Thursday, October 23, 2014

Band Assignment due 10/30/14

Hello Everyone!

Okay...we got some great metronome work in class today on Afterburn and Frozen.  Are you working as diligently at home?  Hmmmmmm.....

This coming week we will be working in sectionals the first part of rehearsal on Frozen and Afterburn.  Be prepared for a surprise pass off on anything in each of those pieces.  Our band in only as good as its individuals.  Are you practicing regularly and efficiently in order to do your part?

Heads up on group pictures to be taken Oct. 30 at 2pm for all students.  Be sure to wear your blue polo and jeans (Adv and Int Bands) and white shirts with jeans (Jam Session and Beginning Band).

Have a blessed week!

Mrs. Karen

Practice each of these excercises daily or at least five days of this week:

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.4&5 lines A&B Slurs and Lip Slurs/Technique Builder
    (Be sure to work on this excercise with the metronome- especially woodwinds and mallets)

*  Scales
            Percussion   Technique and Musicianship book p.43 #1-4  stick control
            -rudiments (F scale-flam taps, Bb-5 stroke roll, Eb-flam, Ab-7 stroke roll)
            Winds and Mallets  GMEA Middle School scale sheet

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.20 #4 & #6 Articulation and Technique etude

*  Pass off on any part of Afterburn or Frozen on 10-30-14 

*  Work on pieces- Afterburn- all
                           -Frozen
                                 Flutes- m.51-62/m.77-80/m.89-98 for rhythmic accuracy/all
                                 Clarinets- m.43-55/m.73-76/all
                                 Alto Sax and Horn- m.114-end/all
                                 All other instruments- work on finding and playing melody parts accurately
                           -Star Spangled Banner- all
                           -Somewhere Over the Rainbow- all

     WORK ON ALL PIECES WITH A METRONOME, ESPECIALLY FROZEN.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Band Assignment due 10/23/14

Hello Everyone!

Great rehearsal today.  Time to really dig in and practice our concert pieces with a metronome!

Please practice diligently and efficiently on your sheet music this week- especially on Frozen. We will be playing this piece on the Fall concert.  Pick out problem spots, isolate them and work on them until they are correct. Then, incorporate them into larger segments of the piece.  Please don't hesitate to ask me questions about the music both inside and outside of class.  That is what I'm here for!  =-)

Don't forget to be prepared for your memorized pass-off this week also.

Heads up on group pictures to be taken Oct. 30 at 2pm for all students.  Be sure to wear your blue polo and jeans (Adv and Int Bands) and white shirts with jeans (Jam Session and Beginning Band).

Have a blessed week!

Mrs. Karen

Practice each of these excercises daily or at least five days of this week:

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.4&5 lines A&B Slurs and Lip Slurs/Technique Builder
    (Be sure to work on this excercise with the metronome- especially woodwinds and mallets)

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.43
                                                              Percussion #1-4  stick control
                                                                                        rudiments (F scale-flam taps, Bb-5 stroke roll, Eb-flam, Ab-7 stroke roll)
                                                              Winds and Mallets  GMEA Middle School scale sheet

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.16 #4 Articulation and Technique etude

*  Essential Elements book lines #50-55

*  Pass off on Concert F scale (2 octaves) memorized on 10-23-14

*  Work on pieces- Afterburn- all
                           -Frozen
                                 Flutes- m.51-62/m.77-80/m.89-98 for rhythmic accuracy/all
                                 Clarinets- m.43-55/m.73-76/all
                                 Alto Sax and Horn- m.114-end/all
                                 All other instruments- work on finding and playing melody parts accurately
                           -Star Spangled Banner- all
                           -Somewhere Over the Rainbow- all

     WORK ON ALL PIECES WITH A METRONOME, ESPECIALLY FROZEN.


Advanced Band:

You will get a "free pass-off" if you attend the Athens Flute Choir Concert on Sunday, October 19, 2pm, State Botanical Garden of Georgia Conservatory.

Please practice and learn all of the sheet music for Intermediate Band. Their assignment is also yours, except for the pass-offs.

Practice with metronome: Serenade, The Thunderer, and Eternal Father. Continue to practice For the Beauty of the Earth although it's unclear if we will perform this.

11th and 12th grade scales from the GMEA scale sheet.

Chromatic scale complete range.

GMEA etude for your school grade

Pass-offs on any of the above. Pass-offs will be done with metronome.

Practice everything with metronome!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Band Assignment due 10/9/14

Hello Everyone!

Great rehearsal today.  I love the way all of you are so attentive and ready to play each rehearsal.  Our time together is definitely one of the best parts of my week!

Please practice diligently and efficiently on your sheet music this week- especially on Frozen. Remember, I decide on whether we perform Frozen this Fall based on the amount of practice progress I hear you making as a group.  Pick out problem spots, isolate them and work on them until they are correct. Then, incorporate them into larger segments of the piece.  Please don't hesitate to ask me questions about the music both inside and outside of class.  That is what I'm here for!  =-)

Don't forget to be prepared for your memorized pass-off this week also.

Have a blessed week!

Mrs. Karen

Practice each of these excercises daily or at least five days of this week:

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.4&5 lines A&B Slurs and Lip Slurs/Technique Builder

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.43  Winds&Mallets #1-4  scales (Don't forget to work on the 2 octave Concert F scale!)
                                                              Percussion #1-4  stick control
 Technique and Musicianship book p.20 #4 Articulation and Technique etude

*  Essential Elements book lines #39-43

*  Pass off on memorized Bb chromatic scale (T&M p.3) on 10-9-14

*  Work on pieces- Afterburn- all
                           -Frozen
                                 Flutes- m.51-62/m.77-80/m.89-98 for rhythmic accuracy
                                 Clarinets- m.43-55/m.73-76
                                 All other instruments- work on finding and playing melody parts accurately
                           -Star Spangled Banner- all
                           -Somewhere Over the Rainbow
                           -Winchester March


Advanced Band:

Please practice and learn all of the sheet music for Intermediate Band.

Practice with metronome: Serenade, The Thunderer, For the Beauty of the Earth, and Eternal Father.

11th and 12th grade scales from the GMEA scale sheet.

Chromatic scale complete range.

GMEA etude for your school grade

Pass-offs on any of the above.

Practice everything with metronome!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Band Assignment due 10/2/14

Hello Everyone!

Little by little we are getting there!  Frozen is going to be our challenging piece but I know we are up to it.  Please practice diligently and ask questions about what you don't know or understand.  Be sure to practice for upcoming pass off on 10-9-14.  I am so proud and honored to teach such a terrific group of students!  =-)

Mrs. Karen

Practice each of these excercises daily or at least five days of this week:

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.4&5 lines A&B Slurs and Lip Slurs/Technique Builder

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.43  Winds&Mallets #1-4  scales (Don't forget to work on the 2 octave Concert F scale!)
                                                              Percussion #1-4  stick control

*  Essential Elements book lines #32-#38

*  Pass off on memorized Bb chromatic scale (T&M p.3) on 10-9-14

*  Work on pieces- Afterburn- all
                            Frozen
                                 Flutes- m.51-62/m.77-80/m.89-98 for rhythmic accuracy
                                 Clarinets- m.43-55/m.73-76
                                 All other instruments- work on finding and playing melody parts accurately
                            Star Spangled Banner- all

Advanced Band:

Please practice and learn all of the above music for Intermediate Band. You are the senior musicians in our groups and we depend on you to play your parts accurately.

Also, practice sheet music: Serenade, The Thunderer, For the Beauty of the Earth, and Eternal Father.

11th and 12th grade scales from the GMEA scale sheet.

Chromatic scale complete range.

GMEA etude for your school grade

Pass-offs on any of the above.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Band Assignment due 9/25/14

Hello Everyone!
Once again, thanks for everyone's attentiveness during class.  I absolutely love making music with you all! Please be just as diligent with your practice time at home- it will pay off big in rewards!  We will have a pass off on the Eb scale on Sept. 25.  Be ready!  Percussion will need  to do both the Ab and the Eb.  Have a blessed week!

Mrs. Karen

Practice each of these excercises daily or at least five days of this week:

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.2&3 lines A&B Slurs and Lip Slurs/Technique Builder

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.43  Winds #1-4  scales
                                                              Percussion #1-4  stick control

*  Essential Elements book lines #20-#31

*  Pass off on Ab & Eb scale in class 9-25-14

*  Work on pieces- Afterburn
                            Frozen
                            Stars and Stripes Forever

Advanced Band Assignment:

Pass-offs each week on 11th-12th grade GMEA major scales as well as chromatic scale. We will keep doing this until everyone has passed off all the scales.

Practice the Intermediate Band assignment.

Sheet music:
Eternal Father, Strong to Save
For the Beauty of the Earth
Be Thou my Vision
Serenade

Bring your GMEA etude each week.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Band Assignment due 9/18/14

Hello Everyone!
The last two rehearsals have really gone by fast!  Each of you are doing a such great job participating in class that I get "lost in the music".  Please keep up the excellent work ethic in class.  No new pass off this week but percussion and those not passing last week will play the concert Ab scale on September 18.  Don't be surprised if I call on individuals to play for everyone in class though.  Perfect practice makes perfect!

Mrs. Karen

Practice each of these excercises daily or at least five days of this week:

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.2&3 lines A&B Slurs and Lip Slurs/Technique Builder

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.43  Winds #1-4  scales
                                                              Percussion #1-4  stick control

*  Essential Elements book lines #15-19

*  Pass off on Ab scale in class 9-11-14 (percussion & make-ups)

*  Work on pieces- Afterburn and Frozen

Advanced Band Assignment:

12 Major scales and arpeggios. See the gmea.org website to print your scales.  Everyone should work on 11th-12th grade scales. Plan to play two scales of your choice from the 11th-12th scales during class. You will play with metronome so practice with metronome. Nothing else will assist you so well in improving your technique.

Print and practice the gmea.org All-State etude for your grade and instrument.  These will be performed during class this semester.
Practice full-range of your instrument chromatic scale.Sheet music:Eternal FatherFor the Beauty of the EarthIntermediate Band piecesNate: perform 2 rudiments with metronome each week for class. Also, perform scales, see above.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Band Assignment, due on 9/11/14

Great first rehearsal!  I am so excited to see each of you again and get to know new members as well. Thanks for checking our Facebook page and please do so regularly each week for assignments, updates, messages, etc.  Looking forward to a great new academic year with AAHB!

Mrs. Karen

Practice each of these excercises daily or at least five days of this week:

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.2&3 lines A&B Slurs and Lip Slurs/Technique Builder

*  Technique and Musicianship book p.43  Winds #1-4  scales
                                                              Percussion #1-4  stick control

*  Essential Elements book lines #6-14

*  Pass off on Ab scale in class 9-11-14 (winds and percussion)

*  Work on pieces- Afterburn and Frozen

Advanced Band Assignment:

See the above assignment for lip slurs. Use these for warming up.

Scales: 12 Major scales 2 octaves if possible

Practice the Intermediate Band assignment since you'll be playing these pieces.

Practice all the sheet music I gave you

Chromatic scale for you GMEA level.

More music coming next week!

Nate: Practice the rudiments daily with metronome.

Everyone: Practice a minimum of 45 minutes per day.