In 5th grade students have the wonderful opportunity to learn an instrument of their choice as the vehicle to further their skills in music. 5th grade students will meet by general instrument groupings – woodwinds, brass – with consideration given to bassists and percussionists, as well as class size.
The “brass” class will meet M/TH and every other Wednesday. The “woodwind” class will meet T/F and every other Wednesday. Students will be assigned to a class and given their Wednesday meeting schedule in the first week of school.
Our focuses will include…
Students are required to practice 45 minutes per week outside of class, but to notice results quickly students should practice every day. My recommendation for the 45 minutes would be 3, 15-minute sessions. They can practice music from class (the method book) or any other music they might enjoy. Private lessons on the instrument they are learning in class with me DO count as practice time. Practice time will be recorded on a practice chart and practice charts will be turned in once every other week. Additional practice time will be extra credit. Practice charts and the collection schedule will be started after students get settled into the year.
Students will also have in class performance tests, but they will have several opportunities to practice in class and to play the tested exercise. These opportunities are great for building self-esteem and peer support!
*Regarding practice: try to remember, that it may not sound like “music” at first. It may be frustrating at first, it is with hard work, self-discipline, and time that YOU WILL IMPROVE; and when you do improve, practice will be more fun!
Students who are borrowing and instrument from the school must fill out and return a signed “instrument use contract”. Students are responsible for general care and repair of the instrument. Instruments must be returned in their original conditions. If there is a shortage of some instruments, I will talk to the students and parents involved to come up with a solution.
Please see the supply list to be sure students have what they need based on the instrument they have been assigned.
Students will need to purchase their own method book. These books do not necessarily need to come to school with them, as I have a class set of books. However, for students who like to write in their books, they will only be able to do so in personally owned books. Otherwise, the purchased book can stay at home for home practice sessions.
Materials for class
Students must come prepared to class with their instrument and supplies (reeds, valve oil, etc), music/method book, and a pencil! Having required materials, along with bringing a positive attitude and 100% effort, are the 2 components of class participation.
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