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Rockstars: The Quinn, Erin, and Kayla Edition

Quinn and I learned the D blues scale yesterday and had some fun improvising with it, so we recorded it!

Kayla has been cruising along on the flute-this is a video we put together to show you our hard work.

Erin comes regularly before school to play and managed to get the music room all to herself while the gym and stage were filled with big sounds from lots of different instruments. She recorded a little “Sawmill Creek,” and “Mr. Go”

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5/6 General Music Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

Anna Plays “Think of Me”

This is a great example of what kind of work you can do when you practice at home, can play all of your band music, and come to play in the mornings! We have time for solo pieces! Anna has been doing great work on “Think of Me” from the Phantom of the Opera. It’s in a tricky key for flutes which means it includes notes that Anna hasn’t had to play much in our band music. It also gave us a great chance to talk about breathing and shaping phrases to make them sound more beautiful! Hooray!

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Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

Open Music Room!

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Opening the music room at 7:30 last week proved to be a smashing success!
On Wednesday morning 6 students came, Thursday 10, and Friday 11!
Students can choose to work with me, work with each other, or find their own space to practice. The most exciting part has been watching more experienced players come in and work with our beginners-what an awesome learning experience for both parties!

Keep ’em coming-I will be there!!!

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Performing Arts Students from China to perform at UVM!

Ms. Kauffeld’s high school Leland and Gray in southern VT hosts an arts exchange with students from a performing arts college in Inner Mongolia. As a result Ms. Kauffeld has traveled to China to perform TWICE including the summer before she started teaching at Folsom! PLEASE make an effort to travel to Burlington NEXT WEEK on Wednesday Oct 29th to see this AMAZING performance. Their dancing is unlike any you’ve seen before and their traditional Mongolian instruments are SO COOL. We’re even playing a Chinese folk song in band, maybe we could get them to play it that evening…
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3/4 Grade 5/6 General Music Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS!

I will be opening the music room every morning (except Tuesday) at 7:30 am for our instrumentalists 4-8 to come in a play. They can use the time/space for individual practice or for extra instruction with me OR each other! This would be a great chance for more experienced players to come in and help our new instrumentalists!

We already have band on Tuesday at 7:30-if you show up and aren’t in band yet… I will likely make you play with us… MUAHAHAHAH! 😀

Please take advantage of this opportunity, ESPECIALLY if you are having a hard time finding practice time between soccer and homework.

Relatedly: CONGRATULATIONS TO EMMA, LUCAS, ANNA, AND QUINN FOR MOVING INTO THE BLUE BOOK!
AND- Congratulations to Morgan and her family for purchasing a clarinet, AND to Erin and her family who are welcoming a new trumpet into the family for Erin’s birthday! Wahoo!

CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU BRIGHT AND EARLY YOU ARE ROCK STARS!

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Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

Practice Tool for Middle School Band- “Mr. Go”

Hey Middle School Band members!

I made a video of the main melody of “Mr. Go” for you to practice with. We’ll be adding the introduction to the song THIS WEEK so you’ll want to make sure you’re solid on this part.
Remember, I can’t do your practicing for you, I would if I could- but let me help you in this way! Take out your horns and practice along with the video.

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Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

What’s Been Popping In Band Lessons?

Here are some videos to give you the inside scoop on what’s been going on in our band lessons!

This student has returned to flute after a year vacation and is doing fabulously! She has beautiful tone and articulation technique! Those crazy flute fingerings are coming back to her quickly as well! Hooray!

Here we have “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” played in October.

And lastly, we’re learning “Mr. Go” by ear, which means we listen to it, sing it, and figure it out without reading any music. The trumpets have figured out the melody AND added some improvisation during the spaces in the tune!

KEEP ON ENCOURAGING AT-HOME PRACTICE!
WAHOOOOO!!!!

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Middle School Chorus

Ms. Kauffeld does EVEN LESS in Middle School Chorus!

These students are fabulous. One warmed up the choir while another taught the verse of “I See Fire.” I’m a lucky teacher!

Here are some pictures and make sure to check out the video!

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Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

“Largo” from New World Symphony played by Our Sixth Graders!

This was from our lesson last week. This excerpt of the main melody from Antonin Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” contains a lot of dotted quarter note+eighth note combinations and slurs. That’s what we focused on when learning this piece. The clarinet part is also over the break and really hard to play! These three students are making GREAT progress and are ready to move into (drum roll) THE BLUE BOOK! Wahoo!

And if you’re looking for something to do with your family on a raining afternoon, listen to the whole “Largo” movement from the symphony here while you watch the orchestra members! I LOVE this video! While you’re there you can find videos to the rest of the movements as well, but this is my particular favorite.

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Middle School Chorus

Katie teaches Middle School Chorus

Sometimes Ms. Kauffeld decides that she wants to make other people do all the work, so today Katie taught us the intro to “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran, made popular by “The Hobbit.” Soon Holly will be teaching us more of the song. I want to commend the chorus members on being respectful, inquisitive, and receptive students for Ms. O’Hara, and she did a terrific job. She used a beautiful vocal model and broke the material in chunks which we repeated after her. She was extremely patient with us, (especially with Ms. Kauffeld who had A LOT of questions for her,) and made us feel good about our work! Hooray!
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