Saturday, May 3, 2008

Learn... learn.... learn

So I thought that I would put up the classes that I took this semester at Berklee, just for fun. I have loved this semester at Berklee and am excited for future classes! This is not the most interesting blog ever, actually it is really boring! But some people ask me what kind of classes I take out here and stuff, so I thought I would share. To some of you this might sound like a different language, sorry!! 

Arranging 1- In this class I learned how to write music for many different instruments including; guitar, bass, drums, alt sax, trumpet, piano... We also learned different song forms and how to compose for those arrangements. For our final project we picked a standard and from scratch completely arranged the song in our own way using 6 different instruments. Next week our songs will be recorded live, fun!

Trad Materials & Structure 1- In this class we focused on diatonic harmonic analysis in different musical textures. Melody writing, with voice leading. Harmonization of melodies using the chords and roman numerals. Besides having a slightly crazy teacher, I learned a lot!

Tonal Counterpoint 1- I'm not really sure on how to explain this class except that it was really hard and intense. We learned how to create a counter melody to go with an existing melody. Given chords a roman numerals we composed our own pieces using our knowledge of the chords tones and different ways to embellish the melody line. 

Music Education Concert Choir- This class was really fun! We had a teacher who would teach us choral music, but at the same time we were learning how to teach the music ourselves. It was fun to be in a choir again, but to learn the many things a choir director needs to know. 

Vocal Conducting: Mus Ed Major- Learned warm-up's and different techniques to direct a choir.

Solfege 2- do re mi fa so la ti do... do re me fa so le te do.. This semester was minor solfege using the dorian, and phrygian modes. I know... it's crazy.

Harmony 2- This class was so fun! I had an incredible teacher who made everything so interesting! We learned about secondary and extended dominant relationships, motif development, linear harmonic continuity, guide tone lines, minor key harmony, and much more. 

Trumpet Class for Mus Ed- For the music ed major we have to take several other instruments. Trumpet was a lot of fun this semester. It was a lot harder than I thought! When I first started I couldn't make any noise out of it and was pretty discouraged... But now I can really play. Yay!

Private instruction: Piano- Everyone at Berklee has a certain instrument they got into Berklee with. The main "Principals" are Voice, Guitar, Drums, Bass, and Piano. My major requires me to take 6 semester of private instruction on my instrument. At the end of the semester we have a proficiency exam where there are specific requirements we have to meet to move onto the next level. Some of the things for this semester proficiency are; 4 octave scales for all natural, harmonic, and melodic minors, minor chords arpeggios, and minor chord progressions. I also have to perform two pieces live. 

I'm taking the last few of my finals on Monday and Tuesday, then I am leaving Tuesday night to go home for three weeks. I am coming back out here the last week in May to start another full-time semester at Berklee!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

My today's

           I have been thinking a lot lately about time. Have you ever had those moments where you wished that right then you could freeze time? That you could capture a beautiful moment? These last few weeks I have felt this way many times. I have had some amazing experiences shared with many wonderful people. I am finishing up my semester at Berklee College of Music on Tuesday. I can't believe how fast the semester has flown by! I have loved my first year of school at Berklee. I have learned and grown in so many different way's that I never could have imagined! As the semester comes to a close I find myself always looking forward.. to tonight... tomorrow.... summer.... But, I have realized that I really need to live in this time right now. I need to enjoy ever second and minute given to me. I will never be given this day ever again, I don't want to waste it! The future will come, and it's okay to plan for it. But, today is happening now, and I need to make the best of my today's. As I have made this goal to stop worrying and always looking forward, I have been able to recognize more the little daily blessings that I normally let pass me by. 
          Today I was jogging around the beautiful Charles river. It was breathtaking to look out on the river and recognize the beauty of this world! Not only the beauty of this world, but also of the people in this world. I love seeing everyone outside walking around the river with families and friends. Sometimes I just look at people and wonder what their life is about, what their struggles and trials are. It makes me sad to think that many of these people don't have the wonderful blessing of the Gospel in their life. It causes me to think how they live each day without the knowledge that I have. I then am instantly hit with an overwhelming feelings that our Heavenly Father loves and cares for them in a very real way. I love knowing that he loves all of us the same. No matter who we are, or what kind of lives we are living. What a beautiful thought! In time, all of these people, people we all see and talk with everyday, will have the opportunity to hear of the wonderful Gospel. I hope and pray that the many good people I know, will embrace the Gospel when that time comes. 
          I encourage you all to live in the time that you have been given. Treat your family and friends with love, honesty, and kindness. Time flies by way to fast for any of us to let it pass us by. I hope that I can be more productive with my time. I look forward changing myself and recognizing how important it is for me to use the time I have been given to do good. Live for your today's!

President Monson councils us to:

" 1. Learn from the past 2. Prepare for the future 3. Live in the present
Sometimes we let our thoughts of tomorrow take up to much of today. Daydreaming of the past and longing for the future may provide comfort but will not take the place of living in the present. This is the day of our opportunity, and we must grasp it". 

Matthew 6: 19-21
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also"

Love you all- Carly Jo