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Class Notes Concerts Preview: The Dream Songs Project

The Dream Songs Project is Alyssa Anderson and Joe Spoelstra. MPR/Jerry Olson

October 11, 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 The Dream Songs Project.

1. Begin by watching and listening to The Dream Songs Project perform some music by the composer Christopher Gable.

Follow up question:

  • What are the percussive (or tapping) sounds at the beginning supposed to sound like?

2. Alyssa is a singer.  In the next video, she will tell you a bit about her voice type.

Follow up questions:

  • What does Alyssa need to do with her body to sing well?

  • What special kind of voice can altos use? Can you tell the difference between head voice and chest voice?

  • How did Alyssa get better at singing?

3. Joe plays the guitar. Listen to him explain some different features of his instrument.

Follow-up questions:

  • How many strings do most guitars have?

  • What are some different ways a guitarist can make sounds on their instrument? 

  • What is something Joe thinks about when he practices?

4. Here is a very short song about being hungry. If you were to write a piece of music about being hungry, what would it sound like?

5. Watch and listen to one final piece, called Drink Deep, by composer Daniel Nass. As you listen, think of three or four words you would use to describe this music and share them with someone at school or at home.

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