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Class Notes Concerts Preview: Cantus

Cantus (Back row L-R: Alberto de la Paz, Jeremy Wong, Samuel Green, Jacob Christopher, Chris Foss/Front row L-R: Paul Scholtz, Alexander Nishibun, Rod Kelly Hines) Courtesy of the ensemble

September 07, 2021

Welcome to Class Notes Concerts!

After a year of Virtual Class Notes Concerts, YourClassical MPR is returning to the classroom with In-Person School Visits and Live Virtual Concerts. 

Each year, YourClassical 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 music.

For more information on booking a concert, check out our Class Notes Concerts 2021-2022 Artist Menu or contact classnotes@mpr.org.

In the coming weeks, we will publish a Class Notes Concert Preview for each artist or ensemble. Find each preview on the YourClassical Music Lessons Page.

These previews will feature:

  • Audio and video of each ensemble/artist to use in the classroom or enjoy on your own.

  • Ideas, information, and activities to prepare students for an in-person concert or a Live Virtual Field Trip. This information can also be used as a reinforcement tool after students experience an in-person/live virtual concert or as a classroom resource. 

This Class Notes Concert preview features Cantus.

1. Begin by watching and listening to Cantus perform Beulah, an early American church hymn based on a melody by Austrian composer Franz Schubert.

2. During their Class Notes Concert, Cantus will discuss different types of voice. Everyone has their own, unique voice with its own sound. Voices are often grouped into different categories depending on how high or low they can sing. 

In the series of videos below, members of the vocal group The Mirandola Ensemble describe some common voice types.

Follow-up questions:

  • Can you list the different voice types from highest to lowest?

  • Do you think the members of Cantus have the same voice types as the members of The Mirandola Ensemble? Which ones are the same and which are different?

3. During their Class Notes Concert, Cantus will talk a lot about how music helps us express our feelings and connect with other people. This video features You Will Be Found, from the musical Dear Evan Hanson.  As you watch and listen, think about how music helps you express your feelings and connect with others.

Reflect on a time when you expressed your feelings with music or felt a connection with others through music or music-making. Discuss these ideas in small groups or do some independent journaling.

4. Want to learn more about Cantus and their music? Book an in-person or Live Virtual Class Notes Concerts here, or contact classnotes@mpr.org for more information about Cantus.