Welcome to the 2020-2021 school
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.
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
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
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
Chairs will be spaced 6' or more
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.