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Class Notes Concerts Preview: 10th Wave Chamber Collective

10th Wave Chamber Collective (Ashley Ng, violin; Eri Isomura, mallet percussion; Bjorn Grina-Shay, mallet percussion; Weily Grina-Shay, clarinet) Cuppa Joe Photography/Joseph Scheller

September 23, 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 10th Wave Chamber Collective.

1. 10th Wave Chamber collective likes to play music with a lot of dynamic contrast. In music, we use the word dynamics to describe the volume level of the sounds we hear. In the first video, listen to 10th Wave talk about and demonstrate different dynamics.

Follow up questions for journaling or discussion:

  • What is the term for very quiet music?

  • What is the term for loud music?

  • What word describes a gradual increase from soft to loud sounds in music?

2. During their Class Notes Concert, 10th Wave Chamber Collective will talk about pulse, or steady beat, in music. Composers can choose to organize the pulse in different patterns. In this next piece, Meridiem Obscura by Daniel Nass, the composer sometimes organizes the pulse in ways that feel calm, steady, and stable. At other times, it sounds more jagged and uneven. Notice these changes as you listen to the piece.

3. Let’s learn more about each of the instruments in 10th Wave Chamber Collective.

Here is the clarinet:

Watch and listen to a violin player give a demonstration of her instrument:

Here is a demonstration of the marimba:

Here is a demonstration of the vibraphone:

For more resources about the clarinet, look at YourClassical Music Lesson: Meet the Clarinet.

To learn more about the vibraphone and marimba, check out YourClassical Music Lessons Mallet Magic! Part 1  and Mallet Magic! Part 2.

4. In the next video, the musicians of 10th wave Chamber Collective will explain how they make a sound on the instrument. They will also talk about how to sustain a sound on their instrument. To “sustain” a note means to keep the sound going for a longer stretch of time.

5. In this last video, notice the techniques each musician must use to sustain their sound.

6. Want to learn more about 10th Wave Chamber Collective and their music? Book an in-person or Live Virtual Class Notes Concerts here, or contact classnotes@mpr.org for more information.