DonorsChoose.org and our amazing Emerson Music Friends helped us get some awesome wireless headphones to use with our SmartMusic Accounts last school year.
Yamaha Music Corporation is now sponsering and matching all donations for our music supply project:
https://www.donorschoose.org/project/staying-in-tune-music-supplies/2703796/?rf=link-siteshare-2017-08-teacher-teacher_3128031&challengeid=20649064 So our $511 project will be FULLY funded with $256 in donations!
Ms. Caravella's DonorsChoose.org Account: https://www.donorschoose.org/caravella
Now is a great time to start thinking about instrument rentals for the school year (beat the rush!) Many stores will even ship your child's instrument to Emerson Williams! Please email me (email@example.com) with any questions you have as you start this process!
Questions on supplies, instrument purchases or where to find music stores?
Here are the supply checklists by instrument.
Feel free to bring them to the music store to help you make sure you get everything you need! (A lot of this stuff comes with the rentals!)
Have a great rest of summer everyone! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions!
On Sunday, March 5th, The E-W Band and Orchestra played at the Super Hero Wolfpack Game! 96 musicians rocked the XL center with "Eye of the Tiger"!! Thank you to EVERYONE who came to Wolfpack today, cheered us on, chaperoned, hauled equipment across the XL Center, photographed and made sure our performers had an amazing experience!
\The first year ensembles are working on improving their music literacy skills. We accomplish this by singing, sizzling, fingers and playing the music we are working on as we practice. We have worked on asking ourselves the following questions when we are stuck on a note:
1. Is it a line or a space note?
2. Where is a note I know?
3. Is it higher or lower than that note?
4. Count down or up = note!
Now challenging yourself to be able to recognize music notes quickly is not just limited to first year ensembles, the following trainers can help ALL Musicians improve their music literacy. (3rd grade recorder friends, that means you too! Use the TREBLE clef for recorder practice)
Here's where the cool online note reading games come into play:
Online Note Trainer (Ipad or computer!!!) http://www.musictheory.net/exercises/note
Please note: You must use the top right actions area to change to your clef! (Treble, Bass or Alto) if your clef looks different you must check this!
Whack a Note(Treble Clef only): http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/interactives/steprightup/whackanote/
Other helpful websites for parents and students: http://emersonwilliamsbandstrings.weebly.com/helpful-websites.html
The students know my favorite thing is finding youtube videos for them. I am sure you all have heard a LOT of piano guys in your houses :)
1. All about that Bass (Clef) - Helpful hints on how to read in Bass Clef
2. I knew you were TREBLE when you walked in - Helpful hints on how to read in Treble Clef!
3. Alto Clef (violist friends) I can't find a cool video yet- maybe we have to make our own :) Violists did make up a great saying to remember the lines "Four Alligators Chasing Every Gorilla"
Sixth graders have an opportunity to audition for the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Northern Region Middle School Festival This is an ensemble made up of students from the entire northern part of the state. Students must audition for and be selected to participate in this ensemble. Other information regarding the audition, festival, and logistical details follows. If you have any questions or want more information, please contact me by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Auditions are in January and the Festival (if selected) will be in March.
Important: Please let me know ASAP if your child would like to participate, I will register them and help you located the music that needs to be purchased (No photocopies allowed for auditions)
Please note: This is a solo audition, students will prepare themselves (or prepare with a private teacher) and I will make sure I am available for a few coachings as scheduling permits closer to audition season. This will not happen during their regularly scheduled instrumental lessons as we do not cover solo music during rehearsals and lessons.
For the Rep Lists please visit: www.cmea.org/nrmsfest and scroll to the bottom of the page to "File Attachments"
They look like this: (wont link on my website... sorry!)
NRMS String Audition 16-17.pdf
NRMS Vocal Audition 16-17.pdf
NRMS Wind and Perc Audition 16-17.pdf
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