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1/19 Practice Assignment

posted Jan 16, 2018, 6:38 AM by Sarah Williams

Canticum - Work past measure 10.  Find sections that are similar and repeat practice those measures.  Mark areas in your music with a star that you want extra help on in lessons.

Pick one of the other new pieces to work on.  As you practice, think about what is easy for your and what is difficult.  Explain that in your online practice journal form.

12/8 Practice Journal Assignment

posted Dec 1, 2017, 7:23 AM by Sarah Williams

Nottingham Castle - Work on the fast tempo being crisp, clean and not rushing.   Try to sing the song in your head as you play.  Really focus on keeping the slow speed slow, and the fast speed EVEN...meaning it doesn't change from 17 to the end.  

Jingle Bell Rock - Any part you have the melody (not just holding a whole or half note), play each section 3 times before moving on and if you don't feel it's solid, keep working on it in small sections.
The Tempest - Those who start the piece make sure your low notes are a strong sound but also make sure you have the starting tempo and keep the low notes moving.  Work on articulations - staccatos (dots above/below notes make them short), accents and slurs.
Excalibur - At measure 5 - Flutes, Clarinet, Trumpet - make sure you melody is strong! Percussion, practice on the website with the extra music I recorded.  Trombone practice on the website with your melody part. 

Keep working hard - you've had awesome improvement over these last few weeks, keep the momentum going - your concert is almost HERE!!

Assignment for 12/1

posted Nov 14, 2017, 6:00 AM by Sarah Williams

Nottingham Castle - Work on the fast tempo being crisp, clean and not rushing.  Percussion focus on all your 16th notes sounding the same, again not going to fast and rushing.
Jingle Bell Rock - Play through the entire piece slowly so you can understand all your notes and rhythms.  Mark with star, tricky rhythms to review in lessons.
The Tempest - Light, short notes, use lots of air to support your tone.
Excalibur - When playing the main melody, play smooth and connected.  

Make sure when playing half notes, dotted half notes and whole notes as well as tied notes, that you are holding them for full value and COUNTING as you play.

11/10 Practice Log Assignment

posted Nov 7, 2017, 10:11 AM by Sarah Williams

Nottingham Castle - If you have a melody part, work on those sections.
Jingle Bell Rock - Make sure your 8th notes are swinging
The Tempest - Light, short notes, use lots of air to support your tone.
Excalibur - When playing the main melody, play smooth and connected.  

Make sure when playing half notes, dotted half notes and whole notes as well as tied notes, that you are holding them for full value and COUNTING as you play.

5/19 Practice Log Assignment

posted May 16, 2017, 6:21 AM by Sarah Williams

Pg. 6 & 7  Blue Book
Pirates - All the way through and work on tempo change at Faster near measure 68!
Star Wars - Practice all the way through making sure you have a smooth transition for tempo change between both songs.
Jurassic Park - Play all the way through with a consistent steady tempo.
Everything is Awesome - Clarinet and Tbone - check your first page for your solo, make sure it's up to speed.  55 - End Flutes, Saxes and Clarinets, make sure it is clean and clear and up to speed.  Everyone play through the entire piece.
Ghostbusters - Play through so you don't forget about it!

5/5 Practice Log Assignment

posted May 2, 2017, 7:18 AM by Sarah Williams

Pg. 6 Blue Book
Pirates - Beginning to 17 and then Measure 50 - 58
Star Wars - Fix measure 18! Also speed up tempo for 21 - End.  Work on accidentals that show up towards the end of the piece.
Jurassic Park - Play all the way through with a consistent steady tempo.

4/28 Practice Assignment

posted Apr 25, 2017, 5:13 AM by Sarah Williams

Blue Book pg. 5 & 6
Pirates - Be able to play entire piece and begin to pick up tempo (speed).
Star Wars - Check accidentals, pick up speed at m. 21 - End.  Play entire piece.
Ghostbusters - Making sure transitions are smooth, don't rush the speed.
Everything is Awesome - Making sure melody sections play out, check accidentals especially on pg. 2 of the piece.
Jurassic Park  -  Continue to make sure piece flows, pick up speed a little but not too much, still more of a slower piece compared to others.

4/14 Practice Log

posted Apr 12, 2017, 7:24 AM by Sarah Williams

pg. 5 and 6 in Blue book
Those using a Red book  - find page 9 and 10

Pirates - All sections, really focus on the notes and rhythms that are giving you difficulties.  Start to push your self faster on sections you are able to.

Everything is Awesome - Page 2 Flutes and Saxes and Clarinets - get your 8th note section at 55 down.
Everyone else, work through the entire piece.

Ghostbusters - Work on being softer when you do not have the melody, pay attention to dynamics.

Jurassic Park - Work on fluent, smooth sounding notes and rhythms.

Star Wars - Play through the whole piece and work on speeding up m. 21 - End

4/7 Practice Log

posted Apr 4, 2017, 6:06 AM by Sarah Williams

Play through all 5 pieces and mark specifically when you would like extra help either on a sticky note or separate piece of paper and turn into Mrs. Cousins on 4/7 at Band.

Pg. 5 in your Blue Book
Pirates - Work on putting the entire song together.  Check fingerings and ask for help on rhythms you are still unsure of.
Everything is Awesome - M. 42 - End for most is more challenging, find out of those measures what you can play well and where you need to practice more.
All other 3 pieces - Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Jurassic Park.  They have some easier sections but don't stop practicing them as you continue to work on your harder pieces.

3/3 Practice Log Assignment

posted Feb 16, 2017, 7:02 AM by Sarah Williams

Blue Book - Pg. 5 - Pick one song to perform at your next lesson.

Pirates - Work on the entire piece and mark measure numbers you need help and why. 

Ghostbusters - Be able to play through the entire piece without stopping.

Jurassic Park -  We are strong playing through this piece, make sure your playing in the correct key signature, holding notes for the correct values and adding dynamics.

Star Wars - Master Measure 18 and work on 21 to the end of the song.

Everything is Awesome - Be able to play through the whole piece without stopping.  Also be able to follow the D.S. al Coda (Find the sign, return to it and then skip to coda) in the correct spots.

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