As class begins every day, I believe it is important to show all students attention by greeting them at the door & creating brief conversations. This will help establish postive relationships with the student as well as help to build a community within the classroom. Music will be played lighlty in the background, highlighting any of the pieces we may be rehearsing in class that day. Students will have opportunities to participate in musical projects that will allow them to create and display musical artwork that I will put up around the band room walls. It’s important that I give students a daily music theory question so that my students are constantly thinking.
In order to keep a sense of structure and consistency within my classroom, it is necessary to establish several daily tasks and routines to get the students in the right mind set of what is expected of them. By, maintaining and enforcing a solid routine and procedure outline, I’ll be able to develop a time management system that will enable me to utilize the majority of the class time. The following is a list of daily routines students must com- plete within the first 5-10 minutes of class:
1. Instruments assembled & ready (reeds, valve oil, slide grease) 2. Indivudual warm-up
3. Tune by section
4. Tune by group 5. Turn in practice log
6. Write down short term & long term pracitce goals 7. Group warm-up & scales
Each class will consist of warming up as well as productive rehearsal of at least 2-3 musical pieces.
Concert Cards: Students will be required to turn in a minumum of two concert cards per month. A concert card is a card with information of any concerts attended. Attached to the card will be a write up/reflection of their experience of the concert. Students are free to express how they felt about the show attended and are welcome to compare and contrast with various genres of music we may be learning.
Absences: If students are absent, they should direct to the band class web page where I will post everything we have completed for the day. The website will include an audio recording of the current days rehearsal, the agenda for the day, recordings of the pieces we played, as well as the homework and practice guide for the next class. There will be a blog available for students to communicate with myself and one another so that their is never any confusion about what is expected of them.
Transitions will be signaled through a various amount of ways in band class:
1. Music turned off
2. Section leaders begin to tune
3. Crash symbol or gong 4. Teacher stands on podium (baton raised)
The following images to the right depicts the layout band room. The top image would be set up for a typical concert band and the image below would serve as an example for a jazz ensemble set up.
In a typical band room set up, chairs should be aligned in rows with one music stand per two chairs. Percussion instu- ments such as drum sets, timpani, bass drum, snares, vibes, etc should be displayed in the back or sometimes the sides of the room. Like the image below, students will sit with their respective instrument sections. In concert band and jazz band brass instruments usually sit towards the back rows, while the woodwind instruments sit closer to the front. This set up will allow the students to blend with one another appropriately.
My band room will consist of music/theory posters & awards throughout the room to provide decoratation to the room as well as motivation and scaffolding for students.