Class Notes Concerts Preview: Riverside Winds
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.
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 the Riverside Winds.
1. A wind quintet is an ensemble with five instruments. All five instruments use wind, or breath, to help produce a sound.
The five instruments in a wind quintet are:
Can you match the name of each instrument in a wind quintet with the correct instrument pictured below?
2. Let’s listen to the sound of a wind quintet when all the musicians play together. Here are the Riverside Winds performing a piece called Ellis Island, by Stuart Balcomb.
3. Learn more about each instrument and how it makes it sound.
Learn more about the clarinet in the YourClassical Music Lesson: Meet the Clarinet.
Learn more about the French Horn in the Your Classical Music Lesson: French Horn Frenzy.
4. Let’s hear all the instruments in a wind quintet play together again. In the next video, the Concordia Wind Quintet will play Umoja, by Valerie Coleman. You will notice they are wearing special masks to help them play safely during the pandemic.
5. Here is one more piece by the Riverside Winds.