Music to Our Ears
Where did the idea for a vocal mash-up of the nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice" using heavy metal/grunge vocalists come from?
High School Teaching Artist Music Sean Rozsics and his students have not let creativity deflate one iota despite the challenges of virtual and hybrid learning. This year, they have been focusing on recording music instead of playing music, and are planning some sort of virtual, or video performance this spring. Although they don’t know what that “event” will look like, the planning and playing have certainly kept them busy and productive. Currently, they are working on several different pieces right now, including a vocal mash-up project.
“And I stole an idea from [Head of Academic Clubs, Academic Club Teacher] Noel Bicknell's Renaissance Club where his students kids all paint their own version of the Mona Lisa. I always loved that idea,” says Mr. Rozsics. “So my students are all making a vocal mash-up of the nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice" using heavy metal/grunge vocalists. It’s silly and fun and allows the kids to learn the software without too much pressure.”
On a more serious endeavor, his advanced class is working up a version of Duke Ellington's 1926 classic "E. St. Louis Toodle-Oo," for which Mr. Rozsics arranged and transcribed all the horn parts for guitars.
Stay tuned (pun intented)!