• Attention Students and Families: Click here to access your e-learning activities for Monday, April 27 - Friday, May 1, 2020 . If you have any questions as you work through the activities, you can email me at nscharf@emsd63.org from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Band students are expected to complete ONE band choice board activity by Monday, May 4th, and also continue to check their band Google Classroom for short, daily playing exercises every day.

    Parents: Once your student has completed the designated activities, make sure to record his/her E-Learning Day Attendance through Powerschool.

    Hello Band!
    Great contributions yesterday! Thank you to those who participated. I practiced a lot of jazz trumpet last night. This is what I've been working on, one of my favorite jazz tunes by my favorite jazz trumpet player:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwSOtNwTavw


    Here is what's due for Tuesday, March 31st:

    -On your own, do the same 30 second Bb long tone exercise that I assigned for Monday, as a warm up. No video necessary. (If you can go even slower than 6 seconds per note, you're really building your lung power! Also try increasing the volume.)
    -If you haven't created a Sight Reading Factory account, do so now! Instructions on how to do so are on my post below from 3/29.
    -Login to Sight Reading Factory and complete the assignment (TWO for 8th grade Symphonic Band). Select YOUR instrument (clarinets, you are Bb soprano clarinet). It will give you 8 seconds to prepare, then you get FOUR CLICKS to count you in. It will record you. You can do it over as many times as you'd like-- once you're happy with it, submit it to me.
    -Watch the awkward video of me attached to this post. Listen to it a couple times, then using your EAR, make a video of yourself playing exactly what I played. I give you the starting note as a hint (concert Bb), then you have to figure out the rest. Post the video of you playing the same thing here.

    This is all due by 11:59pm, Tuesday 3/31. Email me with questions or if you want more things to practice! I'm here to help.

     

     

     Welcome Back! 3/30/2020 Information: (via Google Classroom)

    Hello Band--
    Hope you all had a pleasant spring break, whatever it looked like for you. I practiced a ton of trumpet and tried to learn how to crochet; neither of which have yielded impressive results so far-- but we've got time on our hands! How about you? Tell me one MUSICAL thing you did this week-- playing, composing, or listening.

    On the off chance that your instrument has been collecting dust in its safe spot, (or worse, in its case) all week, our first assignment for today, Monday the 30th is this:

    -Post a video of you playing the first FIVE notes of your concert Bb (Bb C D Eb F) major scale. (CDEFG for clarinets, tenors, trumpets; GABCD for altos and bari, FGABbC for horns) Each note should last for SIX seconds. Open the clock on your laptop to corroborate. Do it in ONE breath, resulting in 30 seconds of constant sound. (Hint: softer dynamic will enable you to play longer. Also, if you haven't played all week, you might have to play for a little bit to work your way up to this. FLUTES, do your best-- breathe when you need to.) Percussionists, do one EVEN snare drum roll on whatever hard surface you can find for 30 seconds-- both hands should sound identical. If you absolutely can't make it the full 30 seconds in one breath, sneak a tiny breath somewhere in there-- but we'll all see you do it. Post the video as a reply to this post.

    -Second assignment of the day: Sign up for Sight Reading Factory.

    Go to www.sightreadingfactory.com/student.
    Enter 4detjj in the Student Code field.
    Select the appropriate age group.
    Complete the registration information.

    Feel free to explore the website; I'll be assigning specific sight reading exercises on it for TUESDAY.

    TO ALL BAND STUDENTS:

    Over break-- I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU LEAVE YOUR INSTRUMENT ASSEMBLED AND READY TO PLAY in its safe spot! While you have no formally assigned practicing to do, the next nine days are a really excellent opportunity to cultivate some creativity-- your brains will start to crave it. Every time you walk past your instrument, pick it up and play something, ANYTHING, for 10 seconds. Then put it down and resume whatever it is you were doing. Or keep playing! If you do this, the 10-second thing, five times a day over break, your face muscles will be A-OK by the time we come back. If you don't, you'll lose a lot of the endurance, lung power, and beautiful tone that we've worked so hard on building up.

    Some suggestions:
    -Learn songs YOU like on your instrument. YouTube is a heckuva resource. Type in any song you like (I sat here for 30 seconds trying to think of a song written in the last five years and could not) followed by your instrument. For example, "I Want You Back alto sax" yields this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnfRdIM5yDE

    -Write your own music. Be a composer! If you mess around on your instrument for awhile, you'll start to play some cool things. Write them down. Musescore and Noteflight are two websites that offer free notation services. If you write something that you think is cool, SEND IT TO ME and I will arrange it for an ensemble AND WE WILL PLAY IT. No joke.

    -You're all smarter than me and understand how to Facetime and video chat and stuff. Try jamming with each other. There are a lot of good YouTube videos coming out of people sitting in their own houses but making one song/video together through the internet. If you know how to do this, email me.

    -Email me at any time if you'd like tutoring on something specific that we don't get to do in class. For example: jazz improvisation, chords on the piano, music theory, arranging/composing, good classical or jazz music to listen to, etc. I will be available daily to help you out with anything via email.

    Again, creativity in times of crisis is definitely a silver lining thing. Yes, everything is goofy right now, BUT we have the option of responding in an evolved way. Let's use this time and channel the weird emotions we're feeling to grow, get better, and create. I'm really looking forward to seeing the cool things you do! Reach out anytime.

     

     

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    • Please be advised that we are using Powerschool for attendance during e-learning days for Wednesday, 3/18, Thursday 3/19, and Monday, 3/30.  Please use this link to record your child's attendance once the assignments have been completed.

    • Your students are expected to practice daily. They have assignments through SmartMusic; details of how to get onto SmartMusic and other instructions are available through their Google Classroom. 

    Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time.    Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and please continue to encourage your child to practice daily! They have spent the school year developing stronger and stronger face muscles (embouchure) , and not playing for an extended period of time can cause their embouchure to weaken. 10 minutes a day is all it takes to keep their faces strong! Assignments posted below.

     

     

    Per Google Classroom, these are the assignments for Thursday, 3/19:

    1st Period Symphonic Band:

    Some of you still need to post a photo of your instrument in its safe spot. Today, in addition to the SmartMusic assignments that I will add shortly, I want you to post your greatest musical skill and the musical skill you think needs the most work. Some areas to consider are:

    Tone quality
    Sight reading
    Emotiveness (how much you communicate emotions through your music)
    Steady beat
    Rhythmic comprehension
    Note name processing
    Dynamic production (can play really loud or really soft)
    Articulation (tonguing, slurring)

    Pick your best strength and the one you need the most work on, and post it as a new post here. Feel free to come up with one that I haven't listed. 

    In addition to posting your strength and your weakness, you have THREE new SmartMusic assignments that are due by tomorrow evening. Some explanation:

    --SIGHT READING: the one labeled "sight reading" is obviously.... sight reading. You only get one shot, so be ready to record. It's pretty easy, but it's good to challenge yourself to play something correctly on the fly.

    --The March of the Trolls piece is this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_qfEm3wKO0

    Listen. Great piece. You have only been assigned a small part of it; eventually we will do the entire piece. It will take some slow practicing before you record to get it right.

    --The third assignment is a harmonic minor scale, but in thirds. No biggie.

    All three are due by tomorrow (Friday) at 11:59pm. I recommend doing them NOW before you get sleepy and forget.

     

     

     

     

    3rd Period Cadet Band

    I hope your instrument is assembled and ready to be played-- I recommend leaving it set up, as you are more likely to practice it if it's easily accessible. Please post a photo of your instrument in the area where you practice.

    Today, in addition to the SmartMusic assignments that I will add shortly, I want you to post your greatest musical skill and the musical skill you think needs the most work. Some areas to consider are:

    Tone quality
    Sight reading
    Emotiveness (how much you communicate emotions through your music)
    Steady beat
    Rhythmic comprehension
    Note name processing
    Dynamic production (can play really loud or really soft)
    Articulation (tonguing, slurring)

    Pick your best strength and the one you need the most work on, and post it as a new post here. Feel free to come up with one that I haven't listed.

    SmartMusic Assignments:

    --SIGHT READING: the two labeled "sight reading" are obviously.... sight reading. You only get one shot, so be ready to record. They're pretty easy, but it's good to challenge yourself to play something correctly on the fly.

    --RHYTHM EXERCISE: Lots of rests. Count!

    --Concert F major scale pattern. Remember your key signature! (F# and C# for altos, F# for trumpets/tenors/clarinets, E NATURAL for flutes and low brass!)

    All SmartMusic assignments are due tomorrow, Friday, by 11:59pm. Email me with questions.

     

     

     

    9th Period Concert Band

    I hope your instrument is assembled and ready to be played-- I recommend leaving it set up, as you are more likely to practice it if it's easily accessible. Please post a photo of your instrument in the area where you practice.

    Today, in addition to the SmartMusic assignments that I will add shortly, I want you to post your greatest musical skill and the musical skill you think needs the most work. Some areas to consider are:

    Tone quality
    Sight reading
    Emotiveness (how much you communicate emotions through your music)
    Steady beat
    Rhythmic comprehension
    Note name processing
    Dynamic production (can play really loud or really soft)
    Articulation (tonguing, slurring)

    Pick your best strength and the one you need the most work on, and post it as a new post here. Feel free to come up with one that I haven't listed.

    In addition to posting your strength and your weakness, you have THREE new SmartMusic assignments that are due by tomorrow evening. Some explanation:

    --SIGHT READING: the one labeled "sight reading" is obviously.... sight reading. You only get one shot, so be ready to record. It's pretty easy, but it's good to challenge yourself to play something correctly on the fly.

    --The Tell-Tale Heart piece is this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO1ukvpDtL4&t=3s

    Listen. Great piece. You have been assigned the entire piece, but it's doable. It will take some slow practicing before you record to get it right.

    --The third assignment is a harmonic minor scale, but in seconds. No biggie.

    All SmartMusic assignments are due tomorrow, Friday, by 11:59pm. Email me with questions.

     

    WELCOME TO DISTRICT 63 BAND!

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    We are going to make great music this year!

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    Challenge your ears each day!

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    nscharf@emsd63.org

    847-493-8524