The nature of inquiry in my high school classroom has taken on a direction that appears to be altering the quality and direction of our musical product. The bi-products of our study have resulted in more expressive performance by all and an increasing motivation for many of the members. This is becoming evident at the High School where we have been focusing on musical imagery. In the Winter Concert we produced visual images that were projected during a work titled The Idylls of Pegasus.

During the second semester we have moved in to a study of the imagery in music by the Russian Five and the Impressionist composers and are exploring works that are nationalistic.

One of the selections we are studying is the Troika from the Lt. Kije Suite. This week the students were asked to post a visual image on the Fiddle File Wiki with an explanation of why it reflects this music. An invitation to view the wiki will be issued upon request. Please make your request via a comment on this post.

Here is a sample post from a sophomore
re: TROIKA Image/Explanation
Wednesday, 4:53 pm
http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&gbv=2&biw=1366&bih=643&tbm=isch&tbnid=tGiXfF6Ir9XTSM:&imgrefurl=http://www.dogsled.com/picking-the-right-sled-dogs/&docid=pSBKbhiSmetvNM&imgurl=http://www.dogsled.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/dog_sled_training.jpg&w=454&h=393&ei=8pxOT8OFJKrA0AGFtuTcAg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=368&vpy=142&dur=1144&hovh=209&hovw=241&tx=142&ty=98&sig=112084466929863869786&page=1&tbnh=138&tbnw=156&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0

The picture I chose is off a dog team pulling a sled. In the ideal picture the dog would have bells on their sides like the reindeer at the end of Polar Express. Also the dogs would be casual jogging threw the snow. This related because all the picking sounds like bells and it has a happy tempo that reminds me of dogs.

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