AXIOM BRASS QUINTET

Dorival Puccini, trumpet    Bryan Millet, trumpet   Matthew Oliphant, horn
Brett Johnson, trombone    Kevin Harrison, tuba


Preparing your school for the Quintet’s visit

Program Description, “Let’s Make Music”Let’s Make Music is a multicultural, educational music program designed to expose students to the fascinating and diverse world of classical music.  This concert is an exciting journey around the world, exploring different cultures through music. During the concert, Axiom will perform musical selections from Germany, Cuba, USA, Belgium, and more.  These compositions are carefully chosen to introduce students to different styles and elements of music, and every composition is paired with entertaining information about the composer, the style of the piece, and the unique characteristics of each brass instrument.

During this cultural journey, students will learn the basic principles of how to buzz their lips and produce sounds on a brass instrument.  With Let’s Make Music, students learn to identify Melody, Rhythm, and Harmony, and understand how they coexist within a piece of music. Filled with interactive games such as “Find the Beat,” “Where is the Melody,” “Who is playing,” and “Musical Chairs,” Axiom’s educational concert, Let’s Make Music, is sure to ignite your students’ curiosity for classical music and the brass family.

TERMS

  • Classical music
  • Chamber music
  • String Instruments
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Quintet
  • Rhythm
  • Harmony
  • Bell
  • Buzzing
  • Glissando
  • Melody
  • Conductor
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Mute
  • Orchestra
  • Composer


MUSICAL EXCERPTS FROM THE FOLLOWING

Mini Overture              Lutoslawski
Contrapunctus VII       Bach
Danzon                      D’Rivera
Exhibition*                  Tull
Oblivion                      Piazzolla
 
*multi-movement work which introduces each brass instrument         

 
QUESTIONS FOR FOLLOW-UP DISCUSSIONS

Name the instruments of the brass quintet.
            Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba 

How do we make a sound in a brass instrument?
            By buzzing our lips together

Which instrument appears twice in a brass quintet?
           
The trumpet           

Which instrument of the brass family does not have valves?
            The trombone

Which instrument of the brass family uses one hand in the bell?
            The French horn

Which instrument of the brass family is the youngest one?
            The tuba 

Which instrument of the brass family is the oldest one?
            The trumpet 

What is the lowest instrument in the brass quintet?
            The tuba 

What instrument plays the highest notes in the brass quintet?
            The trumpet

How many people are in a quintet?  Quartet?  Trio? Duo?
            Five - Four - Three - Two

What do we call a person who writes music?
            Composer

What do you call the main tune of a piece or song?
            
Melody

What device is placed in the bell of the instrument to change the way it sounds?
             
A mute 


GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT FEEDBACK

Ask your students to write to the International Music Foundation using some of the following questions or topics.
 

Which piece was the most fun to listen to? Why did you like that piece? 

If I had to choose from the different instruments, I’d pick ________ because... 

A few things I have learned today are…

After listening to the Axiom Brass, I may want to play a brass instrument because…

What are some of the differences between chamber music and orchestral or band music?

How would you describe the sound of each brass instrument?


Please send artwork / essays / evaluations to:

International Music Foundation
Attn:  Maria Valdes-Vargas
30 E. Adams Street, Suite 1206
Chicago, IL   60603

11 E. Adams St., Suite 350-B
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312/670-6888
Fax: 312/670-9166

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