The Harrison Winter Program is this week! It is scheduled for Friday, December 14th- please note that band students will perform at the 1:30 pm program only! Students were given an outline of the winter program so they can know what to focus their practice on in the weeks leading up to the performance- click here to download a copy of this outline. Winter Program invitations were also sent home with students- click here to download another copy of the invitation. Students will be performing with backing tracks for the Winter Program. They can practice with these backing tracks any time they want- they can be found in the Band Documents box toward the bottom of this page.
In addition to the Winter Program music, 5th grade students are continuing to learn new notes and play more complex songs on page 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.