about the fundraisers in 2013 when they also fell on the same weekend):
  • Pie Sale at the Booster Day Football Game (Friday, October 9 at 7:00 pm, vs. Ware High School)
  • Baked Potato Sale at the Ashfield Fall Festival on Columbus Day weekend (Saturday, October 10 & Sunday, October 11, 10 am - 5 pm both days)

If you want to help at either event (or both!) please come to our next meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Music Room, or stop by our information table at the Mohawk Open House on Thursday, September 17 in the evening.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Mohawk Music 2015-2016 High School Events

Mohawk's Band performs at the 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony in Ashfield. Photo credit: Ben Tobin.

Please visit Mr. Halligan's High School Music Class Page for up to date information, as events may be changed or added through the school year: https://sites.google.com/a/mohawkschools.org/high-school-music/

August
Sunday August 9, 1pm MMA Meeting, Abbatiello House, Parents

September
September TBD GUEST NIGHT! Band and Chorus Members and Guests
Tuesday Sept. 15, 6:30pm, MANDATORY PARENT MEETING, Parents/Guardians
Thursday September 17, 6:00pm, Open House, Chorus Members
September 23, Car Wash Fundraiser, Band and Chorus Members, Chaperones

October
October 9, 5pm, Booster Day Parade & Game, Band, Rock Band, Chaperones
October 10-12, TBD, Ashfield Fall Festival, Select Chorus
October 15 or 16, matinee field trip UMASS MultiBands Concert, Music Students
Saturday October 24 ACDA Choral Fest, UMASS, Selected Chorus Students

November 
Wednesday November 4 Broadway Trip (Something Rotten!), Interested Students ($105 $75)
Thursday November 5 All New England Choral Fest, Plymouth NH, Selected Students
Saturday November 7, time TBD Senior District Auditions, Westfield State, Select Chorus + Interested Students (Snow Date: Nov. 14)

December 
Friday December 4, time TBD Hilltown Harmony Concert, Chorus and Select Chorus
Saturday December 5, time TBD Junior District Auditions, Westfield State, Interested Students (Gr7-9) (Snow Date: Dec. 12)
December 9, 7pm SF Women’s Club event, Community Center, Select Chorus
December 10, 6:30pm Winter Concert, All Music Students (Snow Date: Dec. 17)

January
January TBD Pothole Pictures, Select Chorus
January TBD Rock Band Concert, Rock Band Students +
January 20 Shelburne Grange? TBD
Saturday January 9, 9am-3pm Senior District Festival Rehearsal, UMASS, Accepted Students (Snow Date: Jan. 10)
Saturday January 16, 9am /3pm Senior District Festival Rehearsal/Concert, UMASS, Accepted Students (Snow Date: Jan. 17)
January 24, time TBD All-State Auditions, Shrewsbury, Qualifying Students

February
February 5 Franklin County Bands Selection, Music Director
Thursday February 11 Open House, Select Chorus

March 
March 4-6, 7pm All-School Musical, Music and Drama Students (Snow Dates: March 11-13)
March TBD “Music in our Schools Month” Events, All Music Students
Saturday March 5, 9am-3pm Jr. District Festival Rehearsal, Belchertown, Accepted Students (Snow Date: March 6)
Saturday March 19, 9am/3pm Jr. District Festival Rehearsal/Concert, UMASS, Accepted Students (Snow Date: March 20)
March 10-12 All-State Festival, Boston, Accepted Students
March 28-31 TBD Franklin County Honor Band Rehearsals, Accepted Band Members

April 
Saturday April 2 TBD Franklin County Honor Band Concert Accepted Band Members
April 1-3 TBD MICCA Festival Band and Chorus Members
April 7-10 Annapolis Exhibition Festival Band and Chorus Members, Chaperones

May 
May TBD Senior Music Banquet, Senior Music Students
Thursday May 12, 6:30pm Spring Concert, All Music Students
Sunday May 15, 1:30pm Lyonnaise Event, SF Community Center, TBD
Monday May 30, 9:00am-2:30pm Memorial Day Events, Band Members

June 
Thursday June 2, 6pm Senior Awards Night, Band Members
Sunday June 5, 1pm Graduation, Band and Chorus Members
June TBD Tri-M Induction Ceremony, Tri-M Members and Families
June TBD Elementary School Outreach Tour, All Music Students

July 
July, Dates TBD Mohawk Warriors Band Camp, Band Members

Sunday, August 16, 2015

"Citrus and the Fruit Bowl" Before the Main Course

Citrus and the Fruit Bowl
Citrus and the Fruit Bowl performed "Barbara Ann" before the 15th Annual Iron Bridge Dinner in Shelburne Falls this evening.

video

Citrus and the Fruit Bowl is an a capella group of Mohawk students. Be sure to catch their tight harmonies at their next public performance at the Shelburne Grange Fair on Saturday, August 29 at 2:00 pm.

Shelburne Grange Fair Schedule (click on the image for a larger view)

Monday, August 10, 2015

High School Music Classes at Mohawk 2015-2016


MUSIC
844   CONCERT BAND (6 credits; this course meets every other day for the year)
In this course, students develop the fundamentals of instrumental ensemble performance on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.  Beginning level students learn the fundamentals of playing their instrument, and experienced players develop and refine their musicianship, style, and technical ability.  A diverse repertoire of instrumental music from modern, popular, classical, and world-music traditions is studied in detail.  Students develop music literacy skills, work independently and collaboratively to solve technical problems and accomplish musical goals, develop effective musical practices, and perform in formal and informal concerts.  Field trips to music festivals, competitions, and performances may be offered. Instruments may be provided by the Music Department.  Time spent diligently practicing the instrument is essential to making satisfactory progress in Concert Band.  Students will effectively apply the analysis, synthesis, and evaluative processes that enable productive problem solving.  No musical experience is required.

817   CONCERT CHORUS (6 credits; every other day for the full year)
Music is for everyone, and everyone can sing!  Students in our award-winning Concert Chorus learn the fundamentals of vocal ensemble performance, develop music literacy skills, and study a diverse repertoire of choral music from modern, popular, classical, and world-music traditions.  Concert Chorus members share their work in a variety of formal and informal concerts and events including the Winter and Spring Concerts, the annual Musical, and Graduation.  Field trips to music festivals, workshops, professional performances, and/or competitions may also be offered.  Students will work independently and collaboratively to solve problems and accomplish goals.  No musical experience is required.  

8841 STRING ORCHESTRA (3 credits; this course meets every other day for a semester; it can be repeated.)
This course introduces students to beginning and intermediate levels of music performance on violin, viola, cello, and upright bass.  Beginning level students learn the fundamentals of playing the instrument, and experienced players develop and refine their musicianship, style, and technical ability.  Students will also develop music literacy skills, develop effective musical practices, and perform alone and in groups in formal and informal concerts.  Field trips to music festivals, competitions, and performances may be offered. Instruments are provided by the Music Department.  Time spent diligently practicing the instrument is essential to making satisfactory progress in String Orchestra.  Students will work independently and collaboratively to solve problems and accomplish goals.  No musical experience is required.

846   ROCK BAND/GUITAR (3 credits; this course meets every other day)
Students in this course learn to play, rehearse, and perform with a rock band!  Vocalists and instrumentalists of any skill level can enroll.  Classic Rock, 80’s Rock, Punk, Ska, and student-selected genres will be included.  This course emphasizes guitar proficiency, and all students will gain basic skills in chording, strumming, picking patterns, and improvisation.  Experienced guitar players who demonstrate proficiency will develop and refine their musicianship, style, and technical ability.  Students in this class also gain facility on the drum set.  Music literacy skills are emphasized through reading and writing lead-sheets and tablature. Performance opportunities may include school events, athletic events, and formal concerts.  Students will use real-world digital and other research tools to access, evaluate and effectively apply information appropriate for authentic tasks.  No musical experience is required.

88841  JAZZ BAND (1credit per semester; this course meets one evening every; it can be repeated)
This course is dedicated to the study and performance of America’s original art form: Jazz – the forerunner of both Hip Hop and Rock- n- Roll.  Open to instrumentalists with experience playing woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, guitar, or bass, who audition successfully with the Music Director. Central to this class is the art and science of melodic improvisation, which will be studied as “composition in real-time.”  Students will undertake an in-depth study of applied music theory to aide in their development as skillful improvisers.  Students will perform a diverse repertoire of music representing major genres of Jazz: (Dixieland, Swing, Jump Swing, Bebop, Cool, Bossa Nova, Post-Bop, etc).  Students will develop music literacy skills, work independently and collaboratively to solve technical problems and accomplish musical goals, develop effective musical practices, and perform in formal and informal concerts.  Participation in events during school, after school, evenings, and weekends may be required.  Field trips to music festivals, competitions, and performances may be offered.  Instruments may be provided by the Music Department.  Time spent diligently practicing outside of class will be essential to making satisfactory progress in Jazz Band.  Students will effectively apply the analysis, synthesis, and evaluative processes that enable productive problem solving. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in Concert Band and successful audition.

88191 SELECT CHORUS (1 credit per semester; this course meets one evening every week; it can be repeated)
Students in our award-winning Select Chorus study intermediate and advanced levels of vocal ensemble performance, develop music literacy skills, perform a diverse repertoire of choral music from modern, popular, classical, and world-music traditions, and perform choreographed dances.  Select Chorus members share their work in a variety of formal and informal concerts and events, and participation in many events during school, after school, evenings, and weekends may be required.  Field trips to music festivals, workshops, master classes, and/or competitions are also offered.  Members of Select Chorus value and demonstrate personal responsibility, character, cultural understanding, and ethical behavior.  Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in Concert Chorus and successful audition.

88411  MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION I (6 credits; every day for a semester)
This class is an excellent choice for music students interested in developing the skills needed to write a cappella vocal arrangements, improvise solos in Jazz and Rock songs, or create original electronic music.  Student in this class also learn the fundamentals of piano playing.  Technical skills in music literacy, composition, and ear training are developed through detailed practice.  Examples from a variety of musical styles will be studied.  Music notation software such as MuseScore may also be used.  This course is designed to equip the college-bound music student.  Students will effectively apply the analysis, synthesis, and evaluative processes that enable productive problem solving. Prerequisite: prior experience and training in music.

88412 MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION II (6 credits; every day for a semester)
Students in Music Theory II master intermediate levels of music theory and ear training, and create original compositions and arrangements.  This is an excellent choice for music students interested in further developing their skills writing a cappella vocal arrangements, improvising solos in Jazz and Rock songs, or creating original electronic music.  This course is designed to equip the college-bound music student, and offers students opportunities to analyze and create music in various styles and genres (e.g. rock, pop, jazz, and classical).  Music notation software such as MuseScore may also be used.  Students will effectively apply the analysis, synthesis, and evaluative processes that enable productive problem solving. Prerequisite: Music Theory & Composition I

820   ELECTRONIC MUSIC (3 credits; every other day for a semester)
While using the Sony Acid software program, students will develop musicianship and composition skills.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the exploration of form – the way musical compositions are organized.  Digital sampling will also be used.  Students will experiment, develop methods of composing, and effectively use software to craft their original musical ideas.  Students will also compose/arrange music in particular styles, create commercial jingles, and make soundtracks for given visual media.  Students will work independently and collaboratively to solve problems and accomplish goals. No musical experience is required.  

843   MUSIC STUDIO/SEMINAR (3 credits; this course meets every other day for a semester)
This unique course is designed in two parts.  As a Music Studio, the course supports motivated music students who are engaged in challenging independent projects.  Students receive formal structure and peer- group support as they endeavor to reach short-term musical goals, ie: preparing for districts, all-state, or college auditions; writing, recording, and publicizing a solo EP of songs or electronic music; studying jazz improvisation over chord changes; researching the detailed history of a style; composing and recording a cappella arrangements; etc.  Students share their work with the class on a regular basis, and public performance is encouraged where appropriate.  Concurrently, the Music Seminar component of the course explores specific musical topics in detail.  Topics will be determined with consideration for students’ interests and independent projects.  Sample topics might include: songwriting basics; home recording basics; audition preparation; how to make a press kit; developing effective practice habits; Jazz history; etc.  Students will work independently and collaboratively to solve problems and accomplish goals. Prerequisite: approved project proposal and permission from instructor.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Narnia Moves Outdoors

Scott Halligan rehearses on the set of the 2015 Hilltown Youth Theater Summer Workshop production of The Chronicles of Narnia at The Academy at Charlemont.
From today's Greenfield Recorder, Arts and Entertainment Calendar listing:
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE.” Hilltown Youth Summer Theater Workshop, attended by 54 students, concludes with performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday* Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 7 p.m., in the outdoor fields of the Academy at Charlemont on Route 2. Free. This is the sixth year for the summer drama program, headed by Drama Coach/Director Jonathan Diamond of Heath.
The program accepts students from all schools, from age 11 to 18. The performance tells the story four siblings whisked out of London during the blitz bombing of World War II to a country house, where, while playing hide-and-seek, they discover Narnia — an unknown world that opens to them from a wardrobe in the home.
Also from today's Greenfield Recorder, page A1:
Co-directed by Jonathan Diamond and Rachel Silverman, many guest performers and teachers came to the summer program, to coach students and help in the production. They include Mohawk Music Director Scott Halligan, Academy at Charlemont Music Director Dave Chalfant, Dance and Movement Instructor Felice Wolfzahn, Henna and Makeup Artist Kelly Flaherty, Set Designers Rachel Silverman and Laura Iveson, Costumes by Carin, SeriousPlay! Theatre Ensemble, Chrysalis Theatre, Double Edge Theatre and others from the performing arts community.
In the first week, students literally “learned the ropes” — flying as they worked on trapezes and aerial arts with Arlie Hart of Pathfinder Rigging of Brattleboro, Vt.
They also learned to work together as a community, how to do stage combat, and how to move as an actor, on an outdoor stage — a huge and hilly, grassy field in which the actors and audience will move from scene to scene in this weekend’s production of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

* Correction printed in the Greenfield Recorder 8/7/2015.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Potluck Lunch & Summer Meeting

Update 8/9/2015:  From our MMA Facebook page:
Great MMA meeting this afternoon! It's going to be an exciting school year. Thank you to all who came and a special thank you to our hostess. Mark your calendars - our next official meeting will be on September 15th.

If you're not riding the waves at the beach then you will want to be at the second most fun event of the summer:  the MMA Potluck Lunch and Meeting!  Woo-hoo!!!

The summer gathering of the Mohawk Music Association will be on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Maryellen's and Robert's home in Ashfield.  Bring something for you and your family for the grill (if you want to) and a dish to share. Grilled hot dogs, drink, paper products and utensils will be provided. If you have a lawn chair, bring it along.

This potluck lunch and meeting is for all current and prospective members of the Mohawk Music Association and their families. Please join us!

We eat first (always delicious!) and then take a look at the upcoming year and start making plans for the soon-to-be-here Mohawk Open House (Sept. 17), Booster Day Football Game pie sale, and the Ashfield Fall Festival baked potato sale (Oct. 10-11.)

Donation Report for Fiscal Year 2015

Mohawk Music Association
Treasurers Report
August 3, 2015

Report of Donations made to the MTRSD and its students for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2015
DETAIL:

Senior Capstone Donation:
     Construction of Mohawk Recording Studio $ 100.00

Field trips:
     Williamsburg, VA $2,191.05
     Annapolis, MD $850.00
     NYC $1,442.50
     6 Flags New England $1,639.50

Kids in Concert $177.66

Scholarships $2,250.00

Senior Graduation Banquet & Concert $ 442.48

TOTAL for FY15: $ 9,093.19 
In addition, the MMA acted as a flow-through entity for the Local Cultural Councils in the towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, and Rowe to give a total of $1,690.00 toward the Williamsburg trip.

 The MMA also acted as a flow-through entity for several student fundraising efforts. The funds went into the Tri-M student activities account to be used toward trips, shirts, and more.

Finally, the MMA spent $1,511.95 on new uniforms & maintenance but is retaining ownership of them.

Respectfully submitted,

Emily P. Robertson
MMA Treasurer