Beginning Band from 9/7 for 9/14:
- Please check out Welcome letter and online access info packet:
- Working on pages 4-5 of band book.
- See any other specific assignments from your instrument teacher
Beginning Band – Clarinet (only)
Clarinet Starter Packet – You can access a copy here if you misplace yours. Bring this every week.
(This was not created by me; please ignore the information specific to ‘quarters’ on the informational pages.)
Read and review the following paragraphs:
P. 5 Putting the Reed on the Mouthpiece and Forming a Proper Embouchure (How your mouth fits on the mouthpiece)
P. 9, Assembling Your Clarinet and Holding your clarinet.
Watch the accompanying Clarinet Videos here.
Learn and memorize the parts of the clarinet (p. 7) and fill out the labels from memory (p. 8). I will check these next Friday (9/14)
On your mouthpiece (and barrel if you wish) practice p. 6.
Tongue notes using ‘Tah’
Big sound. Don’t be afraid of being loud and sounding like a goose!
Breathing Exercises – Practice taking deep breaths (breath in down to your belly button) and blowing out slowly. See if you can breath out for 16 counts.
Essential Elements – Review p. 2-3
Teach your parents these two pages.
Demonstrate how to put your reed on and play on it. See if they can make a sound!
Practice at least 5 times this week for 30 minutes each. I allow you to count breathing exercises and reading/reviewing/teaching your parents the pages as practice time but do spend most of your time playing on your mouthpieces. You and your parents should read through this article on successful practice. together.
Come to class on time. Class starts promptly at 8:45. Please be in your seat and ready to play by 8:45.
Bring all your materials to class. You MUST have your music books, your filled out (and signed!) practice card. a pencil, a stand (in excellent condition), your instrument, and a good attitude!
Concert dates. Be sure to check and double-check the concert dates (handout from registration day) and get those on the calendar. Our first concert is December 7 at Asbury from 10-12:45. It is vital to the band as a team that every member is prepared and present. New calendars may be picked up at the Information Table in the foyer.
I’m looking forward to an amazing year with an even more amazing clarinet section!
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Dan or me.