Friday, September 15, 2017

Lesson Times

This is what I have been able to put together.
We will start this Monday, September 18th

Monday
2:30pm - Flutes
3:00pm - Clarinets and Saxophones
(I will bring the later students down to their normal pick-up spot at 3:30pm)

Tuesday
2:30pm - Trombones
3:00pm - Trumpets
(I will bring the later students down to their normal pick up spot at 3:30pm)

Thursday
2:30 - Percussion

Right now I'm not going to switch from week to week. If you would rather I switch, let me know. I will take another inventory in a couple weeks.

Today :) - and PRACTICE INFO

Today was so exciting!!
Those who had their instruments were able to get them out and make a sound. We talked about mouth posture, body posture, instrument care, and putting things together. I handed out folders and practice logs. They should show me their practice time at each band class.

Practice Expectations for everyone:
They are to practice for 10 minutes a day/6 days a week for right now. They are just getting used to their instrument and their mouths will get very tired. Percussion may practice more, but I will not have separate expectations for them.

Flutes:
Make a sound on the mouthpiece.
Be sure to have a pouty lip... Center the hole on your bottom lip.
Be sure I can see a good part of the hole.
Keep your chin up :).
After you can make a sound, slide your finger in and out to get a fun sound.
Then, cover the end of the mouth piece for a different note.
I showed them a bit of how to put it together and put their fingers on.
Here is a good youtube link with a wonderful teacher for some review:
youtube.com
Flute (naming parts)
Flute (making a sound)
Flute (entire playlist for later)


Clarinets:
It is important to put your mouthpiece and "neck" together, THEN put your reed on. Then make a sound with your mouthpiece, reed, and neck (barrell) only.
Suck on that reed first.
Be careful not to break your reed when putting your ligature on.
Pull the ligature down below your reed's "smiley"
Roll your bottom lip back, keep your beaver teeth out on top, smile like a puppet, and shoot the air through the mouthpiece.
If you get that, you can put the instrument together.
Make a note with thumb and first finger covered, then two fingers, then try three.
If you need some review, I have included some youtube tutorials with a teacher that I like very much:
Clarinet (naming parts)
Clarinet (mouthpiece and reed)
Clarinet (making a sound)
Clarinet (all pieces together)
Clarinet (entire playlist for later)
***Putting your instrument together counts as practice time for reed instruments only for the first month

Saxophone:
It is important to put yur mouthpiece on the neck before you put your reed on.
Make a sound with your mouthpiece, reed, and neck only.
Suck on that reed first.
Be careful not to break your reed when putting your ligature on.
Pull the ligature down below your reed's "smiley"
Roll your bottom lip back, keep your beaver teeth out on top, smile like a puppet, and shoot the air through the mouthpiece.
Make a note with your first finger pushed down, then two fingers, then try three.
If you get that, you can put the instrument together. You may ask your parents to help you watch these youtube videos...
I like this teacher...
Saxophone (naming parts)
Saxophone (reed and mouthpiece)
Saxophone (all pieces together)
Saxophone (entire playlist for later)
***Putting your instrument together counts as practice time for reed instruments only for the first month.

Trumpet:
Work with the mouthpiece first
Buzz your lips, keep your cheeks in, shoot the air through the mouthpiece
To put your mouthpiece in the trumpet, place it in and gently twist.
Right hand on top - pinky in the holder, thumb under the tube - holding a round tomato :)
make a low sound (relaxed buzzing not such fast air)
make a higher sound (fast air, smile more with your buzzing)
Here are some videos for you with a good teacher:
Trumpet (putting mouthpiece on lips)
Trumpet (buzzing)
Trumpet (holding trumpet)
Trumpet (buzzing on the trumpet) He is playing your high note here
All of theses links are a part of a playlist

Percussion:
Practice some of the exercises in this playlist.
You should watch the videos in order - they have a lot of good information!
Beginning Percussion Playlist

I will get Trombones up soon

Monday, September 11, 2017

Lessons

I cannot commit to lesson times until I have everyone registered.

For this week, I will do this:

Monday at 2:30pm - Flutes
Tuesday at 2:30pm - Clarinets and any saxes that have an instrument.
Thursday at 2:30pm - Trumpets and Trombones

This is NOT permanent.

I am trying to email parents to see if anyone would object to/want a lesson from 3 - 3:30pm on Mondays or Tuesdays (maybe Thursdays). If you see this and can email me first :) - please do so. I may have an A week and a B week so that you wouldn't have to stay after school more than once every other week.

Our First Band Time

Our meeting last Friday went very well!!
I am excited to see them conversing about what they want to do in band.
I think everyone has decided on an instrument, I just need those blus papers back :)
I sent home extra blue information papers to students who needed them.
Some students still need to be registered on line. Please do this as soon as possible.
We will have band with instruments and lessons books this Friday, September 15th.
Here are a few things to remember before band on Friday.

1. An instrument will need to be rented from a music supply center if you do not have access to borrowing one. I use Music Land in Bel Air behind the mall. You may also want to look at Music & Arts in the Festival in Bel Air.

2. All students need to purchase a lesson book when renting your instrument. Please ask for a "Standard of Excellence" book 1 (it is red) that coordinates with your instrument.

3. Accessories needed for specific instruments:
Flute note: you will need a bandana or handkerchief to clean the instrument ($1 at Walmart)
Clarinet and sax note: please purchase size 2 Rico brand reeds and cork grease when renting. They should always have at least 3 good reeds in their case. Remember they tend to break often. A bandana or handkerchief will be helpful ($1 at Walmart)
Trumpet note: please purchase valve oil when renting. You will need a bandana or handkerchief to help in the care of the trumpet ($1 at Walmart).
Trombone note: please purchase slide grease (not a stick, but a small round container) when renting. You will need a bandana or handkerchief to help in the care of the trombone ($1 at Walmart).
Percussion note: you only need to buy a drum practice pad and beginner sticks. Do not rent a snare drum as it is more costly, noisy, and unnecessary.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Instrumental Demonstration Day :)

4th graders interested in Beginning Band

I will be meeting with all 4th graders today so they can see a demonstration of the different instruments offered in band and ask any questions. Here are some things I will be discussing:

Instruments offered in Beginning Band: flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, percussion. Percussion will not be a drum set, but concert band instruments. I would like students to have some sort of instrument lessons one year before playing percussion - this can include piano lessons.
Side note: I am not proficient in strings. Although I can teach them and will continue lessons with students who have already begun in previous years, I will not be offering strings on a beginner level. If your child wishes to take string lessons, I can recommend a teacher.

Band Time: This will be once a week as a whole every Friday at 10:20am.

Lessons: Students will have one other time a week when they meet with myself and other students on instruments like their own to focus on developing skills.

Choosing an instrument: I am leaving this up to the family this year. If students are having a hard time deciding, I can help them next week. I'd like them to at least narrow their interest down to two.

Getting an instrument: If you do not already have an instrument, I deal with Music Land in Bel Air. You can call or look up information on their website. You can also go through Music and Arts in the Festival.

Anyone interested in Band should fill out a registration form on the website after you have chosen which instrument your child will play.

Please register here:
TLCS Band Registration

The Band Director

Let me introduce myself:
My name is Dawn Garner. I have been directing bands in Christian Schools since 1991. I have also taught many aspects of Music. My schooling was at Towson University in Music Education. I am so excited to be continuing the band program here at Trinity Lutheran. I also teach academics in the middle school.

I have four children between the ages of 13 and 22. They are my joy :). If there is time, I would love to tell you alllllll about them!

I will be posting more information very soon.
You are welcome to email me at dgarner@tlsonline.org.
Looking forward to a WONDERFUL year :)



Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. Psalm 33