Wind Ensemble is open to select students who display a high level of playing ability and musicianship as well as high levels of responsibility and commitment to the band program. Students are expected to audition for district honor band, all-state, or to perform in a small ensemble.
Virtual Learning Assignment Details.
WEEK OF MARCH 30- April 3
You will watch a segment of your instrument specific video to learn more about your instrument. For those of you who play more than one, you will watch the video for the instrument you play in each class. When you are done, if you would like to watch the videos for the other instruments you play, feel free.
Look at the time stamps for your instrument and ONLY watch those. While watching, have your instrument out and try some of the things they are talking about, feel the differences it makes.
Then, turn in a short reflection ( about 2 paragraphs) of what you picked up most from these videos. Did any light bulbs go off for you? Anything that clicked and made your playing a lot easier? (Please don't tell me how you think they are wrong, they aren't. You may tell me about a time when another well qualified teacher told you something different and how these two methods of teaching might affect your understanding of your instrument and how you will play going forward.) Turn in the reflection to google classroom. Google classroom hosts all the videos you need, if you have not yet joined, check you email for the class code. It has been sent twice via cuttime emails.
Turn in Playing Test for Academic Festival Overture. (Beginning to B)
WEEKS of March 16-20 and March 23-27
Assignments 2,3,4 and 5 will go in the grade book as GUIDED GROUP PRACTICE, in order to count as your daily participation grades. As such is it expected that you practice your instrument 45 min every day to make up for the 50 min class period we will be missing. Use a metronome. If you do not have one, you can download one for free on any smart phone (I recommend prometornome) or use one on google (literally google "metronome").
Assignment 1: We have a playing test due on April 3, You should be practing for that assignment. See Cuttime assignment for measure numbers. It is from Academic Festival Overture (see attached music). Below is a link to a recording of Academic Festival Overture. Upload to Spring Concert Playing Test 1. DUE 4/3/2020.
Assignment 2: Record your Chamber Project (just your part, complete with counting rests) with a metronome and turn into Cuttime under WE VLA: CHAMBER ENSEMBLE 1. DUE 3/20/2020
Assignment 3: Record yourself playing Adagio (I absolutely do not expect perfection! you are sight reading! you should however, listen to it and practice for 5 days before you even attempt to record. Focus on intonation, practice with a tuner) and upload into cuttime under WE VLA: . Below is a link so you can listen and learn a little faster. DUE 3/27/2020
Assignment 4: After practicing (about 45 min daily), record yourself playing YOUR part to your chamber ensemble piece again. Additionally, write a short reflection paragraph (8-10 sentences, in the comments box) of your growth between now and the first time you played it. Discus what you have learned about music and about your playing and the growth that you are making. Upload to WE VLA: CHAMBER ENSEMBLE 2. DUE 3/27/2020
Assignment 5: Submit a sight reading activity vai SmartMusic. Follow the directions below. DUE 3/23/2020
Brass and flutes, you MUST practice double tonguing. Practice like this:
1. articulate a long tone or scale all with Tah
2. articulate a long tone or scale all with Kah
3. Articulation a long tone or scale slowly with alternating tah and kah
4. Speed it up. You will use LOTS of air.
Professional Recordings for Study
Below are links to all the recordings to your Spring Concert Music, save the march, I did not have time to choose that yet, it will be something cheese easy in order to work on these two. Listen to them and prepare for the spring concert as an individual. We will continue to plan on having the concert and wanting it to sound our best!
Spring Concert Recordings:
Academic Festival Overture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AkQrnLPvC4 (this is the full orchestra version, it is our goal to sound similar to this, with different timbre. Watch your part as you listen to figure out how your part fits in.)
Adagio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajaMdRv0IK0 (this is the string recording of it, it is our goal to sound as musical and as blended as this, watch your part as you listen to figure out how you fit in.)
Canticle of the Creatures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HklG3x73J0U (please note this is a high school honor band playing it, feel free to find a recording you like better)