Sunday, April 25, 2021

How To Sing in Different Styles

Here are links to some of the websites shown during Matt's presentation on How To Sing In Different Styles. Let me know if you have other links to add.

Not part of the presentation, Musical performers having fun

Attempt to be a wit:

There is a new digital version of Alphabet Noodle soup. It's called "Times New Ramen".

Monday, October 05, 2020

Music Theory Comments and Links

All comments and links for Matt's Music Theory are now in this post, newest at the top.

Last updated Noivember 9, 2020.

Decoding Rhythm by Saher Galt

Different ways to write a chord

Warmup exercise as demonstrated by Albert Einstein

Circle of Fifths from Leigh Walker

Links to info about minor scales:

List of minor scales with audio

Definition of natural minor

Definition of harmonic minor

Definition of melodic minor

Link to YouTube of Sight Singing is already posted below.

Link to Sight Reading Factory

Accidentals are symbols used to show that the pitch of a note is to be changed from what is written, typically by a half step. The most common accidentals are sharp, flat, and natural, but there are some other odd ones out there. Note that the following link is borked because it shows changing the pitch by two half steps for everything. Click on the links next to each accidental name to get better info,  Accidentals link An accidental is applied to a note and following notes of the same pitch within a measure but does not carry over into following measures. Some arrangers will use a 'courtesy accidental' in a following measure to show that the accidental is no longer in effect, but this is not common. See Accidentals link, above.

The 'Circle of Fifths' is particularly useful if you play piano. It has some value if you can read music because it may give you an idea of the scale progression in a song. Pretty much, it lets you know how the pitches will move in a piece of music. If you know where the scale starts in a given key, you may be able to look at the written notes and know how far the pitch changes from one note to the next. Very few people have 'perfect pitch' but a lot of people can learn 'acquired pitch' or how far one note is from another. /Threadjack, applicable only to the Americas and other places where 60 Hertz electricity is the norm, not in most of the world where 50 Hertz power is normal./ If you are in a place where there are a lot of fluorescent lights with noisy ballasts (think high school band room in rural southwestern Indiana in the mid 1960's), the 60 Hertz hum is about half way between a B flat and a B. If there is noise from motors or fans, the noise depends on the design, but there are good odds the noise is about an E./end threadjack/

Definitions of many musical terms are at the OnMusic Dictionary. For many of the terms, there are sound snippets to give you the correct pronunciation. One of my favorites is 'dal segno', right up there with Sylvia Poggioli on NPR.

Link to Sight Singing by Saher Galt

Link to second video on syncopation by Saher Galt

Link to Songs to Learn Musical Intervals

Circle of Fifths Info

The Tritone Interval and Its Use in Horror Films

 Link to syncopation lesson by Saher Galt

The hydration-urine color chart is available in Singer Health.

Links to Matt's warmups:

Warmup 1

Warmup 2

McCloskey technique book - Your Voice At Its Best.

Videos demonstrating McCloskey techniques (low production values:

By Wei Lin

By Shireen Sanbhnani

Sunday, June 21, 2020


From the NC Symphony:

Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement

The Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement is named for the Symphony’s former director of education in recognition of his longstanding service and commitment to young people in the state of North Carolina. 

2019/20 Honoree: Matt Fry

Matt Fry, currently in his 32nd year of teaching, is the Chorus Director at Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City, North Carolina, where he was named Teacher of the Year for 2006/07 and again for 2017/18. He is a graduate of Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri, where he received a bachelor’s degree in education, with honors, and was named the Outstanding Graduate in Vocal Music in 1988. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA).
Mr. Fry taught for 12 years in Caruthersville, Missouri, where his choirs and soloists consistently received “Superior” and “Excellent” ratings at district and state music festivals. He taught for one year at Eaton-Johnson Middle School in Henderson, North Carolina, before finding his home at Jordan-Matthews. His choirs have achieved “Superior” and “Excellent” ratings in the annual North Carolina Music Performance Adjudication. Several of his students have participated in NCMEA’s High School Honors Chorus and All-State Choral Festival.
In addition to his teaching, Mr. Fry is also the director of the Fearrington Village Singers and the choir at Rocky River Baptist Church in Siler City. He sang for nine years with the Duke Chapel Choir and for several seasons with the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, both under the baton of Dr. Rodney Wynkoop.
Mr. Fry is a founding board member of the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, an organization promoting the student artists at Jordan-Matthews. His philosophy of education is inspired the name of his school’s mascot, the Jets: Just do your job. Expect excellence from yourself and others, Teach others what you know, and Show up!