Member Since
February 24, 2014

Search Members

  

margiem

10

Posts

Viewing 1 to 10 (10 Total)

Coming Mara! concerts

Dear Colleagues

I know you will be looking forward to having Mara! come to your school in a few weeks time and wish you much joy in sharing their beautiful music and lively performance with your students.

I am sure you have been making the best of the kit and the digital resources, but please remember if you have any questions I am happy to answer them!

I suggest you play the CD while you are doing other things in the next week so the students become really familiar with the music. However, please remember that Mara! play folk music, so their performance may be different from the recording, as that is the nature of folk music - it is a living thing! They may also play other music than what is in the kit and will definitely demonstrate how brilliantly they improvise in the concert. This means your students can have input into the performance with their own suggestions….Mara! will guide you in how it is done.

Don't forget that Mara! need information about your school before the concert - such as if there are lots of stairs, where to park, how far it is to lug gear, if the performance is in the hall or a classroom, how many students to expect etc etc. Making a few signs to guide them would be very helpful. Pleas make sure you have filled out the pre-visit sheet - especially Step 7!

They also need five glass of water, five chairs, a small table for their PA and access to a powerpoint…they are very portable and easy to work with.

They would prefer to be on the floor rather than a stage and also to have the students sitting on the floor so they can get them up dancing easily. Please make sure there is a centre aisle between the students so the band can move easily in amongst the students and get them up to participate.

Where possible they will arrive approximately a half hour before the first performance to set up and would appreciate it if the students were seated ready to go at the starting time (it is really important to keep to time as they have some long distances to travel). They would also appreciate some snacks, like fruit or a sandwich (with a vegetarian option) to keep them going. Any information about good local food outlets would be great.

If you have any questions about the tour itself please ring Jason or Anna on 0283946666.

Warmest and best wishes

Margie (Moore)

P.S. If you have time to post how the concert went and any information about yours and your students responses I would love to hear about them...

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Coming Hummingbirds concerts

Dear Colleagues

I know you will be looking forward to having the Hummingbirds wing their way to your school next week and wish you much joy in sharing their beautiful music and lively performance with your students.

I am sure you have been making the best of the kit and the digital resources, but please remember if you have any questions I am happy to answer them!

I suggest you play the CD while you are doing other things in the next week so the students become really familiar with the music.

Don't forget the Hummingbirds need information about your school before the concert - such as if there are lots of stairs, where to park, how far it is to lug gear, if the performance is in the hall or a classroom, how many students to expect etc etc. Making a few signs to guide them would be very helpful.

They also need four glass of water, a small table for their PA and access to a powerpoint…they are very portable and easy to work with.

They would prefer the students sitting on the floor so they can get them up dancing easily.

They will arrive approximately a half hour before the first performance to set up and would appreciate some vegetarian snacks (like a salad!) and some fruit if that is possible, to keep them going.

If you have any questions about the tour itself please ring Jason or Anna on 0283946683.

Warmest and best wishes

Margie (Moore)

P.S. If you have time to post how the concert went and any information about yours and your students responses I would love to hear about them...

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 4:12 PM

a few questions answered!

After the seminar I asked Mara and Llew some questions - here are the answers….

Kele Meryem

Is there any difference major between the words Hele and Kele – in the translation – it has 'Hey mary' for both – just wondering if there is any difference?

Hele and Kele essentially mean the same thing “Hey” “Hi there” “Eh” etc.

Is the long necked lute that Llew was playing the same as a Baglama?

The baglama is one of a family of long-necked lutes, the ‘saz’ family, however, the names ‘balgama’ and ‘saz’ can be used to describe both the instrument and the family of instruments. The ‘saz’ family instruments are distributed in much the same way as the violin family, according to pitch, except there are up to 10 different sizes in the ‘saz’ family. The ‘baglama’ is the middle sized ‘saz’ and seems to be the one that is most commonly used in modern Turkish folk music.
In the western world we call them all ‘long-necked lutes’ for obvious reasons (long neck/lute shaped body, western lutes being based on the large bodied Middle Eastern lute, the ‘oud’ or ‘ud’).

one more question..

On p. 7 of the kit - in order to get the patterns right – should they play the verse of Kele Meryem twice and the chorus once?

Yes, the instrumental melody is slightly different to the verse melody, but they are essentially interchangeable. If the kids are performing it instrumentally, they should play the vocal melody twice and then play the chorus.

Youtube link

The link to youtube that outlines more of Mara!’s music is ‘llewster’ -http://www.youtube.com/user/llewster...

Definitely worth a look - there is some great performances from a variety of groups Mara performs in.

cheers

Margie

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: Digital Seminar Monday 10th March

Dear Colleagues

Thanks so much for attending the seminar today. It was a pity about the false start but it was imprint to get it right! Don't forget you can can go back and listen again if you missed anything - I had to play catch up myself!

A few little tips to using the resource...

Don' forget that on pages 27-35 you can find the words of each song - both in the language they will be sung and the translation…and the notation for each.

Also on pages 37-41 you can find the instruments explained and pictures of each of them…

Of course both of these can be found on the digital resource as well with excellent demos of them playing the instruments adn demonstrating how to say the words..

Someone asked about teaching improvisation - as this is a strong part of Mara's performance…if anyone has any ideas please share them. I find one of the best ways is to give the students a limited pallet or vocabulary to work with…so if you want them to improvise a melody give them 3 or 5 notes to choose from and a limited length say 4- 8 bars. You need to give them lots of ideas and role models before you actually ask them to have a go themselves as well.

I can post more about this if it is helpful!

Anyway - as you can see from the seminar both Mara and Llew are wonderful, fun, extremely musical performers, and will communicate well with your students and make sure everyone has a fabulous time at their concerts. You are very lucky to have such an experienced group to perform for you. Make sure you let them know what you have done with your students before they arrive through the pre-visit sheets so they can tailor their show to fit your kids. Enjoy!

Warmest wishes

Margie

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Re: Digital Seminar Tuesday 25th February

Dear Humming Birds teachers

I hope all is going well in preparing your students for the lovely music of the Humming Birds. Remember you can have it playing in the room while you do other things as a way of introducing the students and familiarising them with the gorgeous vocal sounds the group make.

I found a great site the other day of partner songs (like Blue Moon and Sh- boom) that might be helpful

http://bethsmusicnotes.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/partner-songs-counte...

all the best

Margie


Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts!

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Re: Digital Seminar Monday 10th March

Dear Mara! teachers

I am so looking forward to the seminar about to start and to hearing if you have any questions or comments to make as it goes along. Please feel free to send me any queries you night have as we are in this together!

Best wishes

Margie (Moore)

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

what's in a name….

Dear Friends

Apologies - the group should be referred to as Mara! - to distinguish between the group Mara! and the musician/fabulous singer Mara - who also sings in the Hummingbirds… another talented Musica Viva In Schools Group…

warmst wishes

Margie

Posted on March 03, 2014 at 4:13 PM

welcome to Mara!

Hi everyone, welcome to the Mara! post page. I am so thrilled to be your 'distinguished educator' (a posh word for friendly face!) for your journey with the amazing group 'Mara!'… The digital seminar is coming up in a few weeks but till then you can start looking at your kits and information and post any questions or ideas or thoughts on this page and I will do my best to answer them and give you any direction i can…

Mara! are an extraordinary group of seasoned professionals who enjoy working with young people and will make immediate contact with your students in an engaging way - I promise!

Best and warmest wishes

Margie Moore

Posted on March 03, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: Digital Seminar Tuesday 25th February

Hi all, what a fabulous seminar Mara and Sue just did! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did…. I am hoping to hear from you if you have any questions or need clarification of anything that was brought up.

I have a few links for you that might be useful

1. A link to the Dixie Cups original version of Iko Iko

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQFYddXhU3U&feature=kp...

2. and here is a link to some great stone passing games..

http://bethsmusicnotes.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/ball-stone-passing-g...

Well I am off to practice my Juba hand clapping. Let me know how you go!

warmest wishes

Margie

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Re: Digital Seminar Tuesday 25th February

Hi everyone,
I'm also looking forward to the Digital Seminar and I hope that you have lots of questions to send to me.
Let me know how you're going with introducing your students to the wonderful music of The Hummingbirds.
Warmest wishes ,
Margie Moore

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM