The Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy for Global Awareness Band Website
Welcome to the Clemente Band! The 2018-2019 band has more than doubled in size from last year! We anticipate a bigger sound and more performances. Keeping with our global awareness magnet theme, we will continue learning to play music that is inspired from all around the world.
Band Notes Grade 6 - 8 students will be focusing on 5 fundamental skills for the 1st Quarter:
Critical listening - Observing one's own sound as well as the sounds of others.
Following the director - Watching the conductor for tempo, dynamics, when to start and stop, and following all directions
Reading - The ability to read music means identifying notes and performing what sounds (pitches and rhythm) they make. This is skill utilized by musicians in countries around the world.
Improvising - The ability to spontaneously create musical ideas that are in the style of the of a particular piece.
Collaborating - Working with others to help each grow and create.
Grade 5 students will have music class once a week where they will be learning to sing, understand the basics of how to be an ensemble, and play instruments for the first time. Important lessons will be: 1. Rehearsal etiquette - How to organize into performing positions and postures - Setting up, packing up, and caring for instruments - Being prepared to practice with sheet music out - Following the director 2. Playing first notes - Learning the first three to five notes of the B flat major scale 3. Reading musical notation 4. Organizing practice time, taking turns, working as an ensemble, and self-direction
Borrowing Instruments & Parent/Student Contracts
THREE OPTIONS: (consider the pros and cons)
Borrow a school instrument: Pros - only $20 for the year when available. Cons - it may need to be shared with other students. That means disinfecting before each use and may limit availability to take the instrument home.
Rent an instrument from a local music store: Pros -No sharing! Guaranteed great condition! Maintenance and repairs covered (some conditions may apply) Cons: More money than borrowing school instrument,$20.99 per month, but will be your students own.
Buy an instrument (new or used): Pros - used instruments are often the best deal. It will your student's very own. You can always re-sell it if she/he doesn't stick with it. Con: You have to shop and be sure you're getting a good instrument. I would be happy to check out anything you found on e-bay, craigslist, etc.
All students who are playing instruments are required to fill out borroweragreements, contracts, and media release forms, have them signed by parents, and returned with a one time $20 borrower fee* for the year to cover the cost of general maintenance, repairs, and supplies.
*(Drummers are only required to purchase their own sticks. No borrower fee required.)
If there is a financial hardship for this fee or any other questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Niebels with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Schedules Monday and Wednesday (9:37 - 10:22) - grade 5 music class and band Monday, Wednesday, Friday (10:24 - 11:09) - grade 6 band Tuesday and Thursday (11:58 - 12:43) - grade 7 band Monday, Wednesday, Friday (11:58 - 12:43) - grade 8 band All students will be pulled out of class for small group lessons scheduled weekly.
About Mr. Niebels
Mr. Niebels has been teaching music in public schools since 1996. Prior to working at Clemente, he was teaching music in Providence, Rhode Island, the state where he lived for 47 years. Mr. Niebels earned a music degree with a double major in music education and performance (percussion) from the University of Rhode Island and he has been a life long enthusiast of jazz, rock, world-beat and classical music. Mr. Niebels resides in Orange, CT with his wife and two daughters.
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