Title: Working The Battery!
This lesson focuses on the percussion feature in the final number of this years band show. The lesson will occur during a marching/music sectional focusing on technique (marching and playing), rhythmic interpretation, timing, and musicianship. The lesson will focus on the percussion feature which is measures seventy-one through seventy-five of the final number West Side Story. Please see the attached music for reference to what we will be rehearsing.
Standard(s): [AED] IM4 (6-12) 2: Sight-read Grade IV literature.
Title: The 7 Essentials of Tone Production
This is an ongoing lesson for Middle Level bands. The 7 concepts that are taught affect every aspect of a young instrumentalist's performance. The lesson uses teacher/peer modeling and recordings of professional musicians and service bands to demonstrate the desired tonal qualities.
Standard(s): [AED] IM3 (6-12) 4: Demonstrate proper balance when playing as a member of an ensemble.
Title: Music Practice is Fun!
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[AED] IM2 (6-12) 3: Demonstrate adjustment of pitch on personal instruments while playing with a group.Digital Tool Description: SmartMusic allows students to practice music and keep up with their progress. It even plays background music so students can hear how their part fits in with the whole score, but it only records the student's practice and shows which notes they played correctly and incorrectly.