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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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)
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!
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!
Alouette sheet music (for K - 1 students)
IMAGINE by JOHN LENNON
Imagine - Video
COUNT ON ME by BRUNO MARS
VIDEO: ‘Count On Me'
Condensed Song Form - Beginner Level
Full Song Form - Int/Adv Levels
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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!
Kids have chosen band names, and here is the list! Ask your Keylab Kid which band they are in
Rainbow Cockroach Rockers
The Crazy Monkey Banana Rockerstars
The Burning Synths
Amazing Rock Pickles
The Noise Makers
Radioactive Golden Dragons
The Band Band
The Jam Fam!
Epic Talking Guitars
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: