Remember your homework – you have to spot what is different on the website. No prizes but send me a comment when you see what is different. You can’t miss it really.

Also, on Tuesday 11 December, the Choir are performing at BP Headquarters in Dyce, Aberdeen. Neither Mrs O’Brien or myself will be with the class and you will have a cover teacher.

Please take appropriate music work to do with you at the class. You should take music to perform either by yourself or with someone else; work on a Macbook doing your Technology work; or work on a composition using instruments and/ or a Macbook.

Thank you.
Mr Birse

S3 Friday 16 November 2012

What you have to do Period 5 today (16 November 2012)

Mr Birse is likely to be out of school.

They are doing a number of things you could be working on during music.

1. Performing – with your partner. Work on the piece that you started last week. You are working towards making a recording of your performance. Claire and Rachael’s music is on my desk – both Claire’s A3 original and Rachael’s transposed copy.

2. Your Blog Website – if anyone has still to make their “About Me” page, you can do that on a Macbook. Ask Duncan Ritchie to help if you get stuck. He knows the problem re the text disappearing after its published. So publish only once at the end when your page is finished. “About Me” has to contain information about Music, Music Theatre, Dancing, etc in Primary, Secondary, Extra-Curricular and out-of-school. Also, are you intending to follow Music Performing or Music Technology for the rest of the music course.

3. Work on a solo piece as given by their instrumental teacher.

All pupils should be working…. other rooms are available – Practice room 1, Mrs Paton’s and 126 but only 1 group is allowed in each of the rooms. All other pupils have to stay in 125. Please work in a way that is respectful and mindful of others!

Mr Birse

S3 Thinking Caps on!

Put on your thinking caps! We need to think round how to keep records of what you do in music class. In the past, that has been just keeping a diary or paper profile. However, in this modern age, we should be able to do this in a better way.

How about a website or blog? Somewhere you can store mp3 files or images; somewhere we you can create a diary with screenshots of your GarageBand tracks and pieces. Maybe you need to keep note of what compositions you have done or audio files of your performance instrument.

So come on, let’s have all your ideas…….

Click the “leave a reply” button and send me your thoughts.


S3 Homework for Friday 21 September 2012

Following the last lesson on what makes Scottish music ‘Scottish’, find some Scottish music on Youtube, LastFm, Spotify or anywhere else that you know. Listen out for elements that imitate Scottish instruments (like the drone of the bagpipe or the strings of a Clarsach). Think how you may copy those ideas into your own composition. For further examples go to the Pupil Zone page and look in your class work section.

We will be continuing the Scottish composition in class on Friday 21 September.