Sunday, December 18, 2016

Blog News for the Week of December 19


If you are interested in AUDITIONING for the 2017 Black History Month Program, you will need to fill out the ONLINE AUDITION FORM, by January 9, 2017. You can either SCAN the code on the right side of my blog page OR click directly on it to be taken directly to the form.

ComPAny 2017


Our preparation of your audition and NYC masterclass song portfolios finishes up, this week. Your portfolios need to be complete and rehearsed, with me, by 12/21/2016. Get ready!

In class, this week.......

RC4 - CARLY GROUP
FINAL REVIEW in preparation of the end of semester assessment.

Mr. Adams' Intro to Drama (1, 2, and 4 periods)
ALL DONE WITH THE END OF SEMESTER MUSICAL THEATRE STUDY!


GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAMS!!!

Mr. dH

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Blog News for the Week of December 12

WHAT A WONDERFUL CONCERT! Thank you for your focus, attention to detail, patience and musicianship. It was a SOLD-OUT event. Congratulations!


In case you hadn't heard....

Congratulations to the 72 vocal students selected to the 2017 GMEA All-State Chorus!

This week.......

RC4 - CARLY GROUP
We'll review our study of inversions, triads, chord functions and seventh chords in preparation of the end of semester assessment.

Mr. Adams' Intro to Drama (1, 2, and 4 periods)
It is FINAL PERFORMANCE WEEK. 


ComPAny 2017

Our preparation of your audition and NYC masterclass song portfolios begin this week. Your portfolios need to be complete and rehearsed, with me, by 12/21/2016. Get ready!

AND....

If you are interested in AUDITIONING for the 2017 Black History Month Program, you will need to fill out the ONLINE AUDITION FORM, by January 9, 2017. You can either SCAN the code on the right side of my blog page OR click directly on it to be taken directly to the form.

Mr. dH

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Blog News for the Week of December 5


"Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life." - Jack Canfield

Congratulations on an INSPIRED AND MOVING pair of DANCE CONCERTS, last weekend!!




Here is an update on the upcoming CONCERT week....


RC4 - CARLY GROUP
We'll be working on ALL of the concert repertoire in preparation for the Holiday Concert on Friday. When we return from the Holiday Break, we'll continue to wrap up our study of inversions, triads, chord functions and seventh chords in preparation of the midterm assessment.

Mr. Adams' Intro to Drama (1, 2, and 4 periods)
We are approaching the FINAL graded performance date for musical theatre presentations. This week, you will have an opportunity to run your songs individually with me, to make sure you have incorporated all of the notes given by Mr. Adams this semester. Your final graded performance is next week!! Make sure you have your music to make any last-minute adjustments.


ComPAny 2017

Our preparation of your audition and masterclass song portfolios begin this week. Your portfolios need to be complete and rehearsed, with me, by 12/21/2016. Get ready!

Mr. dH


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Blog News for the Week of November 28


Welcome back, FALCONS! 

How about this AMAZING 'knowledge' dropped recently....


"Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life." - Jack Canfield


Here is an update on the upcoming week....

Class of 2017
And the prescreens keep happening. We'll work more on your prep and get your admissions video filmed for the December 1, 2016 deadline. Many of you start your 'in-person' auditions at selected schools, so we'll find some time to run through your audition repertoire with piano.

RC4 - CARLY GROUP
Last week, you had an opportunity to work individually on the construction and foundations of inverted triads and seventh chords. With these exercises, I was able to coach each of you, while  watching how you synthesized and formulated the solutions. This week, we will start to wrap up our study of inversions, triads, chord functions and seventh chords in preparation for the midterm.


Mr. Adams' Intro to Drama (1, 2, and 4 periods)
We are approaching the FINAL graded performance date for musical theatre presentations. So, we will continue our in-class coachings of your songs. Again, make sure you use your rehearsal recordings to help with your preparation and BRING YOUR MUSIC! Last, make sure you have a class partner take all of the notes being given to you during your session. These notes will help you remember what adjustments you should make for your final presentation.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Blog News for the Week of November 14

Wait....what was THAT sound??? Of course, it is the collective sigh that signifies the end of the first-round of All-State auditions! WHEW!!!!



Mr. Adams' Intro to Drama (1, 2, and 4 periods)
We continue our in-class coachings of your songs. Make sure you use your rehearsal recordings to help with your preparation and BRING YOUR MUSIC! Last, make sure you have a class partner take all of the notes being given to you during your session. These notes will help you remember what adjustments you should make for your final presentation.


RC4 - Theory - CARLY GROUP
It is assessment week. Let's see if you remember the fundamentals of seventh chords. We'll check it... 


Class of 2017

Prescreen college audition filming resumes, this week.


--Mr. dH

Monday, November 7, 2016

Blog News for the Week of November 7

This week has FINALLY arrived....now, more than ever, it is time to solidify, synthesize and practice! ALL-STATE IS HERE!


Class of 2017
Prescreen college audition filming resumes, this week.

Mr. Adams' Intro to Drama (1, 2, and 4 periods)
We continue our in-class coachings of your songs. Make sure you use your rehearsal recordings to help with your preparation and BRING YOUR MUSIC! Last, make sure you have a class partner take all of the notes being given to you during your session. These notes will help you remember what adjustments you should make for your final presentation.

RC4 - Theory - CARLY GROUP
We will be testing you on ALL of your skills - sight-reading, solo presentation, scales. It is our last push to help strengthen your audition.

Last good luck to ALL of our Falcon Family GHP nominees, who audition on Monday evening!


--Mr. dH

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Blog News for the Week of October 31

BOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
(There, I said it.)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


What a busy week in the Vocal Department - The Solo Vocal Festival was a success AND we had some of the members of the Class of 2017 perform successfully at the Schmidt Vocal Competition at GSU. Go Falcons!


News for the week....

Mr. Adams' Intro to Drama (1, 2, and 4 periods)

We continue our in-class coachings of your songs. Make sure you use your rehearsal recordings to help with your preparation and BRING YOUR MUSIC! Last, make sure you have a class partner take all of the notes being given to you during your session. These notes will help you remember what adjustments you should make for your final presentation.

RC4 - Theory - CARLY GROUP
All-State Chorus Skills SLAM!! Sightreading in compound meter!


--Mr. dH

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Blog News for the week of October 24

We just keep truckin'......

Auditions, classroom assessments, rehearsals, college trips, concert preparation, All-State preparation, field trips, homework....we just keep truckin'....


Class of 2017
We will finalize our last two rounds of PRESCREEN filming dates for those of you who are looking to audition for Classical Voice, Vocal Performance or Commercial Music.

RC4 - Theory - CARLY GROUP
More work and discussion of the Dominant 7th Chord including inversions, open chord and figured bass! What??? Figured BASS??? It is ALL ABOUT THE BASS!!

Mr. Adams' Intro to Drama (1, 2, and 4 periods)
We continue our in-class coachings of your songs. Make sure you use your rehearsal recordings to help with your preparation and BRING YOUR MUSIC! Last, make sure you have a class partner take all of the notes being given to you during your session. These notes will help you remember what adjustments you should make for your final presentation.

--Mr. dH

Monday, October 17, 2016

Blog News for the week of October 17

Last week was a fun week - all of the Homecoming activities were successful! This week will be another wacky one - Picture Day, PSAT, college visits, callback auditions, etc! Hang on - it will be busy!

In class, we'll:

RC4 - Theory
Tackle more examples in compound meter for All-State AND working on the compositional fundamentals of the Dominant 7th.

Mr. Adams' Intro to Drama (1, 2, and 4 periods)
We continue our in-class coachings of your songs. Make sure you use your rehearsal recordings to help with your preparation and BRING YOUR MUSIC! Last, make sure you have a class partner take all of the notes being given to you during your session. These notes will help you remember what adjustments you should make for your final presentation.




--Mr. dH 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Blog News for the week of October 10

Blog News for the week of October 10


RC4 - Theory
After your aural assessment in class differentiating the Major and Minor triad, along with the Dominant 7th, we will now move more into inversions. I will also challenge your sight-reading in compound meters.

Mr. Adams' Intro to Drama (1, 2, and 4 periods)
We continue our in-class coachings of your songs. Make sure you use your rehearsal recordings to help with your preparation and BRING YOUR MUSIC!



--Mr. dH 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Blog News for the week of October 3

Welcome BACK! I am looking forward to seeing you all again. I hope you got a chance to sleep in, at least for a few minutes, during the break....

RC4
Remember that time we got down with the mechanicals of the DOMINANT 7th Chord? Well, we'll review, build and invert it. 

Mr. Adams' Intro to Drama (1, 2, and 4 periods)
We continue our in-class coachings of your songs. Make sure you use your rehearsal recordings to help with your preparation and BRING YOUR MUSIC!


CLASS OF 2017
Auditionees for BA/BM Classical Voice and Vocal Performance programs, STAY TUNED about pre-screen filming information.

--Mr. dH 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Blog News for Week of September 19

Class of 2017
SENIORS - Here is the prescreen schedule for next Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20, 2016.


Phase I, Monday September 19, 2016
First Period
Film - Brynn, Caroline, Corrine

Second Period
Film – Roan
While Roan is filming, Ms. White coaches with Weston and James
After Roan is done filming, Mr. dH coaches with Lily, Emma and Christian

Fourth Period
FILM – Lily, Emma
After a re-evaluation of the day, we’ll determine the rest of the schedule.

Phase II, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Schedule TBD

RC4
It is time for the DOMINANT 7th Chord. This week we'll get down with it AND I check to see how well you remember the MAJOR scale degrees.

Mr. Adams' Intro to Drama (1, 2, and 4 periods)
We start our coaching schedule - now that we have successfully had our first pass with your song cuts. Hooray!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Class of 2017 - Update, September 15

***UPDATE***

1. Please double and triple check ALL of the requirement that each of your schools have for the pre-screen. FOR EXAMPLE: Do they want a full-body shot? Do you slate all of your songs and monologues at once? What do you wear? Do they want separate files?? Stuff like that. Please, PLEASE, PLEASE check that stuff! It will make for a more efficient process on Monday and Tuesday.
2. Seniors who are auditioning for THEATRE (ACTING) and MUSICAL THEATRE programs will film on Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20 (if needed), during your PA classes. EVERYONE should be dressed and equipped to be filmed on Monday, September 19. I am confident that we will be able to accommodate everyone.
3. For those of you who have chosen to perform during SECOND PERIOD, CHAMBER on Friday, Dr. Woolf STRONGLY suggests that ladies wear the shoes that you'll film in for your pre-screen.

That is all for now...more later...

Mr. dH

Class of 2017 - UPDATE, September 14


NEW INFORMATION***
SENIORS:

We will be splitting the prescreen video sessions into THREE phases. Those of you who are auditioning in DRAMA or MUSICAL THEATRE, will film your college admission segments on Monday,  September 19 and Tuesday, September 20. Those of you who are auditioning in Vocal Performance and Classical Voice will film your college admission segments IMMEDIATELY AFTER the Fall Break (the first week or so, of October). Finally, those of you who are auditioning in Commercial Music will film your college admission segments and record your portfolio material DURING THE THIRD WEEK of October. (We'll be using the Piano Lab, for part of that, as well.)

I hope this information helps you and your planning.

---Mr. dH

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Blog news for the week of September 12



IT IS CONCERT WEEK!!! Are YOU ready???




RC4
What's a 'supertonic'??? I thought the word was "supersonic"!??
We'll continue examining MAJOR triads, their functions and what the 'supertonic' really is.



Class of 2017
We'll try to finalize/polish/present your songs for your pre-screen portfolios, throughout the week. Remember PRE-SCREEN FILMING is scheduled for next Monday, 9/19 and Tuesday, 9/20. You will be assigned a day and time when you will film. PLEASE review all of your requirements, the 'looks' each school wants, etc. AND make sure you have already secured your pianists (especially Vocal Performance/Classical auditions.)


Students in Mr. Adams' 1st, 2nd and 4th period DRAMA CLASSES (Musical Theatre Supplement)
We'll continue to perform the "FIRST PASS" of your song cuts. Fun!!


--Mr. dH

Monday, September 5, 2016

Blog News for the week September 6

RC4:

Don't worry if you didn't do as well as you had hoped with the Common Assessment you took on Friday. We will be using that as a guide to help shape our direction in theory, this year. This week, we'll continue our study of triads and how they "function" in Major keys. Sounds fancy, eh? It is magical, for realz...


Students in Mr. Adams' Intro to DRAMA Classes - Periods 1, 2, and 4 (Musical Theatre Supplement):

We'll finish up creating a 'rehearsal' study track for your use. And for those who are ready, we'll complete the "first pass" in Mr. Adams' class. It will be super-easy - you will present your song cut without any frills. It is just a 'pass through' with your presentation.



Mr. dH

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Blog News for the Week of August 28, 2016

RC4:

As promised and discussed this week in class, I have created a CLASS PAGE on my blog. Nearly EVERYTHING we write, listen, discuss, assess in class will be all digital, SO I will update our class page with digital copies of assignments, exercises, etc. Please get in the habit of checking regularly!
We have MUCH GROUND to cover in Theory, on top of our rigorous PA schedule. I am excited for the problems you will learn to solve....


Mr. dH

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Week of August 22, 2016



Ladies and Gentlemen:

Check out the NEW LINK - ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SHEET MUSIC!

On the right side of this blog, under the section "Sign-Up for Stuff", you may submit a request for a copy of physical sheet music. If you are looking for a title and need the sheet music, click on the link and SUBMIT your request. If it is available, I will try to have the music ready for pick-up within 72 hours. I am providing this as a courtesy to CCCEPA students - I love you, but please don't make me crazy.

Mr. dH



Sunday, August 14, 2016

Week of August 15, 2016

A note about the songs in my online song catalog for class presentations....

Ladies and Gentleman:
Some of the songs that appear in the song catalog are, for the most part, already shortened to a 16-bar cut. Therefore, you should learn the cut that appears. If you are unsure about song length or if your song selection looks like it has more than sixteen measures, please don't hesitate to see me to clarify. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Access to the Music Catalog and Notes

Greetings, STUDENTS!

To view the catalog for music and the notes you receive in class, you will need to request access to the Google Drive. When you request access, I can easily approve you. I have set up the catalog so that it can be viewed and shared with Pebblebrook students and not the ENTIRE population of the world. Let me know if you run into any problems with downloading or printing, etc.

Monday, August 1, 2016

CCCEPA Class of 2017 - Looking Ahead to the College Auditions during Fall 2016/Spring 2017

Thank you for visiting my blog. I wanted to use it as a resource to help you, at least, start organizing, planning, thinking about college auditions - more specifically, getting your song portfolio together for Musical Theatre degree programs. Hopefully, we can help you find suitable material with which you feel comfortable and connected. And, preparing your portfolio early, but steadily, will help reduce your stress around audition season J



Before we start, here are the rules….

DO’s
  • Start early.
  • Solidify your list of prospective schools and categorize them according to REACH, FIT and/or SAFETY
  • Check each school’s website regularly for important dates – Application Deadlines, Interview Dates, Audition Requirements, Audition Deadlines, etc.
  • Create a grid/spreadsheet/checklist for each school you are previewing. That way, you can have all the information at your fingertips, all in one location.
  • Meet FREQUENTLY with your PHS school counselors for institutions that match your academic profile.
  • Compile a list of songs that you’d like to include in your musical theatre portfolio. Don’t worry if the songs are labeled “overdone”, etc. We are looking for material that shows your personality and demonstrates your skills favorably.
  • Be responsible for your portfolio and the material that goes into it. I am happy to help you shape things, BUT WILL NOT do it ALL for you. This is YOUR party and future – take pride in it.
  • Get rest and take care of your health.

DON’Ts
  • Procrastinate. Once the Fall 2016 semester starts, you should be polishing and tightening your audition material, NOT picking it.
  • Procrastinate.
  • Procrastinate.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Welcome BACK!

Falcons:
Welcome Back!! It is going to be an incredible year! Let's DO THIS!