Archive for December, 2008

Year 10 Aussie Rock Performances

Friday 26 December, 2008

It’s taken me a while to sort it out, but I’ve finally got Year 10 Music’s Australian rock performances uploaded to YouTube. Check them out and tell us what you think?

Year 10 Australian Rock Assessment Part 1

Year 10 Australian Rock Assessment Part 2


School Ensembles for 2009

Saturday 13 December, 2008

I would like you boys to start thinking about music groups and ensembles you would like to participate in for 2009. Here are some ideas…

  • Rock group
  • Jazz ensemble
  • Lebanese drumming group
  • Reggae ensemble
  • Barbershop choir
  • R&B ensemble
  • Classical guitar ensemble
  • DJ group
  • Percussion ensemble

Do any of these ensembles interest you? If so, please leave a comment! Is there a group not mentioned here? If so, please leave a comment.

I have made a poll, and if there is sufficient interest from this post, I will post it here to see what groups boys are interested in.

So what can you do during the holidays to prepare? Think of a song list, practice some songs, contact other students who may be interested, look for any music material online (audio files, YouTube videos, TABs, public domain sheet music), go to Allans Print Music and see if there is music I can buy for you, email me any questions or information you have so I can go over it with you (my school email is “aclare@” with the usual school ending).

So get involved! Let’s make 2009 an awesome year for music at our school!

A Merry Musical Christmas!

Friday 12 December, 2008

A huge Merry Christmas to you all! Also a huge thank you for all your tireless efforts toward music in 2008, especially the Year 11 boys! Music is crucial in our school, to foster creativity, personal expression, cultural identity, group work skills and excellence through practice and performance. Without your dedication, commitment and passion our school would be a creative black hole. Have a well earned break and a very merry musical Christmas!

Below is a clip of “Straight No Chaser” from Indiana, USA, who are an all male, ten voice a cappella choir. They have adapted the well known tune “12 Days of Christmas” and added lots of funny additions, such as “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer“, “Carol of the Bells“, “I Have a Little Dreidel” and “Africa” (Toto). It has over 8,770,000 hits on YouTube! Have a safe and relaxing holiday, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do…

And here’s a very cool clip of some Christmas lights set to the music “Carol of the Bells”, it’s crazy!

I will try and add some new material to this site over the holidays, so don’t forget to pop back sometime.

YouTube Clips of You!

Wednesday 10 December, 2008

Hey guys! If you have any YouTube clips (or other online video sites) of yourself, please send me the link and I’ll post it here! To kick it off, here’s Georgio singing…

Black Dress (Kiss Chasy) by Reggie (vox) and Joseph (guitar)…

Ocean (John Butler Trio) by Tim (guitar)…

Opportunity (Pete Murry) by Andrew (vox), Hernando (acoustic guitar) and Tim (bass guitar)…

Save Tonight (Eagle Eye Cherry) by 2007 graduating class…

Robotic Conductor

Sunday 7 December, 2008
ASIMO is a humanoid robot. ASIMO is an acronym for “Advanced Step in Innovative MObility”. In the picture above and the clip below ASIMO conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to raise funds for a music education fund in Detroit, USA. I thought it was pretty cool, I hope you enjoy it…