Band — 2020 Weekly Updates

Band - Mrs. Young

Beginning Band

We keep moving along on Christmas music.  We added a new band arrangement this week that we've been slowly working through.  Remember to practice often at home!

Concert Band

It was nice having the group a part of Veterans Day chapel this week.  We continue moving ahead with our Christmas pieces, sounding better each day.  A reminder to get any late work in this week.  

 

 

Band - Mrs. Young

Beginning Band

I've introduced SmartMusic to the students.  They are able to log in and work towards earning their WHITE band belt.  There are 5 short pieces from their book that they need to record themselves playing at home.  Please be encouraging your students to be practicing at home.  They have probably moved on from 10 minute practice sessions and can play for 15 minutes 4 times per week now.  They have a few Christmas pieces you might be hearing at home!

  Concert Band

We're starting to work on Christmas music!  The students have some short recordings to turn in on SmartMusic this week.  We have been working through our music theory packet each week.  They have a review sheet this week and on Thursday we'll have a test on that material.   

Our leadership lesson this week was about balance, blend and harmony--three goals we strive for in our music.  But with all these different instruments--woodwinds, brass, percussion; with different clefs and transpositions and sounds?  It's not easy, but when we work at it, the sound is beautiful.  What a great picture of working together with others in our daily lives.  We're all different, but we all bring the gifts God has given us as we love and serve others to make something beautiful.  This week, students are to reach out to someone different than them, who plays a different part--In band, or in some other aspect of life.  See things from their point of view, or listen to what their part/life sounds like right now.  We are called to be more than conquerors through Christ together.

 

 

Band - Mrs. Young

Beginning Band

We're pretty comfortable with our first three notes. This week we started playing some longer phrases which takes a lot more air and support!  The percussion section is doing a great job keeping the winds together with their rhythms too.  We are now working through our method book each day.  Students need their Sound Innovations book every band day .  I'll be inviting them to a google classroom for beginning band this week.  There will be some short videos to watch to review the basics about their individual instrument.  Happy Practicing!

Concert Band

We had a great Tuesday - getting ready to record Holy, Holy, Holy for a future chapel service on Thursday. Then suddenly we became a 6th and 8th grade band for a short time!  So it's fine, we can roll with it.  There's going  to be a different plan for each class this week .  Let's start with our Leadership skill for music and beyond topic this week, since that's remained unchanged!  

This week we talked about ' the human aspect of leadership '--the importance of communicating and working with people.  Our conversation centered around a study that Google did of their employees (Read the whole Washington Post Article here  They found that while STEM skills were important to the success of their employees the top characteristics were relational/people skills: " being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one's colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas. "  So their assignment was to start a conversation with someone, listen to others, communicate ideas, or talk to someone new.  To think about relating to others.  

7th Grade : I'll be assigning a brief section of "America" on SmartMusic this week.  It should be up by Monday morning--I'll send them an email.  I managed to get the weekly assignment to most of them--the others will get it via email.  Should keep them playing this week, yet not be too stressful--I know they are juggling lots this week being at home.  

6th Grade : On Thursday we met together and reviewed some of our basics about scales and walked through America section by section.  The 6th graders have been doing a fantastic job keeping up with the other classes who have been at their instruments longer--it was nice to just cover a few things with them on Thursday.  

8th Grade : On Thursday I gave our 8th grade leaders a group project.  They worked on playing our hymn of the month with just the 4 of them and recorded it on SmartMusic.  They were very pleased to share it with me at the end of class!  It was nice to see them being independent musicians and working out details together.  They'll have another project this week to stretch them some more.  

  Thanks to all the students for their flexibility!  We'll see what 2020 has up for us this week.  Hoping our students all continue making music, learning and having fun.  Thankful that whatever comes that God is in control and that  Together We are More than Conquerors through Christ!  

 

  General Band Safety Procedures:

  • As students enter in the morning, they will place their instrument in the shelf spot assigned to them.  Class cohorts have their own designated space.

  • As students enter the band room for class, hand sanitizer will be available.  

  • Each class cohort will have their own seating space in the room.   Students will get their instruments from the shelf and take it to their seat to assemble.  

  • Chairs will be spaced 6' or more apart.

  • Students have their own chair and stand.  Chairs and stands will not be shared. 

  • Beginning Band students will be rehearsing in the church balcony, so they are able to have their own separate space.  They will bring their instruments to the balcony to assemble.  

  • Students will be provided a mask for playing (with a slit in it for their instrument's mouthpiece).

  • Students will be provided and a fabric instrument cover for the bell of their instrument.  (Two layers, plus a MERV 13 filter between) (Percussion and piano players will use their normal masks).  Instrument covers have been shown to reduce aerosol dispersal from instruments to the same levels that masks do from regular breathing.

  • Brass players will be given disposable cloths to empty any moisture from their instruments.  

 

August Updates (1)

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  

It has been a long time since we have been able to make music together, and I am very much looking forward to it!  I have been researching and following the latest protocols for safe music making and, as in every other class at St. Paul, we are committed to creating a safe environment for all students.   Although things may look and feel differently for a while, I am thrilled that we are able to rehearse together with some minor modifications.   

Concert Band

We had a great first day in Concert Band.  The students found their distanced seats in the room and we went over our safety procedures.  We played an ice breaker game with everyone answering a different random question about themselves.  (which left me at the end of the day wishing for a brownie sundae...one student's favorite dessert!)  They also took home their first weekly assignment page.  It's very simple this first week, but this will be the format for weekly assignments.  We'll get our band binders, masks with slits and instrument bell covers in class on Tuesday and start making some music!    

Beginning Band

Next week the entire 5th grade class will be continuing to learn about instruments in a combined band/music class.  Recruiting for beginning band was pushed back a bit with our unique spring semester, but now's the time to sign up!  The 5th graders have had an overview of all the band instruments this week, and next week will continue learning more about woodwind instruments on Tuesday and brass instruments on Thursday.  If your student is still interested in joining band, it's not too late!  There are openings for most instruments (not percussion).  Research shows that students who participate in the arts perform better in reading and math, score higher test scores, and are more likely to attend college.  The skills students learn in band such as how to practice, set goals, and work together as an ensemble will serve them well throughout their lives.  

 

General Band Safety Procedures:

  • As students enter in the morning, they will place their instrument in the shelf spot assigned to them.  Class cohorts have their own designated space.

  • As students enter the band room for class, hand sanitizer will be available.  

  • Each class cohort will have their own seating space in the room.   Students will get their instruments from the shelf and take it to their seat to assemble.  

  • Chairs will be spaced 6' or more apart.

  • Students have their own chair and stand.  Chairs and stands will not be shared. 

  • Beginning Band students will be rehearsing in the church balcony, so they are able to have their own separate space.  They will bring their instruments to the balcony to assemble.  

  • Students will be provided a mask for playing (with a slit in it for their instrument's mouthpiece).

  • Students will be provided and a fabric instrument cover for the bell of their instrument.  (Two layers, plus a MERV 13 filter between) (Percussion and piano players will use their normal masks).  Instrument covers have been shown to reduce aerosol dispersal from instruments to the same levels that masks do from regular breathing.

  • Brass players will be given disposable cloths to empty any moisture from their instruments.  

 

August Updates

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  

It has been a long time since we have been able to make music together, and I am very much looking forward to it!  I have been researching and following the latest protocols for safe music making and, as in every other class at St. Paul, we are committed to creating a safe environment for all students.   Although things may look and feel differently for a while, I am thrilled that we are able to rehearse together with some minor modifications.   Band classes will begin on Thursday, August 27, but no instruments will be needed that day.  The first day students will bring instruments to class will be Tuesday, September 1.  

General Band Notes:

There will be several safety procedures in place while in the band room, which I will be sharing and practicing with the students.

  • As students enter in the morning, they will place their instrument in the spot assigned to them.  Class cohorts have their own designated space.
  • As students enter the band room for class, hand sanitizer will be available.  
  • Each class cohort will have their own seating space in the room.   Students will get their instruments from the shelf and take it to their seat to assemble.  
  • Students have their own chair and stand.  Chairs and stands will not be shared.  Beginning Band students are going to be rehearsing in the church balcony, so they are able to have their own separate space.  They will bring their instruments to the balcony to assemble.  
  • Students will be supplied both with a mask (with a slit in it for their instrument's mouthpiece) and a fabric instrument cover for the bell of their instrument.  (Percussion and piano players will use their normal masks).  Instrument covers have been shown to reduce aerosol dispersal from instruments to the same levels that masks do from regular breathing.
  • Chairs are spaced 6' apart.  

Concert Band

Each student will receive a band binder with the music and materials they need for class.  The binder should travel with them back and forth to school along with their instrument.  We will be practicing together as one group, but with each cohort seated together.  

Beginning Band

We are still accepting members into beginning band.  We plan on beginning to play together on September 1st.  If you would like more information on joining band let me know.  (heide.young@splgrafton.org) I have met with many of the students and given them some basic information for playing their instrument.  On Thursday, August 27, I will be meeting with the entire 5th grade class to introduce them to band instruments -since we were not able to do so last spring.