This Week at Keylab

Updated: Nov 4, 2019


IMPORTANT KEYLAB DATES!


KEYLAB IS CLOSED TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5th for ELECTION DAY

there will be no classes or private lessons (in-home or at Keylab) held this day!



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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Each week we have fun music theory activities for our Songlab students, and this week we created a special spooky version of our ear training activity the Interval Toss. This activity requires kids to correctly identify a musical interval in order to earn points for their team. A successful guess earns points AND a turn to toss a beanbag (or in this week's activity, a spider!) to the correct chair, bucket, etc, for additional points. (click here to hear more intervals)


Here's footage and photos from this week's SPOOKY INTERVAL TOSS. We chose some classic creepy intervals (minor 2nd, minor 3rd and the super evil "Devil's Interval" the tritone).


The photos below are some of our favorite shots of the students listening to the tones and determining which SPOOKY INTERVAL was being played!


Here's SONGLAB instructor, Zerlina Devi explaining a tritone to students at TUESDAY SONGLAB:




Here's some footage of SONGLAB students throughout the week as they listen to the tones, identify the interval and then toss the spider into the correct web to earn points for their team.


Adam identifies a tritone in the first video.







Yohan listens to a minor 2nd.














Sayer learns the difference between a minor 2nd and minor 3rd.












Colette listens and identifies the minor 3rd!














Enjoy the video below that has footage of SONGLAB throughout the week and is set to the White Stripe's "7 NATION ARMY" that contains the minor 3rd interval in the first two notes of the melody!


INSIDE SONGLAB:

In the Tech Lab


"The magic of sampling is turning something you wouldn't normally use into an instrument." -- Matthew Ryals, Tech Lab teacher.


In the Tech Lab, students have begun their second song project of the year. Last week, we learned about sampling and how to use the sampler instrument in Garageband.


The students continue to learn about sampling. They record any sound (voice, clapping, whistling, etc.), play it on the midi keyboard and use it in an original song. In addition, kids are being introduced to the bass and guitar instruments in Garageband, and are learning how to add those elements to their own compositions. Some of our more advanced students are learning to edit their samples to simulate drum sounds and create their own drum loops!



Check out THE RAINBOW COCKROACH ROCKERS (Sayer, Origin, Nylah, Vali and Celine) learning to work with various Garageband instruments in the Tech Lab with Mr. Matt!

In the video below, Origin makes her first beat on the Garageband drum pad!



In the Key Lab

In the Piano Lab, students are continuing to learn fundamental music theory concepts including basic rhythms, the white keys on the keyboard, how to read basic song forms, using the songs "Allouete", "Count On Me" by Bruno Mars and "Imagine" by John Lennon.


Ask your kids what songs they are working on and use the links below to download and practice at home!


SONG LINKS


ALOUETTE

IMAGINE by JOHN LENNON

COUNT ON ME by BRUNO MARS

Condensed Song Form - Beginner Level

Full Song Form - Int/Adv Levels

Get the most out of practicing at home with our

PRACTICE TIPS and HOME SET UP GUIDE!


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK'S PIANO CLASS:


"Alouette" featuring the RADIOACTIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS and The BURNING SYNTHS


RAINBOW COCKROACH ROCKERS learn dotted half notes!



IN THE BAND ROOM

Kids are finishing up work on their first original songs, and some bands are starting their first cover songs!


BAND NAMES!

Kids have chosen band names, and here is the list! Ask your Keylab Kid which band they are in


MONDAYS

Rainbow Cockroach Rockers

The Crazy Monkey Banana Rockerstars

PANDAMONIUM


TUESDAYS

The Burning Synths

Amazing Rock Pickles

The Noise Makers


WEDNESDAYS

Radioactive Golden Dragons

Hamster Headphones

The Band Band


THURSDAYS

Raccoon Rackets

The Jam Fam!

Epic Talking Guitars

FRIDAYS

Record Breakers

Diamond Rock

The Notorious Notes



BAND ROOM VIDEOS!


THE BURNING SYNTHS working on their version of "OLD TOWN ROAD"



Student Interview: Tommy ("Notorious Notes")



"My favorite thing about Keylab is going into the bandroom and playing with my friends."



Favorite Instrument: Piano, because Elton John plays it.


Favorite Elton John Song: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road


Why does the world need music?

The world needs music because stories need to be told in a better way.


Halloween Costume: Elton John--in Dodger Stadium or when he sang a song called "Pinball Wizard."


The first time Tommy heard Elton John : I heard my mom listening to him, and it was "Tiny Dancer." I felt happy because I really liked it.



Video excerpts from Tommy's interview below:




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