It is now October and 5th grade band students are learning the Scary Song! They will perform this Scary Song toward the end of the month. In order to be successful at this Scary Song band students must continue to learn concepts from the Sound Innovations book. We are focusing on several important concepts on page 7 and 8 right now... like using your tongue (not your air) to separate notes, creating a good sound all of the time and reading the notes on the staff are essential for success as the year progresses. In addition to regular practice, students should be using their flashcards at home to help them memorize the notes on the staff. These flashcards are green- students should cut them out and put them in a ziplock back so they don't lose them. Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found on the left of this page.
6th Grade Band students are working on a wide variety of music during the 1st quarter, including sheet music appropriate for football season and a piece called "Ghosts in the Graveyard"- please ask your student about this music! We are also focusing on pg. 26-27 in the Sound Innovations book. Please see the box at the bottom of the page for a complete outline of what 6th grade students should be practicing.
With all of the above things to practice, 5th grade band students should be practicing at home about 15-20 minutes each day and 6th grade band students should be practicing 20-30 minutes each day. The next practice check will be on Friday, October 19th. This means the instrument needs to go home after band lesson days and come back to school again on the next band lesson day. Harrison provides shelves off the stairs going into the stage/vocal music room for band instrument storage. Band students should place their instruments on these shelves (smaller instruments on the top shelves/larger instruments on the bottom shelves) and NOT in their classrooms. Band students should also make sure to bring their book (Sound Innovations, Book 1), a pencil and their band folder every day.
Not sure what your child should be practicing at home on their instrument? Please ask your child- they would love to show you what they have learned so far in band! You can also look at the box on the very bottom of this page to see an outline of what students should practice at home.
Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you have about band lessons- my contact information is on the left below these announcements.