Progress for Classes so far

Progress for Classes so far

Hello!

Since we are coming up to a long weekend, I thought I would include a list of what pieces the 5th graders should be practicing.  For the most part, all 7 of my buildings are working on the same pieces, with a couple of exceptions:

ALL BAND CLASSES ALL BUILDINGS:

1) Ode to Joy

2) Old MacDonald

3) We Will Rock You

4) Let’s Go Blue

ROCKET PERCUSSION (RIVER OAKS):

Separate materials will be handed out this Tuesday

HOWE STRING CLASS:

1) Kookaburra

2) German Folk Song

3) Allegro (Roman Suzuki Book 1)

ALL OTHER STRING CLASSES:

1) Are You Sleeping?

2) Polish Tatra Song

3) Double Stop Technique

4) Bile ‘Em Cabbage Down

New Schedule Beginning AFTER WINTER BREAK

New Schedule Beginning AFTER WINTER BREAK

Hello!

My schedule had to shift because of a great problem–LARGE CLASS SIZES 🙂 This full schedule will not change until January 2019 (after Winter Break) except for River Oaks that changes next week:

MONDAYS: HOWE-5th GRADE BAND/STRINGS

NOWLIN-5TH GRADE BAND/STRINGS

MILLER-5TH GRADE BAND/STRINGS

TUESDAYS: GEER PARK (AM)- 5TH GRADE BAND/STRINGS

STUDENT TEACHING ART-RIVER OAKS/BRYANT

RIVER OAKS PERCUSSION-AFTER SCHOOL

WEDNESDAYS: RIVER OAKS-5TH GRADE BAND/STRINGS

 HAIGH-5TH GRADE BAND/STRINGS

THURSDAYS: SALINA (ALL DAY)-5TH GRADE BAND/STRINGS/DRUMMING

FRIDAYS: STUDENT TEACHING ART-RIVER OAKS/BRYANT

Sharing is FUNdamental!

Sharing is FUNdamental!

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I give all of my classes at the beginning of class a chance to share a piece, or a few measures of something they have worked on over the week.  This builds a sense of pride/accomplishment, and promotes others sharing in class.  Students playing individually is the fundamental was for me to assess their progress.  If students are encouraged to share it turns the formative assessment into FUNdamental instead of just a requirement 🙂

Encourage your child to share this week and next week 🙂

Instruments are Beginning to Come Home :)

Instruments are Beginning to Come Home :)

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As students begin to bring instruments home, please go through this checklist:

  1. Create a designated area to keep the instrument free from other “curious fingers”: The instrument is your 5th grader’s responsibility to take care of for the school year.  Please do not let younger siblings, friends, family members experiment with the instrument.
  2. Set aside time to practice: The best right now as we learn our first two notes is 10 min practice sessions. as well as learning how to hold the instrument/put the instrument together.
  3. Students should ONLY practice what we accomplish in class: students “trying out” other keys, supplies, or methods in playing could cause damage to the instrument or an unfortunate accident.
  4. Please do not try to make any repairs to the instruments: accidents do occur, if your family is using a district instrument, please do not make repairs and let me assess the instrument when the student returns to class.  IF YOU OWN the instrument, it is your family responsibility to have repairs taken care of at one of our local music stores.
  5. Write reminders on when students are supposed to have their instrument at school: this should become part of your 5th grader’s routine as they get ready for the day.  The following is a schedule on when your child should have their instrument at school EVERY WEEK:
    1. Mondays: Howe, Geer Park, Miller
    2. Tuesdays: River Oaks
    3. Wednesdays: Haigh
    4. Thursdays: Nowlin, Salina