Dear Skyridge Families,
We've had another great week here at Skyridge! Please see below for this week's edition of Band Notes:
I will be updating Skyward by Monday afternoon, so if you turned in your syllabus late, please check Monday after school to see your updated grade. If you haven't yet turned in your syllabus, please turn it in ASAP for full credit.
We start Jazz Band on Monday at 8 a.m. Bring your instruments and a pencil. I’ll provide the rest!
6th Grade Band
We've learned how to properly assemble and hold our instruments. This week, we also learned our first note and will continue learning new notes. It's a very exciting time, and the band has been working very hard.
I especially appreciate the band's patience these first few weeks of class. At first, since I'm helping set up so many kids, it can take a while to get everyone squared away. But once we get started, we'll be moving pretty quickly through our band book.
This weekend, students should be practicing their new note. They're welcome to work ahead in the book once they get their note. We are on Page 6, Line 1 of their Tradition of Excellence band book.
On the back cover of their band book, there is information on installing an app on a smart device that goes along with their book. It has accompaniment tracks that students can play along with, and it also plays their part for them so that students and parents can make sure they're playing the correct note.
Parents are encouraged to help their student download the app (there is a mobile and desktop version) and watch the videos that correlate with page 2 and 3 of their Tradition of Excellence book. These videos go over instrument assembly and proper hand position.
These are great tools and I hope students and parents will use them--they make practicing that much more fun!
7th Grade Band
Keep working ahead in your red book. We will hopefully be starting the blue book at the end of next week or the following week.
8th Grade Band
Practice the Challenger sheet music.
That does it for this week! I hope everybody has a nice, restful weekend. I'll be away from E-Mail until Monday.
Keep checking back here for the latest news, due dates, concert reminders, and more!