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|1||Title & Learn more about Videoconferencing||Duration|
|2||STORMSite Navigation & Introduction to STORMWORKS||5:55|
|3|| STORMWORKS VisaREEL™, PHOTORhythm™ & History.
A must see, but WARNING. Graphic Content from LAST WORLD STANDING is demonstrated.
|4||Stephen's Philosophy of Education... "You must be better than me."||2:51|
|6||What You can Expect When Commissioning a New Work||4:17|
|7||Demonstration of STORMSounds as utilized in the "STORM" works||3:00|
|8||Excerpt from the 1201PM Recording Session on 27 January 1990||1:40|
|9||Related to Chapter 13, see the Photos & Film associated with the making of OUR TIME as a SONG in the UNIVERSE, and be sure to check the score notes!||
|10||Excerpt from the "STORMSummate" Introducing the Let's Find Out Teaching Suite||3:46|
|11||Discussion about the PAD Bass with the Concert-master of the Dutch Royal Military Band||2:45|
|12||A quick Demo of NOGARD & DRAGON||1:11|
|The Porter Music Box||0:16|
|Composer's Video Score Notes|
|13||Composer's Video Score Notes for MUSASHI, including Japanese Pronunciations of Shinto Texts, and a Demonstration of the Vocal, PAD Bass, Harp, and Japanese Instrument sounds utilized within MUSASHI||27:17|
|14||Composer's Video Score Notes to 7th Grade Band Commissioners of WU: Technesophia||16:04|
|Composer's Video Score Notes for ONE||11:54|
|Live Concert Clips|
|15||Premiere of American Music Abroad Fanfare on Omaha Beach 12 July 2008||1:10|
|16||Premiere of CHINA, My Heart & Longing for Young String Orchestra||3:08|
|17||A Middle School Band from Japan plays Time to Take Back the Knights!||1:38|
|18||Work #1000: The Prayer of Our Lord, Live in Germany||4:00|
|EXCERPTS from STORMWORKS® VisaREEL™ Productions|
|19||The Visually Scored, STAR! as it appears in THAT WE MIGHT LIVE on DVD||2:50|
|20||Excerpt from the Visually Scored GOD BLESS AMERICA as it appears in THAT WE MIGHT LIVE on DVD||3:37|
|21||See the story behind this offering. HYMN to the MARINES||2:52|
|22||For Aficionados: The Old STORMRom Opening Sequence!||0:37|
|23||For Aficionados: The Old STORMDancing Clip! "It's Time to Groove!" Enjoy!||0:46|
|Contributors & RESOURCES|
|24||Using STORMStage... a great tool!||5:00|
|25||Composer's Video Score Notes for #1044: "I was walking innocently... and THEN!"||14:20|
|26||Using the PAD Bass with Jazz Ensemble by Mr. Tom Davis||1:30|
Listen to 22 Function Chorales™ (in 1 key) via Quicktime.
Watch a Quicktime Excerpt from the STORMSummate offered to Teachers over summer workshops.
In conjunction with the Function Chorales, I suggest considering a package in which you will receive the Teaching Suite on DVD and the Function Chorales on CDR.
See & Print Article & Demonstration Materials
Try a FUNCTION CHORALE with your Ensemble... What you will experiment with is a SINGLE page from the FUNCTION CHORALES by © Stephen Melillo IGNA 1980. The single page can be easily and quickly photocopied for each member of your ensemble. Split the group into 4 parts: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass as per the PDF Download. The numbers represent scale degrees. Try the chorale provided first in Bb, then in Eb. Now, imagine a carefully plotted succession of 22 logically developed chorales which are preceded by a specific and clearly articulated teaching strategy.
ARTICLE involving MMMS Curriculum by MATT SMITH
"Stephen - I was at the conducting symposium in Greeley and saw you present - it was inspiring to say the least. I purchased the ScaleWorks, Rhythm Readers and Function Chorales (an investment) and have begun using the ScaleWorks with my 8th graders. The process is incredible! After introducing the concept Tuesday, practicing, and reinforcing yesterday, one of my weakest players was able to construct and play C# Major - flawlessly. The class sat in shocked silence before erupting in cheers. He left yesterday feeling like a king and I left knowing that any student can have success in music."
"We've been using these for 4 years now and it is amazing how easy (and fun) it is to teach music theory this way. We analyze each one measure by measure; labeling all the non-chord tones with the specific names, discussing motion between voices, points of tension and release. Each year there is a distinct transition in their musical vocabulary... they go from saying "that sounds cool" to phrases like "I love the 4-3 suspension in the altos!" Because they have scores in front of them, everyone stays engaged. Every week or so I'll play the recording of the next chorale and that motivates them to learn the raised and lowered notes they need to move on... I don't have to push that at all. The individuals really do most of the mixing themselves because they want to hear the things we spent time analyzing. Our final step on each chorale is to have students make up a story (like scenes in a movie) that the music makes them think of. The best part about this is that they'll use their theory terminology as they describe certain points in the scene they create. When we are working on sheet music, we can isolate a measure or a chord and really dig in to improve it because they already have an understanding of what the composer is trying to do and we have the vocabulary to speak intelligently about it." BJ Marks, Northside Middle School
"Steve, I know
that you have heard this before, but your approach to learning scales
is amazing. I have seen and used your chart before, but after watching
the DVD I had a new perspective.
from Waynesburg College, PA:
" If every music
class used Stephen Melillo’s teaching tools as a starting point,
development and understanding of musical theories and ideas would increase
exponentially and endlessly…guaranteed!" David Call,
Percussion, Freshman, Waynesburg College
"We now have students wanting to write their own function chorales! I know this has happened at other schools, but I felt it was necessary to continue the story of how great these are. We rendered the first student's chorale affectionately entitled "Godspeed" yesterday. I since received "A Mighty Forbidden Fortress" and "In School Suspension". These are all settings of theory class projects, but they have really grabbed the students. I thank you for the gift of them and please know they are being put to excellent use. Also, thanks for the new clarinet player! Now you may ask what do I mean? The students have been trying to convince a 9th grade girl who felt she was too busy for band to join. I finally decided to get involved after some research and invited her to spend a period with us. The lesson plan included "By Love Compelled" I spent our time warming up etc. and did an indepth rehearsal on By Love...never coming close to the end. (It was very good too! That is another story) Needless to say we did not finish, but the girl (right in front of the podium) looked up and said "But I need to know how it ends!" To which I replied "That is the next rehearsal." She is with us now." David Knott, Bishop MCDevitt High School, Harrisburg, PA
"Do you remember this workshop I told you from.....St. Thomas Choral.... I did it on Saturday..it was a great time. The musicians were amazed about the effect that had on them. I explained and demonstrated to them all about tuning and intonation first (straight line, target with pad bass!!!!, functions, balance etc.), then played the Choral.....WOW... they sounded so different!!! That was motivating for them and for me!! Thanks to our meeting last year and all the things that I have learned so far from you I can do these things and pass it on to other bands. I'm so grateful for that. The amazing thing is, that at the beginning of a workshop you think... this band doesn't sound so badly...they play in tune more or less....what can I teach them. But then as soon as you start bringing in the concept of "target playing" it leads you from one to another problem and you realise the mistakes..... But when you make sense of it for them, it changes everything!!!!" Martin Wiblishauser, Germany
My goodness! It's been about two weeks since I started using the Function
Chorales and ScaleWorks in my band classes/rehearsals, and
I am BLOWN AWAY!!!!! I am a brand-new teacher straight out of college.
I have struggled a bit to find different techniques that work for my students,
but your model for ScaleWorks was so excellent I hit
one out of the park right away (not that I won't go back and refine, of
course). My students absolutely LOVE the function chorales--they
keep asking for "the next one". We are moving quickly but cautiously,
striving for precision in each. We are making effective transfers into
the literature with these--we are doing an arrangement of Shenandoah,
an obvious transfer, but I'm noticing things like a sense of direction
on long notes and listening "vertically" for intonation in ALL
of our playing, up to and including our spring musical. As for ScaleWorks,
BRAVO! My students LOVE the method and process. I presented the information
as you do on your DVD (an excellent model), and my students eyes got to
be the sizes of dinner plates--they were drawn in within minutes. "Sing
and Fing" has become a regular part of my vocabulary--for scales,
but also chorales and difficult passages. I had my doubts about the "stopwatching"
(because I'm a brand new teacher and know everything, right??), but I
did it and it had its intended effect--some harmless competition amongst
the students that creates a sense of "urgency" in order to not
have the lesson become stagnant. My next project is Rhythm
Readers--I can't wait!! My only regret is I did not use this
source sooner. Bravo! Best," Then later: "The FUNCTION CHORALES
continue to be a source of great material for building essential musicianship...I
had a principal observation the other day, and we performed #20 in the
key of B major. Went GREAT!" Keith Roeckle, Ridley High School, Folsom,
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