Thursday, 24 November 2016

Concert Coming!

Thank you
- Thank you to all the students who participated in the Dr. Tim Lautzeinheiser clinic

- Band room Concert - Nov. 23 - Jazz Band and Junior Winds.  Students are asked to meet at 6:30p.m. The concert will begin at 7:00p.m.   The concert will be held in the band room.   All parents and friends are welcome.   Students are asked to wear their band t-shirt, dark pants, dark shoes and dark socks.    Students are asked to bring one dozen treats to share after the concert.

This Week in Grade 6 Band
We are now into concert preparation.   Students learned a Concert E natural and have been working on slurs.     We are continuing to work on playing with lots of air and be careful of keeping fingers close to the keys when playing.    We listened As the weather changes brass players are reminded to make sure they are putting slide grease on their tuning slides and oil on their valves.   At this time of the year instruments will dry out more quickly.    Reed players are reminded to be putting cork grease on their corks and to make sure they have a few reeds on the go.  

Students were asked to practice:
1.   Beethoven's 9th - measures 13-21 mesures 21-29 and measures 33-37
2.   In our book some students moved on to Page 13 - 2.11
3.   Students are encouraged to continue experimenting with their compositions

This Week in Grade 7 Band
We are continuing to work on our chromatic scale at the same time as expanding our range.   Students are encouraged to use their fingering charts and work their way up and down.   Many students have been surprised at the notes they did not realize they could play.    We worked at Starry Night measures 25 - end.   This is in the key signature of Concert Eb.  This piece has two key signatures and so we worked on making sure we knew where it changed.   We also worked on 51-end of Argosy.   Students have been surprised with how at first it looked hard, but with all the repetition it is becoming easier than they originally thought.   In Frosty we have been working on first and second endings.   

Students were asked to practice:
1.  Starry Night - they will be tested on measures 25 - end
2.  Argosy 51 - end
3.   Some students were asked to practice assigned lines in their orange book.  

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