This is where you can access the link to the google doc to sign your child up for band and strings for the 2019-2020 school year at Ilchester elementary.  Please note that by signing up now you are NOT making a firm committment to the instrumental music program.  However, if your child is interested in percussion, saxophone, string bass, or baritone/euphonium, I suggest you sign up as soon as possible, as those instruments get closed down when I have enough students signed up.  Regardless, minds can be changed throughout the summer and even during the first few weeks of school in the fall when I will do another recruitment presentation. 
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to examine this site.  I'm betting MOST of your questions will be answered.  If not, feel free to shoot me an email, laura_baker@hcpss.org. 
I will check it during the summer on occasion.

August 27- September 2
Practice Challenge: 
Start practicing a little bit EVERY day to be ready for school.
Silly Question:
Which teacher do you want this year?  (Don't worry, I won't tell!)
August 20-August 26,
Practice Challenge:
Band learn the F concert scale
Flutes Trombones, and Bells: F, G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F
Saxophones: D, E, F#, G, A, B C#, D
Trumpets and Clarinets:, G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G
Strings learn the A concert scale
A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, A
Silly Question:
Who was known for having wooden teeth?
August 13-August 19
Practice Challenge:
Practice long tones.  Hold a note for 35-40 seconds.  Woodwinds and brass use one breath, strings use one bow direction, and percussion keep your roll even the entire time.
Silly Question:
What is a trumoet without valves called?
August 6-August 12
Practice Challenge: 
Learn a song from your book or packet and perform it for a member of your family.
Silly Question:
Where is the town of Stockton Springs located?  That is where I am now.
July 30-August 5
Practice Challenge: 
Take a song from your book or packet and figure out how to play it starting on a different note.  (This is called transposition).
Silly Question:
How many continents are there?
July 23- July 29
Practice Challenge: 
Band learn the Eb concert scale
Flutes Trombones, and Bells: Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb
Saxophones: C, D, E, F, G, A, B,C
Trumpets and Clarinets:, F, G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F
Strings learn the G concert scale
G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G
Silly Question:  I am on the Canadian island that is the setting of Anne of Green Gables.  Where am I?
July 16- July 22
Practice Challenge:
Figure out how to play Yankee Doodle without looking at any music.
Silly Question: 
Who won the 2017 MLB All-Star game?
July 9- July 15
Practice Challenge:
Practice long tones.  Hold a note for 30 seconds.  Woodwinds and brass use one breath, strings use one bow direction, and percussion keep your roll even the entire time.
Silly Question:
How many black keys on a full size piano keyboard?
July 2-July 8
Practice Challenge:
Memorize a song from the practice packet or your lesson book.
Silly Question:
Who wrote the Declaration of the Independence?
June 25- July 1
Practice Challenge:
Band learn the Bb concert scale
Flutes Trombones, and Bells: Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb
Saxophones: G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G
Trumpets and Clarinets:, C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C  (Clarinets might have to play low B and C if they can't go over the break.)
Strings learn the D concert scale
D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D
Silly Question:  What country was the French horn invented in? (It's a trick)
June 18-June 24
Practice Challenge: 
Practice long tones.  Hold a note for 20 seconds with a good sound.  Woodwinds and brass use one breath, strings use one bow direction, and percussion keep your roll even the entire time.
Silly Question:
What tribe of mystical women does Wonder Woman belong to?

 


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