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GET READY!

BAND STARTS the week of September 17th!

 

Choose your school to get started

 

          EAST schools:           

 

Ascension          Sacred Heart    St. Odilo

St. Vincent Ferrer

 

WEST schools:

 

St. Colette   St. Emily   St. Thomas Villanova 

 

 

Or, choose a resource

 

  ► Click HERE for a letter to PARENTS

  ► Click HERE for useful online resources about music  

  ► Click HERE for IMPORTANT Practice SECRETS!!! 

 


Ascension

 

CLICK HERE for your band's calendar >>>> 2018 - 19 Ascension Band Calendar

CLICK HERE for this week's assignment >>>> Weekly Assignment

CLICK HERE for the online resources >>>> Online Resources


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St. Colette

 

CLICK HERE for your band's calendar >>>> 2018 - 19 St Colette Band Calendar

CLICK HERE for this week's assignment >>>> Weekly Assignment

CLICK HERE for the online resources >>>> Online Resources


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Sacred Heart

 

CLICK HERE for your band's calendar >>>> 2018 - 19 Sacred Heart Band Calendar

CLICK HERE for this week's assignment >>>> Weekly Assignment

CLICK HERE for the online resources >>>> Online Resources


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St. Emily

 

CLICK HERE for your band's calendar >>>> 2018 - 19 St Emily Band Calendar

CLICK HERE for this week's assignment >>>> Weekly Assignment

CLICK HERE for the online resources >>>> Online Resources


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St. Odilo

 

CLICK HERE for your band's calendar >>>> 2018 - 19 St Odilo Band Calendar

CLICK HERE for this week's assignment >>>> Weekly Assignment

CLICK HERE for the online resources >>>> Online Resources


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St. Thomas Villanova

 

CLICK HERE for your band's calenda >>>> 2018 - 19 St Thomas Band Calendar

CLICK HERE for this week's assignment >>>> Weekly Assignment

CLICK HERE for the online resources >>>> Online Resources


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St. Vincent Ferrer

 

CLICK HERE for your band's calendar >>>> 2018 - 19 St Vincent Band Calendar

CLICK HERE for this week's assignmnet >>>> Weekly Assignment

CLICK HERE for the online resources >>>> Online Resources


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Weekly assignments 


                                              CLICK HERE then choose your school for this week's practice assignment

 

In case you missed it....

                                              CLICK HERE then choose your school for last week's practice assignment

 

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Band Documents and Worksheets (UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!!)

 

Scale Sheet - Treble Clef Composition #1 Rhythm Practice #1 Note Reading - Treble Clef
Scale Sheet - Bass Clef Composition #2 Rhythm Practice #2 Note Reading - Bass Clef
Circle of 4ths/5ths Composition #3 Rhythm Practice #3 Note Reading - Alto Clef
How to read a key signature Composition #4 Rhythm Practice #4 Note Reaing - Tenor Clef

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Practice Tips

 

Tip #1   Regular Practice Works the Best!

Regular practice is the MOST IMPORTANT element of band success!  Science tells us that the things we do most often are the things we learn the fastest.  Play as many days each week as you can.

 

OUR GOAL IS TO PRACTICE 5 DAYS EVERY WEEK!

 

Tip #2   Forgetting to Practice = Forgetting what You Already Learned!!!

Every day you don't play your instrument is a day you forget something already learned.  We wouldn't want to have to learn the same thing over and over!  We want to learn new things and play new songs.

 

PLAY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN EVERY WEEK!

 

Tip #3   Take Breaks and Learn Faster!

Finding time and energy to practice at the end of a long day is a big challenge.  We also learn more slowly when we are tired.  We have to be creative and make the time to practice when we have energy to excel.  For our Beginners and Intermediates, it can be useful to mix practicing and homework.  Alternate homework and 5 minutes of practice.  Advanced band members will want to practice for a longer chunk of time since they have more materials to practice.

 

This is how a practice session might look:

  1. Set up your instrument, stand, and music
  2. Do Homework #1
  3. 5 minutes practice
  4. Do Homework #2
  5. 5 minutes practice
  6. Do Homework #3
  7. 5 minutes practice

Science tells us that this is also a smart way to study.  Both your practicing and your homework benefit from brain refreshing breaks!  When the brain is fresh we learn the things we study faster and more completely.  We also remember more of what we study.

 

PRACTICE SMART =  BE SMART!




 

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Just For Parents


Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for choosing to give your child the gift of instrumental music.  It is a gift that will give back their whole life!

Now that you have made the choice to participate in band, here are a few things you can do to help your child be successful:

Please look for and sign your child's practice record every week.  You will find it in the front cover of the band book, or on a separate sheet in the band binder.  Checking for this will let your child know that you care about their studies and are paying close attention to what happens in band.  It also gives you the opportunity to find out more about what your child is learning.

Ask your child to explain to you what they have been learning and what they are practicing.  Ask them to play some of their exercises and songs for you.  You will be impressed and they will be proud to show you what they know.

Please help your child be successful in band.  Learning a new routine is hard for anyone, at any age!  Your child has taken on a big responsibility.  Band is a team sport.  Each band teammate needs to be prepared for every class so that they can progress and so they won't let their band teammates down.  There is great value in making a strong effort to be successful!

Help your child to find a place to practice.  Too often I hear from students that they could not practice because the baby was asleep or there wasn't a place for them to play their instrument.  Your child cannot, and will not, learn to play their instrument if they don't practice regularly.  You have made an investment in your child.  They need your help to make it a good investment.

Ask your child to play for you, often!  Playing for family and friends is a great way to show off new skills.  It builds the child's confidence.  It is also very enjoyable for you!

 

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Online Resources

⇒ Musictheory.net

This is an important website full of music information and tutorials.  We will be visiting this site periodically during the year for homework assignments.

 

⇒ Ear Training and Rhythm Training with Teoria.com

Use this website to complete rhythm and ear training assignments.

 

⇒ Composer's Datebook

This site provides a short daily bit of musical history.  Subscribe on the website to receive the
FREE podcast or a daily email.

 

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Contact Info

 Music Education Services
1041 Bonaventure Drive
Elk Grove Village, IL
60007

847-805-1800
Fax 847-805-1900 


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