EAS Department of Music

EAS Department of Music exists to provide our students with a comprehensive musical education that will equip them for a life of Christian service.

 

ANNOUCEMENTS

EAS Department of Music is pleased to announce the arrival of our new Timpani set. We thank everyone for your financial support and prayers!

About our program

"EAS is blessed to have a music program that includes instrumental and choral experiences that enable students to develop love and appreciation for music for more than its entertainment value, but for its artistic value and its ability to enrich our lives and give us a sense of fulfillment. Our ultimate goal is to provide students with a comprehensive—standard based—musical education that will equip them for a life of Christian service." —Andrés Mendoza, Music Educator.

K-4 MUSIC CURRICULUM (General Music, Singing  & Chimes)

Our program embraces several music philosophies, including the principles of Orff Schulwerk and the Kodály approach to reading rhythm and melody. Each grade level includes experiences in imitation, exploration, improvisation, and visualization; repertoire rich in folk literature, nursery rhymes, and traditional singing games; a yearly plan categorizing objectives in 5 conceptual areas (rhythm, melody, harmony, form, timbre).

5-8 MUSIC CURRICULUM (Music Theory & Instrumental Studies)

Our instrumental studies incorporate the nationally recognized and celebrated The Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method Books 1 & 2. These combine a strong performance-centered approach with music theory, music history, ear training, listening, composition, improvisation, and interdisciplinary and multicultural studies. The result is the most complete band curriculum available anywhere.

9-12 HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR (CHORAL STUDIES)

EAS Choir is an organization open to students wishing to develop skills in choral music, music theory, and expression. The organization performs on-campus, at other schools, and church services. Members also participate on our yearly tour in the spring as well as Pacific Union College and the Northern California Conference alternating biennial music festivals for choir.

9-12 HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT BAND (INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES)

EAS Concert Band is an organization open to all interested woodwind, brass, and percussion players wishing to develop advanced skills in instrumental music, music theory, and expression. The organization performs on-campus, at other schools, and church services. Members also participate on our yearly tour in the spring as well as Pacific Union College and the Northern California Conference alternating biennial music festivals for band.

INSTRUMENT LESSONS

Our music teacher is certified to teach the fundamentals of Concert Band Instruments (i.e., Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, and Percussion). Lessons are 30 minutes long (once a week) and focus on performing technique, music notation, and expression. Areas of focus include: proper posture, tone production, breath support/control, articulation, and fingering. In the case of percussion instruments, students learn to perform the main concert band percussion instruments—these include: snare drum, timpani, keyboard instruments (such as xylophone, glockenspiel, and chimes), and accessories (such as crash cymbal, suspended cymbal, mark tree, etc.). All lessons focus on reading music notation—this means students learn to play their instrument by note (reading music notation) as oppose to learning music by rote (playing by ear). Lessons are available Monday through Thursdays in blocks of 30 minutes starting at 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm. For more information, please contact Mr. Mendoza.

 

2018-2019 Music class SCHEDULE

Time
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
 
Time
Friday
08:30 - 09:00 Kindergarten Office Hours Kindergarten Office Hours 08:00 - 08:40 High School Choir
09:15 - 09:45 3rd & 4th Grade Music 3rd & 4th Grade Music 3rd & 4th Grade Music 3rd & 4th Grade Music 08:45 - 09:25 High School Band
09:45 - 09:55                                                                         High School Chapel 09:30 - 10:00     High School Chapel
10:15 - 10:45 1st & 2nd Grade Music 1st & 2nd Grade Music 1st & 2nd Grade Music 1st & 2nd Grade Music 10:05 - 12:15 Office Hours
11:00 - 11:30 5th & 6th Grade Music 5th & 6th Grade Music 5th & 6th Grade Music 5th & 6th Grade Music               No K-8 Music on Fridays
11:50 - 12:40 7th & 8th Grade Music 7th & 8th Grade Music 7th & 8th Grade Music 7th & 8th Grade Music
12:40 - 01:10                                                                                    Lunch  
01:10 - 01:50 High School Choir High School Band High School Choir Hight School Band
02:00 - 03:30 Instrument Lessons Instrument Lessons Instrument Lessons Instrument Lessons

 

2018-2019 PERFORMING SCHEDULE

Ensemble
Date
Time
Location
Program
HS Band & Choir Sept 15 10:30 a.m. EAS Gymnasium Alumni
K-8 Music Oct 20 10:45 a.m. Placerville SDA Church Special Music
HS Band & Choir Oct 27 10:45 a.m. Placerville SDA Church Special Music
K-12 Music Dec 13 7:00 p.m. EAS Gymnasium K-12 Christmas Program
HS Choir Feb 20-23   Pacific Union College PUC Choir Festival
HS Band Feb 28 TBA TBA Regional Band Festival
K-8 Music Mar 9 10:45 a.m. Camino SDA Church Special Music
HS Band & Choir Mar 16 10:45 a.m. Camino SDA Church Special Music
HS Band & Choir April 14 09:45 a.m. VantagePoint Church (to be confirmed) Special Music
HS Band & Choir Apri 24-28   Portland, Oregon EAS High School Music - Spring Tour
K-12 Music May 23 7:00 p.m. EAS Gymnasium K-12 Spring Program
                                                      Updated 09/14/2018 - Note: Schedule may be subject to change. Missing information will be updated as it becomes available.

 

 

Why Music Education

How playing an instrument benefits your brain

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

 

Educator Anita Collins

Narrator Addison Anderson

Music Peter Gosling

Director Sharon Colman Graham

 

Video Length: 4 min 44 sec

Source: https://ed.ted.com

 

 

UNDERSTANDING MUSIC AS AN ART

excerpt from: THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

 

Presenter Benjamin Zander

Since 1979, Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. He is known around the world as both a guest conductor and a speaker on leadership -- and he's been known to do both in a single performance. He uses music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues.

Video Length: 12 min 37 sec

Source: https://www.ted.com

 

 

About adventist education standards

Standards, what learners should know (content) and be able to do (skills), serve as the framework for curriculum development. Standards in NAD (North American Division) of Seventh-day Adventist schools reflect the Adventist worldview across the K–12 curricula as well as the integration of national and state standards. The Adventist worldview accepts the Bible as the standard by which everything else is measured. Four key concepts emerge from a biblical worldview that can be used as a lens for curriculum development, as well as informing the essential questions and big ideas of any content area: Creation (What is God’s intention?), Fall (How has God’s purpose been distorted?), Redemption (How does God help us to respond?), and Re-creation (How can we be restored in the image of God?). —The Core of Adventist Education Curriculum

Essential Question: How does God intend for us to use music?

Big Idea: Music is a gift from God, producing beauty of form and harmony through which we can express and share ideas, feelings, and emotions.

 

About our Music Teacher

 

Andrés Mendoza is an enthusiastic and energetic music educator. Born in Venezuela, Mr. Mendoza obtained his initial musical instruction through the renowned Venezuelan educational system known as El Sistema. After over a decade of experience as an oboist in the network of national orchestras in Venezuela, he came to the United States and obtained his Bachelor of Music Education from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. For five years—from 2012 to 2017, he served as instrumental director at Great Lakes Adventist Academy and Cedar Lake Elementary in Cedar Lake, Michigan. Since the fall of 2017, Mr. Mendoza has been in charge of the K-12 music program at El Dorado Adventist School in Placerville, California. During his tenure as music educator, he has traveled extensively with his ensembles throughout the US and Canada and has acted numerous times as guest clinician for music festivals around the country.

Mr. Mendoza holds a Masters of Music from Central Michigan University as well as SDA Professional Teaching Certification and professional membership with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). His passion in life is to enable students to develop their talents to the fullest while leading them to foster love and appreciation for music as a form of expression and worship.

His philosophy of education is rooted in words found in the book Education—by author Ellen G. White:

“The true teacher is not satisfied with second-rate work. He is not satisfied with directing his students to a standard lower than the highest which it is possible for them to attain. He cannot be content with imparting to them only technical knowledge, with making them merely clever accountants, skillful artisans, successful tradesmen. It is his ambition to inspire them with principles of truth, obedience, honor, integrity, and purity—principles that will make them a positive force for the stability and uplifting of society. He desires them, above all else, to learn life’s great lesson of unselfish service.” – (p.29.2)

Mr. Mendoza enjoys spending time with his wife Sandy—a registered nurse—and his children: Dominic (1st Grade) and Sophie (Kindergarten).

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