Mr.McCords Band Notes........April 16th-Week #5
*Our focus in the coming weeks will be music preparation for Graduation.
*A spring concert is also in the works during school hours featuring Band,Choir and Orchestra members......More details will be fourthcoming
******Quarter Assessments start with rehearsal basics and
review of classroom procedures including Posture-Position.
******Students must exhibit proper Posture and Position as a habit -at least 90 percent of rehearsal time to master this assessment.
-This usually takes multiple trys and rehearsals.
******Scales covered,B flat Major,G minor,E flat Major,and Cminor
*****Musical Excerpts,"Fantasia on the Dargasson","Fireball"
*****"Aggressivo".......new this week,focus on percussion
*BAND FEE OF 40.00 IS DUE FOR INSTRUMENTAL UPKEEP
CHECKS MAY BE MADE PAYABLE TO WASHINGTON M.S.
STUDENTS USING INSTRUMENTS FURNISHED BY THE SCHOOL MAY PAY ALL OR PART OF THE FEE AT ONCE.
*THE BAND IS ABOUT 140 MEMBERS STRONG THIS YEAR,WITH ABOUT 100 RETURNING MEMBERS,WE ARE LOOKING TO KEEP OUR TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE ALIVE.
th and 8th Grade Bands are also working on Balance and blend
6th ,7th and 8th grade students are focusing on dynamic contrast for the next week------.
Students are sight reading music for concert band contest.
Students are also focusing on music for the up coming solo and ensemble contest in February 24th after school to help any student who needs assistance
Students must have a pencil each and every day to continue to be proficient within the contrast area
6th 7th and 8th grade bands will focus on sight reading music,with attention to the following concerns:
Students will focus on Major and Minor scales ,using them as tools to perform pieces
CLASSROOM FOCUS-SIGHT READING
1.Focus on the title of the given piece
2.Find out the key and scale with which the piece of music is based
3.Determine the time signature and speed of the piece from the opening
4.Observe special marks and changes within the music
5.Focus on a section at a time when singing and performing the music
6.Most importantly-never give up!!!!!!!
CLASSROOM FOCUS BALANCE AND BLEND
1.Focus on the lowest sounds of the group-listening for how your part fits in
2.Students able to identify each section which has the melody within a given section
3.Students must be able to perform their part in context with a group of unlike instruments
1.Most classes have performed between 15-20 target areas.
2.Student grades will reflect those targets which students have made proficient grades on.
3.In a class with 15 target areas,a student would have to pass 14 of these areas to earn an "A",12 areas would earn the grade of "B",and 10 areas would earn grade of '.C'