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Welcome to Midland Academy's Music Department! We are prepared for a fun and exciting school year with plenty of opportunities for students to learn and perform.
At Midland Adventist Academy we instruct and prepare students to be contributing musicians in society. This includes preparing them in singing and playing skills, learning how to critique performances, and making wise listening choices. Students who go through the MAA music curriculum receive an education that is comparable to any school in the nation in terms of National Standards. If you wish to view these National Standards please visit the NAfME website.
MAA's music director is Mr. Hutchison who received his BMU from Union College in Lincoln, NE. If you would like to learn more about him please visit About Mr. Hutchison.
Ostinato and the Blues
Music director Steven Hutchison and his 2nd & 3rd grade students have been studying the style of music called the blues, specifically the 12 bar blues form. Mr. Hutchison says, "after listening to this form of music several times, the class was split into two groups to try to figure out how to arrange colored paper to represent the chords of the form."
The C blues chords would be:
C7 C7 C7 C7
F7 F7 C7 C7
G7 F7 C7 C7
Congrats to our winning team, but Mr. Hutchison adds, "It was a close race! The other team finished less than a minute after the winners."
With his kindergarten students, " ostinato" (aw-sti-naw-toe) pattern have been in the classroom news lately. Mr. Hutchison chose the song "Scrub Brush Shuffle" for them to practice ostinato patterns and improve their singing ability in a minor key.
He says, "In class they helped me choose sounds to create ostinato patterns to accompany the song. We then recorded the class singing an arrangement of the melody and 2 ostinato patterns. You can listen to it here - be proud of your developing musicians!"
Music director Steven Hutchison is pleased to present this year's edition of Diversity, Midland's select choir. The team will consist of 10 high school students, who will have the priviledge of an extensive concert schedule during the year, not to mention meeting for rehearsal at 7:30am three mornings a week! (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday)
He says, "I am thrilled to have the group we do this year and I'm looking forward to lots of great music making and ministry. I believe their motivation for giving 100% will not be the grade they receive, but the hearts they will touch through music. "
YAMA Elementary Music Festival
Twenty Midland students from grades 5-8 traveled to Lincoln, NE on March 19 for the annual YAMA Music Festival. Held at College View Academy, students from College View, George Stone, and Midland joined together in singing about the ways God speaks to us through His word and nature.
The students participated in rehearsals, sang at an assisted living center and finished up the evening with a concert in the CVA gym. More than 85 students took part, all singing their hearts out to the glory of God.
UC Music Festival
More than 180 high school students, including band members from Midland, spent several days at Union College during February for the 62nannual Mid-America Union Music Festival. The event began on Wednesday and ended with a concert on Sabbath afternoon.
Each Seventh-day Adventist academy from a nine-state area around Nebraska sent their top band members to join the festival band performing on Saturday in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church sanctuary. Union College instumental groups were featured in a concert on Friday night.
These two major concerts were the highlight of the weekend, both of which were broadcast live on UCLive. If you weren't able to catch the live broadcast, the performances were archived for on-demand viewing at your confenience. (continue reading...)
High School Field Trip - Symphony
Select Kansas City Symphony dress rehearsals are open to middle school, high school, and college music students. This program offers a unique look inside the rehearsal of a professional symphony orchestra and includes a brief Q&A with the guest artist, conductor and/or Symphony musicians.
Our high school students attended the dress rehearsal on January 23, 2015 at the Kauffman Center. The program featured Aram Demirjian, the Kansas City Symphony associate conductor and guest pianist Joyce Yang as they performed Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole, Debussy's La Mer, and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.
Seventeen students auditioned this year for Diversity, Midland's select choir. After careful consideration, Music Director Stephen Hutchison has selected the following students for membership in the latest version of Diversity.
Congratulations to this year's group of students - you are now part of a long line of illustrious Midland musicians!
- Soprano: Carrie Helmer, Callie Johnson, Sara Pope
- Alto: Becca Borne, Karina Bovee
- Tenor: Jeremy Janke, Logan Seibold, Garret Whitson
- Baritone: Greg Hansen, Owen Uhrmacher
Music, Vitamin D Enriched
On Tuesday of this week, the sun was shining "bright as day" and Music director Mr. Hutchison decided to brighten up the day of his 7th & 8th grade band as well by having them practice outside! He stationed different groups of students in different places around our campus, and the fields were soon alive with the sound of music.
Here are a couple of pics - you can check the music department's photo gallery for additional photos of this and other musical events.
Magical Mystery Tour
Mr. Hutchison and Diversity, Midland's select choir, took a tour of Iowa and Nebraska during April 2014. They presented concerts at a nursing home in Iowa as well as several churches in both Iowa and Nebraska before heading home on Sunday afternoon. They also enjoyed the Omaha Zoo and a youth night at Omaha Memorial Church. (thanks to Camille Darrell for the pics)
Diversity in Branson
The Diversity select choir spent several March days providing music to several churches and nursing homes. They also toured the Marvel Cave at Silver Dollar City before heading home after a great weekend.