How to Contact Mr. Cosby

Phone #: 402-659-2618

School #: 531-299-2020

Saddlebrook Band Announcements

Saddlebrook 5th Grade Band At Home Activity for Week of April 6-10- updated 4/6/2020

There is a new band activity for the week of April 6-10. CLICK HERE to learn the details about the At Home Band Activity #2. This activity is all about intervals and how to identify them. There is even an "online challenge" to try at the end to test your interval-identifying skills! Feel free to send me an email to let me know how your interval challenge is going: thomas.cosby@ops.org   Don't forget about the At Home Band Activity #1 from last week- it is still active. If you would like to send me a recording of you practicing something at home that would be awesome- I will send you some feedback after I listen to your recording.

Happy practicing and learning about intervals! ~Mr. Cosby

 


Old Updates

A Message for Saddlebrook 5th Grade Band Students- from 3/30/2020

Even though we are away from school for the foreseeable future, I want you all to know that I miss seeing you for band class twice a week! I am at home practicing my "social distancing" skills with my family just like you. However, I have plenty of extra time these days- I would love to help you continue getting better on your instruments! An ideal way to do this while we are away from school would be for you to record yourself at home and send it to me so I can offer you feedback to guide your practice moving forward. I think using Flipgrid will be the easiest way to accomplish this. 5th Grade Band Students- please CLICK HERE for step-by-step instruction on how to record yourself playing at home using Flipgrid. Once you record something I will view it and provide you with feedback, either through email or by recording a video of my own on Flipgrid. This will not be a "perfect" system as I am sure there will be something I did not explain well or is confusing for you. But don't worry- we will figure it out together! Feel free to email me if you have questions. Or, we can set up a time to meet virtually using TEAMS as well.

As you work with your parents to structure your time at home, I suggest setting aside 20 minutes each day to focus on playing your instrument. Below is an outline on how to break down your 20 minute practice sessions at home:

5th Grade Practice Outline

REMINDER: Always use a metronome when practicing! Use one for free by clicking on the link in the 'Mr. Cosby's Favorite Websites' tab above.

  1. DAILY MAINTENANCE: Breathing Exercises, Sizzle Exercises, Mouthpiece/Headjoint Practice (see First Lessons handout)  -2 minutes.
  2. WARM UP: Band Warm up Version 2.0- all  4 minutes.
  3. REVIEW: Sound Innovations, pg. 13 & 14. Listen to your sound... are you matching pitch? Are you counting all the rhythms as you play?  4 minutes. 
  4. FOCUS: Sound Innovations, pg. 15, 16, 17 & 18-all. These songs are more difficult- if you are struggling with your notes, use your flash cards to help you! Step #1 when practicing is always POINT & TELL. Step #2 is SHOW & TELL. Step #3 is PLAY & THINK.  -5 minutes.
  5. SHEET MUSIC: The Lost Kingdom & Academic Festival Overture. -5 minutes.
  6. CHALLENGE: Where are you at for rank advancements? Find your chart and start practicing for your next rank! -4 minutes.
  7. WRITTEN WORK: no written work while at home at this time...
  8. Clean instrument and put instrument SAFELY away. -1 minute.

TOTAL 5TH GRADE BAND PRACTICE TIME = 20-25 minutes

If you have any questions about practicing your instrument at home please contact me via email at any time:

thomas.cosby@ops.org


~Mr. Cosby 

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Saddlebrook Band Documents

 Title Description
Band Registration FormDownloadPlease fill out this form and return it to school if your child wants to play a band instrument at Saddlebrook.
Overview of Band LessonsDownloadThis document outlines the basic concepts that are taught in the elementary band program at Saddlebrook.
Band Schedule- January & FebruaryDownloadThis calendar lists the days we have band lessons at Saddlebrook. It is also where students should write down their practice minutes!
BAND ROCKS t-shirt order formDownloadPlease fill out this BAND ROCKS t-shirt order form and return by Friday, Feb. 7th.
First Quarter "Band Notes"DownloadThis letter was sent home with students on October 21st and gives details about upcoming events and happenings for band students at Saddlebrook.
Instructions for the Remind AppDownloadThis document outlines how to sign up for text message or email reminders about band lessons at Saddlebrook.