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Music Education Services Teacher

Welcome!

Dear Band Families,

At this time, I would like to let you know how we at Music Education Services are handling the school closures due to the COVID19 outbreak. Our goal is to keep students engaged and continue to be a part of the day that students look forward to.

1. Band is moving online, using www.smartmusic.com. This is a free tool, and weekly assignments will be posted for completion. Students will receive immediate feedback from the program on ways they can improve, as well as feedback from myself. I will be continuing to upload content as time progresses.

2. The May concert (as of this moment) is still set to perform. Music will be emailed separately to you for printing (or PDF) use, so your student can start to practice this. Recordings will also be available here on the band website.

3. Honors Band has been postponed. With a performance date of April 18th (and many schools now closed until April 13th….) — there is no way we can properly prepare our students for this performance. A later date will be discussed.

Our goal is not to make this stressful for our families, but to keep our students learning and engaged throughout this extended closure.  Please feel free to reach out to me if your child needs extra help or guidance on any of the band assignments or if you have difficulty signing up for smart music. I am here for your students continued success in Band and our program.

Best,

Mr. Adam Boyd

Online Lessons

How to: Smart Music Sign-up and Parent Resources

Directions for SmartMusic sign-up:

1. Open a Chrome browser and sign up at: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
*make sure to enter a backup email*

2. When prompted, enter your band code:

  • Beginner –   E4JRW-J24MW
  • Intermediate –  7FPVQ-Z64M6
  • Advanced –  RZUPD-XLHXA

Week of 3/16-3/22

Beginning Band – Book #’s 40, 41, ,42, 44, and Quiz # 45. Make sure to perfect your Bb Concert Scale and work on your Eb concert Scale.

Intermediate Band –  F Concert Scale. Book # 118 Theme from “New World Symphony” solo.  Recording available on SmartMusic. If you cannot access Smart Music, use the code at the beginning of your book to access www.myeelibrary.com . Begin work on Pure Imagination MM 21-29. If you were assigned a duet, trio, or quartet, please be ready to rehearse it with your ensemble by April 24th*.

Advanced Band – G Concert Scale. Book 2 # 15. Begin work on Pure Imagination MM 21-29. Star Wars MM 58-74. Recording available below. If you were assigned a duet, trio, or quartet, please be ready to perform it with your ensemble by April 24th*

Week of 3/23-3/29

Beginning Band – Bb Scale pattern #2 on p40. Book #’s 47 and 48.

Bandroom Boogie:  Following the directions below, practice and submit the required measures. Due April 1. (Do not record the whole piece until due on May 15.)

Flute) Location: From Bar 35 , Beat 1 to Bar 44 , Beat 4; Instructions: This section should be played with a steady tempo. Make sure that the half and whole notes are held for their full value. Pay attention to dynamic changes.

Bb Clarinet) Location: From Bar 35 , Beat 1 to Bar 44 , Beat 4; Instructions: This section should be played with a steady tempo. Make sure that the half and whole notes are held for their full value. Pay attention to dynamic changes.

Eb Alto Saxophone) Location: From Bar 37 , Beat 1 to Bar 43 , Beat 4; Instructions: This section should be played with a steady tempo. Work to make the large leaps between notes are smooth and steady. Make sure that the half notes are held for their full value.

Bb Trumpet) Location: From Bar 37 , Beat 1 to Bar 43 , Beat 4; Instructions: This section should be played with a steady tempo. Work to make the large leaps between notes are smooth and steady. Make sure that the half notes are held for their full value.

Trombone) Location: From Bar 33 , Beat 1 to Bar 43 , Beat 4; Instructions: This section should be played with a steady tempo. Pay attention to the crescendo and dynamic changes. Work to make the large leaps between notes are smooth and steady. Make sure that the half notes are held for their full value.

Percussion 1) Location: From Bar 35 , Beat 1 to Bar 43 , Beat 4; Instructions: This section should be played with a steady beat. Make sure that the eighth note figures are even. Pay careful attention to dynamic changes.Practice your music before recording and submitting it!

Percussion 2)Location: From Bar 13 , Beat 1 to Bar 29 , Beat 4; Instructions: Pay careful attention to the rest values in this section. Watch to make sure you are playing the proper dynamics and observing in changes in volume.

Keyboard Percussion) Location: From Bar 35 , Beat 1 to Bar 44 , Beat 4; Instructions: This section should be played with a steady tempo. Make sure that the half and whole notes are held for their full value. Pay attention to dynamic changes.

Intermediate Band – Book # 120, 121. Continue work on Pure Imagination. F concert scale. If you were assigned a duet, trio, or quartet, please be ready to rehearse it with your ensemble by April 24th.

Advanced Band

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Weekly Rehearsal Schedules *SUSPENDED*

Black

Beginner – T TH 10:45-11:30

Intermediate / Advanced – M W 10:45-11:30

Advanced – F 10:45-11:10

Poe

Beginner – M TH 8:30-9:15

Intermediate / Advanced – M TH 7:45-8:30

Keller Gifted

Beginner – M TH 2:30-3:15

Intermediate – T 2:30-3:15, TH 3:15-4

Advanced* – M T 3:15-4 (combined with Mt Greenwood ADV at Keller on Monday)

Mt Greenwood

Beginner – M 12:15-1:15, W 2:45-3:30

Intermediate – W 2:00-2:45, F 7:00-7:45

Advanced* – M  3:15-4 at Keller, W 3:30-4:15

Clissold

Beginner – W 8-8:40, F 2:45-3:30

Intermediate* W 7-7:45, F 2-2:45 with Advanced

Advanced – T 7-7:45, F 2-2:45 with Intermediate

Oakdale

Beginner – T 12:40-1:20, F 8:30-9:15

Intermediate / Advanced – T 8:30-9:15, F 12:40-1:20

Upcoming Concerts *SUSPENDED*

***All Concerts and Honors band have been suspended for the time being***

Robert A. Black Elementary,

Edgar Allen Poe Classical School,

and Oakdale Christian Academy:

May Concert – May 21st at 7:00PM (Call time 6:30) at Oakdale Christian Academy
May Dress Rehearsal – May 20th

Beginner 4:30-5:15

Intermediate 5:15- 6:00

Advanced 6:00-6:45

9440 S Vincennes Ave, Chicago, IL 60620

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Keller Gifted School,

Mt Greenwood Elementary,

and Clissold Elementary

May Concert – May 19th at 7:00PM (Call time 6:30) at Mount Greenwood Elementary
May Dress Rehearsal – May 18th at 3:30-5:30

Beginner 3:30-4:15

Intermediate 4:15- 5:00

Advanced 5:00-5:45

10841 S Homan Ave, Chicago, IL 60655suspended

Band Member Concert Attire

Students are to wear black bottoms, socks, and shoes (or as dark as you have available) and white tops (collared shirt, buttondowns, blouse, or otherwise). Attire must be in line with your school handbook.

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Listening Corner

Other Resources:

Play along to your songs in the EssentialElements book:

www.myeelibrary.com

***use the code from the front of your band book***

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Get better at reading music:

Lessons:        https://www.musictheory.net/lessons

Exercises        https://www.musictheory.net/exercises

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Free Tuner:

https://theonlinemetronome.com/free-online-tuner-for-musicians.html

Free Metronome:

https://theonlinemetronome.com/free-online-metronome.html

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More coming soon…