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.