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
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
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
They found that while STEM skills were important to the
success of their employees the top characteristics were
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
: 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
: 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.
: 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
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
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.