PSMS BAND UPDATE: Week of October 24
- B Day
- A Day
7am - Jazz Band Rehearsal FULL BAND
- B Day / Conferences
School - full day; then drop-in conferences until 6:30pm
- NO SCHOOL / Conferences
FRIDAY 10/28 -
December 6 - 7/8 Bands perform for school music assembly
December 7 - 6 Beginning Band Recital 9am - 6th Grade Pod
December 8 - 6/7/8 Bands Winter Concert 7pm @ PSMS
6th GRADE INTERMEDIATE BAND CLASSES
Practice Log #4 was due last week.
In class we will be working to finish p. 18 this week. Practice these lessons at home, and remember body posture / hand position, keeping a steady beat, and playing with strong air support! Students also need to work on Band Ninja at home / prepare for pass-offs at school.
Don't forget to start your playing session with a WARM UP. Use Chop Builders p.42, or percussion can use "Let's Move Those Hands".
"Eat Sheet #1" - Woodwinds / Brass
"March Across the Seas" - (p.20 in our band book)
"Dance Celebration" - coming out this week!
Percussion - "Ecossaise"
6th GRADE BEGINNING BAND
Review / memorize your first 5 notes. We are working on p. 6, 7, and 8 in our method book. Focus your home-playing on line #5, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.
Work on your Band Ninja lines for "White Belt"!
Practicing every day for 10-15 minutes is expected! Work on PERFECTING 1 line per day with a good tone and proper counting and timing.
7TH GRADE BAND
- p. 42 Chop Builder A and B (played slurred and legato / staccato. ALWAYS begin your playing session with a warm up of some sort. This is important to warm up your body, instrument, and focus your mind.
Percussion also 10 lines of "Thompson Snare" page 1. Play them all at 80 bpm.
Book 2 -
p. 8 ALL (percussion work on both snare drum and mallets for all exercises!)
Sheet Music -
A December Triptych (in our band book)
Snow Valley Sleigh Ride (coming out this week)
8TH GRADE BAND
Long Tone 3B
Scale review over what we have worked on this year so far (Concert B-flat, E-flat, and F major scale studies). We will have an AOL scheduled over these three keys soon.
Sheet Music -
Sleigh Ride (coming out this week)
African Bell Carol (coming out this week)
This week we will have conferences on Wednesday and Thursday. I will plan on coming to as many scheduled conferences with teams as possible. If you would like to stop by during "open" conferences, I will be available Wednesday afternoon / evening; as well as Thursday morning. If you just want to send an email and check in or call me, please feel free! I look forward to seeing you there!
One of our local music vendors, Judi's Flute Shop, is hosting their annual "Flute Party" and will have many options for upgrading from a student line flute to a 'step-up' model. This is optional, but a great way to get a better quality instrument at special pricing. She has lots of great models and brands to choose from. See the attached flyer for details.
KC SYMPHONY in BV!
The Kansas City Symphony will take residence in Blue Valley on Tues., Nov. 1, 2016, rehearsing as an ensemble, meeting with students in small group breakout sessions and performing an open rehearsal. The culmination of the event is a special concert that will include performances by the Blue Valley Schools Honor Orchestra and Honor Choir and a feature performance of the Kansas City Symphony. The concert, which is open to the public, is presented as part of the Kansas City Symphony's Bill and Peggy Lyons, Support School Music program.
Tues., Nov. 1, 2016. Student performances begin at 6:30 p.m. Kansas City Symphony performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Blue Valley Northwest Performing Arts Center, 13260 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213
Tickets can be
in advance and at the door for $10 . Tickets include admittance to student musician performances and the Kansas City Symphony performance. Admission proceeds will benefit the Blue Valley School District Music Program. See the attached flyer for details.
ORTHODONTIC BRACES / DENTAL WORK
If you are getting BRACES put on, taken off or adjusted, or ANY major dental work - please plan around the dates of our performances to avoid conflicts.
Your student will be able to play very little, if at all, immediately after this major work is done. Students probably need at least 2 - 4 weeks to adjust from the trauma to the mouth and embouchure. Embouchure (facial / mouth muscles) 'muscle memory' changes when braces are applied, taken off, or even adjusted; and it is going to take some time for your student to physically adjust to the changes.
Please keep this in mind when scheduling ortho / dental visits around concert events. We want your student (and our bands) to have every opportunity for success!!
Some GREAT solutions to help out students with braces (especially brass):
www.invisalign.com (not all patients are candidates - ask your orthodontist for details)
APPS, APPS, APPS!
There are some REALLY good apps available for both Apple and Android devices that can add considerable value to your student's music instruction. Students are/have received an overview of some of the best I've seen:
Bandmate Chromatic Tuner
Tonal Energy Tuner -
(3.99 Apple / 1.99 Android)
Staff Wars Live -
(.99 Apple - N/A Android)
Staff Wars -
(.99 Apple / .99 Android)
One of the best ways to improve quickly and efficiently on your instrument is with the one-on-one instruction afforded through private lessons. 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.