Monday, March 24, 2014

Band Assighment due 3/27/14

Beginning Band Assignment:
Keep practicing!  Let's do #48 again.  And:
#53, "Aura Lee"--learn all of parts A and B
Scale #1, page 40....STOP after measure 5.
We will also begin working on #103.
 See you next week!! 

Intermediate Band Assignment:

Much progress in rehearsal today!  Please continue to practice your music diligently, especially sheet music for our upcoming Spring Concert.  Last chance to pass off on C scale will be March 27- BE PREPARED, if you have not already done so.

Mrs. Karen

Practice:
- Long Tones in White Book, p 10-11 #9-12. Check intonation with a tuner (they are free apps on smartphones!)
- Flexibility in White book, p18-21 #1-5.
- Scales: Concert Bb, Ab, Eb, F. Db, C Also practice these scales from White book beginning on p24. The major scales for you to practice are at the tops of the pages. Remember to rotate through the first 5 articulations as shown on p23.  * Be prepared to play C or Db scale for a pass-off this week! This is your last chance...
Work on Bb Chromatic Scale p.60-61 #1 
- Rhythmic Counting: Maxwell book Ex. 10.  Be sure to practice all lines.
- Percussionists: Practice rudiments on snare drum p24-31 in white book with metronome.
Also practice scales on bells.  Be sure to follow the new percussion assignment chart for our pieces.
- Essential Elements 2: #50-66. Work on understanding and mastering sixteenth notes.
- Sheet music: The Chimes of Liberty March- remember to subdivide the beat into eighth notes.
                      Fanfare and Fourishes- work on marcato style and dynamics, especially forte-piano. Count all
                         long notes and ties carefully.
                      Scooby Doo. Have fun with this one!  Watch those syncopations...
                      American Folk Trilogy

Advanced Band Assignment:

Nothing new has been added to your assignment.  Just continue to practice daily, covering everything described below each day. Pay attention to the Intermediate assignment. We depend on you to play these pieces accurately.  
  
 Continue to warm-up carefully and thoughtfully. Nate, practice the rudiments mentioned above in the Intermediate Band assignment.

Hilliard book:  10-15 minutes with metronome of arpeggios, and scales in thirds.

12 major scales, 2 octaves when possible. Spend 10-15 minutes per day on scales.

Chromatic scale entire range of your instrument. 2x-3x per day

All sheet music mentioned above, plus Processional, Nimrod, and Baby Elephant Walk.

March pass-off is a composition assignment:  In the Rhythm and Beyond book, select one of the lines that we have played in class.  Using a major or minor key, write an 8 bar composition using the rhythm including the repeat, or add on another line.  Select and specify a descriptive tempo (Largo, allegro, etc.) and metronome setting, and indicate articulation, dynamics, and at least one expression indication (i.e. dolce).  Be sure to end your melody on tonic. You can write more bars for extra credit. Perform your composition for the class at the tempo you selected.We don't have time in our one-hour weekly rehearsal to teach you proper notation, so copy key signatures and notating examples from published music. That's how you learn, by copywork. Write in pencil so you can erase mistakes. Pay attention to spacing of notes within the bar.

Questions?  Ask me in an email message.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Band Assignment due 1/16/14

Hello, beginners!
Don't forget:
*page 42, label the rhythm (counting) for #21-24
*page 5, #7-10 (review)
*pages 5-6, #11-15


Intermediate Band:

Great class today during which much was accomplished!  Looking forward to making lots of great music together in the months to come.  Remember... practice makes perfect- and an awesome musician!   =-)

WARM UP
*  long tones (White bk) p.14 #1, #2
*  flexibility (White bk) p.18 #1

SCALES
Bb, Ab, Eb, F

RHYTHM
*  Rhythmic Counting (White bk) p.85 #1-15

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS BK. 2
*  #1-10

PIECE
*  The Chimes of Liberty march


Advanced Band Assignment
Due January 16, 2013
Welcome to Advanced Band second semester!
Pass-off for January: Baby Elephant Walk. I will need three people to pass-off on Jan. 16. Please email or message me if you’d like to pass-off next week. Everyone else will pass-off on Jan. 23 or 30.
 Practice:
1.Do squats or knee bends to get the oxygen flowing! Shoulder rolls, also. Then do Breathing Gym exercises like we did in class.
2. Warm-up: Nothing is more important than a good warm-up session before beginning your practice.  Brass should rotate through all the lip flexibility exercises in Hilliard. Katie, regular warm-up. Andrew and Skylar, continue to rotate through the Chromatic Warm-ups on p14 of Hilliard. Play in whole notes slurring the two notes of each bar and breathing at the bar line.
3. Scales: Begin to learn 12 major scales (2 octaves when possible). Play everyday with metronome.
4. Practice chromatic scale 2 or 3 times a day with metronome.
5. Pick a set of technical exercises in Hilliard to practice each day such as Scales in Thirds, breath control exercises, etc. Rotate through them spending 10 minutes a day with metronome.

6.  Baby Elephant Walk, Chimes of Liberty March.  More music to be passed out on Thursday!

. Link for scales and etudes (print out): http://www.gmea.org.php53-10.dfw1-2.websitetestlink.com/band/all-state-band/

  Below is a link to a fantastic marching band video. Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNe0ZUD19EE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Monday, November 4, 2013

Band Assignment due 11/7/13

Advanced Band:

Great rehearsal yesterday. Please continue to learn your parts with special attention to stylistic elements we addressed in class.

Continue to practice your scales daily.

Study and memorize the Circle of Fifths worksheet.

Rhythm and Beyond book: p 16-18. Complete written exercises. Study and play these rhythms on a single pitch.

Practice all of the sheet music: Pictures, Korean, Armed Forces, Processional, Hornpipe.

Concert at Iris Place next week. Look for an email with all the details! Andrew will prepare a 30 second introduction to Pictures and Katie will do the same for Hornpipe. Please send to me by Monday evening so I can give feedback.

I'm very proud of the progress you've made! Have a wonderful week and practice hard!

Hey, Intermediate Band members!! Here is your assignment:
-Read Psalm 100 and James 1 (all of both chapters)
-Remember these: God loves you; Jesus died for you; He wants you with Him.
-Practice both B flat and E flat scales.
-Practice your concert music.
Piece of cake, right? Love you guys.....


Beginning Band:

Great first rehearsal with band instruments yesterday!  Be sure to practice regularly this week for 20-30 minutes per day, 5-6 days per week.  As you know, consistent practice is what really pays off!

Recorder:
-  Work on finishing all Recorder Karate pass-offs.  Next rehearsal is the last day to pass-off and the last day I
   will accept practice records counting toward the MVP award.
-  Work on "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Ode to Joy" for our Fall Concert on Nov. 14.

Band Instrument:
-  Be sure to watch your Startup video on the DVD that came with your Essential Elements book.
-  Tap, clap and buzz/crow rhythms on p. 42 m. 1-12.
-  Brass students:  Practice buzzing low, middle and high pitches on mouthpiece.
-  Woodwind students:  Practice crowing on your mouthpiece.  Work to get a strong, steady tone.

* Please don't forget that we will be meeting from 12:30-1:15pm this week at Beech Haven.  Be sure to join us to fellowship with the residents at Iris Place following our rehearsal.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Band Assignement due 10/31/13

Beginning Band:

Be sure to have your instrument, stand, care kit and pencil for class on Oct. 31.  I will have your Essential Element books ready to give you that day.  I'm so excited about our first day with instruments!!!

- Practice "Amazing Grace" and more with CD and without.  We have two students with black belts now.  I'd love to have all of you with them next week!  =-)
- BE SURE TO LEARN YOUR NOTE NAMES AND FINGERINGS THOROUGHLY THROUGH PRACTICE. DON'T GET BEHIND!

I'm super proud of the evidence of practice I see.  Keep up the great work!Karen

Advanced Band:

Great rehearsal yesterday. Please continue to learn your parts.

October pass-offs continue with Andrew. I'm glad Andrew is due to get his cast off soon! Andrew, thanks for coming to band and being such a great band groupie while you healed!

Continue to practice your scales daily.

Study and memorize the Circle of Fifths worksheet.

Rhythm and Beyond book: p 15. Complete written exercises. Study and play these rhythms on a single pitch.

Practice all of the sheet music: Pictures, Korean, Armed Forces, Processional, Hornpipe.

Order of rehearsal: Pictures, Hornpipe, Armed Forces, Korean, Processional.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Band Assignment due 10/24/13

Beginning Band:

Much accomplished in a short time today- thanks to our awesome students!  Everyone has just about decided the instrument they intend to play.  Be sure to have your instrument, stand, care kit and pencil for class on Oct. 31.  I will have your Essential Element books ready to give you that day.

- Practice "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and more with CD and without.  I'd love to have more black belt recipients in
  class next week!
- BE SURE TO LEARN YOUR NOTE NAMES AND FINGERINGS THOROUGHLY THROUGH PRACTICE.  We
  will be adding on more new notes next rehearsal.  DON'T GET BEHIND!

Intermediate assignment:
Practice both scales, GMEA style, with arpeggios.
Continue to practice all of your pieces....we will play each one next week.
Thanks for working on them! Y'all sound FABULOUS!!


Advanced Band:
Our music is starting to shape up nicely. Please continue to learn your parts.

October pass-offs continue with Nate and Matt. This will happen at the beginning of our rehearsal.

Continue to practice your scales daily.

Study and memorize the Circle of Fifths worksheet.

Rhythm and Beyond book: p 14 Syncopation. Complete written exercises. Study and play these rhythms on a single pitch.

Practice all of the sheet music: Pictures, Korean, Armed Forces, Processional, Hornpipe.

Order of rehearsal: Pictures, Hornpipe, Armed Forces. If we have time we will rehearse the other stuff.

Two rehearsals remain before our first concert!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Band Assignment due 10/17/13

Advanced Band Assignment:

Nice progress was evident today!

We have only three rehearsal days until our concert at Iris Place. The Fall Concert is the week after that on November 14.  Keep up the good work!

October pass-offs continue next week. Daniel and Matt will play 8 major scales.

Warm-up: Nothing is more important than a good warm-up session before beginning your practice.  Brass should rotate through all the lip flexibility exercises in Hilliard. Katie, regular warm-up. Andrew, continue to rotate through the Chromatic Warm-ups that begin on p14 of Hilliard. Play in whole notes slurring the two notes of each bar and breathing at the bar line. Proper breathing will help all of you increase your lung capacity.

Scales: Your are responsible for learning the GMEA scales for your grade level plus chromatic scale entire range of your instrument. These (major) scales are your October pass-off!  We will have two people a day pass-off their scale sheet beginning October. Remember if want grading for credit all pass-offs are required.

Link for scales and etudes (print out): http://www.gmea.org.php53-10.dfw1-2.websitetestlink.com/band/all-state-band/

 Continue to work on the circle of fifths worksheet. Study and memorize.       

Rhythm and Beyond book:  Read and study p12-13. Complete all written work and exercises.

Sheet music: Hornpipe, Pictures at an Exhibition, Armed Forces, Processional, Korean Folk Rhapsody. Learn your parts with attention to dynamics and articulation. I'm depending on you to know your parts on all of these pieces! 

Just for Nate:  Practice rudiments with metronome. Demonstrate 4 rudiments for class next week, your choice. 12 major scales on bells. Your pass-off will include (in addition to scales) 4 rudiments of your choice. Here is a link to a website that has all of the rudiments with video:
 http://www.vicfirth.com/education/rudiments.php
Watch and learn.

Intermediate Band:
Practice both Eflat and Bflat scales.
Practice ALL of your pieces...."Armed Forces on Parade", "Declaration and Dance", "Waltz of the Weiner Dog", "New South Wales", and "America" (in Essential Elements)....be prepared for a pass-off on "Declaration".


Beginning Band Assignment:

Wow!  Lots of pass offs Thursday!  Please be sure to practice some every day.  We have a concert coming up on Nov. 14 during which we will perform on our recorders.  I am listening for the pieces you play really well...

- Work on breathing exercises we did in class.  Remember Fat Albert/Superman breath!
- Always practice good posture and hand position
- Don't forget to avoid squeaks and problems by:
  1) using "steam the window" trick when blowing air into recorder
  2) squeezing fingers to form recorder warts on fingers (make sure pads of fingers are flat on holes)
  3) articulate by saying "tu"
- Practice "When the Saints Go Marching In" and more with CD and without.
- BE SURE TO LEARN YOUR NOTE NAMES AND FINGERINGS THOROUGHLY THROUGH PRACTICE.  We
  will be adding on more new notes next rehearsal.  DON'T GET BEHIND!

* Instrument testing will occur this coming Thursday, Oct. 17.  Please make every effort to have you and your student at this rehearsal.  I hope to have everyone decide on their instrument that day.  I hope the students are as excited as I am!  =-)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Band Assignment, due 10/3/13

Advanced Band Assignment:

Because of your good preparation, we had a fruitful rehearsal yesterday.

October pass-offs start next week. See below.

Warm-up: Nothing is more important than a good warm-up session before beginning your practice.  Brass should rotate through all the lip flexibility exercises in Hilliard. Katie, regular warm-up. Andrew, continue to rotate through the Chromatic Warm-ups that begin on p14 of Hilliard. Play in whole notes slurring the two notes of each bar and breathing at the bar line. Proper breathing will help all of you increase your lung capacity.

Scales: Your are responsible for learning the GMEA scales for your grade level plus chromatic scale entire range of your instrument. These (major) scales are your October pass-off!  We will have two people a day pass-off their scale sheet beginning October 3. Sign-up for your pass-off date next week at band! Remember if want grading for credit all pass-offs are required.

Link for scales and etudes (print out): http://www.gmea.org.php53-10.dfw1-2.websitetestlink.com/band/all-state-band/

 Memorize (or review) the order of flats and sharps. Present to class a unique mneumonic device for each, ie, "Better Eat Another Dozen Greasy Chicken Fingers" but make up your own. Be creative! Thanks to Katie for sharing her awesome mneumonic for the order of flats!

Rhythm and Beyond book:  Read and study p10. Complete all written work and exercises.

Sheet music: Hornpipe, Pictures at an Exhibition, Armed Forces, Processional, Korean Folk Rhapsody. Mark phrases with breath marks in your part. We will address breathing issues.

Just for Nate:  Practice rudiments with metronome. Demonstrate 4 rudiments for class next week, your choice. 12 major scales on bells. Your pass-off will include (in addition to scales) 4 rudiments of your choice. Here is a link to a website that has all of the rudiments with video:
 http://www.vicfirth.com/education/rudiments.php
Watch and learn.

We have a concert on November 7th at Iris Place. Top contenders for program are Pictures at an Exhibition and Hornpipe. (Armed Forces is confirmed)


Intermediate Band Assignment, due 10/3/13:

*Hilliard, pp. 18-19 (again) and 33 #1, everyone
*Hilliard, p. 25 #3, flutes and clarinets (flutes, upper octave)
*There will be a pass-off on an eight-measure passage from the "New South Wales"....somewhere from measure 1 through measure 42....be on your toes!
*Essential Elements, p. 182 #36.
*And, keep practicing "Armed Forces on Parade"

Have fun practicing!!


Beginning Band Assignment:

Great work yesterday in working on your Recorder Karate pass-offs!  Please be sure to practice some every day.  There results of diligent practice are amazing for the listener and fun for the performer!

- Always practice good posture and hand position
- Don't forget to avoid squeaks and problems by:
  1) using "steam the window" trick when blowing air into recorder
  2) squeezing fingers to form recorder warts on fingers (make sure pads of fingers are flat on holes)
  3) articulate by saying "tu"
- Practice "It's Raining", "Old MacDonald" and more with CD.  Don't forget to leave the CD at home to use.
- BE SURE TO LEARN YOUR NOTE NAMES AND FINGERINGS THOROUGHLY THROUGH PRACTICE.  We
  will be adding on more new notes next rehearsal.  DON'T GET BEHIND!
- Bring 3 facts about the brass family of instruments to class.  Try to teach me something I don't know.  =-)