Please keep practicing during school closure, at least the required 30 minutes per week. I hope you will practice even more than that! Wouldn't it be great if you could practice 15-30 minutes every day?
Remember to practice playing softly with good air support and a beautiful tone quality sound.
I will keep posting practice assignment every week. After you have learned the songs that I have posted, think about going back to your book to learn more songs.
What are some ideas for you to keep getting better?
1. Do you still need more practice to memorize and read your notes? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! Go Back to page 6 and memorize the notes in review. See if you can play your old songs without looking at the note names or numbers you wrote in your book. (Erase them or use white-out to cover them?) Can you play #22 without any notes written in? How about #31? Maybe use some 3 x 5 note cards and make yourself some flash cards? Draw a picture of the 5 line staff and draw the circle of the note-head on the correct line or space for that note. Then turn the card over and write the name of the note on the other side. Then you can challenge yourself. Mix up the flash cards and see if you can recognize the notes when you see them on the staff. Have a grown up or sibling quiz you and see how fast you can recognize all your notes.
2. Ready to Challenge yourself for more fun? Try using your skills to play some songs we did not practice in class together. How about #18 or #25 or #28? You might be able to search on YouTube to hear what the songs sound like. Or use the code on page 1 of your book to get the background tracks from the book publisher's website: http://www.myeelibrary.com/
Advanced students: How about learning song #43, #44 or #53? How about #90? Some students have really had fun with the "flat" notes on page 16, especially #75 Basic Blues.
3. Want to show me your progress? Ask your parents to make a short video of you playing one song and then email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is what to practice for week 23:
#54 Frere Jacques
#55 When the Saints Go Marching In
and NEW piece... Ceremonium - Just the beginning section from measure 1-16. (This is the very challenging piece that we are planning to play together with the 6th graders at our joint concert on May 21, 2020.)
Here is video help:
Click Here for a video of a full band playing Ceremonium if you want to listen to how the whole thing sounds with all the instruments
Click here for a trombone video about how to learn to play Ceremonium
Click Here for a trumpet video to learn the trumpet part including all the high notes
Click here for a 2nd Trumpet video for a part that does NOT have quite so many high notes
Frere Jacques and Saints Go Marching videos:
Click here for Trombone video for #54 and #55
Click here for Trumpet video for #54 and #55
After you have learned your own instrument's part for #55 "Saints Go Marching In," you may want to try to play along with this duet video that shows how both of the parts fit together. (Maybe plug in some headphones so you can hear it?) This will help you learn to focus on playing your own part while hearing how it fits together with another part.
Click here for Saints Go Marching In duet video with both parts together
Record your practice time (at least 30 minutes over the course of the week) on your practice log and have your parent/guardian initial practice minutes to earn a stamp!
- Plan your practice schedule for the week.
- Designate a practice space that is free of distractions.
- Review your practice assignment and musical goals (written or on this website).
- Set a timer for your planned amount of practice.
- Practice! (Goal is at least 30 minutes total per week.)
- Complete your practice log and have your parent/guardian initial it.
Later, I will let you know how to turn the log in to me.