Monday, September 2, 2013

Select Chorus Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the MSMS Select Chorus!  

Auditions will be on Monday, September 9th. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the Chorus Room door.

Below is information that will help you prepare for your audition.  Your audition will consist of 3 parts.
1.  PITCH: You will sing “Happy Birthday” (Sing to Mr. Connors?) in any key that you choose.  You may sing it any way that you like, including any vocal “stylings” you choose.  
2.  RHYTHM: I will clap some rhythm patterns, and you will clap them back.  I am listening to see if you can keep a steady beat, and checking your musical memory.
3.  EAR TRAINING: I will play a 3-note pattern on the piano, and you should sing it back to me with solfege syllables (Do, Re, Me, Fa, So, La, or Ti).  This will test your EAR.  Students in Select Chorus need to be able to hold their own part in much more challenging music than Choral Union, and we will use solfege to help us.  To prepare for this part of the audition, download the mp3s here ( and follow the steps below.
***Listen to Track 1.  These are TONIC PATTERNS.  After each 3-note pattern (“Bum bum bum”), hear the pattern in your head first (This is called audiation, or “thinking music”), wait for the “snap,” and then repeat it back on the same neutral syllable (“Bum bum bum”).  Repeat this track many times.
***Listen to Track 2.  These are DOMINANT PATTERNS.  Follow the same instructions for Track 1.
***Listen to Track 3.  These are the same TONIC PATTERNS you heard in Track 1, but this time, each note is assigned a solfege syllable.  A TONIC PATTERN is any pattern that consists of Do, Me, and So. Listen, audiate, then sing back the solfege pattern.
***Listen to Track 4.  These are the same DOMINANT PATTERNS you heard in Track 2, but this time, each note is assigned a solfege syllable.  A DOMINANT PATTERN is any pattern that consists of So, Ti and Re. Again, audiate during the pause, and repeat back using the solfege syllables.
***Listen to Track 5.  A 3-note pattern is played on the piano.  Audiate the pattern in your mind, and then sing back the corresponding solfege syllables This is what I will do during the audition.  If this is challenging, repeat steps a, b, c, and d many, many times.  It will eventually get  easier.  Work with a friend, if possible.
Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions!
Mr. Mullen

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Keyboard Chords - Root Position

Download it here:

Keyboard Book in Progress!

I have been busy this summer working on a book to use in my general music classes on learning the keyboard.  I will continue to update the free download on the KEYBOARD STUFF page as I work more and more at it.

You can download the latest version, about 25 pages, HERE:

Monday, August 5, 2013

LKR Keyboard Lessons

These keyboard lessons are really fantastic, too! Check them out.  

LKR Keyboard Lessons


Here is a great YouTube playlist from Little Kids Rock.  They take you through the basic of learning the guitar.  I highly recommend this!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

MSMS MUSIC DEPARTMENT: "Don't Stop Believing" Vaudeville 2013

MSMS MUSIC DEPARTMENT: "Don't Stop Believing" Vaudeville 2013: VAUDEVILLE 2013 was a huge success! There were performances from the Stage Band, the Vaudeville Chorus (backed up by the House Band), and ...

Friday, June 28, 2013

PS 212 Videos

Here are the old videos from PS 212. If anyone has any others, feel free to share!

PS 212 Spring Musicale - 2012 Highlight Reel

PS 212 Spring Musicale Trailer - 2012

PS 212 Holiday Show - 2011

The 212 Tappers
PS 212 Holiday Show - 2010

"Someone Like You"
PS 212, The Garbage Pail Kids, 2012

"Alligator Man"
The Garbage Pail Kids, PS 212

"Lean on Me"
Fancy Pants, PS 212

"Come Together"
Fancy Pants, PS 212

"Respect Yourself"
The Garbage Pail Kids, PS 212

Guitar Chord Sheets

Basic Guitar Chord Sheets

Friday, June 21, 2013

Body Mapping Research Paper

Some of you have been asking how I got into Body Mapping, so, to that end, I share with you a paper I wrote last year for a masters class.  It tells the story of my music-related injury, and my journey to the discovery of this useful technique.

Some of you also asked for access to the images I show in class.  Here is that document: