• Advanced Band (Grade 7 & 8)

     
    This class meets daily from 8:15-9:00. Check the Home Page in Canvas for your Zoom Link & Password
    Click on the Logo below to go to your Canvas Class (7th and 8th grade are 2 separate sections in Canvas)
     
     7th Grade Band 8th Grade Band
      
    Week Of August 3rd Overview:
    This week's lesson will focus on the following:
    • In Canvas
      • A Welcome Video with a Canvas Tutorial 
      • A Getting to Know you slide presentation - Students will create a slide about themselves on the Google Presentation
      • Rhythm and Decoding Review - Demonstrate your ability to read Grade 1.5-2 music using appropriate articulations, phrasing and dynamic contrast
     
     
     
     
    Week Of May 18th Overview:
    This week's lesson will focus on the following:
    • In Smart Music
      • Sight Reading Exercise - Demonstrate your ability to sight read Grade 1.5-2 music using appropriate articulations, phrasing and dynamic contrasts

    A Video of the Virtual Lesson for 5/18 is posted in Canvas on the "Files" Page

    Week Of May 11th Overview:
    This week's lesson will focus on the following:
    • In Smart Music
      • Chorale From Jupiter by Gustav Holst
      • Optional Alternative assignment for "Jupiter" for Percussionists Only "Dark Ride" already uploaded to you in Smart Music
      • Focus - Demonstrate your ability to sight read Grade 1.5-2 music using appropriate articulations, phrasing and dynamic contrasts
    • Extra Credit - Participate in our Band Meme Wars (check your email for details)

    A Video of the Virtual Lesson for 5/11 is posted in Canvas on the "Files" Page

    Week Of May 4th Overview:
    This week's lesson will focus on the following:
    • In Smart Music
      • Superheroes R Us (Your Favorite Section Only - Superman, James Bond, Batman, or Soul Bossa Nova)
      • Focus - Demonstrate your ability to Perform Grade 1.5-2 music using appropriate articulations, phrasing and dynamic contrasts
    • Extra Credit - Participate in our Band Meme Wars (check your email for details)

    A Video of the Virtual Lesson for 5/4 is posted in Canvas on the "Files" Page

    Week Of April 27th Overview:
    This week's lesson will focus on the following:
    • In Smart Music
      • Star Wars Main Theme (the entire song)
      • Focus - Demonstrate your ability to Sight Read Grade 1.5-2 music using appropriate articulations, phrasing and dynamic contrasts

    A Video of the Virtual Lesson for 4/27 is posted in Canvas on the "Files" Page

    Week Of April 20th Overview:
    7th Grade Band's Virtual Class is on Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00-9:30
    8th Grade Band's Virtual Class is on Monday & Wednesday from 10:30-11:00
    Check the Announcements Page for the Week of April 20th in Canvas for your Zoom Meeting ID, Link & Password
     
    This week's lesson will focus on the following:
    • In Canvas
      • Astro Overture - Introduction and A Section (through measure 34)
        • Focus - Dotted quarter, eighth note combinations, dynamics and breath management

    A Video of the Virtual Lesson for 4/20 is in Canvas on the "Files" page

     
    If you are running into difficulties while trying to use Smart Music, below are some options for success. If these steps don't solve the problem, please call Smart Music directly at 866-240-4041 ext 3.
     
    To clear the web cache, please follow the steps below:
    1. On your computer, open Chrome.
    2. At the top right, click More .
    3. Click More tools > Clear browsing data.
    4. Choose a time range of All time.
    5. Select Cached Images and Files.
    6. Click Clear data.

    To check for an update, please follow the steps below.
    1. On your computer, open Chrome.

    2. At the top right, click More .

    3. Go down to Help and choose About Google Chrome.

    4. This will open a new tab and automatically check for an update. If an update is available but does not automatically start the download, please click Update.

     
    Week Of April 13th Overview:
    This week's lesson will focus on getting logged into and familiarizing yourself with the technology resources we will be using for the remainder of the school year:

    7th/8th Grade Advanced Band

    1. Canvas - This platform is already set up for your use
      1. Open a Chrome browser and visit: http://start.dvusd.org/  or http://homepage.dvusd.net/ 
      2. Type in your UserName and Password
      3. Locate your Band Class (Band I or Band II)
      4. Complete your Canvas Assignments; these are all Review of the songs we've been working on. Write down any questions for our Zoom meetings.
    2. Smart Music- In order to use the software, you need to create a SmartMusic account and join the class using this code: UHJNM-6TFDF most students are using "____@learner.dvusd.org" as their email
      1. Open a Chrome browser and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
      2. Be sure you click on "Join a Class" the 1st time you sign in and then "Log In" every time after that
      3. When prompted for a class code, please enter: UHJNM-6TFDF
      4. Complete your SmartMusic Assignment, which is a Review of a scale test you've already completed this year. Write down any questions you have for our Zoom meetings.
    3. Zoom Meetings will occur Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:30-3:00pm
      1. Your Meeting ID, Join URL and Password for these meetings will be provided in Canvas Announcements each week and via email on Monday morning each week

    Changing Your Audio Settings in Smart Music  Change Your Audio Settings In Smart Music 

     

    Please feel free to email me with questions or to request a ZOOM videoconference:

     
    We will be using the Tradition Of Excellence Technique & Musicianship Book in addition to sheet music this year.  You can purchase this at a local music store or online.
      
    At the Advanced Level - Grades 7 and 8, developing basic musicianship skills continues to be a priority. Students will begin to use more articulations, perform scales and music in more difficult key signatures, demonstrate vibrato, and perform music at a more advanced level of difficulty (ABODA Solo & Ensemble repertoire, Grades 2 - 3). Ensemble skills will become more developed as students participate in full band settings. Students will describe concepts common to music and other disciplines, and will be involved in discussing various cultures, styles, composers, and historical periods. Band Class for 7th & 8th Graders meets daily. 
     
    Learner Outcomes:
      
    Home Practice Guide:
     

    Tone Development:

     

    Fingering Charts:

    Clarinet
    Saxophone
    Trumpet
    Trombone
     
    Tax Credit Form: