Harrison Band Announcements

Congratulations to the Harrison Band students who performed on the Winter Program last week! I am proud of your efforts and you should be too- you represented yourselves and your school in the best possible manner- way to go! 

Now that the winter program performance is over, students should turn their attention to learning new notes and playing more complex songs on page 10, 11 and 12 in the Sound Innovations book.Students should be using their green flashcards at home to help them memorize the notes on the staff  6th Grade students are concentrating on finishing book 1 so they can move on to book 2. All students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found at the left of this page. Not sure what your child should be practicing? You can always look at the boxes at the very bottom of this page to see a step-by-step example of what each practice session should look and sound like.

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, December 21st. 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.    

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.

~Mr. Cosby 

Contact Info

Tom Cosby:

Phone #: 402-659-2618

School #: 402-554-8535

Email: thomas.cosby@ops.org 

Band Lessons at Harrison

Welcome to my webpage! I am excited you have chosen to visit and learn more about band lessons at Harrison... please feel free to explore this webpage to find our more about band lessons. The overview of band lessons document at the bottom of the page explains in detail the concepts that are taught at Harrison in elementary band lessons.

The calendar to the right shows the days there are band lessons at Harrison. Please refer back to it often as I typically update the calendar at the beginning of each month.

If you have any questions, concerns or you are just curious about your child's musical experience in band lessons, feel free to contact me at any time! My contact information is just below...

Mr. Cosby

Harrison Band Documents

 Title Description
Band Registration FormDownloadStudent who would like to be in band should return this form as soon as possible! Information about renting or purchasing an instrument is also on this form.
Overview of Band LessonsDownloadThis document describes the basic concepts that are taught in the elementary band program at Harrison.
Band Schedule/CalendarDownloadThis calendar will help students remember when to bring their instruments to school for band lessons. Students will also keep track of their practice time on this calendar.
REMIND InvitationDownloadThis letter explains how to receive text and/or email messages to help you and your students remember when to bring their band instrument to school. This is the best way to never forget your instrument at home!
1st Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter gives details about everything we have been doing in band during the 1st quarter as well as details about upcoming events. Parents/guardians should sign the 2nd page and return with their student asap!

5th Grade- What to Practice at Home

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14th

WOODWINDS & BRASS

  1. Breathing/Sizzle Exercises (use metronome)- 1 minute.
  2. Assemble Instrument/quality sound on entire instrument (use metronome)- 1-2 minutes.
  3. WARM-UP- Band Warm-up sheet, all  -2-4 minutes
  4. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 9 & 10- all (use metronome)- 5-7 minutes.
  5. FOCUS- Sound Innovations pg. 11 & 12- all (use metronome)  6-9 minutes. Pay attention: How do you play the new notes on pg. 11 & 12? What is different about the 2/4 time signature?  Use your flashcards if you are struggling with reading the new notes!
  6. Where are you at for rank advancement? Find your chart and make sure to practice whatever song you need to move forward in rank.
  7. Written Activities: no written work at this time.
  8. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.

FULL PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 20-25 minutes.

PERCUSSION

  1. Stretching (prepare to play) - 1 minute.
  2. Assemble Instrument - 1 minute.
  3. Basic Bell Practice (see pg. 12 in packet- use metronome) - 6 minutes.
  4. Snare Drum Stroke Practice on pad (see pg. 4-5 of packet- use metronome) -2 minutes.
  5. Snare Drum Reading Practice on pad (handout- use metronome) -4 minutes.
  6. WARM-UP: Band Warm-up sheet, all for 2-4 minutes.
  7. REVIEW: Sound Innovations book, pg. 9 & 10 (use metronome) for bells and percussion - 5 minutes.
  8. FOCUS- Sound Innovations pg. 11 & 12  (use metronome) for bells and percussion -5 minutes. Pay attention: what is a flam? what is a paradiddle? Did you remember to dampen your sound during the rests on bells? Can you play the new notes on pg. 11 & 12? Use your flashcards if you are struggling with reading the new notes on bells!
  9. Where are you at for rank advancement? Find your chart and make sure to practice whatever song you need to move forward in rank.
  10. Written Activities: no written work at this time. 
  11. Stretching (relaxation of muscles) - 1 minute.
  12. Put instrument safely away in case - 1 minute.

FULL PRACTICE TIME FOR PERCUSSION = 25-35 minutes.

6TH GRADE- WHAT TO PRACTICE AT HOME

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14th

6TH GRADE WOODWINDS & BRASS

  1. WARM-UP: Quarter 2 Warm-up Sheet, all (use metronome)- 3-5 minutes.
  2. REVIEW: Sound Innovations Book: pg. 28-30- 5 minutes.
  3. FOCUS: Sound Innovations Book: pg. 33-35- 6-9 minutes.
  4. SHEET MUSIC: The Victor's March (Michigan Fight Song), No Place Like Nebraska (Husker Fight Song), Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem) & Winter Trilogy-  5-8 minutes, please pick only 2-3 pieces of sheet music each day to practice.
  5. FUN: Smoke on the Water/Iron Man/Olympic Fanfare/Lets Go Band (see handout)- 2-4 minutes.
  6. REMINDER: Please find your rank advancement chart and take a look at where you are at... practice whatever song you need to complete in order to move fowl in rank!
  7. Written Activities: no written activities at this time.
  8. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.

FULL PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 23-29 minutes.