Welcome to The Washington Irving Band Website 2014-2015!
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A proper warm up for playing any instrument will help you:
The following two videos use traditional grip. We are using matched grip as beginners.
December 17, 2014: WI Winter Concert for Concert Band and Stage Band
March 18, 2015: WI Small Groups Concert for Concert Band and Stage Band
May 13, 2015: WI Spring Concert for Concert Band and Stage Band
June 12, 2015: WI Beginning Band Concert
TBA (Usually the first week in June): Jazz in the Courtyard for Stage Band
What is expected of me?
(1) Attending a weekly in-school lesson
(2) Attending a weekly after school rehearsal
(3) Practicing my instrument at home
Details for how your child's in-school and after school lesson works can be found by clicking below:
We love checklists!! We know what our goal is, how to get there, and if we're on the right path at all times!
Checklists = Habits
If you follow your checklist for at least one month, it will become a habit. Our set-up, warm-up, and playing/reading checklists have now become habits!! Congratulations, you are a musician who reads, interprets, and performs music.
For more info read the following books:
Creativty: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
by Atul Gawande
The Art of Practicing: How to Make Music From the Heart
Our Clarinet Groups would like to share our Warm-Up Checklist:
Warm Up Checklist
Blow long tones forever (at least 8 counts)!!
Nothing too hard
or that makes me have to
think about fingerings
or how to play the notes.
I want to be mindful of
the following only:
This list raises many questions and answers:
To be mindful is to clear one's mind and only think about the task at hand. In this case, we play long notes that are familiar and think only about our Posture, Breath Control, and Embouchure. Embouchure is the way our mouth's muscles, ligaments, and tendons form to hold the mouthpiece properly in place.
What are we working on?
How do I play my new notes on the clarinet? Check out this link:
What are those whatchamacallits on my flute? Click this link: