|Thomas McGregor, Violinist to Teach at O’Connor Method Camp, Charleston|

Thomas McGregor, violinist was one of nearly half a dozen faculty members that attended and taught at the first O’Connor Method Camp in August of 2011. The camp is a diverse atmosphere that amplifies each student’s unique and talented perspective on the violin. The days spent at the camp are those of classes, masterclasses, and jam sessions led by seasoned and educated instructors. Furthermore, this camp is not limited to age or musical ability level. For all are welcome, and all are encouraged to be the very best they can be. Nestled in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina Thomas will join the ranks of some of the best violin instructors in the North America. Their conference together, during this summer camp, spark new compositions, recordings, and life long friendships. Thomas will be head of teaching music improvisation classes, as well as giving lectures and masterclasses with an individualized philosophy.  Each student is given the attention as if they were the private students, of these renowned teachers. If you are looking for a set of fun musical loving people with the desire to share information and passion, then this is your camp this summer!

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2011 Camp Student Body with Instructors

Vocabulary Word: Conductus

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CONDUCTUS

Latin songs of the 12th and 13th centuries either monophonic or polyphonic• They probably developed from rhymed tropes which accompanied the entrance of the priest(introitus tropes; L conducere means: to lead or escort)• Toward the end of the 12th century the word was used as a generic term for Latin poems of varied form and content•

|source: The Harvard Dictionary of Music, 1956: Cambridge, Mass.{Thomas McGregor}|

| Whitney Houston dies at 48 | The Remembrance |

I’m not crazy about arenas just because I can sell them out. It doesn’t do anything for my ego at all. I want to play places where people don’t have to sit in the nosebleed seats and wonder what the hell is going on.
Whitney Houston

 (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)

Whitney Houston during a performance in 1991.
Whitney Houston during a performance in 1991.

 

I wanted to take this opportunity to present to the music student population, teachers, and musicians this great international artist for which changed the world on a massive scale. For the worldwide acclaim Whitney Elizabeth Houston accounted for starting in the 1985 and tragically ending in this year of 2012 can only be measured to those of her peers. For Whitney Houston was a nations icon. Keeping within her dedicated style and knowledge base, she continued to break through her own personal issues up to her leaving of this earth. She graced us with so many wonderful songs, melodies, and memories! Her presences both on stage and off seemed to install in the fan a sense of wonder and aw of her accomplishments and grand. For the music student, take note of this time… For each generation partakes in an iconic event that can both change and shape the way you look at music. For let us not forget Whitney Houston and her recordings, and what they offered. For the teacher, what can we learn from this artist in how she presented her art to generations spanning almost three decades? We can learn that it truly is possible to present your music with a sense of class and grace. This, is something for which Whitney Houston was both dedicated and known for. For the musicians, what can we learn from her music? We can learn how, even though there is class and fluidity involved, that we can still install a sense of “real-ness” to our music. Meaning, we must not forget to keep the tone and validity of our music to the hight of organic standards. For this is also something that Whitney Houston was wonderful in doing. The “rawness” of her music was compared to something for which you might here in an blues joint downtown. Her music, yet so grand, presented itself at your everyday level.

There are so many things one can say about an artist that has passed… But one thing is true in Whitney Houston’s case: For no matter the time of her life, situations she found herself in, or current personal struggles – her music kept the quality of naturalness. Time and time again, for nearly a 30 year career,  you always heard a naturalness in her music that made you believe that the song was for you. This, is what will make Whitney Houston and her music continuously vigilant many many years after her leaving of us.

 

BY: Thomas McGregor, CVT

 

Vocabulary Word: Ictus

  • ICTUS:

In prosody, a stress or accent. The term has been introduced into music mainly by the monks of Solesmes, as an integral part of their rhythmic interpretation and performance of Gregorian chant. It serves primarily to mark off those groups of two and three notes which from the basis of their rendering of the chant. The ictus has nothing to do with the speech accent (tonic accent) ; in numerous cases it falls on the weak syllables of the chant.

 

|source: The Harvard Dictionary of Music, 1956: Cambridge, Mass.{Thomas McGregor}|

 

 

Vocabulary Word: Battement

  • BATTEMENT
[F.] French 17th-centruy term from any ornament consisting of an alteration of two adjacent tones, e.g., mordent, trill, or vibrato. 
  • In Ballet:

 A movement in which the dancer lifts one leg to the front, side,or back, and returns it to the supporting leg.

|source: The Harvard Dictionary of Music, 1956: Cambridge, Mass.{Thomas McGregor}|

Vocabulary Word: Liederbuch

  • LIEDERBUCH

[G.] A term commonly applied to 15th/16th century collections of german song, mainly: (a) Lochamer or Liederbuch, circa 1450.

The Lochamer Liederbuch  is the most important source of early German folk  song (some monophonic, some in three voice composition). The tow other collections contain, in addition to vocal pieces, interesting intrumental  dances and canons. 

Important 16th century publications in relation to the word Liederbuch, include:

Oeglin’s Liederbuch of 1512 and Ott’s Liederbuch of 1544, both containing 4-part arrangements of songs. 

 

|source: The Harvard Dictionary of Music, 1956: Cambridge, Mass.{Thomas McGregor}|

 

 

Music Education: Two Multimedia Videos Released

These two songs are very close to my heart! I love teaching them, as they both present different types of challenges. They may be worlds a part in origin, but they both bring ample educational, technical, and historical merit to our learning table. 

“The Entertainer”

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“Come All Ye Old Comrades” 

Thomas McGregor, Violin