If anybody has a birthday coming up – or has some extra allowance money laying around, please ask for a “Metronome”. They are an invaluable asset for any musician, both young and old.
Metronomes can range in price from $20 – $400 – $1000! I recommend that you purchase a metronome in the $20 – $30 range. More expensive metronomes can do neater things, but they are not necessary for most people.
If you would like, you can get a free metronome for your smartphone. You can even visit www.metronomeonline.com for a free metronome on the web. Make sure your speakers are turned on!
Congratulations on taking your first instrumental music lesson this week. I see so much talent and potential in each and every student. At most of the lessons, students learned about…
“Mr. Hait’s way of learning a new piece of music”
- Count it
- Sing it
- Play it
Count two or four measures of music [a few times]… Sing those same measures of music [a few times -- in the same rhythm that you just counted!]… then, Play the few measures of music. Improve on the quality of your performance each day. By your next lesson, I expect perfection [or -- really close to perfect!].
Best of luck!
Attention Band Students!! Please make sure you bring in your instruments on Monday (and every other A-day)!
We will start sight-reading ‘A Southern Hymn Song’ and some other music I’ve picked out. I can’t wait to actually start making some music with you guys. I see so much potential from this group! I hope you are all enjoying the first few days with your instruments!
Today, on our second day of whole-group band, I collected rental contracts and permission slips from a few students. Once more people start bringing in their rental contracts, we can start to play and refine our skills.
Today in class, we continued our introductions and reviewed the Band Student Handbook and the grading policies for our class. We discussed much of the difficult vocabulary that was found in the handbook.
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