Greetings Wildcat Band Family,
The first week back from break has been terrific! The students are working hard and our concert preparations are well underway. All classes are playing the music well but as always individuals need to be practicing on a regular basis so that the ensemble has the best possible performance! Learning an instrument is a skill, not a talent. In order to improve a skill it must be regularly practiced. This quarter we are asking students to document practicing NO LESS than 15 minute per day, 5 days per week. This is the absolute minimum for students to be able to maintain their abilities and be most prepared for class. Ideally, student SHOULD be practicing 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. This practice schedule makes it possible for students to grow exponentially on their instrument. The better we get on our instrument, the more we enjoy playing. The more we enjoy playing, the more we practice! :)
As we prepare for the upcoming weeks please be sure to take a look at the events below. It is important for students to stay focused and organized. All classes are wrapping up the semester meaning that all assignments are due before Winter Break that begins on December 23rd. Any missing band assignments must be turned in no later than December 18th so we have time to grade them before going on break.
7th Grade High Winds (1st Period)
"Festive Fanfare" Ms. 16-27 with recording (Due Friday, Dec. 10th)
8th Grade Band
Sightreadingfactory.com assignment #3 (playing on instrument) PAST DUE
Mock Audition #1 (was due last week via sectionals)
If student missed their sectional they will need to complete it via google classroom this week.
Mock Audition #2 will be this week during sectionals
Sightreadingfactory.com assignment #4 due Thursday, Dec. 9th)
All-Region Auditions on Saturday at Fulbright JH (info here)
7th Grade Low Brass (3rd Period)
Sightreadingfactory.com #3 Due Friday, Dec. 10th (playing on instrument)
7th Grade Clarinets (7th Period)
"Santa the Barbarian" Ms. 13-26 1st and 2nd time with recording (due Friday, Dec. 10th)
7th Grade Percussion
All-Region Auditions on Saturday at Fulbright JH (info here)
All assignments turned in as of 5:00pm Friday, December 3rd have been graded and put into HAC. Please note that this quarter students can only turn in the initial assignment 3 weeks after the due date.
Grading Reminders (Click to expand)
"N" =I have received nothing from the student on that assignment. It factors as a zero but the student can still turn it in.
"Z" mean the student turned something in but it was either the wrong assignment or did not meet minimum expectations to earn credit.
If your student desires to raise their grade they can do 2 things:
Turn in missing assignments. EVEN FROM 1ST QUARTER.
Redo assignments with lower grades and turn back in. EVEN FROM 1ST QUARTER. Students should ALWAYS read/watch/listen to feedback. Great care is taken to help each and every student grow from where they are. MANY times, I provide specific examples and exercises or additional resources for individual students to use to improve themselves. This is THE purpose of assignments.; for students to get better as an individual through specific feedback. The grade in and of itself is irrelevant. If I could give feedback without a grade, I absolutely would. Individual student growth is the only thing that matters. When growth happens via feedback, the grade takes care of itself.
5:30p - Jazz Band Arrives to setup
6:15p - 7th Grade Band Arrives
6:30p - 7th Grade Band Warm-ups up on Stage at Arend Arts Center located @BHS
6:45p - 8th Grade Band Seated in Audience as a band
7:00p - 7th Grade Band Concert Begins
7:40p - 8th Grade Band Concert Begins
8:10p - End of Concert
ALL 7th and 8th grade students must help strike the stage. Parents and older siblings may come on stage and assist with moving equipment back to band room/loading into truck.
Required Concert Attire for 7th and 8th grade bands. This uniform look takes the focus off of the individual performer to allow the audience to see and hear the ensemble as a unit. This concert attire is the same as all 7-12th grade bands in NWA and helps to create a more polished and professional look while giving students some choice in design.
Concert Black Ideas from Local Stores and Online
Here is a fantastic option from Amazon: I've done some searching this weekend and found the following ideas at various stores. Some require shipping and are contingent on Black-Friday/Weekend deals. Hopefully you will find this helpful. Belk ideas:
long sleeve button up black shirt for as low as $7
black belt for as low as $3,
black dress pants for as last as $12
black socks for as low as $3.20
Black Dress for as low as $15
with black leggings for as low as $5
Black top for as low as $12
Black leggings for as low as $6.39
Black pants for as low as $14
Black belt for as low as $12.80
Black dress shoe for as low as $20
Black shoe for as low as $13
Black shoe idea #2
Black Flats for as low as $20
Black shirt for as low as $12
Black pants for as low as $18
Black pants #2 for as low a $13
Black dress for as low as $12
Black belt for as low as $8
How to Practice
HINT: Students have SOMETHING to practice and prepare for every class even if it isn't a playing test. To be successful, students should be practicing regularly. What a 15 minute practice session should look like:
2 minutes - Long Tones (F-Remington, Scales in whole notes, pg. 7 of Embouchure Boot Camp)
2 minutes - Lip slurs and buzzing for brass instruments. Chromatic scales or finger exercises for woodwinds.
2 minutes - scales for accuracy and increased speed with great tone.
7 minutes - assignment (focus on a small goal to noticeably improve a difficult part)
2 minutes - pick ANYTHING you enjoy playing
For a 30 minute practice session the above times can simply be doubled If your student is "bored" with what we are currently doing in class and wants more of a challenge, reach out to me and I will get them some more challenging material to work on. If your student is struggling with what we are doing in class, please reach out as I have many resources available to assist students at all levels.
Flutes Monday - 3:45-4:30
Saxophones & Euphoniums - Tuesday Priority Time
Clarinets - Tuesday 3:45-4:30
Trombones and Percussion - Wednesday 3:45-4:30
Trumpets, Horns and Tubas THURSDAY Priority Time
It's time to start looking ahead to January. In January we regroup our sectionals to make it more helpful to students. This schedule is based upon the responses back August. Please take a look at it to update your student's schedule for January.
It is also important to review our calendar dates for the spring. The most updated calendar can be found linked here.
PRIVATE LESSONS ARE AWESOME! They are designed to be fun, engaging, supportive and focused on the individual student.
We have an awesome partnership with Arkansas Music Conservatory where your student can take a lesson or two on US to see what private lessons can do for your band student! We have set aside $1000 for lessons this year. We can also help pay for additional lessons and offset the cost of lessons for families who need financial assistance in this area.
Who should take private lessons:
Advanced students who need to be pushed and challenged
Students who need some 1-on-1 assistance to learn and master concepts covered i