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Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 1/10-1/14


Greetings Wildcat Band Family,


Hopefully everyone enjoyed the short week back as a way to ease back into normalness. :) We hit the ground running in all classes last week with the following areas of focus:

  • 7th Grade Brass and Woodwind Classes - counting and playing 16th note patterns, reviewing material from last semester and turning all note.

  • 7th Grade Percussion - Percussion Ensemble Prep

  • 8th Grade Band - Sectionals and Concert Assessment Prep


8th Grade Band will continue sectionals this week following the restructured schedule available below. Flutes, Oboes and Clarinets will Meet Monday (until 4:30) Alto Saxophones, Trumpets and French Horns will meet Tuesday (until 4:30) Percussion will meet Wednesday (until 4:45) Bari Sax, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba will meet Thursday (until 4:30)

Next week (January 17th and 18th) sectionals on Monday and Tuesday will have a flipped/recorded sectional to work through before class on Wednesday due to the 4 day weekend.


Please remember that if your student is quarentined but not ill they are expected to attend out google meet during their regular class time. Last Wednesday we had some sound issue where the students couldn't hear the class, but that has been fixed. Here is the link: meet.google.com/bwe-itdm-ujr. Students should plan to join it with their instrument so that they can play along with the class during class times. While we will not be able to hear them, they can hear the class, the instruction and can ask questions via the chat that I will do my best to answer during class. Please note that these meets will NOT be recorded.


On January 31st, there is a mandatory 8th grade band parent and student meeting at the Arend Arts Center beginning at 6:30pm. If at all possible at least 1 parent or guardian and the student should be present. If the student is unable to attend to do another responsibility, it is important for a parent or guardian to be in attendance.


Stay healthy, stay well and have an awesome week!


-Mr. Jones


 

Homework Assignments this Week

Click the arrow next to a class to expand the homework for the week. Not everything is required to record or turn in for a grade. This is simply a list of items students should be working on during their practice sessions throughout the week to continue growing on their instrument and to be prepared for class. This is copied from the practice record assignment for each class that will post to google classroom tomorrow. There will be another assignment posted later in the week over part of what they are expected to practice to record and turn in. However, students should be working on all that is listed for their class. Repetition of skills taught in class is imperative for growth and success.


All classes will receive next week's practice record at the end of the week so that they may have it for Monday and Tuesday while we are out of school on January 17th and 18th.

7th Grade High Winds (1st Period)

For the practice record this quarter you must practice no less than 4 days a week for 20 minutes each. Please note that you will NOT get full credit if you cram the time in to only 2 or 3 days. You must document practice time 4 different days. This is because studies/research indicates that practice spread out over several days is MUCH more effective than cramming it into less days.


An assignment will be posted later this week for you to record 2 of these below before class on Wednesday. Practice regularly so you'll be ready to go! :) The rubric attached is for your information on how you will be assessed on the assignment later in the week. It does not go with the practice record.


The focus of each practice item below is written next to it. For this to be fully effective, this is NOT a play it, check it off and move on. Your goal to move to the next item is to play with no more than 5 mistakes on day 1, no more than 4 mistakes on day 2, no more than 3 mistakes on day 3, no more than 2 mistakes on day 2 and no more than 1 mistake on day 4.


Mistakes include: Wrong rhythm, wrong note, wrong articulation, wrong dynamics, poor tone quality (closed, pinched, weak, unsteady), and not playing within the correct tempo range.


Practice the Following items WITH A METRONOME:


Breathing Exercises: (60bpm)

  • 4 beats in, hold 4, out in 4 (repeat 4 times)

  • 2 beats in, hold 2, out in 2 (repeat 4 times)

  • 1 beat in, hold 1, out in 1 (repeat 4 times)

  • 1 beat in, 1 out (repeat 7 times)

  • Large, SLOW breath in for 4 beats and out in 4 (3 times)

  • TIPS OF AWESOMENESS - Breathe using the "OH" syllable. COMPLETELY fill up your lungs on the inhale and COMPLETELY empty your lungs on the exhale. Use your blade check point. (example: https://youtu.be/ty5fbD0bvtQ?t=95)

Leveled Warm-Ups

  • Remington 2 Down (80bpm) use a tuner to work to stay right in tune. If you are sharp, open up; if you are flat firm up and blow faster air. Flutes, smaller aperture if you are playing flat and blow faster air; larger aperture and stronger air if you are sharp.)

  • Remington 2 Up (80bpm) use a tuner to work to stay right in tune. If you are sharp, open up; if you are flat firm up and blow faster air. Flutes, smaller aperture if you are playing flat and blow faster air; larger aperture and stronger air if you are sharp.)

  • Articulation #2 - focus is to able to count and play all 4 lines as we have worked on in class last week (no slower than 80bpm)

EE2 (Essential Elements Book #2)

  • #13 - focus is on accents, forte dynamic and 8th rests (no slower than 80bpm no faster than 110bpm)

  • #15 - focus is piano dynamic and staccato articulation (no slower than 90bpm no faster than 130bpm)

  • #18 - focus is on crescendos and decrescendos (no slower than 80bpm no faster than 110bpm)

  • #19 - focus is on dynamics and articulation (no slower than 75bpm no faster than 115bpm)

Scale:

  • Concert F Major Scale 1st Octave (Flutes= F Major; Saxophones = D Major; Trumpets = G Major; Horns = C Major)

Music Vocabulary


This will be your total practice time January 10th-January 16th

Practice Record #2 will be Monday, January 17th-January 23rd


We ALL have the time to practice for 20 minutes, 4 days a week. You MUST schedule your time accordingly to find the time to do your part to make our ensemble the BEST it can be. Priority time is an option to get your time in during the school day. With no sectionals during priority this semester, it is an EXCELLENT time to get your time in.


OPTIONAL WORK TO MAKE YOU BETTER

Got it already and want to challenge yourself? Here are some additional items out of our EE2 book for you to push your self.

  • Pg. 34 #160-162 (major focus on articulation and clear articulation) Metronome should be set no faster than 80bpm to begin with and work it up as fast as you can but with a focus on clear articulation and awesome tone. Increase tempo by only 4bpm each time you go quicker.

  • Pg. 40 #197 - count rhythms, go SLOW, use youtube to lookup a recording of the solo. Practice no more than 2-4 measures at a time.

  • Go to musescore.com or noteflight.com. Create a free account. Find music you may wish to play for fun. Alternatively, you can use musescore or noteflight to listen to a favorite song and try to write out the melody for you to be able to play along OR create your OWN ORIGINAL song. :)

8th Grade Band (2nd Period)

7th Grade Low Brass (3rd Period)

7th Grade Clarinets (6th Period)