Hello LRMS Band Families!
COVID-19 Pandemic School Closing Band Expectations
During this time off of school, band students should be practicing their instruments a few times per week.  See below for a description of what you should be practicing so that you do not lose any skills we have been working on in class.  You can also find this information on your Schoology page. This would also be a great time to clean your instrument.  Look up YouTube tutorials if you are unsure of how to clean your instrument properly.  You can email me with any questions about this.
Please check your Schoology page for information about virtual schoolhouse schedule and office hours times.

My chorus and general music students can find suggested activities to complete during the school closure on your Schoology pages.  

Please feel free to email me with any questions or if you need help figuring something out!  My email address is PrittAJ@PWCS.edu.  I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

6th Grade Band
-Pages 15-17 in the Tradition of Excellence book - practice clapping and saying rhythms and then playing a few measures at a time; focus on spots where you have trouble the most, then try playing the entire exercise
-Mach One - focus on spots where you have trouble, figure out the rhythms then the notes, and then put it together.  A recording for this piece can be found at https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10609549  Try playing along with the recording!
-Midnight Mission - review what we have learned in class and try to move on.  A recording for this piece can be found at https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2480653  Try playing along with the recording!

7th Grade Band
-Scales - keep working on the scales, arpeggios, and chords of Concert B-Flat, Concert F, and Concert E-flat from your Tradition of Excellence Book.  These exercises are on page 2 (number 5), page 3 (number 10), and page 4 (number 16).  Try to memorize your scales!
-Sight-Reading - try moving on in the book.  Pick a number and try sight reading it.  Remember the five things to look at before trying to play: key signature, time signature, notes (fingerings/positions), rhythms, and road map (repeats, 1st/2nd endings, etc.
- Concert Music -  below are links for the 3 songs we have been working on in class.  Be sure you are looking at dynamics and articulations after you are comfortable with all notes and rhythms.  Try playing along with the recordings!
Liberty Bell Overture - https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/liberty-bell-overture-sheet-music/306900 (click "Listen")
Champion Fanfare - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQpampZfp0Y
Feel it Still - https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10844288

8th Grade Band
Foundations for Superior Performance book - keep working on pages 10 and 11 (B-Flat Major exercises) and pages 28 and 29 (E-Flat major exercises).  Major scale, mini scale, scale in 3rds, and intervals.  You can also work on the scale exercises for concert F (pages 12 and 13), concert C (pages 14 and 15), and concert A-Flat (pages 26 and 27).  Be sure to check the key signatures!  Try to memorize the scales!
Assessment Music - do not forget about Chesapeake March, Ascension, and Of Castles and Kings.  Play through them a couple of times to be sure you do not forget.  We will play these pieces at our Spring Concert
New Music - below are links for recordings for Avengers and Air from County Derry.  See if you can figure out notes and rhythms on your own.  Look up any symbols you do not know online, or you can email me a picture and I will explain it to you.  Listen to the recordings and see if you can find your part and figure out how it goes.
Avengers - https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10681431
Air from County Derry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kue05dUqFw0

Flipgrid

You can submit videos of yourself to me on Flipgrid (please check your Schoology page or email me for your specific code.)  These can be videos of you performing any of the above practice assignments.  I will respond to these videos with a video of myself giving you feedback on your playing.  You may also submit video questions to me on Flipgrid.  Be sure you post under the topic titled "Practice Videos."


Resources to Help Band Students

Flipgrid

Since we already use Flipgrid for some playing tests, this is a perfect resource to support learning during this school closure.  All you need to do is submit a video of yourself performing anything from the practice list on the "updates" page and then I will submit a video of myself providing you feedback on your playing.  This is also a great way to send me questions!  Be sure you are using the correct code for your class (this is also listed on the "updates" page) and also be sure that you are posting in the "Practice Videos" topic.

 

SmartMusic (offering free trials)

Go to SmartMusic.com and sign up for a free trial.  This website gives you practice tools (metronome, tuner, etc.) and assigns you music to practice.  You can record yourself and the website will give you feedback on your playing.  This is also a great website to help you with your sight reading! 

 

Music Racer

Interactive site where you play games to practice music notation and terminology.   MusicRacer.com

 

MusicTheory.net

This site will give your practice on music theory (note reading, intervals, composition, etc.)