MONDAY, OCTOBER 15th
WOODWINDS & BRASS
FULL PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 20-25 minutes.
It is now October and band students are learning the Scary Song! They will perform this Scary Song toward the end of the month. In order to be successful at this Scary Song band students must continue to learn concepts from the Sound Innovations book. We are focusing on several important concepts on page 7 and 8 right now... like using your tongue (not your air) to separate notes, creating a good sound all of the time and reading the notes on the staff are essential for success as the year progresses. In addition to regular practice, students should be using their flashcards at home to help them memorize the notes on the staff. These flashcards are green- students should cut them out and put them in a ziplock back so they don't lose them. Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found at the left of this page.
With all of the above things to practice, band students should be practicing at home at least 10-15 minutes each day. This means the instrument needs to go home after band lesson days and come back to school again on the next band lesson day. Saddlebrook provides shelves in the 5th grade hallway for band instrument storage. Band students should place their instruments on these shelves (woodwinds on one/brass on the other) 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. The next practice check day is scheduled for October 17th!
Not sure what your child should be practicing at home on their instrument? Please ask your child- they would love to show you what they have learned so far in band! You can also look at the box to the left to see an outline of what students should practice at home.
Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you have about band lessons- my contact information is in the box on the left of this page.