Greetings! During these new and trying times of Distance Learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making a lot of changes. The first of these is ONLINE office hours.
ONLINE OFFICE HOURS – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday thru Thursday.
additional hour for those unable to use the daytime schedule – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.
I will be operating online through e-mail and by phone during these hours. You can contact me at 918-490-3314. I strongly suggest sending a text message and letting me call you in the order I receive them so that it is much like standing in line.
As the MS and HS teachers have been asked to take their 1st hour classes as their responsibility, this means that my 1st hour Guitar / Music History class is my responsibility group.
1st Hour students – please make certain that I have a way to contact you. If you have a cell phone, which I’m aware that most do, please make sure that you text me with your name. Also, please pass word out to others to make sure they do the same. I will be using all possible, safe and health-conscious methods to stay in contact with everyone during this time.
If you need assistance at any other time, please DO NOT HESITATE to text me.
(Bear with me….everything just managed to get wiped out as lessons were being added.)
DISCLAIMER – All grades were locked in as of March 12th and CAN NOT go lower due to inability to keep up online with Distance Learning. Your grades can only IMPROVE if you apply yourself to the lessons provided.
Week of April 20 through April 23 - Weekly lessons for all classes - Look at Google classroom for new information and assignments.
Music History - We are looking at the most famous 3 recording studio groups in Rock and Roll history as well as their locations.
Band classes - continue to practice and work forward. I am available by email, text or phone call every day.
Vocal Class – continue to sing individually as before.
Week of April 13 through April 16 – Everything is posted on Google Classroom. If you can not see the assignments or are unable to access them, please e-mail, text or call. I will provide a short summary below.
1st and 4th Hours – Bob Dylan to The Beatles – this assignment has you using the web to research how these artists are interconnected in the history of Rock and Roll. Alternatively, you can learn to play a couple of songs on guitar and submit them. Zoom meeting on Tuesday at 11 and 1 respectively.
MS Vocals – Continue the same as last week. If you have questions, please contact me.
Beginning Band – Continue working forward in the beginning book same as last week. This week, you should be working to pay lines 51 to line 60.
MS Band – Continue working in the book same as last weeek. You should work on lines 126 to 135. Also, start looking at the District Honor Band scales and music for next year based on your grade. Current 6th graders will use 7th Grade Band music and current 7th graders will use JH 8th/9th Grade Band music.
HS Band – Begin looking at Music for JH Honor Band and All-State Band tryouts as it becomes available this week online. Begin SLOWLY working through the music. Do not rush anything and learn the notes and rhythms at a slow tempo. Begin working through the scales – these are the ones we did in class during the fall semester.
1st and 4th Hour Music History/Guitar – Week of April 6 through April 9. – due by midnight on April 9th – on Google Classroom
1. Read one of the first statements about his passing on Friday.
2. Listen to at least 2 of his hit songs. Here are 3 examples.
Lean On Me - https://youtu.be/fOZ-MySzAac
Ain't No Sunshine - https://youtu.be/CICIOJqEb5c
Just the Two of Us - https://youtu.be/Uw5OLnN7UvM
Others available as you wish.
3. Write 2 or 3 paragraphs about how his music has touched people in there past, in the present and possibly how it will be viewed in the future.
Option to #3 (in case you want to do a guitar thing):
Learn to play and sing a Bill Withers song. Record it and submit it. You can find chord changes and lyrics at sites such as www.azchords.com or www.ultimate-guitar.com for these and 1000's of other songs.
(If you can NOT access Google Classroom, use my e-mail or contact me for other options.)
2nd Hour MS Vocals – as grades are frozen and the 1 student who is almost an A can contact me for additional work to improve their grade if they so desire. I am going to encourage each of you to continue singing daily and continue what we had been working on in class such as diction and enunciation so that you are clearly understood. As your voices go through the shifts and changes, be calm and allow them to happen smoothly and without self recrimination when things don’t happen exactly as you would like them to happen. Sing songs that you like and that promote smooth and flowing vocals.
3rd Hour Intermediate Band – Continue working from the beginning book and making sure that you can play everything through at least line 125. Review from the beginning of the book and make sure you memorize! all notes and fingerings/slide positions. Don’t forget that you can use www.myeelibrary.com to hear what a line sounds like and to play along. Work on improving the characteristic sound of your instrument. Percussion section, really work on making the left hand and right hands equal when playing. I know this is tougher for some than for others but is very important. I will be adding lessons and playing assignments for you to turn in on Google Classroom or by e-mail to improve any grades later this week and in the weeks ahead.
5th Hour Beginning Band – Continue working from the beginning book and making sure that you can play everything through at least line 50. Review from the beginning of the book and make sure you memorize! all notes and fingerings/slide positions. Don’t forget that you can use www.myeelibrary.com to hear what a line sounds like and to play along. Work on improving the characteristic sound of your instrument. Percussion section, really work on making the mallet strikes firm and letting the bells ring out with each note. I will be adding lessons and playing assignments for you to turn in on Google Classroom or by e-mail so that we can keep monitoring your progress and so that you can ask for help at any time. I’ll respond as quickly as I can.
HS Band – At this time, begin playing again and work on the basic major scales we have done already this year. In the days ahead, I will be looking to get you access to more material, including the All-District Band try-out music for next year, for you to work on to keep your playing skills sharp and even help improve them beyond where they are currently. Grades are NOT an issue so I don’t want you to stress over that part. I do want you to keep playing and working to improve your musicianship.