School Shutdown Information
April 13th Assignment:
Critical Listening Assignment (due Monday 4/20 by noon): As you know, the district is starting new learning this week. One of the best skills musicians should develop is their critical listening. You are all accomplished musicians who have developed opinions about music you like or don’t like. The challenge is to describe why that is. So this week, I’d like you to choose 2 clips from the following list of important band pieces to give structured feedback on. I’d recommend skimming each clip to hear which 2 catch your ear as being interesting, then open the google doc link to see what questions are being asked. Answer the questions after listening/watching the complete clip. Complete the same questions for both of the pieces you select. This assignment will be marked as complete/incomplete in Infinite Campus. Here are the assignment link and list of youtube clips to choose from.
El Camino Real (Alfred Reed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPYmrapNgxo
Divertimento For Band (Vincent Persichetti) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lxprax3pZp0
Incantation and Dance (John Barnes Chance) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCeyOWLcq1Y
Chorale and Alleluia (Howard Hanson) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khFP8UepTn0
March from Symphonic Metamorphosis (Paul Hindemith) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOubQdWehRI
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral (Richard Wagner, arr. Cailliet) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU7xohtrMmg
Shine (Julie Giroux) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx_8olXcGCg
Children’s March, “Over the Hills and Far Away” (Percy Grainger) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVGNzmRWqM0
Smart Music Reminder: A number of you have already submitted playing assignments through Smart Music. I would encourage you to work on the assigned sections and record yourself through the program when ready. Don’t worry about the red note/green note designation (as it is very picky with accuracy). I’m not concerned with percentage correct, but rather just hearing if you are getting the piece down. There will be more playing assignments through Smart Music in the future, so I want to be sure you are all getting used to using the program now. Directions for creating an account were e-mailed previously and are also on my website.
April 7th Message:
I had a lot of fun putting together this video message just to say hello. Enjoy and be well.
Dear Concert Band Members,
I hope you are all doing well and keeping your spirits up while staying safe at home. I so look forward to the time when we can come together again and have fun making some great music. With that goal in mind, I’m presenting you with your next musical challenge.
If you have not already done so, please sign up for Smart Music for free by doing the following:
- Open a Chrome browser and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
- 2. When prompted for a class code, please enter: KW4XP-UNHGJ
Once you have set up your Smart Music account, you will find 4 assignments there all working on A Childhood Remembered. They are as follows:
- Measures 1-35
- Measures 35-50
- Measures 51-74
- Run the entire piece
Your goal should be to work each section from a slower practice tempo gradually up to the goal tempo of 96 and then try running the entire piece. Hopefully, you have already been gaining some confidence with this piece and these assignments will be in good shape. If so, that means you will be ready to start looking at our next piece.
Emperata Overture by Claude T. Smith is one of the classic pieces in the wind band repertoire and Claude T. Smith is one of the most influential composers in the band world. I put a recording of this work (played by the Taiwan Wind Ensemble) on my webpage. Go to Curricular Ensembles, then Concert Band, then Listening Examples. Listen to the piece as a whole first, then find your specific part and listen again while following along. Attached you will find all parts for this piece.
Dig in and have fun!
I hope you have settled into a routine at home that works for you and part of that routine should be spending some time enjoying making music on your instrument. It is my sincere hope that we will be together again soon. In the meantime, I hope you will continue to learn and grow from some of the greatest wind band literature that exists.
My first challenge to you is to listen to and learn A Childhood Remembered. We barely got started on it, but it immediately showed the promise of an outstanding performance. Your goal tempo is 96. Here is a link to the publisher’s recording:
My second challenge to you is to learn a part other than the one you normally learn (i.e. flute or percussion learn the oboe part, trumpet learn the clarinet part and vice versa, alto sax learn the bari sax part and vice versa, etc.). To truly understand a great piece of literature, you need to see/hear how all parts work together. I’ve attached all parts below for you to see.
Take care, be safe and have fun making music!
The Concert Band is an ensemble for students in grades 9 – 12 that meets daily during 2nd period in the large ensemble rehearsal room. This group has scheduled performances on the following dates:
November 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in MHS auditorium
February 27, 2020 District Band Festival at 7:00 p.m. in the MHS gymnasium
March 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in MHS auditorium
April 17-19, 2020 Tentative Music Trip Dates (location TBA)
May 25, 2020 Memorial Day ceremony at 10:00 a.m. in the Pittsford Cemetery
June 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in MHS auditorium
June 27, 2020 Graduation Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. in RIT Gordon Field House
These performances are formal presentations of our work and, with any formal occasion, our students are expected to present themselves in a formal way through their demeanor and their attire. This directly reflects each students understanding of Pittsford’s curricular goal of quality performance presentation. Students are expected to wear the following in performance:
Women: long black dress or black blouse & black dress pants, black shoes
Men: black dress shirt (tie optional), black dress pants, black socks and shoes
In preparation for these performances, it is expected that students demonstrate a desire to succeed. This desire becomes evident in each student's daily contribution to rehearsals, attitude and openness to constructive criticism, weekly preparation and skill reinforcement, and musical growth in lessons. Students will receive grades on their lesson preparation and progress weekly. In addition, students will be evaluated on performance and written skill assessments every 2-3 lessons. It is expected that students will attend regularly scheduled lessons weekly, however make up opportunities will be available should conflicts arise. Enrichment opportunities are also available (see link).
School owned instruments, mouthpieces and accessories that are borrowed for the year are expected to be returned in the same condition that they were when assigned to the student. Maintenance due to normal wear and tear will be paid for by the school, however the cost of damage due to neglect or carelessness must be paid for by the borrower. A record of the item borrowed (including brand and serial number as well as the condition in which it was assigned) is kept each September for comparison.
Each student’s commitment to their own personal excellence makes them a valued member of the Concert Band. Pooling these individual talents and striving for collective mastery of musical skills creates a deeply meaningful artistic experience and provides cherished memories for a lifetime.