Category Archives: Class News

Digital Learning Assignments for Band and Orchestra 4.13 – 4.20.20

Hi STEM musicians! There is an assignment in Google Classroom due Friday for all students who do not have their instruments. Students will learn about cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s #songsofcomfort project, answer discussion questions and select their own #songofcomfort. For those with instruments, there are two assignments located in Smartmusic (not Google Classroom) due on Friday. Check the Google Classroom stream for a YouTube video with more info. I hope everyone had a good Spring Break:)

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Band and Orchestra Digital Learning 3.30 – 4.3.20

All assignments have been posted in Google Classroom and are outlined in the document below. Students with an instrument can find their assignments posted in Smartmusic. Students without instruments can find their assignment posted in Google Classroom.

I know many students are having technical issues with Smartmusic. It’s an awesome program but I’m still learning how to utilize it. Keep your questions and technical issues coming my way and I’ll work through them with you. We will figure this out together:)

Smart Music Sign Up

Hello, all students and parents should have received an email yesterday with instructions for how to sign up for Smart Music, the platform I’d like to use going forward for digital learning in music. Students under the age of 13 will need their parent’s permission to sign up. I recommend still using the student’s email address though unless parents plan to forward each assignment to their kid. Remember to use Chrome to launch the program. I will manually verify each student when they sign up so do not worry about the verification email.

Monday 3/23 an A Day, Band Assignment Posted

Hello All! I posted an assignment for all band kids in GC for Monday. I am waiting for my Smart Music subscription to process for the remaining day’s work. I’ll make another post once either Tuesday for orchestra kids or for all for the rest of the week if I get the subscription approved. I hope you all are doing well.

Weekly Assignments for Music 3.16 – 3.20

All assignments have been posted in Google Classroom and are due by Friday. If anyone has questions please feel free to reach out. Stay safe everyone!

Music Field Trips Cancelled due to COVID-19

I am sorry to report that both the Freedom House Solo and Ensemble performance in March and the Cedar Point trip in June are cancelled due to the Corona Virus outbreak. All funds will be returned to students in class. If anyone has further questions please reach out to Mrs. H directly. Stay safe out there everyone.

-Mrs. Hartrick

Hamtramck Music Fest Media?

If any Jazz Band students or families have video or pictures from the HMF performance can you please send them to

Thanks! Mrs. H

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Jazz Band Logistics – HMF

In case anyone needs them again, here are the logistics for tonight’s Jazz Band concert at the Hamtramck Music Fest.