Please bring in the rental fee by Friday, September 14th. I’d like to start lessons on Monday the 17th, but I can only do that if most students bring in the rental fee! Thank you!
Please see the posts below and read about joining Remind and investigating the possibility of purchasing extra equipment such as a Metronome.
As of today, September 5th, all sixth grade students who were recommended to continue in the band program have received rental contracts. Once they are returned to Mr. Hait, students will receive their instrument and lessons will begin.
All fifth grade students learned about the instruments that are available to them and they received forms that can be filled out and returned to Mr. Hait. Please click on the ‘Important Forms‘ link to print out extra copies of these forms at home if you need to.
To join the 5th or 6th grade band remind group, please send a simple text message! …
Message: ‘@G5Band1819’ or ‘@G6Band1819’
Check the ‘Links‘ page for Finger Charts for all instruments!
Check out the brand new Word Wall and test your knowledge!
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.