From Mrs. Vertoske:
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra... 
is now able to provide access to our most recent BPO Broadcasts On Demand for educational student use at home. These broadcasts feature the BPO with special guest artists and were recorded in Kleinhans Music Hall in front of student audiences from the Buffalo Public Schools.  They're now able to provide these broadcasts to students who are currently learning at home during this unprecedented time. They hope to add to this bank of videos as publisher permissions are secured.  Check it out!
Password: PlayonBPO2020

Here is a link to the online content from your lesson book.  You should have a code in the front of your book- use that to log in at Essential Elements Interactive- link below.  If, for some reason, your code doesn't work, Smartmusic, link below, also contains online lesson book content.  

Have you been keeping up your playing?  I hope so!  Here is a new challenge:

UPES & CAS Students: Can you play the theme song for your school?  

At UPES, We Can Be Kind!   If you were singing that, it would be: 
Do-La-La-La-La. Sol-Fa-Mi-Fa.  
Try starting on a Concert B-Flat, and play it by ear!  

Charlotte Avenue Morning Announcements Song
Mi-Sol-Fa-Mi-Re-Re-Sol Mi-Mi-Do-Do-Re-Re-Re-Ti-Do
For this one, you will need to start on the 3rd note of your concert B-Flat Scale- 
Here are your first 2 notes to get you started:
Flutes, Oboes, Bells, Trombones, Baritones, Tubas- D F
Trumpets, Clarinets, Tenor Saxophones- E G
Alto Saxophones- B D
Horns- A C

Send me your videos, let's see which school gets the most performances!
Mrs. Vertoske

For a limited time, you have the opportunity to sign up for SmartMusic- it's a great place to find music to practice with! 

It has content from the Essential Elements book in it.   

This offer expires on March 31.  There are 80 copies available, so, first come, first served.    

Here's the info to sign up: 

Go to https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
Enter code: LE7Q2-XUYCP
You can't use it on a smart-phone but it works on a tablet or desktop computer- use Chrome as your browser- not Safari.

If you are not one of the first 80 to sign up, you may still get free access through June, 2020 through the Smartmusic website.


It's been great hearing from you & your parents over e-mail and on social media.  Take Care, and keep sending me those videos!

Mrs. Vertoske


Click on the Solos link to the left to view the videos!

From Mrs. Vertoske:
Please remember to PRACTICE! 
Thank you for sending in your musical performances!  Click on the link entitled "Solos" on the lefthand side of this page to see what's new!   

What are you currently playing?  Would you like to share?  If so, record yourself, and email the file to Mrs. Vertoske- dvertoske@hcsdk12.org.  Your performance will be posted under the "Solos" section to the left of this page.  

If you'd like to play along with your band music, there are band performances listed on the left side of this page under Band Music.  

Elderwood Performance from December, 2019

Decorating Instruments at Christmas time

UPES Band Kids
Subpages (2): Band Music Music Links