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Location For Gallo Workshop Announced

The location for Donna Gallo’s workshop has been announced. It will be held at:

Calvary Church
1855 Albany Avenue
West Hartford, CT

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Please be sure to allow additional time for travel and parking if you are unfamiliar with the location. Also, please remember that there is no pre-registration for this event, all registration will be taken on-site.

Friday Find: Canon in D Acapella (mostly)

One great part about living in the YouTube generation is so many people now have a world stage. They can perform for us and show us all the great things they are capable off without needing an agent or a hit act. This video highlights what one man with a little talent and technical know how can put together on his own. It also is a great way to expose students to a modern interpretation and performance of a classic piece everyone knows and loves.

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Workshop Date Changed

For anyone who has already pre-registered or was planning on attending Move, Move, Move (presented by John Feierabend) in March of 2012 please note that the workshop date has changed from March 10th to March 31st. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions regarding this change please feel free to contact us.

Friday Find: Little Sally Walker x2

This week we bring you two videos. I’d like to say it is because they were so perfectly entwined that it would be a disservice to show one without the other. But the truth is that I just couldn’t decide which one I liked better. So here is another common folk song and game you might know, with a twist.

The first video is from the Smithsonian Institute and features an interview with Bessie Jones. (The clip runs to 3:28 before changing to another game, though the whole video is worth watching.)
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Friday Find: Virtual Choir 1.0

Okay, I know most of you have probably already seen this. But just in case you hadn’t caught the original here is Eric Whitacre’s first “virtual choir” video. For those who aren’t familiar with the project, composer Eric Whitacre made a score he had written available to the public. He then asked people to watch a track of him conducting while they sing along, listening to an accompaniment track. He then took all the videos submitted and spliced them into one single choir.

It is pretty impressive.

Friday Find: Frog in the Meadow Game

Many of us may know the song “Frog in the Meadow”, but I have never seen this specific game for the song. While it is similar to a lot of other games around like “Little Sally Walker” or “Charlie Over the Ocean” this game has it’s own unique charm. (One other thing to look for, there is a nice technique for dealing with students racing around a circle in opposite directions. I use something like this myself when I’m working in a space that is confined.)


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Friday Find: A Clapping Game from Sierra Leone

The internet is an amazingly wonderful thing – with YouTube and other streaming services we now have access to voices and cultures from around the world. Imagine what folk song collection would have been like in the days of our predecessors if they could have just gone online to find hundreds of primary sources.

That is why we are proud to introduce our “Friday Finds”; these videos may not always be authentic folk songs and folk games, but they are a way for us to share interesting, amusing, or amazing musical videos. So I hope you enjoy this first “Friday Find” a short clapping game from Sierra Leone.

Web Registration Now Open

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