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5th Grade Band Lessons Archive

Week 6     5/4 – 5/8 

5th Grade Band (everything due Friday) 

  • Check out this video with different themes/leitmotifs from Star Wars. A theme or leitmotif is a short melody used to describe a character, object, or emotion. Create your own personal theme on your instrument and share it on flipgrid. Remember it is a melody not just a couple notes. This assignment will be private unless you ask for it to be public. (Teams Assignment) 

 

Week 5     4/27 – 5/1 

5th Grade Band (everything due Friday) 

  • Instrument Introduction Challenge! Create a video showing off your band instrument and why a 4th grader should choose to play it in band next year. Include what it is called, what the main parts are called, why you love it, something unique about it, and a demonstration of you playing it. I am including High School in this challenge. I will pick one winning video of each instrument to show to the 4th grade class. I will announce the video winners on Monday so any late videos will be taken out of the running.  

*Percussion please talk about all the instruments you play and include a demonstration of whatever you have at home. 

  • Upload your Instrument Introduction Video to flipgrid . (Teams assignment)

 

Week 4     4/20 – 4/24 

5th Band 

  • Practice 3 times a week for 20 minutes each.  
  • Keep a list on a calendar or paper in your practice space of when you practice and for how long.  
  • Practice using your book or any music you can find online or at home.  
  • Send a video on flipgrid playing something you’ve been practicing this week. (I posted it as an assignment on teams.) 

 

Week 3     4/14 – 4/17 

5th Band 

  • Practice 3 times a week for 20 minutes each.  
  • Keep a list on a calendar or paper in your practice space of when you practice and for how long.  
  • Practice using your book or any music you can find online or at home.  
  • Send a video on flipgrid of what you’ve been practicing this week. (I posted it as an assignment on teams.) 

 

Week 2     4/6 – 4/10 

5th Band 

  • Practice 3 times a week for 20 minutes each.  
  • Keep a list on a calendar or paper in your practice space of when you practice and for how long.  
  • Practice using your book or any music you can find online or at home.  
  • Send a video on flipgrid of your practice space and instrument. (I posted it as an assignment on teams.) 

 

Week 1     3/30 – 4/4

This week for band, the main thing I want you to do is take out your instrument and book and just play a little bit. See what things you need at this point and make a plan to obtain those things. If you don’t have your book or instrument, call the school office to see when you can pick that up. If you need reeds or oil, Eckroth music is still open for regular hours. They also have a call and pickup service so you don’t have to go in the store and be around people. If you aren’t sure how to get something, email me directly and we can figure something out. I will send more details next week about how much you should be practicing and specific assignments. But for now, just get the instrument out (hopefully you’ve already been playing it over the last couple weeks) and play songs that are fun to play.
The other thing I want you to do this week is find a spot in the house that can be your practice spot. Make sure it has a place for you to sit and for your book to sit up (not flat) so you can play with good posture. Your feet should be able to lie flat on the floor and your head should be able to look straight ahead while you are playing. It probably should be in a place where you can close the door, so other family members can still go about their business. Keep your instrument and book in that space and out of reach of little brothers, sisters, and pets. Online meeting platforms do not work well for large group rehearsals, so the work you put in individually on your instrument will determine how far you get in the book and how much you will improve on your instrument. Although this is a weird time right now, it really can be a great opportunity for musical growth.
I will make it a priority to be available between 12:30 and 1:30 on weekdays if you need to email me or get ahold of me with questions. If you’d rather talk on the phone or in an online meeting at a different time that works better for you, we can set that up as well. I am taking care of my 2 year old all day as well as teaching, so if I am ever not responding right away during the 12:30 to 1:30 time frame, it probably has something to do with her. Please feel free to reach out if something isn’t working or you are having any problems.