Students will have a playing test on January 7 and 11 from pages 14 and 15 in their book. As they have been told, every two weeks they will have playing test opportunities. Since we have a two week Christmas break, this will be their first playing test to move out of the remedial group or stay in the advanced group.
Students have a practice log that parents are to sign each week. These are due on the first day of the week.
Students are being assigned at least one playing test per week, sometimes two. These test may be taken using the Flipgrid app mentioned in the information and permission form given to students on October 15. This is an excellent low-stress alternative to playing in front of the entire class.
Here is an easy and fun game that can help students learn note names. It can be customized to match the clef that their instrument plays in. HERE
Also, check out the games and resources at the bottom of this page.
Information below is old (disregard for now)
If your child plays a woodwind or brass instrument, their lesson book comes with an access code to download the
Interactive Practice Studio on your computer and/or ipad. You
will need a microphone (many computers have a built-in
microphone) in order use the Recording feature of this
There are videos that introduce new concepts that are great for
review or if your young musician missed class. There are also
recordings of accompaniments to play along with. These
accompaniments are especially helpful for beginning and
developing students that are trying to build endurance. It's like
having a band in your computer! See below for a link to the Interactive Practice Studio and links for mobile apps for Apple and Android as well.
HERE is detailed information about the Interactive Practice Studio
Several students have struggled with using the metronome when playing in class. There are numerous FREE apps available just type in the word 'metronome' and search or just type in 'metronome on Google and a usable one pops up immediately that requires no download.
Concert Ab (see)
Concert F (see)
Concert Bb (see)
Concert G (see)
Concert Ab Scale (listen)
Concert F Scale (listen)
Concert Bb Scale (listen)
Concert G Scale (listen)
Students MUST use the resources made available to them. Study guides, flash cards, access code in their book, tuner app and breathing exercises we have done in class need to be a regular part of the practice routine.
In the 'RESOURCE' section below, you will find links to flashcards that we have already given copies of to students. They REALLY need to be studying these EVERY night. If their's has become misplaced, please download a new set.
Some students are falling behind in their ability to identify certain music notation basics and rhythm reading skills. In the 'RESOURCE' section below you will find links to the study guides for notation and rhythm that we use in class. If your child has misplaced their copy please print a new one.
Here is a great tool to help woodwind and brass students with their new notes. Download this FREE tuner app for students to use during their practice time at home. Just click on the appropriate platform for your device.