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Virtual Class Notes Concerts: The Mirandola Ensemble

The Mirandola Ensemble: Nick Chalmers, tenor; Alyssa Anderson, mezzo-soprano; Ben Kunkel, guitar; Jenny Ubl, soprano; Matthew Culloton, bassVenn Productions

December 17, 2020

Welcome to Virtual Class Notes Concerts!

Each year, Classical MPR reaches tens of thousands of students across Minnesota through the Class Notes Concerts program. Designed to engage and inspire elementary students through live musical performance, these concerts help cultivate active listening skills and allow students to experience the joy of classical music.

Due to current circumstances, we have adapted the concert content to provide a virtual Class Notes Concert. Today's YourClassical Music Lesson will be a virtual Class Notes concert featuring the Mirandola Ensemble.

Target age range: Grades K-8

1. Meet the Mirandola Ensemble!

Questions for discussion, reflection, or journaling:

• What does a capella mean?
• What two things must The Mirandola Ensemble do really well to make music together?
• When is it especially important for the musicians in the ensemble to watch each other?

2. The first piece that The Mirandola Ensemble performs is called "El Grillo," which means "the cricket" in Italian.

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What do you think music about a cricket will sound like?

After listening and watching, write down or tell someone two things you noticed during the performance of El Grillo.

3. Now it's time to learn about the different voice types. Jenny will explain that she is a soprano–the highest voice type.

• What do singers mean when they talk about range?
• What is one thing Jenny always remembers to do when practicing?

4. Alyssa sings alto, the second highest voice type.

• Why is it important for a singer to know the feeling and story of a song?
• Alyssa explained what kinds of songs she likes to sing. Tell someone what kind of songs you like to sing, and why.

5. Now it's time to meet Nick, who sings tenor.

• What instrument is closest in range to the tenor voice type?
• What kind of music does Nick like to sing?
• What are two things Nick needs to think about to sing fast?

6. Matt will explain the job of someone who sings bass.

• Can you explain the job of the bass voice type in a choir?

7. Now that you have learned about the four voice types, listen to the whole group sing together and notice how their voices mix.

8. In this final piece by English composer John Dowland, guitarist Ben Kunkel will join the group.

• Can you explain the difference between plucking and strumming on a guitar?
• Why does Ben have long fingernails on only one hand?

9. Finally, The Mirandola Ensemble will review a few key ideas from their virtual Class Notes Concert.

Learn more about the Mirandola Ensemble on their website.

Tell us what you learned!

Getting feedback from our audience helps make this program possible. Students, teachers, and parents, please take a minute to complete this short survey about this Virtual Class Notes Concerts.

Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.

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