3/4 Grade Giants In the Sky Instrument Lessons

4th Grade Instrumental Instructional Video!

Our Fourth Grade instrumentalists will open our our play “Giants In the Sky” by performing one of the songs on their instruments!

Here is a video for them to learn their parts, please share it with them! Thank you!

AND- I want to apologize, I have footage from our auditions and some rehearsals that needs to be put online, I’ll work on it soon!!!

3/4 Grade Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

Jayson and Paradiddles, and Decking the Hall!

Jayson learned paradiddles in his lesson today. They are one Rudiment for drums. A Paradiddle consists of a single stroke, single stroke, then a double stroke. Check it out!

During one Open Music Room time these folks made a video of Deck the Hall. Sing along!

3/4 Grade Instrument Lessons

The 123s Play “Two For The Show”

Our beginning trumpets became the first fourth graders to record a video today!!!

They’ve named themselves the “123s” and they’re working extraordinarily hard- INCLUDING coming to the before-school open music room times! In this piece we were juggling whole notes, half notes, counting rests, three different pitches that are all mixed up AND making sure to tongue each note. Holy cow. I just got tired writing about all of the things we have to think about while we play!

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ENJOY the world premier of the 123s!

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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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Open Music Room!


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!!!

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!