by Heide Young on September 20, 2020
think we are all successfully navigating our first three
notes! Hopefully you are hearing hot cross buns at home--or
at least the start of it. We'll be beginning to work on our
book this week. A reminder that students need 1) their
instrument 2) their instrument covers and playing masks for
wind instruments and 3) their folders with their band book in
it. (Sound Innovations for band). They should come
prepared with those items each Tuesday and Thursday. They can
put all of these things in the undercroft before school. This
week we'll review counting and note names and work on a few new
exercises in our method book. Happy
This week we made a great start on an America
arrangement for Veterans Day. We're also reviewing the hymn
of the month, Holy, Holy, Holy. I found that many of them
were missing a key piece of musical knowledge in a warm-up exercise
I gave them--they didn't know "The Merry Go Round is Broken" from
Looney Tunes!!! I was pleased that when I played them a video
of the opening to Looney Tunes they realize they DID know the
song! Lol! So that's been a fun warm
Many of you have set up
SmartMusic accounts this week. If you haven't gotten to that
yet, please do so soon. I'll be sending reminders to those
who are not yet on my SmartMusic roster.
Leadership skills for music and beyond topic this week, was finding
the positive in uncertain times. We contrasted the
great chicken little shouting "The sky is
falling!" with what our perspective should be about ourselves and
others. What's our attitude on learning things that are
hard? How do we deal with mistakes? Their assignment is
to find some positive things to say to others, and to also think of
some new things to thank God for this week.
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.