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    Mission Ave & Ottomon Newsletter

     

    -----Mission Ave Beginning Band

     

     

    We are currently focusing on #'s 42-49.  We will be going on to #'s 52 & 54 next week while reviewing #'s 42-49.  # 45 (clap & count) and #48 (play) will be our next belt test, date TBD.

     

    Log into myeelibrary.com and use the student activation code from the inside cover to access play along tracks that will help them practice at home.

     

    -----Ottomon Beginning Band

     

    We are currently focusing on #'s 52, 54, 55, & 56 while reviewing #'s 42-49.  Next belt test will be on #45 (clap & count) and #48 (play)

     

     

    Students can log into myeelibrary.com and use the student activation code from the inside cover to access the play along tracks to help them practice at home.

     

    -----Mission Ave Intermediate Band

     

    We continue working on #152, Second Line, and our full band tunes (Imperium, Kitchen Can Can, & Spania) and rotating them during the week.  Individual practice is SUPER important as the band is no longer playing the same thing.


    Please visit the alumni page for sheet music (in case you lose yours) and recordings of the songs.  Listening to the music is VERY helpful for them in understanding how their parts fit in with the rest of the band.

     

    -----Mission Ave Jazz Band

     

    Focus should be on Basin St. Blues, Yes Sir That's My Baby, St. James Infirmary, & Saints.  We will start reviewing our previous three tunes as we build up for some of our longer performances coming up. 

     

    Chords should be written in for ALL tunes and all students should have the melody learned.  Use the play along tracks for work on soloing!

     

    Jazz Band Google Drive Folder

     

    Play Along Track Folder

     

    -----Ottomon Intermediate Band

     

    We continue working on #152, Second Line, and our full band tunes (Imperium, Kitchen Can Can, & Spania). We are rotating and playing all of them now each day.  Individual practice is SUPER important as the band is no longer playing the same thing.


    Please visit the alumni page for sheet music (in case you lose yours) and recordings of the songs.  Listening to the music is VERY helpful for them in understanding how their parts fit in with the rest of the band.

     

    -----Belt Tests

     

    Belt Test Requirements

     

    Students that need to make up any tests should send me a video.  If sending by phone, just text me (209) 915-8393 or even trying sending through remind.com.  If sending by e-mail, please use a file sharing service like dropbox, onedrive, google drive, ect as most files are too big to go through as an attachment.  

     

    -----Practice Tips

     

    Use good practice habits to make the most of your practice time.  Students should be practice at least 20 minutes/5 days a week!  You can get a lot done without even playing your instrument.

     

    1) Sing your letter names and point to the notes (drums count or sing L & R)

    2) Sing your letter names and finger the notes (drums count or sing L & R)

    3) Clap & count the beat & rests

    4) Play along with the recordings (trumpets & trombones can also buzz on mouthpieces)

    5) Work on hard parts in small sections (even as little as two notes!)

    6) Circle parts that may be hard or you continue to miss

     

    Please go www.myeelibrary.com and use the student activation code to access the play along recordings for each track.  It helps students and makes practicing more fun!  

     

    Lets have a great year!

     
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    Additional Playing Opportunities

     

    -----Sacramento Youth Band


    The Junior and Concert Bands are a great way for most student to keep playing in a group environment. Most beginning and intermediate level students will fit in just fine with the Junior Band as they have a beginning and intermediate level band. More advanced students that have played for three years may be eligible for the concert band. 

    It's just $30 a month for the whole family (perfect for those with multiple musicians) and the first month is free to try out. I encourage you to fill out the info form under "Join SYB" on our website and simply drop in on a rehearsal and introduce yourself to the director.


    Check out http://sacramentoyouthband.org for all the details!


    -----Private Music Lessons

    Private music lessons weekly is a great way to get your student the individual attention they need to either catch up or go to the next level. This is great for all students no matter their expereinece and ability! It's also a great alternative to music camps that many kids are too young for and it cost the same or less when you add it all up giving them instruction for three months, not just one week! There are highly qualified teachers at local music stores for brass, woodwind, strings, and percussion.  If you don't find what you are looking for I can make further recommendations for some instruments.

    http://timsbis.com/Home/MusicInstruction

    http://www.playtague.com/

    http://www.skipsmusic.com/saclessonmenu.html



    -----Summer Music Camps & Programs

    Summer music camps & programs provide a great way for students to be immersed in music for an entire week learning from some of the best instructors in Northern California! Most music camps will be for students with AT LEAST 2 years of band experience and/or moving on to Middle School next year. Here is a list of camps I highly recommend!

     

    Bigger Than Us Arts: https://www.btuarts.org/

     

    NewSongs School of Music: http://www.elkgrovemusiclessons.com/


    Pacific Music Camps! GO TIGERS! (My alma mater)
    http://www.pacific.edu/Academics/Schools-and-Colleges/Conservatory-of-Music/Community/Summer-Programs.html

    Cazadero Music Camp: http://cazadero.org/

    Donner Mine Music Camp: http://dmmc.org/

    Camp Winthers: https://www.sanjuan.edu/Domain/2547

     

    Sierra Mountain Music Camp: www.iSMMC.com

     

    Arts Explosion (Not a band camp, but a multi art camp)
    https://www.sanjuan.edu/cms/lib/CA01902727/Centricity/Domain/4340/Camp_Flyer2015.pdf

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