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  • Thoughts on my first year as a music teacher

    This school year I finally achieved my goal of becoming a music teacher! It was a learning experience to say the least. I was at a high school and middle school and only had 2 band classes out of my 5. I was faced with a new teaching situation where I had to teach subjects that I never really thought I would. Guitar, Rock Band and MIDI Composition. I essentially had to create an entire curriculum for these classes with little experience. Long story short, I figured it out and made the best of the situation and I have a much better plan in place for next year! I was also in a situation where both my middle and high school bands were faced with very low enrollment/interest and also coming off of the post pandemic school life. I was so lucky to have such great and talented students at both schools and was able to put on some fun performances as well as do what I could to rebuild the programs in both school communities. I also had a very supportive administration which I am very grateful for as well as being in a district with a bunch of fantastic music educators who were more than helpful along the way. I wasn’t writing as much music as I wanted but I ended up writing and arranging five pieces that were played between the two bands and I was able to finish a few other projects of my own. One of my biggest fears going into this busy job was that I was not gonna have the time to dedicate to writing but somehow I managed to fit it in with my 4 AM to 11 PM days. I feel like I was able to maintain a decent work/life balance. I think living 40 minutes away really helped me plan ahead and not stay at school longer than necessary. I could give my attention to my family when I was home after school and not worry about everything else (most of the time). Overall, it was a great year and I can’t wait for next year! Here’s a list of things I learned along the way: -Guitar amps are loud. -Sound systems are unreliable. -Even if you have 20 kids in your band, you still need parent help at gigs! -Don’t have a bowl of pics for your 40 person beginning guitar class. (Went through nearly 1000) Give them one and ask them to buy their own. -I learned why you don’t typically have percussion in a beginning band. (Great learning experience) -Working with parents can be great but also the most stressful part of the job. -Make crystal CLEAR guidelines at the beginning of the year for every class. (Take your time over the first two weeks explaining how things should work. -High school kids are still kids. (You can’t expect them to think like adults though you need to help bridge the gap) -Middle school kids are… a lot. Things we did that were cool -One of my students set up an instrument drive for his Eagle Scout project for our music program and set us up for years to come. -We organized an off campus Jazz Fundraiser performance and will do this annually. -Combined forces with our two middle school a few times. -I designed a ton of promotional materials for both my schools and changed the high school music identity to include all of our music courses. -I was able to get my band on the news for promotion 5 times! -Got to learn an entire new community in San Diego.

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  • MekealianMusic

    Charles Mekealian MekealianMusic Composer - Arranger - Educator LEARN MORE Sheet music for brass quintet, band, strings, chamber ensembles and marching band Recent Additions New sheet music by Charles Mekealian. Original and arranged works for a variety of ensembles. All Videos Play Video Play Video 27:37 MekealianMusic 2021 Virtual Summer Concert 2021 Virtual Summer Concert Thanks to all of the musicians who helped me out with this project as I would not have been able to accomplish this without their help. Follow MekealianMusic: https://www.facebook.com/mekealianmusic https://www.instagram.com/charles_mekealian_composer https://www.linkedin.com/in/charles-mekealian-b47000125/ https://soundcloud.com/mekealianmusic Sheet Music available at: RWS Music Company https://www.rwsmusic.com/about-charles-mekealian/ MekealianMusic https://www.mekealianmusic.com J.W. Pepper – My Score Composer https://www.jwpepper.com/myscore/Mekealianmusic Play Video Play Video 09:08 2020 Holiday Arrangements New holiday arrangements by Charles Mekealian. Three virtual performances with musicians from around the country and very grateful for their help with this project! Brass Quintet: "Greensleeves" Trumpet Quartet & Piano: "Bells of Reverence" Woodwind Ensemble: "O Christmas Tree" Follow MekealianMusic: https://www.facebook.com/mekealianmusic https://www.instagram.com/charles_mekealian_composer https://www.linkedin.com/in/charles-mekealian-b47000125/ https://soundcloud.com/mekealianmusic Sheet Music available at: RWS Music Company https://www.rwsmusic.com/about-charles-mekealian/ MekealianMusic https://www.mekealianmusic.com J.W. Pepper – My Score Composer https://www.jwpepper.com/myscore/Mekealianmusic Play Video Play Video 05:53 Lost Opportunities “Lost Opportunities” Original Composition by Charles Mekealian Composed for: Orchestra Performed by: San Diego State Symphony Orchestra This piece is dedicated to my mother who passed away in 2019 after her struggle with early onset dementia. Follow MekealianMusic: https://www.facebook.com/mekealianmusic https://www.instagram.com/charles_mekealian_composer https://www.linkedin.com/in/charles-mekealian-b47000125/ https://soundcloud.com/mekealianmusic Sheet Music available at: RWS Music Company https://www.rwsmusic.com/about-charles-mekealian/ MekealianMusic https://www.mekealianmusic.com J.W. Pepper – My Score Composer https://www.jwpepper.com/myscore/Mekealianmusic Play Video Play Video 07:28 Through a Dark and Scary Forest A world premiere by the 2020 Grossmont Union High School District Honor Band. Thanks to all of the students who performed as well as the educators who were involved in the production of the event. Follow MekealianMusic: https://www.facebook.com/mekealianmusic https://www.instagram.com/charles_mekealian_composer https://www.linkedin.com/in/charles-mekealian-b47000125/ https://soundcloud.com/mekealianmusic Sheet Music available at: RWS Music Company https://www.rwsmusic.com/about-charles-mekealian/ MekealianMusic https://www.mekealianmusic.com J.W. Pepper – My Score Composer https://www.jwpepper.com/myscore/Mekealianmusic Play Video Play Video 07:28 Through a Dark and Scary Forest - Concept It's finally done! I asked Lilliah to help me out with this project. I asked her to do some art to represent the intent of the music at specific moments and I really think she did a great job! "Through a Dark and Scary Forest" is about a journey through what the title suggest. Play Video Play Video 08:12 Tethered Tethered Field Show: Music Composed by: Charles Mekealian Percussion by: Armeen Ghafourpour Electronic Dance Section by: Madison Bohrer Performed by: Saint Francis High School Lancer Band Follow MekealianMusic: https://www.facebook.com/mekealianmusic https://www.instagram.com/charles_mekealian_composer https://www.linkedin.com/in/charles-mekealian-b47000125/ https://soundcloud.com/mekealianmusic Sheet Music available at: RWS Music Company https://www.rwsmusic.com/about-charles-mekealian/ MekealianMusic https://www.mekealianmusic.com J.W. Pepper – My Score Composer https://www.jwpepper.com/myscore/Mekealianmusic Play Video Play Video 04:21 Summer 2019 Update Here is a compilation of music compositions worked on during the 2019 summer by Charles Mekealian. Play Video Play Video 08:16 Perseverance of a Civilization Purchase sheet music: https://www.jwpepper.com/Perseverance-of-a-Civilization/11408827.item#.Yscb_C2ca-w Concert band work by Charles Mekealian Performed by: San Diego State University Wind Symphony March 2019 Follow MekealianMusic: https://www.facebook.com/mekealianmusic https://www.instagram.com/charles_mekealian_composer https://www.linkedin.com/in/charles-mekealian-b47000125/ https://soundcloud.com/mekealianmusic Sheet Music available at: RWS Music Company https://www.rwsmusic.com/about-charles-mekealian/ MekealianMusic https://www.mekealianmusic.com J.W. Pepper – My Score Composer https://www.jwpepper.com/myscore/Mekealianmusic

  • Music Educator Resources | mekealianmusic

    Music Educator Resources Free stuff! I am part of many music educator groups on social media and something I find a lot is that teachers are often looking for free resources such as warm-ups and new music. I understand the desperation especially when you are a new teacher or teaching a new music subject that may be outside of your area of expertise. ​Here you'll be able to find a variety of downloadable documents that I've created over time for various educational and performance needs. I'll be posting free sheet music and free band warm-ups and more. I hope that there is something that you could use in a pinch or through your school year. ​ I'll also have a link to some teaching resources available through Teachers Pay Teachers as they become available. Greensleeves Trio for beginning clarinets Free Download This piece was written for my all-star beginning clarinet players at my middle school. I wanted to give them something to really dig into since they were making the most progress in my class. This tune stays below the break but does go into the lower register. Click here to download Breathing Exercise Free Download Here is the breathing exercise that I use with my marching bands. I use it to focus on different types of breaths and air control that can be applied in performance. Click here to download Chord Progression Free Download This chord progression is my go-to marching band aural exercise and ensemble sound builder. It is in the key of F so it may work better for groups that might not be as strong in the upper range. Click here to download Guitar TAB and Treble Clef Chart Free Download This is a chart I handed out to my guitar students in my first year teaching the class. I had students who wanted to see a clear, easy to read, chart that they could relate to our course content and method books so I made this and it was very helpful. Click here to download Guitar Blank Treble Clef and TAB Free Download My guitar class used this sheet to do transcriptions and write their own music. It is a great tool to help students think through the relation between TAB and Treble Clef. Click here to download More to come Soon More to come Soon More to come Soon

  • Holiday Music | mekealianmusic

    Holiday Music Holiday sheet music by Charles Mekealian. For concert band, marching band and chamber ensembles. Large Ensemble Works Chamber Works Listen

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