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The Pike School
Andover, Massachusetts
An independent, coed, day school
for grades pre-kindergarten through nine

Music Gallery

Grade 8 Final GarageBand Project 2012


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The final project for Mr. Desjardins's Eighth Grade
music class was to create an audio commercial or
an original musical composition using GarageBand.
Students were required to include a recorded voice,
instrument, or object; a MIDI track with original
material; at least one different filter for each track;
and automation for at least one filter. Commercials
must be at least 45 seconds in length. Musical
compositions must be at least one minute. Here are 
some samples.

Grade 7 GarageBand Project 2012

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Click here. Then expand media-player window downward to see a list of students' work by class section.

Grade 6 GarageBand Project #1


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For their first Garage Band project in Mr. Desjardins's
Grade Six music class, students were asked to
combine MIDI and audio loops to create a piece of
music. Each piece was required to include at least
five different tracks, be at least 32 measures long,
and demonstrate some basic mixing techniques, such
as fades.

These eight are but a small sampling of the results.

Manguito Assembly 2012


Manguito at Pike 2010

Manguito, a quintet of internationally known Latin
American musicians, performed in Pike's Dahod
Center theater for the Lower and Middle Schools
and then again for the Upper School, under the
auspices of Young Audiences of Massachusetts.

Manguito acquainted students with such types of
Latin American music as rumba, bomba, and plena
through the rhythms of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the
Dominican Republic. They also explained the
structures of Latino rhythms and the music's unique
fusion of African, European, and Native American
cultures. The performances included much audience
participation, as well.

Lower School Spring Concert 2012

"Traditions around the World"
directed by Carolyn Taylor

Songs include:

"Che Che Koolay" Traditional African
"El Chocolate" Traditional Mexican
"La Raspa" Traditional Mexican
"Alouette" Traditional French
"Mahalo" by Laurie Berkner
"A Ram Sam Sam" Traditional Moroccan
"Turn the World Around" Traditional Guinea
"Little Swallow" Traditional Chinese
"Kookaburra" Traditional Australian
"Brother Come and Dance with Me" by A. Wette and E.Humperdinck
"Firefly, Firefly" Traditional Japanese
"We All Laugh in the Same Language" by Maria Lewis
"A-Tisket A-Tasket" Traditional American
"Jamaica Farewell" Traditional Jamaican

Lower School Fall Concert 2011


"Choices"
directed by Carolyn Taylor

Songs include:

"Say Hello" by Greg Scelsa and Steve Millang
"Whatever You Choose" by Bailey Rattray and Rafi
"This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie
"When My Shoes are Loose" by Bill Brennan
"R-E-C-Y-C-L-E" by Michael Mark and Tom Chapin
"Don't Run in the Hall" by Marla Lewis
"Good Garbage" by John Foster and Tom Chapin
"That's What Friends are For" by Carole Bayer Sager
                                                           and Burt Bacharach
"Over the River and Thro' the Woods"
                                                         by Lydia Marie Child

Middle School Winter Concert 2012


"Family Favorites"
directed by Carolyn Taylor

Exerpts include:

"Uma Familia"
by Sally Albrecht and Jay Althouse
"You're Never Fully Dressed without a Smile" 
by Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse
"Good Time" by Adam Young, Matt Thiessen, and
Brian Lee
"Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell
"Paradise" by Coldplay
"You've Got a Friend" by Randy Neewman
"Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele Adkins and Fraser
Thorneycroft-Smith
"Home" by Drew {earson and Greg Holden
"Here in My House" by Aline Shader

"Made in the Shade" Assembly 2012


 In the most foot-stomping lesson of the year, "Made in the Shade Music," a quartet of extraordinary musicians, taught the Pike students about the origin and history of jazz in America. From its beginnings a century ago in New Orleans to modern jazz fusion, the band played samples of Dixieland, swing, bebop, Latin jazz, and fusion, with an added measure or two of marching music, classical music, and the blues to illustrate their influence, as well. They also explained the improvisational aspect of jazz and invited a Pre-k student on stage to do some improvisational conducting.

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