ROOM 219

virtual extension of the ESL classroom

A Page about John Cage


The words to tell John Cage’s story start with prefix COL-/COM- that means “WITH, TOGETHER”

1. Compare, comparison
Compare your school rules with Rules for Students and Teachers by John Cage

Your turn: write one sentence using compare/contrast frame.

2. Composition, compose, composer
John Cage was the most influential composer of the 20th century

Your turn: Composers compose compositions. Another way to express this idea is to say____ .Paraphrase the sentence.

3. Collect, collection, collector
Collectors collect interesting items. The items collected make a collection.
John Cage collected sounds. He used sounds from his collection in such compositions
as Variations III
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwsgAyZvgwY&feature=related

Your turn: What did you collect as a child? Why? What was special about your collection?
As a child I collected ________. My collection _____ .

4. Compete, competition, competitive
John Cage competed against other performers on I’ve Got a Secret TV show. This clip shows a segment of the competition.
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/04/john_cage_on_a_.html

Your turn: What competition would you like to win?
I would like to win _____________ because ______________

5. Combine, combination
John Cage combined the sounds produced by different objects with the sound of piano in the composition Water Walk.
Your turn: What can you say about this acoustic (sound) combination?
The _______ of sounds in Water Walk by John Cage _________

What ordinary objects can you use for creating special sound effects?
I can use _____ to show _______

6. Collide, collision
Chance music invented by John Cage collided with traditional composition techniques.

Your turn: How can you explain the collision between traditional music and compositions by John Cage? __________

7. Complete
4’33” is another famous composition by John Cage. Listen to it as it is performed by the BBC Symphony orchestra.


Your turn: Search the links at the end of the post to find the year in which it was completed.
John Cage ___________ 4’33” in _________.

8. College
John Cage taught music classes at many colleges.

Your turn: What are you going to study at college? At college, I am going to study _________.

9. Collateral – side by side
When John Cage was young, he could not get money from a bank, because he had nothing for a collateral. What does the word collateral mean?

10. Convene, convention
Musicians from Other Minds, a global New Music community, convened in San Francisco to play music by Cage and other composers.
To listen to the performance of Suite for Toy Piano (1948), by Margaret Leng Tan at the Other Minds Festival in 1999 in San Francisco, go to:
http://www.archive.org/details/OM5LengTanCageSuiteforToy
Youtube video collection has a clip of this piece:

Your turn: Would you like to go to a convention or a festival of untraditional music? Why? Why not? ________

11. Compact
CD stands for ‘compact disc.’

Your turn: Would you like to have a CD with compositions by John Cage? Why? Why Not.

Links:
John Cage Online

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September 14, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

33 Comments »

  1. Posted for EG3:
    #1. Classroom rules and rules by John Cage are similar because they both talking about work and, discipline.

    #2. The composer is who compose a composition is who combine things.

    #3. As a child I collected color butterflies toys because they make me happy when I was boring.

    #4. I would like to win the soccer game, because is so important to me.
    Many students participate in different games because are competitive.

    #5.The combination can be interesting and very serious.
    I can use a spoon and a plate to show a sound.

    #6. That the traditional music is with instruments and the composition is with different kinds of thing.

    #7. John Cage composed 4’33” in 1952

    #8.At college, I am going to study for a secretary.

    #10.Yes, because is good to know more about something that we don’t know.

    #11.Yes, because I like to listen compositions.

    Comment by Dr.M | December 9, 2010 | Reply

  2. A page about John Cage

    1.Compare,comparison.

    I think that John Cage’s rules are similar to our school rules because both of them talk about discipline, work and enjoy yourself.

    2.Composition,compose,composer.

    The people that combine parts make their owns compositions.

    3.Collect,collection,collector.

    As a child I collected perfume bottles. My collection was so important to me because I like so much the perfume’s smell, I liked to feel different sensations with each of them.

    4.Compete,competition,competitive.

    I would like to win all the basketball games,because I love basketball and I enjoy playing so much, also I think that basketball it’s a beautiful sport.

    5.Combine,combination.

    The combination of sounds in Water Walk by John Cage is so peaceful and quiet, then I like this mixture of different kind of music because it makes me felt so comfortable.

    I can use different kinds of pans, maybe some spoons and some garbage cans to show a kind of noisy music.

    6.Collide,collision

    I don’t know maybe they’re different because John Cage did combinations between different kinds of music.

    7.Complete

    John Cage completed 4’33” in 1952

    8.College

    At college, I am going to study business or something related to chemistry.

    10.Convene, convention.

    No,because I don’t like to listen to that kind of music maybe I can listen to one song but no more.

    11.Compact

    Actually I don’t know because I never heard his music but I think that his music is not my type.

    Comment by AH8 | December 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. 1.The classroom rules and John Cage’s rules are similar because they both are for the students.

    The classroom rules and John Cage’s rules are different because the classroom rules only are for the students, but the John Cage’s rules are for the students and teachers.

    2. Another way express this idea is to say is something made with different words or things.

    3.As a child I collected a posters. My collection is posters of Chivas.
    Because I like the soccer, and I like the Chivas.

    4.I would like to win when I compete for something, because I like to be competitive.

    5.The combinations of sounds in water walk by John Cage are different because each one have different sounds.

    6.That music is not the same.

    Comment by ag5 | December 7, 2010 | Reply

  4. 1.ESL rules and John Cage’s rules are similar because they both are for students.

    ESL rules and John Cage’s rules are different because ESL rules are sort ideas,but john Cage’s rules are big ideas.

    Your turn: She compare her grades with her friend.

    2.Composers compose compositions. Another way to express this idea is to say something make with different materials.

    3.Your turn: What did you collect as a child? Why? What was special about your collection?
    As a child I collected Barbies . My collection was special because when I was child I loved to play with Barbies. In my collection I have like 30 Barbies.

    4.Your turn: What competition would you like to win?
    I would like to win a “Softball competition” because I love this game.

    5.Your turn: What can you say about this acoustic (sound) combination?
    The combinations of sounds in Water Walk by John Cage are differents because each one have differents sounds. Like: surprising, emotional, scarey and funny.

    6.Your turn: How can you explain the collision between traditional music and compositions by John Cage? That the music is not the same.

    Comment by uv5 | December 7, 2010 | Reply

  5. 1 Classroom rules and John Cage’s rules are similar because they both are for students in school .
    2 When the people write music ideas they create compositions.

    3 When you collect picture of my family

    collect when you collect information of other people
    4 competition Cinthia wants to compete in gains soccer in the school
    5 Combine
    6

    Comment by ws8 | December 6, 2010 | Reply

  6. Jonatan On Cage.odt

    1: John cage rules and Nimitz rules are similar because they both talk about work.

    2: Some composer write experimental music.

    3: I never collected anything.

    4: I would like to win soccer game because I love to play soccer and I feel happy when I win a match.

    5: The combination sound in the water walk by John Cage is a good combination of different objects with the sound of piano.

    Comment by J.V. 8 | December 6, 2010 | Reply

  7. 1. John Cage’s rules and our school’s rules are similar because they both talk about discipline.
    Our classroom’s rules and John Cage’s rules are different because our classroom’s is only for students , but John Cage’s rules is for students and teachers too.

    2. Write, Writer
    John Cage was the most influential writer of music in the 20th century.

    3.When I was child I collected different kind of toy cars because I believed that they would be real someday. It was special for me because I had many types of beautiful toy cars and I didn’t want to loss no one. As a child it was the first collection that I had because I started with collect them because when I saw cars on the street I wanted to have them and the only way that I could have them was by toys. My collection was amazing…for me.

    4. I would like to win soccer, because I like soccer and if other soccer players can score goals I think that I can do that and I want to feel what they feel when they win.

    5. The combination of sounds in Water Walk by John Cage’s sound.

    I can use my hand and knock the door to show that someone is outside.

    6.Traditional music is a basic music without rhythm and John Cage’s music is a noise sound.

    7. John Cage composed 4’33” in 1952.

    8.At college I am going to study linguistics.

    10. Yes, because sometimes the traditional music is a good way to know how was the music that our ancestors heard before.

    11. No because for some people it would be strange to hear old fashion music.

    Comment by km3 | December 6, 2010 | Reply

    • KM,
      I am very impressed by your posts, both speed and content. You are a digital native. Where did you find the answer to #7?
      BTW, professional musicians will disagree with your take on rhythm. Rhythm is a property of all creations involving sound.

      Comment by Dr.M | December 7, 2010 | Reply

  8. I was with John Cage for only one week in 1986 yet it was one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. I was in a quartet called BL Lacerta (named for a deep space radio source) and we asked him to write us a piece for our concert at the Dallas Museum of Art.

    To our great surprise he wanted to fly down and join us on stage. The first night he cooked for us and talked about being ‘in the moment’, meaning not thinking about anything but here and now and being aware of every sound.

    In the concert, we were stationed in the 4 corners of the theatre while he sat on stage and chanted like a Tibetan monk. At one point I remember running faster and faster in circles around the audience playing one long note (the same note Cage was singing) on my accordion while my friends played faster and faster on clarinet, marimba and cello.

    After the concert, John came to a reception at my little house in Parkdale overflowing with people from the show. I remember he was standing with his back to the kitchen sink as dozens of people got closer to hear what he had to say.

    “It’s wonderful to be here” and people smiled thinking the same thing all through the house. We were very aware of being ‘here now’.

    Comment by kim corbet | September 22, 2009 | Reply

  9. I’ve found out that john cage was a very good composer. Because he combined sound from thing and was a person who combined many kind of sound like water sound. He was a musical genius/Edited by IM/ .

    Comment by OL7 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  10. I’ve found out that John Cage is one of the many famous composers.
    John Cage composed differents songs, from others differents composers. He combine differents songs to make a song.
    He also combined songs from differents objects with the piano like ice cube and others.

    Comment by eg6 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

    • You are right – John Cage invented Prepared Piano. Placing objects on the strings, he modified the sound of traditional piano.
      Can you think of another way to say “a song”?
      Did you mean to say that his compositions were diferent from music by other composers?

      Comment by Dr.M | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  11. I’ve found out that John Cage was a famous composer. He combined piano music with the sound of water, bathtubs and many other stuff . Also he was a music teacher in a college.

    Comment by CV7 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

    • What everyday items would you like to try as a musical instrument?

      Comment by Ms. Dodds | September 29, 2009 | Reply

  12. I’ve found out that John Cage was a celebrated composer. He combined sounds of every day objects with the sound of the piano or other instruments musicals to make song like Water Walk.

    Comment by fa7 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  13. I’ve found out that about john cage because he was famous person who combine different objects sounds to created special music.

    Comment by JR7 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  14. I discovered John Cage and his experimental music while learning verbs with prefix COM-.
    He created interesting compositions with usual and unusual instruments.
    He was a true genius. His music had extraodinary sound effects.
    /Edited in class/

    Comment by em7 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  15. I’ve found out that John Cage is a famous composer who composed music with a piano combined it with other things like pot and water. He also give classes and had rules for teachers and students.
    I like the John Cage’s music because he has a special way to compose music.

    Comment by JR6 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

    • I’ve found out that John Cage is a famous composer. He composed piano music combined with other objects, like pots, flower vases, and water. He also gave classes and had rules for teachers and students.
      I like John Cage’s music because he had a special way to compose music.

      Comment by JR6 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  16. I’ve found that John Cage was famous because he use different combination of the music of his own. I’ve learned that John Cage music is combined the sounds to produce his own music and sounds.

    Comment by YV6 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  17. I’ve found out that is famous because he create only this music . John Cage use the different object for
    create this music this music is original he respect the other music . John Cage is composer uni t his music. Use piano and different instrument .

    Comment by DP6 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  18. I’ve found out that John Cage wrote rules for a teacher and students. He was a collector for a play instruments music. And he was a composer of music, songs etc. And he was leading. The combined the sounds produced by different objects with the sound of piano in the composition water walk.

    Comment by vr6 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  19. Title: about John cage.

    John cage collected musical instruments. /Edited by IM/

    Comment by RZ6 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  20. I’ve found out that John cage is a famous person, because he combine strange sounds like a bathtub and other strange instruments.

    Comment by GH6 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

    • The past tense of combine is combined.

      Comment by Dr.M | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  21. I’ve found out that John Cage was a composer.

    Comment by SS6 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  22. John Cage

    I found out that John Cage was a kind people and I
    learn about combination this is great word for the
    songs of John Cage because he used this word for
    his job because he combine the songs with strange
    instruments as ordinary things it was smart job.

    Comment by MY6 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  23. I’ve found out that John Cage was famous composer beacause his music is different because he use object to create his own music and it’s unique than the original music that people played.I’ve learned that different object can create unique music

    Comment by KG6 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

    • Did you mean to compare John Cage’s compositions with traditional music?

      Comment by Dr.M | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  24. I’ve found out that John Cage make a lot of things like create exressive music with objects.
    He combined music and he had rules for the students and teachers.

    Comment by J.A 2 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

    • Did you mean to say “He combined different sound effects”? He included the sound of environment in many compositions. The technical word for the sound from environment is AMBIENT SOUND.

      Comment by Dr.M | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  25. John Cage is a famous person because he composed special music. He combines piano with flower pots, ice cubes, electrical mixer, and other unusual objects. /Edited in class/

    Comment by RC2 | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  26. I’ve found out that John Cage was a very famous person who combined special music with objects. He always used the piano with something else like a bathtub. He also taught classes and had rules for students and teachers.
    I’ve learned some new words like collateral and convene. Anyways, I like John Cage’s music because it is expressive. /Edited in class/

    Comment by D.R 2 | September 18, 2009 | Reply


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