PSMS BAND UPDATE: Week of August 29th
- A DAY
- A Day EARLY DISMISSAL
NO Instruments for Intermediate 6, 7th & 8th today. We will work on music theory today
- B DAY
- A DAY
- B DAY
6th GRADE INTERMEDIATE BAND CLASSES
Students should be tracking their home practice on their Practice Log #1 that was handed out early this week.
In class we will continue our review on p. 7 - 8 this week; reviewing concepts learned last year and continue moving forward. Emphasis placed on correct body posture / hand position, keeping a steady beat, and playing with strong air support! We will also introduce Band Ninja!
Tuesday we will grade our music theory pre-test and begin work in our music theory book, which reinforces our music learning on instruments.
6th GRADE BEGINNING BAND
Students are in the process of testing out instruments in class. We should finish this process up on Tuesday. Instrument assignments and a packet of information for families on how to obtain your instrument will be sent home on Tuesday. We should start with instruments in our hands on Tuesday, September 6th!
7TH GRADE BAND
Warm Up - "Daily Routine for Band"
Book 2 -
p. 2 #5
p. 3 #10 & 12
p. 4 #14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
(percussion work on both snare drum and mallets for all exercises!)
Sheet Music -
Firedance - do you know all your notes and rhythms? If so take the next steps: dynamics and articulation!
Year of the Dragon - starting this week!
8TH GRADE BAND
Blue Book - working on these pages:
p. 28 Concert E-flat Major - all exercises / Percussion - p. 62 - 65 exercise 2 on each (strive for evenness of sound)
Sousa Audition Music - scales and excerpt
Sheet Music -
Star Spangled Banner - work on memorization!
BVHS Fight Song - work on memorization!
Louie, Louie - work on memorization!
New music should be coming out this week, too!
BAND CONTRACT / STATEMENT OF CONCENT
A few students have not turned this in yet. They are now past due. Please see the Band Handbook (last page). This includes acknowledgement that concert dates are on your family calendar!!! (Not Beginning Band - we haven't gone over this yet)
KS SOUSA HONOR BAND AUDITION
The KS Sousa Honor Band is a state-wide "all-state" band for the top musicians in grades 6 - 9 from across the entire state of Kansas. The audition music is rigorous, and must be played at a very high level to have a chance at being accepted. Nothing less than your best will due. Feel free to download the music and get working on it! Auditions are to be recorded and submitted with a completed application and $7.00 audition fee to Mr. Aubrey by
October 15th. Find the audition music
One of the best ways to improve quickly and efficiently on your instrument is with the one-on-one instruction afforded through private lessons. Think of the teaching ratio as 1:1 rather than 1:39 (7th grade band this year). Having this instruction can make a huge impact on your skill development musically, cognitively, as well as help your student gain confidence in their playing abilities and keep them motivated.
Sometimes people feel private lessons are for those that "need help" (kind of like a math tutor). Actually, many of our most advanced students in the band program are individuals who are taking private lessons. Yes, a private instructor would definitely help those who need extra help as well! If you are interested in learning more or would like a recommendation for an instructor, please let me know. We are fortunate to have some fantastic private teachers in the area, and I would be happy to get you in contact with one of them.