Week #10

Hello Everyone,

Work hard, play hard.  This wee is a school week so let’s “work hard and put in our best efforts all the way until the end of the school day on Friday.  We’re sounding better than ever and your fellow band members are becoming more smart about how they practice.  I’ve been seeing everyone circling spots in their music that they needed to master and tackling those measures at home.  It’s great.

Here are your practice assignments this week:

#105. Natural signs are included.

#107.  A new note for some of you.

#108. A pickup note with a time signature of 3/4.

#109. Just for fun.

#111.  Dotted notes.  Remember that you will move to the next note on the “de” of the beat.  The upbeat, when your foot is up.

#112. Another chance at understanding a D.C al Fine.

Explore some new music or artists if you finish these quickly.

Happy practicing,

Mr. Chapa

Week #9

Hello Everyone,

Get ready to introduce a little more structure back into your practice sessions.  For the next couple of months I will be assigning several EE book songs that you should master during your practice session.  Each song has a new technique or concept, so please ask me if you have any questions with a Schoology message or in person on the playground in the morning.

Practice assignment:

#69

#78

#92

#94

#98

#100

Happy practicing,

Mr. Chapa

Week #8

Hi Everyone,

I hope you enjoyed our large group classes recently.  It’s great to hear how well you listen to each other and to hear your careful attention to tone and tuning.

Please continue to practice the following songs if you have not mastered them yet:

Latin Fiesta

Linus and Lucy

Dragons in the mist

If you are done with those songs and you still have time remaining during your practice session, go on to finish your EE book.

Happy practicing,

Mr. Chapa

Week #7

Hello Everyone,

Did you have as much fun as I did while playing Furioso?  Wow, that song is great.

If you haven’t explored music this week, clear a half an hour from your schedule to just enjoy exploring some new music.  You won’t regret it.

Practice assignments:

I will be giving out several new songs this week:

Latin Fiesta, Dragons in the mist, and Linus and Lucy.  Focus on all of those songs during your nightly 20 minute practice sessions.

Dragon’s in the mist:

Latin Fiesta:

Linus and Lucy

See you soon,

Mr. Chapa

Week #6

Hello Everyone,

This is week 2 in exploring musical independence.  Please continue to practice for 20 minutes a day.   What you do with that time is mostly up to you.  Please remember to master the sheet music I have given you first.  If you have time remaining, continue in your EE book or explore new music you find on the internet.

 

Happy practicing,

Mr. Chapa

Week #5

Hello Everyone,

I think you are all ready for something.  That something is independence.  This week i’d like to turn things over to you and for you to decide as an individual, what you should practice.  The one thing we will all have in common is that we will practice for 20 minutes per day and that we are working towards being the best beginning band in Shanghai.  We want to sound like a middle school band by the end of the year.  So, remember that all of your fellow band members are counting on you to do your very best.

Practice assignment:

Practice for 20 minutes per day.  Explore new music on Youtube, complete all of the songs in your EE book,  or master the sheet music i’ve given you. You decide what you need to work on.

Happy practicing,

Mr. Chapa

Week #4

Hello Everyone,

Our large rehearsals are so much fun.  It was really nice to hear many of you play together on Friday and I’m looking forward to hearing everyone else on Monday.  Let’s learn the new pieces I gave you last week!

Practice assignment:

Master Star Wars, Furioso, and Clari-go-round.  Remember to use a metronome when you practice so that you can keep track of the beat.  There are a lot of rests in weird places in our music so counting the beat will be extra important.

Happy practicing,

Mr. Chapa

Week #3

Hello Everyone!

We sounded great last week!  Let’s review all three of our songs in class the next time we meet and we will also be getting 3 new songs.  Those three new songs should be the ones you focus on this week.

Practice assignments:

Continue to develop your control of dynamics with good warmup exercises (crescendo and decrescendo).

Practice our 3 new songs that you will get in class.

See you soon,

Mr. Chapa

Week #2

Last week was very short so we will continue with the same assignments and goals in week #2.

Here are your practice assignments!

Freedom road

Trumpet hero

Band on Parade

Practice these songs and focus on getting a beautiful sound as you play them.  My goal for the band is for everyone to play with a good sound and to play with dynamics.   Let’s do it!  Remember, consistency is the key to progress…so, 20 minutes a night minimum.  And be sure to “practice smart”.

See you soon,

Mr. Chapa

Week #1 – Happy New Year

Here we are.  We’re at week #1. Let’s call this week #1 to give us a fresh start and a new outlook on the remainder of your 5th grade year.   Take a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come and imagine how far you’d like to go.  We’ll be talking more about our goals for the rest of the year in class.  For now, here are your practice assignments!

Freedom road

Trumpet hero

Band on Parade

Practice these songs and focus on getting a beautiful sound as you play them.  My goal for the band is for everyone to play with a good sound and to play with dynamics.   Let’s do it!  Remember, consistency is the key to progress…so, 20 minutes a night minimum.  And be sure to “practice smart”.

See you soon,

Mr. Chapa