Check out the brand new Word Wall and test your knowledge!
Two new songs have been posted on the ‘Practice Copies‘ page. Feel free to check them out. If you need the password, please ask Mr. Hait via Remind!
The parent meeting that was held on Monday, November 14th was (hopefully) a great success! 40 Parents attended, some with their children, to learn about how they can better help their children prepare for their weekly lesson.
Parents: If you attended the meeting, can you please provide some feedback?
Below are the handouts from the session:
6th Grade Band Seating Audition and Playing Test
November 28 – December 2
At the seating audition, students will be expected to play the following to the best of their ability:
- Concert Bb Scale – Memorized
- Winter Trilogy Measures 52 to the End – Tempo = 112
- Over the Rainbow – Measures 21 to 35 – Tempo = 92
- The Titans – Measures 13 to 39 – Tempo = 112
Students will be graded based on correct:
- Rhythms (Counting)
- Notes (Singing)
- Dynamics (Volume)
- Articulation (Tonguing, Staccato, Legato)
- Phrasing (Playing 2 or 4 measures in one breath)
- Tempo (Use a metronome, metronome app, or metronomeonline.com)
6th Grade Band Winter Concert
Thursday, December 15th 7PM at Central Islip High School
6th Grade Band Seating Audition Challenges
If a student is not happy with his or her new seat assignment, the student may challenge the person sitting one seat ahead of them. The two students will be able to retake the playing test with an added sight reading requirement. It is possible that new songs will be added to the repertoire by then. All challenges will take place after we return to school in January.
To join the 6th grade band remind group, please send a simple text message! …
Please join As Soon As Possible!
If anybody has a birthday coming up – or has some extra allowance money laying around, please ask for a “Metronome”. They are an invaluable asset for any musician, both young and old.
Metronomes can range in price from $20 – $400 – $1000! I recommend that you purchase a metronome in the $20 – $30 range. More expensive metronomes can do neater things, but they are not necessary for most people.
If you would like, you can get a free metronome for your smartphone. You can even visit www.metronomeonline.com for a free metronome on the web. Make sure your speakers are turned on!
- Korg TM50BK Instrument Tuner and Metronome, Black – $22
- Korg MA1BL Visual Beat Counting Metronome – Blue – $14
- Korg MA1RD Visual Beat Counting Metronome – Red – $16
- M50 Black Digital LCD Beat Tempo Metronome Clip + Battery – $9
Mr. Hait’s Suggestions for Practicing Band Music
- Break your music up into small sections. First, try to master a 2 or a 4 measure section.
- First, try to Count the section of the music. Count it a few times – until you get good at it!
- Then, try to Sing the section of the music – Sing it a few times – until you are able to sing it at the same speed that you counted it
- Then, play the section of music several times – until you are able to play it at the same speed that you counted it and sang it!
- Then, move on to a new section – the next 2 or 4 measures. Do the same routine.
- After you master a few sections of music, try to combine the sections. Before you know it, you will have mastered the entire song!
- Use the ‘Checklist’ for your song. If you are perfect at the first few sections, don’t play those sections again. It is better to use your time to work on the other sections that you are having difficulty with.
Progress reports were recently mailed home and included detailed information about the progress of the students in the sixth grade band. Many students are learning exceedingly well and progressing from week to week. However, some students are not attending their weekly lessons. Please make sure that your child has his or her ‘Lesson Card‘ and attends his or her lesson prepared with the instrument, folder, and book. For more information about what we are doing in lessons, click here!
If a student misses his or her lesson for any reason, he or she is expected to make up the lesson during his or her 6th period lunch period or after school.