BAND LESSONS BEGIN THE WEEK OF AUGUST 31.
Families may begin reserving their lesson times beginning the last week in August. We will use the same procedure as was used at the end of last school year.
WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS YEAR'S BAND PROGRAM. WE WILL BEGIN THE YEAR BY CONTINUING WITH ONLINE PRIVATE LESSONS WHILE PREPARING FOR OUR RETURN TO IN SCHOOL INSTRUCTION. As part of our online lessons we will begin learning music for a planned "The Band Returns", A tribute to first responders concert, which will take place as soon as large gatherings are again allowed. Our SPRING BAND TRIP will feature the debut of THE ADVENTURERS MARCHING BAND for a planned "expedition" to march in a parade TBA in the spring.
1) In order to schedule your lesson please visit the online lesson portal and click "schedule lesson". This year due to the volume of students, there will be 2 buttons, one for Mrs. Mallinson and one for Mr. Mallinson. ALL STUDENTS WILL BE ASSIGNED A PRIMARY TEACHER. Click on the the schedule lesson button for your primary teacher.
2) When it is time for your lesson, again, visit the "Online Lesson Portal" and click on the "start lesson button for your teacher (either "Start Lesson Mrs. Mallinson" or "Start Lesson Mr. Mallinson"
3) If you must miss a lesson you may reschedule at your convenience. Likewise, you may reschedule whenever necessary.
4) BEGINNER LESSONS- We will again be offering lessons for beginning students. Demonstration assemblies have been scheduled in some schools and are pending in others as we are waiting on final decisions as to how they will open. As lessons for beginners will most likely begin as online private lessons we will be introducing an approach to beginning classes that has had great success in Japan and Texas. Texas and Japan are home to some of the finest school bands in the world! We are very excited to introduce this new approach we are calling:
SUZUKI FOR BAND
Starting a band instrument for a 4-5 grade student is usually very hands on. Flutes, clarinets and saxophones are designed for adults and are a big change for recorder students. Recognizing that challenge, a famous Japanese music teacher, Shinichi Suzuki, developed an approach where students start on smaller size "transition" instruments and, over time (in our case a few months), graduate to full size instruments. A similar approach has been adopted by some Texas schools (some of the country's finest school band programs). We feel that this approach will aid our beginning students in transitioning to their chosen band instrument, given that we will not be able to be physically with them for the first part of the school year. Here are the basics:
1) Online demonstration assemblies will be given at each school. Students will be encouraged to choose a band instrument to study.
1) Rather than beginning with their chosen band instrument, we will use the first 2-3 weeks to transition from the recorder program. Students will use their recorders from last year's class and we will cover the basics of note reading and fingering their new instruments through the use of the recorder. Students who have never played recorder before will receive a recorder for some "basics" training.
2) In about 2-3 weeks all students will transition to a "Pre-Band instrument". Pre-band instruments all produce a tone the same as their chosen band instrument, but are designed to provide for an easier transition from the recorder to traditional band instruments. There will be no charge for the pre-band instruments. Musical Adventures will be loaning them out at no cost to you. All instruments will be new and shipped directly from the manufacturer. These instruments will allow students to learn all the basics of forming an embouchure, fingering, note reading and articulation, but are significantly easier to play. The pre-band instruments are as follows:
3) In a few months (hopefully when we are able to return to at school lessons) we will transition to each child's chosen instrument. The transition to their chosen band instrument will be much easier for students, as they will already know the basics of their instrument. All that remains is for them to adjust to the larger size.
VISIT THE NEW STUDENT PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING OUR PROGRAM FOR BEGINNING BAND STUDENTS