Folsom’s Select band that meets every Tuesday and Thursday BEFORE school (7:25)! We play harder music than in regular band and students are expected to be practicing more outside of school.
What do I need to do for the audition?
Play your concert Bb Scale AND another scale of your choosing
Play from the lowest note you know to the highest note you know
Choose a solo song to play-something you can play beautifully
Rhythm Sight reading-KK will give you this at the audition but you can practice by working through rhythms in your book or on the Rhythm Studies paper
Who Should Audition?
Any musician who can commit to practicing on their own whether it be during open music room, over the weekend, or at night. If you know that you will not touch your instrument outside of band rehearsal then Raz MaTazz is not for you. If you are willing to work hard I am willing to work with you in this ensemble.
Here is a video we put together of the 5th through 8th grade band playing “Highlights from Star Wars” by John Williams and arranged by Paul Cook. This piece was extremely challenging and I wanted our hard work to be commemorated with a video. Thank you to all of our videographers and our amazing Folsom Musicians!
Keep reading for an explanation of this VERY attractive picture.
On Sunday I traveled to Killington to take part in the annual Vermont Music Education Association Conference. It is a two-day event filled with workshops in all areas of music education and attended by SO many of Vermont’s amazing music teachers. It’s my favorite time of the year because I get to connect with my best friends from college who now teach all over the state, connect with my former mentor teachers from all over the state, connect with my music teachers from elementary, middle, and high school, and meet new teachers-ALL WHILE LEARNING COOL NEW STUFF TO BRING BACK TO FOLSOM!
On Sunday evening my friend Lizzy Carlson who teaches down in Waterbury and I held a Folk-Dance workshop where we taught about 25 music teachers circle dances, contra dances, Sicilian circle dances, square dances, and mixer dances. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. It’s totally nerve-wracking to teach other teachers though. We were overjoyed with the rockstars who turned out for the event, we had so much fun swinging, do-si-doing, sashaying, and more!
The most exciting news for me, and for Folsom was that I was named Vermont’s Outstanding New Music Teacher of the Year for 2016! This is an award given to a teacher in their first 5 years of service, voted on first by the various music districts in Vermont, and then finally by the board of VT Music Ed. It is a tremendous honor, I am so proud to bring this back to Folsom. I’ve been trying to find adequate language to thank my students, but it’s hard without getting too emotional. I owe it all to the Folsom Musicians, their families, my tremendous colleagues here, and the incredible music teachers that have shaped me throughout the course of my life. Thank you all so much, I am a happy and lucky girl.
AND NOW…we get to keep a ridiculously large trophy in our case for the school year!
As he handed me the award I asked if I could run around the room singing the Rocky Theme… he looked incredibly perplexed so I said, “I’ll just hold it over my head.”
Aimee Bushey, the South Burlington HS Choral Director. I student-taught with Aimee for 12 weeks and I owe SO much to her.
Welcome back! I hope you all had exciting summers! I had a blast camping with you all last week and am ready to get into the Folsom Music Groove. Here’s what you need to know for the 2016-17 Folsom Music Program:
*Our Middle School Chorus is a 5-8th grade group who loves to sing together. We sing a variety of music from rounds, to our own arrangement of pop songs, to folk music from other countries. We also play a lot of games that bring us together as a chorus community. We will perform in at least two concerts, as well as popping up here and there with a song to share. Students will participate in the Island County Music Festival and have the option to participate in the District Music Festival. We rehearse Wednesdays from 3-3:50 (there will be a late bus beginning in a few weeks. Soccer Coaches are aware of our rehearsals and we are working together to make it work for all students,) and Friday during the school day.
*Our Middle School Band is 5th-8th graders who love to play music together. We will play marches, movie themes, slow songs, fast songs, songs with stories, songs from other countries, AND we will learn music just by ear, AND we will MAKE STUFF UP. Students will participate in the Island County Music Festival and have the option to participate in the District Music Festival. The 5th and 6th graders rehearse on Mondays, the 5th-8th graders rehearse Thursdays, and the 7th and 8th graders rehearse Fridays.
*Our Select Band called The Raz MaTazz is an auditioned band open to 6th-8th graders. If you were in the Raz MaTazz last year you do not need to re-audition. We do have a few spots open for new members. This group is for students who are looking for more challenging music AND are able to arrive at school by 7:25 on Tuesday Mornings. During the Spring we begin playing more Jazz and hope to perform at the Burlington Jazz Fest in June.
PRACTICING: Did your instrument grow some mold this summer because it remained in its case in a dark closet for multiple months? Okay. No worries. It’s a new year. The music room will be open Every Morning at 7:25 except Tuesday for students to come in and practice. It is expected that every student bring their instrument home over the weekend to practice. We are a middle school band, that means that we DO need family encouragement to practice. Thank you in advance for showing your child that you value music and the work they are doing.
Never played an instrument? Never sang in chorus? This is your year. It’s not too late to begin either of these things. Jump right into chorus, and let’s get you started on an instrument.
PLEASE contact Ms. Kauffeld if you’re interested in beginning an instrument! email@example.com (802) 380-9291 Thank you SO much for bringing music to our Folsom community! Spread the word! Take a risk! Try something NEW!
On March 22nd and 23rd thirty-two of our middle school musicians traveled to Alburgh to take part in the Island County Music Festival. Andy Gagnon from Stowe Middle School conducted the band, and Melissa Towle from Colchester High School conducted the chorus. Folsom set an outstanding example musically and as students in another school. The days were long, and our students were tired, but their handwork paid off because the concert sounded fantastic. Ms. Kauffeld is so proud and thankful for all of their help during the two days, we look forward to hosting the festival at Folsom next year! THE BAND
We (Gina and I,) are working as quickly as possible to get the Middle School production of “Anything Goes,” up and running. Today I met with a great group of 4th-8th graders to help them get familiar with some of the tunes. If you couldn’t attend today, do not fear. I will have another session Friday at recess and Friday after school until 4 (there is no late bus so plan accordingly.)
Auditions will be Monday March 21 and Tuesday March 22 after school. I don’t have an end time yet. More to come.
Middle School Musical FAQ-
Can 4th graders be in the production?
Yes! When making this decision to be involved please know that the time commitment is much more extensive than for the K-4 play, and these students are asked to really up their maturity and responsibility levels!
What if I have some after school commitments?
Join us! We have folks who take dance classes, play a sport a few times a week, have mentoring, and more. With this in mind, if you are available for less time to rehearse, it may mean that you are on stage less, but we’d really love to have you! When we get into the final weeks before the play students and families are asked to prioritize rehearsals and miss their other activities.
Is it possible to be in the play but not sing on stage?
Yes! The beauty of a show like “Anything Goes!” is that there’s room for all types on involvement. Join us!
What about lights/sound/crew?
More info to come… but… Join us!
How do I prepare for auditions?
It’s all about the YouTube. Here are the songs you should listen to:
Girls: Blow Gabriel Blow, All Through the Night, I Get a Kick Out of You
Boys: Be Like the Blue Bird, All Through the Night, Friendship
PLEASE listen to the three pieces for the festival. This music is HARD. Learning these tunes in a short amount of time will be SOOOO much easier if you listen. Listen with your music in front of you and follow your part.
I think we’re all ready for a little time to rest up during Thanksgiving break. I know I’m looking forward to having time to update the blog, I’ve really been slacking this year!
For now, let me make sure you have these VERY IMPORTANT dates in your calendars!
FOLSOM K-4 MUSIC NIGHT!
When?Wednesday December 2nd, 6pm.
Where? The Folsom Gym
Who? All Kindergarten through Fourth grade students
What should we wear? Something festive!
We want to share what we’ve been working on this year with you! This will be an evening of showing you some of the different activities we do in our music classes. We’ll even get you up and moving around with us! We’re excited to hold an evening with a different feel than a typical “concert,” and instead we’ll simulate a giant music class!
FOLSOM MIDDLE SCHOOL WINTER CONCERT!
When? Friday December 11th, 6pm.
Where? The Grand Folsom Concert Hall
(On other occasions it’s known as the Gym)
Who? The Middle School Band, Chorus, Select Band, and small ensembles.
What should we wear? Something festive! (No jeans, sweatpants, teeshirts)
We want to share what we’ve been working on this year with you! Performing for an audience is an important part of becoming a musician. However it’s not the most important part. We wish we could share all that we do during our Band and Chorus rehearsals with you, but on this evening you will get to hear just a few pieces that we’ve been crafting so far this year.
So sorry we had to miss our first rehearsal this morning. In the coming week I’d like you to listen to the two pieces we’ll begin with. Remember, select band will only meet for 25 minutes once a week. This means that you’ll need to be putting in significant work outside of school on this music. You’ll be doing yourself a BIG favor if you get to know this pieces by listening a few times before we meet on Tuesday!
The first piece: Celtic Air and Dance No. 2 by Michael Sweeney.
This is a collection of Folk Tunes. Some of you may recognize “Danny Boy,” which we sang in District Chorus two years ago. ENJOY!
The second piece is the Peter Gunn Theme by Henry Mancini. This is a jazz tune that I played in middle school jazz band. It’s so groovy.
I’m writing to fill you in on the exciting happenings in the music program! We’re off to a great start this year, we have many students enrolled in band and chorus and the enthusiasm in both groups is contagious. ALL middle school students are welcome to join chorus or begin learning an instrument-it’s never too late! If your child begins studying a new instrument this year they won’t play in the band right away, we’ll get them to a comfortable playing level and then they’ll jump in!
Middle School Band meets on Monday and Fridays during the school days. If your child is studying an instrument they also will have one lesson a week on a three-week rotation. I will send home the lesson schedules once they are set in stone. My recommendation is that most students should leave their instruments at school from Monday to Friday and bring them home over the weekend. The exception being if your child has private lessons during the week, or there is an expectation that they be practicing at home on school nights. My expectation is that if they aren’t practicing at home on school nights, (even 10 minutes a few days a week makes a difference!), they are coming in before school 7:30-7:50 to practice in the music room a few times a week. This year my room is open every morning, so come on in!
Middle School Chorus meets on Wednesdays during school and Thursdays after school until 3:50. There will be a late bus in October, but until then students will need to be picked up.
Students in both groups will have the opportunity to participate in the Island County Music Festival and District Music Festival as well as other performance opportunities that pop up more locally. My philosophy in teaching band and chorus is that they are not ensembles where we are always preparing for a concert. My goals for each are around inspiring musicians who can listen music with a deeper understanding, who create musical ideas and can produce them with their instrument or voice, who work well in a musical community and support each other, and can learn to create a practice ritual. I am working to inspire humans who, when they are adults, feel comfortable singing with their families, or dancing at weddings. Music is much more than yearly concerts, and I hope to show more about how we CREATE music this year, than showing that we are able to play a lot of concert repertoire. (Though that IS a highly important skill and I look forward to diving into the new pieces I’ve picked out for this year!)
Please get in touch with me if you have questions about instrument rentals, buying an instrument, rehearsal times, or anything else! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone number is (802) 380-9291.
Thank you so much for your support of the music program I’m greatly looking forward to the year ahead!