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Video Instrumental Lessons

Hello Instrumental Players- Please take time to watch the video lessons below by clicking on the links for your instrument or group ESPECIALLY if your lesson is on Friday. There is no school Friday October 11, 2019 for students, so watch or click on the link below. **EXTRA CREDIT: tell me one thing you learned by watching the lesson video or listening to the band/orchestra songs, and I will enter your name in a special drawing at our next lesson. *Scroll down the page to find your video.

Clarinets

Flutes

Trombones

Euphonium

Violins and Violas

Cellos

Orchestra-5th Grade:
listen to March of the Metro Gnome and Chins and Pins with your music. Try and play along with recording.

Band-5th Grade:
listen to Captains of Adventure and Oxford Overture with your music. Try and play along recording.

Percussion:

Alto Sax:

Trumpet:

Some technical issues with instrumental sign-ups last night and today…

UPDATE: : Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Violin, Viola and Cello links to register will go live Friday September 20, @9pm. Sorry for the delay. Register here.

Dear families trying to register for instrumental music-

My apologies, but some of the links on the registration page did not go live last night (9/19/19) at 9pm. So sorry. The links not working are: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Violin, Viola, Cello. These spots are still open but Please check back this after Noon today, Friday September 20, 2019 to see if they are live if that is an instrument you are interested in. Spots are still open for those instruments.**Thanks- Mr. Pendergrass

The following instruments are full (these links were live last night):
Alto Sax, Trombone and Percussion. Euphonium is live and spots are available.

Instrumental Music for 2019-20

BEGINNING INSTRUMENTAL FAMILIES-

*If you are 3rd grade family looking for information on instrumental music for next year, please go here.

Thank you for a great year of instrumental music at Fairmount Park. With our Spring Concert behind us, lessons are done for this school year and students no longer need to bring their *instruments to school. This doesn’t mean you are done learning on your instrument. Now that you have the basics down for your instrument, it’s time to keep moving forward by adding new notes and songs to your skill set.

*If you borrowed a school instrument for the year, I have collected the instrument your child borrowed at our final assembly concert on June 7 (for orchestra) and June 14 (for band).

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC NEXT YEAR-

All returning 4th grade students will be *promoted to either the Intermediate Orchestra or Intermediate Band. This means that all Intermediate Band students (flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, percussion) will practice together as a large ensemble once a week; and all Intermediate Orchestra students (violin, viola, cello) will practice together as a large ensemble once a week. I will send out a note in the Fall telling you when rehearsals will begin for the 2019-20 school year.

*I am assuming all students will be returning on the same instrument for the 2019-20 school year. Students who borrowed district owned instruments in 4th grade will have first priority for an instrument in 5th grade. Students not continuing to study their instrument in 5th grade should contact Mr. Pendergrass.

NEW EXCITING MUSIC-

All Intermediate Band and Orchestra students will continue using their method book (red for band, brown for orchestra) next year but will also receive a folder with new and exciting sheet music. This music will be more challenging and have multiple parts.

WHAT TO DO OVER THE SUMMER-

If you have access to your instrument over the summer, spend some time looking ahead in your method book. Learn some new notes and keep your memory fresh by reviewing songs and exercises we learned this year. Plan an informal concert for family and friends; get together with other band and orchestra students and have a literal “play” date. Bottom line: do what it takes this summer to return in the fall with the same or increased knowledge and skills on your instrument that you had at our last concert in June.