Monday, 26 October 2020
With the government's announcement moving schools to "CODE ORANGE," we have had to make some changes to the band program in the absence of wind instruments (basically 95%of our bands). What follows below is a 2 week plan and will be open to change and modification as new information develops. IF we go past two weeks, we have a longer term solution in place. However, for the time being, with the goal will be ultimately the same - to get students playing and making music together and to perform a concert sometime around semester changeover or at such a time that we are back to "code yellow" at Westwood.I
In the case of CODE RED, all bands will be using TEAMS as an assist to synchronous and asynchronous remote learning. Classes will be meeting on TEAMS during their scheduled times as per the existing Westwood Timetable. Moving forward, all bands will be asked to record themselves performing specific sections along with the recording of their music. Specific assignments will appear here on the website when and if it is necessary. Music can be located in the band listening site - Westwood iTunes
You can count on me giving help every day after school, as always. If you are unsure about any of the information below, please feel free to send me an email or stop by the band room and I'd be glad to help.
Specific details for each ensemble can be found in their classroom drop down menu
Monday, 5 October 2020
All auditions will be recorded on your device (or something similar) and must be submitted to Mr. Edwards via email (email@example.com) no later than the 19th of October. Recordings must be in the form of a video that clearly shows you playing your instrument. All recording should begin with you stating:
1. Your Name.
2. Your grade.
3. Your class.
4. The number/ activity/ piece you are performing.
To find out more about the audition process and to see the marking rubric click - HERE
Concert Band Audition Requirements
All Concert Band bands:
Chromatic scale 2 octaves (10 Concert Band and Symphonic from memory, Gr.9 may use a fingering chart)
Chromatic scales must follow the say/ play format. Detailed instructions can be found - HERE
A reminder the the chromatic scale is pass/fail.
In addition choose one of the following:
(appropriate setting for your metronome is indicated beside each number)
Don't have a metronome? Click HERE or download a free App for your device.
# 27 (100) , #43 (65) (take 2nd ending) or #47 (90)
Grade 10 Concert Band:
#7 (80), #23 (70) or #31 (70)
Grade 9 Concert Band:
#3 (60), #11(100) or #15 (55)
Jazz Band Performance/ Audition Requirements
L.T.J.O. and B.I.G. Band:
Record yourself playing your part complete with counting rests (Africa/ On Broadway) along with the recording of our version of the tune. Video must clearly show you playing your instrument and you must be heard easily above the recording.
PLEASE NOTE: The following B.I.G. Band members must book a live audition with me before the 19th.
Juliana, Julia and Jeremy
Friday, 4 September 2020
Stay tuned for more information but for now......
Your Top 10 Questions Answered:
- I am up to date on all of the recent research and recommendations for operating a band program and making music during these unprecedented times and we have implemented as many as we possibly can.
- The protocols we are putting in place are in no way unique to Westwood. These protocols are being tried and tested by our musical colleagues throughout the world.
- I am continuously getting updates and am remaining flexible to adapt to any changes in these protocols.
- I have the support of an amazing team of administrators that have not hesitated with the implementation of any of our new protocols.
- I am a member of the Manitoba Music Educators Association and the Manitoba Band Association and these two groups have been in contact with our Health Minister, Minister of Education and Chief Provincial Health Officer and have helped shaped the provincial back to school document for music making entitled: Covid-19 Guidelines for Vocalists and Instrumentalists.
- LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN FOR EVERYONE - MANDATORY in the band room - for your safety and the safety of others.
- For us in addition to contact transmission, it's all about aerosol mitigation. The good news is that with proper masking, band is no more risky than talking (some studies are even suggesting even less).
- Therefore, No student will be permitted to enter without one.
- We will be issuing disposable masks which students will cut a horizontal "slit" in them for the placement of the instrument mouthpiece.
- Once we have established proper placement for the "slit," we will be asking that each student get a hold of a cloth washable reusable mask which they use specifically for band.
- Absolutely! Anything we can use as a mitigating factor to the dispersal of aerosol from an instrument will be used.
- At a great expense to the school, each student will be receiving a custom made instrument mask of their own free of charge. These are a one-of-a kind reusable washable aerosol mitigation filter.
- Once in place, students will be asked to bring them home and wash them.
- Not at all. There is absolutely NO sharing of instruments.
- Each student will have their own instrument and mouthpiece.
- further to that, there is no sharing of: pencils, valve oil, cork grease, music or folders.
- We will be renting instruments, as always, and these have gone through an extensive sterilization over the summer along with a deep cleaning... including the cases.
- As part of the new protocols, students with smaller instruments (Flute, Piccolo and Clarinet) cannot leave them in the band room. They will have to bring them to class each day and take them with them at the end of each class.
- Medium instruments will follow the same protocol with the one exception that these students will be issued an instrument locker outside of the band room where they will store their instrument when not in use. These would be: Trumpet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Clarinet, Alto sax and some Tenor Saxes.
- Large instruments will be stored in the band room under strict protocols. These would be: Trombones, French Horns, Bari Saxes, Baritones, Euphonium, Tubas and String Basses.
- No sharing of mallets or auxiliary instruments.
- Mallets and mallet instruments/ drums/ etc. will be wiped down and disinfected following a strict protocol at the end of each class.
- That is correct.
- For the first two weeks of school we will be having the school rotate on days 1,3,5 and 2,4,6 based on the first letter of your last name.
- this may mean that for the first bit you may not actually be in band class.
- DON'T WORRY AND DON'T PANIC - I AM HERE FOR YOU!
- During that time, I will be in touch with each and every one of you to make sure you have your Red Book and an instrument if you need it and to make sure you are familiar with any of the in-class discussions you may have missed.
- This is only a measure to help us better understand how students are going to be moving through out the building and to make sure we do so in as safe a manner as possible.
- WE WILL BE RETURNING TO FULL BAND CLASSES STARTING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28th.
- The band room can comfortably accommodate 45 students socially distanced (took me two days to figure that out and to mark the floors -( see Instagram for pictures).
- We can accommodate all of our band and jazz band classes in the band room socially distanced with the exception of Symphonic Band.
- Symphonic Band class time will be divided into woodwinds in the choir room with Ms. Muncer while the brass and percussion meet with Mr. Edwards in the band room.
- Morning Jazz Bands (Sr. and L.T.J.O.) will not begin until the week of the 28th. Enjoy your sleep in.
- B.I.G. Band will meet during period 4 (lunch) for the first class or so and then pause until the 28th.
- If you look in your Power School app, you will see which jazz band your are a part of. Senior Jazz - 7:20AM (1,3,5) L.T.J.O. - 7:20AM (2,4,6) and B.I.G. Band 12:03 - (1,3,5)
- A Mask, a smile and a willingness to make this work.
- No instrument will be needed, but we will be signing out instruments for those students who need one.
- Our time will be taken up mostly with teaching the new protocols to all levels and going over the many changes to the overlying structure of the class.
- Heck no!
- If anything we have been the leaders when it comes to on-line music making. Never fear, I have not one but may plans on ways we can publicly display and demonstrate our student's awesomeness.
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
How to watch our Happenin' Online Neverbeentriedbefore Koncert
Around 4:00PM on Thursday June 18th the links below will go live:
H.O.N.K. on YouTube
H.O.N.K download from Dropbox
As mentioned in the concert, my gift to you in celebration of all of our wonderful music makers.....
All of the videos and pictures from our Winter Concert + Optimist Photos
Thursday, 28 May 2020
ANYTHING SCHEDULED FOR THE BAND ROOM MEANS - YOU ARE TO ENTER AND EXIT THE BAND ROOM VIA THE BAND ROOM DOOR. YOU WIL NOT BE PERMITTED INTO THE SCHOOL. SOCIAL DISTANCING IN EFFECT AND THERE WILL BE MARKERS FOR YOU TO FOLLOW.
- I WILL BE WEARING GLOVES AT ALL TIMES
- I WILL BE WEARING GLOVES AT ALL TIMES
Thursday, 14 May 2020
Friday, 8 May 2020
Monday, 13 April 2020
All courses have been updated with assignments for the remainder of the year. See the drop down menus above (on the website homepage). Please take your time and read through/ watch the posted items and follow the instructions. If anything is unclear or you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get back to me - firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 6 April 2020
Everybody needs to activate a Zoom account. Why Zoom? After a load of research over the break and chatting with colleagues across the continent, it would appear that Zoom works consistently across all platforms, devices and desktops - and at this moment, seems to be the best platform out there for our needs. This will be our primary method of live communication and there are going to be times when meeting together over the next three months where we will all want to talk about what we have found and how it will guide our decision making. No, we will not be making music this way. I cannot find a single example on the entire planet where this has been successful on any platform... I can; however, find may examples of the disaster of an online band class (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc.). We are simply going to use it as a way to talk together, check in on each other as a way to quickly and effectively share ideas of the successes and failures as we try to complete our assignments. This is now a part of our course just like regular class-time and students will want to meet with us at the times suggested as we will be talking in detail about the projects you will be doing to complete the year.
- Think about what you are wearing. If it is inappropriate at school is inappropriate for our chat.
- Don’t stare at your phone while other people are presenting - give each person speaking the same attention you would give them if they were right in front of you.
- Don’t interrupt other people when they’re speaking (or attempt to speak over them)
- Test all technology (including camera/video, Wi-Fi, and screen sharing) before the meeting
- I don't want to see your bedroom. Think of your background before you activate your camera
- Don’t work on other tasks (like checking email) during the virtual meeting
- Turn off all notifications and make sure your cell phone is on silent
- Make sure you you have told your family that you have a meeting and that you are in a quiet area free from unnecessary distractions.
- Use headphones... preferably ones with a microphone.
- For the first part of the meeting or class, it will be best if you mute your microphone and just listen. Then as the meeting goes on, and we all share, you will be invited to turn on your microphone.
- I will try my best to introduce everyone during the meeting, and if at all possible give everyone a chance to contribute - might be hard in symphonic band.
Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Anyone else feeling overwhelmed? ✋ Take your time. This is a long post, but my hope is that it will answer all your questions in one spot rather than posting lengthy daily updates.
Monday, 23 March 2020
Your absolute last chance to pick up your music and your instrument is tomorrow: Tuesday March 24th. The school will be open from 8:00AM -2:00PM for pick up. You will not be allowed into the school with out assistance of an administrator. If you do go by, please be patient, as there may be a wait as Social Distancing will be in observance. Please remember that after the 24th you will not be allowed into the school until further notice.
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