Trenton Music Department family -
What are some of your best ideas for things to do, projects to accomplish, and ideas on how to best handle our Shelter-In-Place situation! Students, parents, anyone is welcome to comment/reply to this blog post. There's nobody more resourceful and creative than our music community - let's hear your ideas! I'll start with two of my own personal ones:
I find that I am more productive if I start my day every day like I'm going to work. Normal wake up (give or take 30 minutes...lol), shower, breakfast and coffee then face the day as if it were any other day. Keeps me focused and 'normal'.
Practice guitar and trumpet improvisation. I use youtube jazz backing track videos with chord changes. There's literally thousands of videos and songs to use. Keeps me learning and musical.
As I mentioned earlier, I am going to try to put together some ways that may keep students performing for each other. This first way is a Virtual Talent Show. Here's the details:
1. Practice a song or an act. Sing, play instrument, dance, comedy, drama, anything.
2. When it's ready, video record it.
3. Send video or video link to Mr. Kurilko by Thursday night, March 26.
4. I will watch it and make sure everything is ok to post.
5. I will put them together on a page that I will create on this website and post on Friday
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Either one is a good way to send me your performances. If this one works out, I will plan for more as time goes by. Break a leg!
Hey everyone - I got a couple of good ideas the other day but might need some time and help to make it happen. These ideas are intended to keep you practicing and performing in ways that you are already familiar with while at the same time, giving you some interaction with other students.
First idea is to have a virtual talent show. This could be pretty simple to accomplish. Follow me on this - students make videos of your own performances. Singing, guitar, dance, whatever you want. You email the video to me either as a file or email me a link to youtube. I will then upload them to a page on this website that I'll name Virtual Talent Show and date it (it could be the first of several). On a specified date, I will post it. I can allow comments or not. Up to you. If you have any other thoughts on this, let me know at my email address or cell number:
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Another thought is to have a LIVE coffeehouse. Much like we've done at lunch in the Trojan Cafe, in chorus class, or for video project bands in guitar class, I could set up videoconferencing for a specified time and date - for example, say Wednesday December 25 at 5pm (it won't be on Christmas day lol) and give the link for the teleconference. Everyone would be up live to watch and to take turns performing with me as the moderator. Sign up for the event would be by contacting me first and I'd set each act up with a specific time which I will list ahead of time. This way, if you want to watch a specific act, you can join the conference at that time.
There's a lot to think about with the planning of such a thing and I could use any tips and help anyone might have. I first have to find out if either one of these two ideas is even allowed by Trenton Public Schools (I can't imagine why not unless there's a FERPA law involved.)
Any help and ideas to make one or both of these ideas happen, contact me. I'm down for anything. Like you, I've got a lot of time on my hands and I'd sure like to keep my students practicing and performing.
As it turns out, I just found out that while the building will be open tomorrow at the times that I stated, I CANNOT be in the buildings or rooms when the students are there after all. Mandated by the district. No matter - all the rooms will be open for instruments and music stands. 5th grade band - take a folding stand with you and bring it back when you come back. High school - sign out a black stand - there will be a sign out sheet on the white board and you can write a number on the stand that matches the one on the sheet where you put your name.