MONDAY, DECEMBER 10th
WOODWINDS & BRASS
FULL PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 20-25 minutes.
The Saddlebrook Winter Program is this week! It is scheduled for Thursday, December 13th at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Band students will perform at both programs. Students were given an outline of the winter program so they can know what to focus their practice on in the weeks leading up to the performance- click here to download a copy of this outline. Winter Program invitations were also sent home with students- click here to download another copy of the invitation. Students will be performing with backing tracks for the Winter Program. Students can practice with these backing tracks any time they want- they can be found in the Band Documents box at the bottom of this page.
In addition to the Winter Program music, students are continuing to learn new notes and play more complex songs on page 10 and 11 in the Sound Innovations book. Students should be using their green flashcards at home to help them memorize the notes on the staff. Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found at the left of this page. Not sure what your child should be practicing? You can always look at the box to the left to see a step-by-step example of what each practice session should look and sound like.
With all of the above things to practice, band students should be practicing at home at least 10-15 minutes each day. The next practice check day is scheduled for December 19th! 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.
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.