Schilling Farms Middle School

8th grade parents-- Take a moment to learn more about CHS course registration! Check out the News Feed below to view a video and an informative PowerPoint. Lots of changes from previous years!

6th Grade Brass/Percussion

Susan Spain
Music (Instrumental)
2016-2017 School Year

Course Description

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Week of May 1st

It's the final week before the concert! Every group will be rehearsing this week, and attendance is mandatory. For the Jazz band and 8th grade band, this is their final after school rehearsal. The 7th grade will have one more, on Monday, May 8th.
The 6th grade band will be rehearsing during their class periods this week. On Friday, 3rd period will stay through 4th period to rehearse with the woodwinds. This is per teacher approval. Next Monday, 4th period will report to the band room during 3rd period for one final rehearsal.
The concert information letter was sent home last week. All students will report to CHS next Tuesday by 6pm. The concert will begin promptly at 6:30. Due to limited, 6th grade students are not required to stay for the 7th and 8th grade bands. The 7th grade students are required to stay for the 8th grade.
Please make sure that uniforms are clean, pressed, and ready to go. The 6th grade will wear their gray band t-shirts, and the 7th and 8th grade will wear their concert uniforms.

Week of April 24th

Our concert is two weeks away!!!  All three classes will be spending the next two weeks working solely on the concert. Students should be practicing at home daily. 
Our concert will be on Tuesday, May 9th in the CHS auditorium. All students will arrive at 6pm. 6th grade students will report the stage, and 7th and 8th grade will report to the CHS band room.
This concert is the culmination of all of the work we have put in this semester. It is required, and will be an assessment grade for all band students.

Homework Assignment - Due 29th

Both 6th and 7th grade students must submit (in Schoology) an audio recording of an 8-12 measure section of their solo. This is due no later than midnight on Wednesday.

Week of March 27th

It's Solo and Ensemble week! All three grades will be focusing on preparing for the event on Saturday. 
Solo and Ensemble schedule:
8:00am - Student report time to Elmore Park Middle School. Report to the gym for warmup. Cases should stay in the car.
8:30am - Scheduled start time for SFMS Band students.
9:30am - Scheduled end time
Students may not be finished until close to 10am. Once they are done performing, they are free to leave. 
Carpooling is a wonderful idea!!!

Week of March 20th

This week, all band classes will begin preparing for their Spring Concert on May 9th. All three grades will be receiving new music this week. These new pieces will include counting new rhythms, recognizing new key signatures, and (in 6th grade) identifying new notes.

Week of February 20th

The 6th grade band received their first piece of music for the Spring Concert this past Friday. They will be working on this, as well as music for Solo and Ensemble. 
Please be sure to return the Solo and Ensemble registration form that was sent home last week. It is due no later than Friday. Students must return this form in time.

Week of February 6th

This week, the 6th grade band will be focusing on the following:
  • Concert C Scale (Brass and Percussion)
  • Warm-up Set 1 (Brass and Percussion)
  • Concert G (Woodwinds)
  • Lines 141-145 (Woodwinds)
  • Articulation: Staccato, Tenuto, Accents

Week of January 30

The 6th grade band has been very busy! We are working on dotted quarter notes, the Concert Eb and C Scales, and counting rhythms using the class handouts. This week, we are focusing on:
  • Concert C (Brass and Percussion)
  • Rolls on snare drum
  • Concert Eb (Woodwinds)
  • Lesson 37 - Counting 8th rests
  • Lesson 40 - Counting dotted quarter notes

Week of January 16th

The 6th grade band is off to a great start this semester! I am very pleased with them. This week, we will focus on the following:
  • Concert Bb and F scales in both classes. 
  • Concert C in 3rd period, Eb in 4th period.
  • Woodwinds: Line 137, as well as others in the book. 
  • Brass: Book, Long Tone 1a, and Warm-up set 1, option 1.
  • Both classes: Reading and Counting rhythms will be stressed through exercises provided by Ms. Spain from the Time for Rhythm book.

Week of January 2, 2017

Welcome back! This week, the 6th grade band will be reviewing skills learned in the first semester. We will be back in the Sound Innovations book, working on the following:
  • Long tones
  • Concert Bb and F Scales for both classes
  • Concert C for the brass and percussion, Concert Eb and Ab for the woodwinds
  • Counting rhythms

Week of November 21

All three bands will spend the short week preparing for the concert.
There will be no rehearsal for 7th grade on Monday after school. 
There will be jazz band rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon.

Week of November 14

This week, the 6th grade band will be focusing on:
  • Music for the Winter Concert. 
  • Concert Bb Scale
  • Concert F Scale
  • Eighth, Quarter, Half, and Whole note rhythms

Week of October 31

The 6th grade band will continue to work on their Concert Music this week.
This past week, we began working in earnest on counting rhythms. Previously, they have been counting whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes and rests using the basic down/up system. We are now transitioning to the same system used by the 7th and 8th grade bands. We will spend class time this week reviewing previous lines, counting them with the new system.