Summer School I

Report of the Summer School of Music

 

14- 24 April 2010 Officer’s Club, Vellayambalam

Summer School of Music was held during held during 14-24 April 2010 at Officer’s Club, Vellayambalam jointly by Resonance School of Music, Juhanon Marthoma Study Centre and Vengal Counseling Research and Training Centre. The purpose of the Summer School was to equip school going children between the age group 10 – 16 to read music notation, play Recorder and sing Solo and Choral Music. The summer school was also intended to teach and perform the musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’. The following are the participants of the Summer School of Music. 1.Akash Ninan Abraham 2.Alan Rajesh Alex 3.Aleena Ann Philip 4.Amal Cyrus Panackal 5.Amala C Chrispas 6.Amodh C Chrispas 7.Aneesha Mary Sajit 8.Anne Abraham Panackal 9.Arpana Anna Manu 10.Aswini Thomas 11.Benjamin John Oommen 12.Daphne Mary John, 13.Ebin Thomson 14.Essie V Ayrookuzhy 15.Elsa Susan Issac 16.Feba Alan Varghese 17.Jibin Thomson 18.Joel Koshy Mathew 19.Karen Mary John 20.Kevin Biju Varghese 21.Namitha Elizabeth Koshy 22.Neenu K Dharman 23.Nikhil Koshy 24.Nimitha R Nelson 25.Philo Jacob Varghese 26.Rohit Abraham 27.Rohit Koshy Kurian 28.Sam C Issac 29.Sangeeth Sailas S 30.Shane Abraham John 31.Saumiya Thomas Jacob 32.Shreya Susan Koshy 33.Thabitha Ann Varghese 34.Vivek Thomas Varghese Learning to play Recorder The recorder is a woodwind musical instrument. It has holes for seven fingers and one for the thumb of the uppermost hand. The recorder was popular from medieval times. One of the more interesting developments in recorder playing over the last 30 years has been the development of recorder orchestras. They can have 60 or more players and use up to nine sizes of instrument. In addition to arrangements, many new pieces of music, including symphonies, have been written for these ensembles. Recorder was introduced to the participants of the Summer School of Music and the response was very positive. Within the first three days the participants were able to play the scale D Major along with melodies based on the scale. During the ten day’s period they were able to learn the major scales such as C, F, G as well as the D minor scale. The group learning has added effect on the participants and it provided them inspiration and impetus towards mastering the Recorder playing. During the valedictory function the participants were able to make recorder performance together as well as in various batches and demonstrate their mastery over playing it. The senior group was able to play a piece taken from the third grade recorder exam of the Trinity College of Music, London. Sight Reading Sight-reading refers to the ability to convert both instrumental and vocal musical information from sight to sound. Sight reading was one of the inputs of the Summer School of Music. As a first step we introduced rhythmic reading of songs. It enabled the participants to grasp the pulse and the rhythmic feeling of the songs. Thereafter we enabled the participants to read a music notation by identifying the notes in terms of keys, tonic sol-fa and staff. The same method was employed for recorder playing which further helped the participants to convert the notation to music. Choral Singing Voice training was the basis by which the participants were prepared for choral singing. It also helped them to develop their vocal range, better breathing and better tone production. In order to introduce the fundamentals of choral singing, a variety of songs were taught starting from melody, round songs and songs with two part, three part and four part arrangements. It helped the participants to develop sight reading and harmony singing by listening to each other and singing together as a group. Music Theory Music theory was introduced in terms of Time and Pitch. Aspects of Pitch were introduced as development of Scales and Key signatures. Aspects of Time were introduced as note values, Time signature and development of rhythm. The participants were taught how to form a scale by identifying four adjacent sounds (tetra chord). They also learned the degrees of notes on a scale. Using tetra chord, they identified all major scales. Learning the Musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’ One of the major outcomes of the Summer School of Music was the performance of the musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat written by Tim Rice and composed by Andrew Lloyd Weber. The Musical provided a wholesome experience through presenting fourteen musical pieces woven together to narrate the story of Joseph and his brothers. It brought out the diversity of musical genres such as solos and harmony, different tempos and different musical traditions such as the Rock n’ Roll. The musical also brought out various emotional expressions such as celebration, grief, hatred, openness and the like related to the story of Joseph and his brothers. The participants learnt the Musical with lot of enthusiasm. Many of them were able to learn it by heart. They were also able to imbibe its various emotions and make a laudable performance towards the end of the Summer School. The Resource persons The main resource persons include Rev. Sugu John Chandy, Jeya Chandy and Joseph P John. Rev. Sugu M John Chandy and Jaya Chandy have five decades of music teaching experience. They have developed a curriculum on music education to initiate children to read music notation, grasp fundamentals of music theory and equip them solo and choral singing. Joseph P John holds diploma in Church Music from Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, (AILM), Manila Philippines. He studied violin and choral conducting as major subjects. Valedictory function Valedictory function was held on 24th April 2010 at SCM Programme Centre, Pattom. The programme began with a word of prayer by Rev Mathew John, Vicar, Ebenezer Marthoma Church, Peroorkada. The programme consisted of the recorder performance, singing of choruses, round songs, anthems and the Musical. The musical performance was given prominence. The introduction to the programme was given by Feba Alan Varghese. She explained the various musical genres and their significance. The musical performance was about one and half hour. The energy and involvement of singers made the performance lively and captivating. Rev Sugu John Chandy shared about the process of the learning employed during the Summer School and explained the importance of the interactive learning. He also lauded the participants for their zeal for learning music. Mr. Matius Vengal, Director, Vengal Counseling Research and Training Centre who spoke on the occasion highlighted the importance of Music learning and explained how it contributes to holistic development. Er. Jeyan Nair, President, Officer’s Club and the Chief Guest of the function congratulated the participants for the wonderful music performance and pointed out the importance of music learning to counter the ill effects of media invasion. The Course certificates were given to all participants who completed the course. Mr. Santhosh George proposed vote of thanks to all those who supported the Summer School of Music including the Officer’s Club who provided the venue for the Summer School and SCM for providing venue for the valedictory session. He also thanked the church pastors and choir masters who encouraged their members to attend the Summer School. Vote of thanks was also proposed for the team led by Rev Sugu John Chandy who led the Summer School of Music.
Feedback and Evaluation
Mrs Jeya Chandy “The participants of the Summer School are one of the best groups I have ever interacted with. The performance was far from perfection. But it is a remarkable achievement to make such a performance in ten day’s time.” Mrs. Ansu Mary Sajit (Parent) “The Summer School was able to inspire and motivate the children to seriously get into Music learning through a variety of means. But we need to give more training to make a professional touch to our appearance and performance quality. Mrs. Rekha Abraham (Parent) “The Summer School was able to achieve more than what is expected out of a ten day’s programme. My daughter told me that she is feeling sad since the summer school is concluding today. We need to follow up the children and do something in a sustained manner.” Shreya Susan Koshy (participant) “We were able to learn the basics of Music very effectively in a short period of time. The method of clapping (Rhythmic reading) was indeed an effective and time saving method when compared to repeating after the teacher many times and yet not singing properly. The teaching style was learner friendly which encouraged us to perform our best. Ample breaks between the sessions and the games helped us release the restlessness of sitting for long and get rid of sleepiness and boredom in the afternoon. Though Music was the focus of the camp, various social skills and the like were gained during the ten days. The resource persons though highly advanced in Music came down to our level and went up with us which saved us from being embarrassed about our limited knowledge of music. The special sessions on Hindustani music, Effect of music on human body and the Music quiz were very entertaining.”

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