I highly recommend the WIU Summer Music Institute for any student ranging from (I believe) going in to 6th grade up through just graduated, interested in choral, instrumental, and even jazz study to take a look at their website and information!
Now is the time for 5/6 Bands members to start working on a "popular" song of some kind. It can be a radio or TV jingle, a song you'd hear on the radio, anything! And remember, it doesn't need to be the whole thing if it's an actual song, just a chorus or verse will do. Have fun with it!
5th Grade - We will also start working on playing a Concert Bb Scale
6th Grade - Starting to work on Concert Bb Scale, as well as Concert Eb Scale and Concert F Scale.
**Percussion, this means you will need BELL KITS for a couple weeks!**
All band students (both 5th AND 6th) will be receiving new music today, as well as new FOLDERS to put and keep your music, Essential Elements 2000 books, and pencils in!
Do not lose these!
On staff paper (provided or free downloadable/printable staff paper HERE) complete the assigned composition assignment meeting the following criteria:
4/4 Time Signature
Four full measures - barlines between measures
Start and End on 'C'
End last measure with a double-barline
Show math under measures
Worth 5 points homework assignment
Due at beginning of class on Tuesday
Extra Credit Opportunity: For every 2 additional correct/full measures composed, students will receive 1pt EC. Up to 5 points of EC may be earned.
ALL 5th/6th students need to bring this half-sheets of staff paper to class T/Th this week, as we will be writing short songs in class. If you don't have those half-sheets, you may struggle. Bring your required materials to make making music much much merrier! :)
REMEMBER that the past FIVE WEEKS worth of Practice Times are due THIS Monday, December 17, and are for 25 points! Students should have a grand total of 375 minutes to earn all 25 points.
Points earned will be based on the number of points practiced (using a comparitive cross-multiply-and-divide equation N/375 = ?/25 where we solve for ? by: N * 25 / 375 = ?, then round to the nearest whole number). For example, if Suzy Q practiced 250 minutes, her score is calculated as follows:
250 * 25 = 6250
6250 / 375 = 16.66
Suzy's score will be 17/25
Please remember to turn them in monday! Thanks, and have a great weekend!
Well, it’s that time of year again. . .
Time for the 5TH AND 6TH BANDS AND CHOIRS WINTER CONCERT!!!!! This note is just a friendly reminder that this year’s Winter Concert is Wednesday, December 12, with a start time of 7:00pm, and that all 5th and 6th grade students are required to attend as part of both their Band and Chorus/Music grades. This year’s Winter Concert should be a lot of fun, and I hope you are looking forward to it as much as your students and I are. The following information is important, with some new and some review, including a reminder on attire and call time information.
Call times are important to get the groups’ voices and instruments warmed up, thinking about the concert, and focused. It is also a time for last-minute reminders, announcements, etc. It is important that ALL students are on-time, in the room, and ready to go at these times to help the evening run smooth and keep everyone organized and focused. Call times to warm up, with students meeting in the band/chorus room upstairs, will be as follows:
6:10 – 6th Grade Band
6:20 – 5th Grade Band
6:30 – 6th Grade Chorus
6:40 – 5th Grade Chorus
6:55 – All in seats
7:00 – Concert Begins!
And, as was sent home in the August letter with the concert date on it, the concert attire is as follows: 1. A solid Red, Black, or White shirt (NO stripes, patterns, etc, please). 2. Good pants (no rips, holes, tears, please) and 3. Good shoes. If acquiring any of these has been or will be a problem, please see Ms. Simmons immediately.
Thank you so much for taking the time to review this information. I think it is safe to say that your students are excited to show off what we have been taking time to work on for you, and I hope you are just as excited to see and hear what they can do. If there is ever any question or concern about anything relating to the concert, please do not hesitate to contact me via the information below. Thanks again, and I’ll see you Wednesday, December 12, at 7:00pm, for the 2012 Winter Concert!
Benjamin A Schweizer
5 – 12 Bands and Choirs Teacher
Cuba CUSD #3
MHS Phone: (309)785-5023 x1214
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Mr. Schweizer will be at the MHS for conferences both tonight and tomorrow. If you would like to meet with me during this time, come see me in the MHS gym tonight, or in my classroom in that building tomorrow. I would love to see some parents and/or students in this time!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following 5th and 6th grade students selected to perform with the 2012 Illinois Music Educators Association All-District Festival Elementary Chorus on November 3, 2012, at Western Illinois University!
More information about transportation, dress code, and schedules will be out to each of these students VERY soon! Congratulations again!
Just a reminder to all 5th and 6th grade parents/students wanting to be a part of the 2012 IMEA All-District Elementary Chorus on Saturday, November 3, that Permission Forms are due THIS THURSDAY (9/27)
Selection takes place around October 1, once all nominations are in, and I will inform students and parents of who has been chosen from Cuba to attend just as soon as I know. Students will need nice clothes for the concert on November 3. This is a great experience, especially for those talented young singers wanting to audition for choirs and other music opportunities later on.