Meets during WHITE 1

Open to students in grades 9-12

The Blue Symphonic Winds provides students with a balanced comprehensive study of music that develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop elements of musicianship including tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, listening skills, analyzing music, studying historically significant styles of literature, and integration of other applicable disciplines. Students study a varied repertoire of developmentally appropriate concert band literature and develop the ability to understand and convey the composer’s intent in performance of music. 

The Blue Symphonic Winds performs at ISSMA organizational festival every spring. In 2019, the band earned a GOLD WITH DISTINCTION rating for their stage and sight-reading performances with a difficult and challenging program. Additionally, the band also provides entertainment at sporting events as the Blue Athletic Winds.

E-Learning Lessons & Assignments

Tuesday, May 12thThursday, May 14th
WOODWIND & BRASS

1) Practice three (3) Fussell scales for 5 minutes each. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 16-measure excerpt (lyrical or technical) from your current band music for 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the video lessons on “Intro to Chords” (CLICK HERE) and “Triad Inversion” (CLICK HERE)

NO RECORDING TODAY
WOODWIND & BRASS

1) Practice three (3) Fussell scales for 5 minutes each. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 16-measure excerpt (lyrical or technical) from your current band music for 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the theory QUIZ on Chord Construction. Remember to submit your Progress Report or Verification Code.

TREBLE CLEF INSTRUMENTS CLICK HERE

BASS CLEF INSTRUMENTS CLICK HERE

Instructions for submitting your online quiz:
1. A student should hand in a signed Progress Report to prove that they completed the exercise. To create a report, a student first clicks on the Actions icon (ooo) in the top right corner of the exercise and selects “Show Progress Report”:
2. The student signs the report by entering their initials (ex. CMR) and clicking “Sign Report”.
3. After signing, a Verification Code appears. The student should right-click on this code and select “Copy Link”, “Copy Link Location”, or “Copy Shortcut” (depending on the web browser) to copy its web address. The student then pastes this link into an e-mail message and send to their teacher.

NO RECORDING TODAY
PERCUSSION

SNARE DRUM/PRACTICE PAD
1) Practice three (3) rudiments for 5 minutes each (choose 1 roll rudiment, 1 diddle or flam rudiment, 1 drag rudiment). Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 16-measure excerpt (lyrical or technical) from your current band music for 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the video lessons on “Intro to Chords” (CLICK HERE) and “Triad Inversion” (CLICK HERE)

NO RECORDING TODAY
PERCUSSION

SNARE DRUM/PRACTICE PAD
1) Practice three (3) rudiments for 5 minutes each (choose 1 roll rudiment, 1 diddle or flam rudiment, 1 drag rudiment). Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 16-measure excerpt (lyrical or technical) from your current band music for 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the theory QUIZ on Chord Construction. Remember to submit your Progress Report or Verification Code.

TREBLE CLEF INSTRUMENTS CLICK HERE

BASS CLEF INSTRUMENTS CLICK HERE

Instructions for submitting your online quiz:
1. A student should hand in a signed Progress Report to prove that they completed the exercise. To create a report, a student first clicks on the Actions icon (ooo) in the top right corner of the exercise and selects “Show Progress Report”:
2. The student signs the report by entering their initials (ex. CMR) and clicking “Sign Report”.
3. After signing, a Verification Code appears. The student should right-click on this code and select “Copy Link”, “Copy Link Location”, or “Copy Shortcut” (depending on the web browser) to copy its web address. The student then pastes this link into an e-mail message and send to their teacher.

NO RECORDING TODAY
Monday, May 4thWednesday, May 6thFriday, May 8th
WOODWIND & BRASS

1) Your Encouragement Project is DUE TODAY. Please submit your recording and a copy of your letter.
2) Today is May the Fourth. (waving my hand) Please play through your favorite Star Wars theme. (waving my hand) This would greatly please your director. (waving my hand) These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. You may go about your business.
WOODWIND & BRASS

1) Free practice for 20 minutes today on anything you want (scales, band pieces, pep band, solo material, etudes, etc.)

CONCERT PROGRAM PROJECT (due by Friday, May 8th)

2) Today and Friday you will work on a concert program for band. This could include pieces that we have studied before or pieces that you have never played.
3) Using the JW Pepper website (www.jwpepper.com), research pieces of similar difficulty levels and choose a concert program of 3-5 works. You may choose to select a theme for your concert (for example, A Night at the Opera or Celestial Beings).
4) Be sure that there is good variety on your program (for example, a march, a lyrical piece, an overture, a pop/movie selection, etc.). On the JW Pepper website, many pieces have audio files that you may preview. Again, be creative in your selections!!
5) For your completed project, create a 1-page program (an example is provided in the resources section below). This document is DUE Friday, May 8th.
WOODWIND & BRASS

Finish and submit your Band Concert Program project today.
PERCUSSION

1) Your Encouragement Project is DUE TODAY. Please submit your recording and a copy of your letter.
2) Today is May the Fourth. (waving my hand) Please play through your favorite Star Wars theme. (waving my hand) This would greatly please your director. (waving my hand) These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. You may go about your business.
PERCUSSION

1) Free practice for 20 minutes today on anything you want (scales, band pieces, pep band, solo material, etudes, etc.)

PERCUSSION PROGRAM PROJECT (due by Friday, May 8th)

2) Today and Friday you will work on a concert program for Percussion Ensembles. This could include pieces that you have studied before or pieces that you have never played.
3) Using the Row-Loff website (www.rowloff.com), research pieces of similar difficulty levels and choose a concert program of 3-5 works. You may choose to select a theme for your concert (for example, A Night at the Opera or Celestial Beings).
4) Be sure that there is good variety on your program (for example, large ensembles, small ensembles, solo works, mallets, marching battery, full concert percussion, etc.). On the Row-off website, many pieces have audio files that you may preview. Again, be creative in your selections!!
5) For your completed project, create a 1-page program (an example is provided in the resources section below). This document is DUE Friday, May 8th.
PERCUSSION

Finish and submit your Percussion Ensembles Concert Program today.
Tuesday, April 28thThursday, April 30th
WOODWIND & BRASS

ENCOURAGEMENT PROJECT (Due on Monday, May 4th)

1) Think of someone you know that could use some encouragement at this time (it could be a family member, close friend, a neighbor). This project is to use your gift of music to spread some cheer and joy to someone that needs it.
2) Pick out a piece of music, practice it well and record yourself playing something for that person that could really use some encouragement. The music can be any piece from any style or genre. Be creative and resourceful!! GO ALL OUT for that person you care about!
3) Write a note of encouragement for that special someone and submit it to the recipient.
4) By Monday, May 4th, you will need to submit a copy of your recording and your written note of encouragement to me via email (this will remain confidential)

NO RECORDING TODAY
WOODWIND & BRASS

1) Continue your Encouragement Project from Tuesday. The project is DUE on Monday, May 4th.

NO RECORDING TODAY
PERCUSSION

ENCOURAGEMENT PROJECT (Due on Monday, May 4th)

1) Think of someone you know that could use some encouragement at this time (it could be a family member, close friend, a neighbor). This project is to use your gift of music to spread some cheer and joy to someone that needs it.
2) Pick out a piece of music, practice it well and record yourself playing something for that person that could really use some encouragement. The music can be any piece from any style or genre. Be creative and resourceful!! GO ALL OUT for that person you care about!
3) Write a note of encouragement for that special someone and submit it to the recipient.
4) By Monday, May 4th, you will need to submit a copy of your recording and your written note of encouragement to me via email (this will remain confidential)

NO RECORDING TODAY
PERCUSSION

1) Continue your Encouragement Project from Tuesday. The project is DUE on Monday, May 4th.

NO RECORDING TODAY
Monday, April 20thWednesday, April 22ndFriday, April 24th
WOODWIND & BRASS

1) Practice three (3) Fussell scales for 5 minutes each. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 16-measure excerpt (lyrical or technical) from your current band music for 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the video lesson on ” Writing Intervals” (CLICK HERE)

NO RECORDING TODAY
WOODWIND & BRASS

1) Practice three (3) Fussell scales for 5 minutes each. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the video lesson on “Inverting Intervals.” (CLICK HERE)
3) Make an audio recording of your scales from today and share it with me via Google Drive. Be sure to include a verbal self-evaluation of what went well today and what you need to work for next class.
WOODWIND & BRASS

1) Practice three (3) Fussell scales for 5 minutes each. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 16-measure excerpt (lyrical or technical) from your current band music for 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and review the video lessons on Generic Intervals, Specific Intervals, Writing Intervals, and Inverting Intervals as needed
4) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the assignment on generic interval identification.

TREBLE CLEF INSTRURMENTS CLICK HERE

BASS CLEF INSTRUMENTS CLICK HERE

Instructions for submitting your online quiz:
1. A student should hand in a signed Progress Report to prove that they completed the exercise. To create a report, a student first clicks on the Actions icon (ooo) in the top right corner of the exercise and selects “Show Progress Report”:
2. The student signs the report by entering their initials (ex. CMR) and clicking “Sign Report”.
3. After signing, a Verification Code appears. The student should right-click on this code and select “Copy Link”, “Copy Link Location”, or “Copy Shortcut” (depending on the web browser) to copy its web address. The student then pastes this link into an e-mail message and send to their teacher.


NO RECORDING TODAY
PERCUSSION

SNARE DRUM/PRACTICE PAD
1) Practice three (3) rudiments for 5 minutes each (choose 1 roll rudiment, 1 diddle or flam rudiment, 1 drag rudiment). Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 16 measure excerpt of music for 10 minutes (does not need to be current band music). Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the video lesson on “Writing Intervals” (CLICK HERE)

NO RECORDING TODAY
PERCUSSION

SNARE DRUM/PRACTICE PAD
1) Practice three (3) rudiments for 5 minutes each (choose 1 roll rudiment, 1 diddle or flam rudiment, 1 drag rudiment). Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the video lesson on “Inverting Intervals.” (CLICK HERE)
3) Make an audio recording of your chosen rudiments from today and share it with me via Google Drive. Be sure to include a verbal self-evaluation of what went well today and what you need to work for next class.
PERCUSSION

SNARE DRUM/PRACTICE PAD
1) Practice three (3) rudiments for 5 minutes each (choose 1 roll rudiment, 1 diddle or flam rudiment, 1 drag rudiment). Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 16 measure excerpt of music for 10 minutes (does not need to be current band music). Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and review the video lessons on Generic Intervals, Specific Intervals, Writing Intervals, and Inverting Intervals as needed
4) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the assignment on generic interval identification.

TREBLE CLEF INSTRURMENTS CLICK HERE

BASS CLEF INSTRUMENTS CLICK HERE

Instructions for submitting your online quiz:
1. A student should hand in a signed Progress Report to prove that they completed the exercise. To create a report, a student first clicks on the Actions icon (ooo) in the top right corner of the exercise and selects “Show Progress Report”:
2. The student signs the report by entering their initials (ex. CMR) and clicking “Sign Report”.
3. After signing, a Verification Code appears. The student should right-click on this code and select “Copy Link”, “Copy Link Location”, or “Copy Shortcut” (depending on the web browser) to copy its web address. The student then pastes this link into an e-mail message and send to their teacher.


NO RECORDING TODAY
Tuesday, April 14thThursday, April 16th
BRASS & WOODWINDS

1) Practice three (3) Fussell scales for 5 minutes each. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 16-measure excerpt (lyrical or technical) from your current band music for 10 minutes. Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the video lesson on Generic Intervals (CLICK HERE)

NO RECORDING TODAY
BRASS & WOODWINDS

1) Practice three (3) Fussell scales for 5 minutes each. Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the video lesson on “Specific Intervals.” (CLICK HERE)
3) Make an audio recording of your scales from today and share it with me via Google Drive. Be sure to include a verbal self-evaluation of what went well today and what you need to work for next class.
SNARE DRUM/PRACTICE PAD

1) Practice three (3) rudiments for 5 minutes each (choose 1 roll rudiment, 1 diddle or flam rudiment, 1 drag rudiment). Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Practice your choice of a 16 measure excerpt of music for 10 minutes (does not need to be current band music). Bonus if you use a metronome.
3) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the video lesson on Generic Intervals (CLICK HERE)

NO RECORDING TODAY
SNARE DRUM/PRACTICE PAD

1) Practice three (3) rudiments for 5 minutes each (choose 1 roll rudiment, 1 diddle or flam rudiment, 1 drag rudiment). Bonus if you use a metronome.
2) Go to http://www.musictheory.net and complete the video lesson on “Specific Intervals.” (CLICK HERE)
3) Make an audio recording of your chosen rudiments from today and share it with me via Google Drive. Be sure to include a verbal self-evaluation of what went well today and what you need to work for next class.

E-Learning Resources

40 Essential Rudiments for Percussionists (www.vicfirth.com) CLICK HERE