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UPCOMING

1/22 - Practice card due

1/24 - Extra jazz rehearsal

1/24 - Reports due for those unable to make performance

1/25 - No jazz rehearsal

 

 

Jazz News

Students should be working on the following songs:

Hey Jude

Sesame Street

All About the Blues

Two For Oliver

Theme from Family Guy

Brazilian Nights

Brother Benjamin

HOMEWORK

We are working on the following in class which is what students should be working on at home.  If students don't think they need work on any of the below, have them see me.

 

1st period

Dark Adventure

Emerald Point

Lexington

Pirates

Harrowgate

Fanfare & Fugue

Blue book, page 11

Concert Bb, F, & Eb

 

2nd period

Red book, page 18

6 note scale

Majestic

Early

Mickey

Midnight Mission

Miramar

Centurion

 

 

3rd period

Concert Bb, F, & Eb

Red book, page 25

Yorktown March

Old MacDonald's Band

Westwind Overture

Foxwood

Cambridge

Name Those Tunes

 

 

4th period

Willy Wonka

Chester

Clark County

Pirates

Superheroes

Titanic

Cartoon Symphony

Blue book, page 24

Concert C, F, Bb, Eb, & Ab

 

PERFORMANCES

  • 1/24 - Concert in the gym at 5:00.
  • 5/23 - Concert on the outdoor stage at 5:00.

Student Supplies

  1. Instrument (duh.....)
  2. Drummers need sticks & mallets
  3. Standard of Excellence book
  4. Folder for music
  5. Pencil (ALWAYS!)
  6. Paper to take notes

Daily Schedule

1st period:  Concert Band

2nd period:  Cadet Band

3rd period:  Cadet Band

4th period:  Symphonic Band

About Ms. Levi

I was a private trumpet teacher for many years before becoming a music teacher for O'Hara Park way back in 2002.  Some of my favorite things:

MUSIC - Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and much more.

SONGS -  Ooh Child (Five Stairsteps), I Want You Back (Jackson Five), So Very Hard To Go (Tower of Power), Stay Gold (Stevie Wonder), If Tomorrow Never Comes (Garth Brooks)

MOVIES -  Back To The Future, Good Will Hunting, Beverly Hills Cop, Home Alone

SPORTS -   Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Dodgers, Golden State Warriors

TV -  The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Superstore, Scorpion, Young Sheldon

PLACE -  Bodega Bay

QUOTE - "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

Tammy Levi

Music Department

Welcome to Ms. Levi's Music Site!  You can find out all kinds of interesting things about music here as well as the band schedule for O'Hara Park, Laurel, Oakley, and Almond Grove.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me HERE.  Email is always the best way to contact me as there are very few quiet moments in the band room to make phone calls. :-)

My office hours at O'Hara Park are during the second and third lunch.  Students can come in and ask questions, practice, and/or just hang out.  Those who have the first lunch (6th graders) can come see me Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:45. 

NOTE:  All website content on the left relates to the bands at O'Hara Park.  The elementary band information is below.


 

OAKLEY ELEMENTARY

Friday 1:45-2:25

PRACTICING

Students should be practicing their instrument a minimum of three days a week at home.  Students should be "practicing" and not "playing" during their practice sessions.  It is fine for students to play a fun song now and again, but if they only play things they already know how to play, they'll never improve.  If you hear your child playing the same fun song over and over, chances are they're playing and not practicing.

1/18 HOMEWORK

  • Memorize three notes from page 6
  • Play long tones on your three notes
  • Page 8 #17
  • Page 43 #5-11 (clap & rap)

Advanced Group

Page 9 #25 & 27

5 notes by memory

 

VOCABULARY

  • Whole note
  • Whole rest
  • Time signature
  • Treble clef
  • Staff
  • Bar line
  • Measure
  • Half note
  • Half rest
  • Quarter note
  • Quarter rest

ALMOND GROVE ELEMENTARY

Wednesday 12:30-1:10 & Thursday 2:15-2:55

PRACTICING

Students should be practicing their instrument a minimum of three days a week at home.  Students should be "practicing" and not "playing" during their practice sessions.  It is fine for students to play a fun song now and again, but if they only play things they already know how to play, they'll never improve.  If you hear your child playing the same fun song over and over, chances are they're playing and not practicing.

1/17 HOMEWORK

  • 6 note scale
  • Page 11 #48 & 49
  • Page 44 #24 Clap & Rap

CLARINETS

  • Practice putting the reed on the mouthpiece
  • Practice putting the two big pieces together carefully - no clumps of keys should ever meet when putting it together (that's how keys get bent).
  • Apply corkgrease to the corks if it's hard to put the pieces together
  • When playing, sit up straight on the edge of your chair with your feel flat on the ground.
  • The left hand goes on top.
  • The bottom lip covers the bottom teeth.  Your teeth should never be on the reed.  Bottom lip on reed (covering teeth) and top teeth bite down on the top of the mouthpiece.
  • Learn notes on page 6 (E, D, C)
  • Play long tones on your three notes to build up the muscles in your mouth.
  • Play in front of the mirror to make sure you're not puffing your cheeks.
  • Make pretty sounds on your instrument.  Do you like the sound that's coming out?
  • Never set your clarinet on the ground upright on its bell.  It will fall over!

ALTO SAXOPHONES

  • Practice assembling your instrument.
  • Hold your instrument properly.  Sit up straight and the saxophone comes to you.  Do not lean into the saxophone.  Adjust your neckstrap if necessary.
  • Your bottom lip covers your teeth.
  • Make sure your fingers are on the correct pearls.
  • Watch yourself in the mirror.  Make sure your cheeks aren't puffed out.  Blow out the candle (finger) and try to remember the muscles used.
  • Make pretty sounds on your instrument.  Do you like the sound that's coming out?
  • Work on memorizing the three notes on page 6 (B, A, G)
  • Do long tones on your three notes

FLUTES

  • Practice getting a clear sound on your headjoint.  Do it ten times in a row without missing.  Try to find the same spot on your lip each time.
  • Practice holding instrument and placing your fingers on the correct keys.  Your fingers always go on the same "home keys".
  • Watch yourself in the mirror.  Make sure your cheeks aren't puffed out.  Blow out the candle (finger) and try to remember the muscles used.
  • Work on memorizing the three notes from page 6 (D, C, Bb)
  • Play long tones on your three notes.

TRUMPETS

  • Mouthpiece should be somewhat centered on lips but does not need to be exact.  Find your "home" spot.
  • Breathe through corners of your mouth.  Do not breathe through your nose.
  • Say "KA" as you're breathing in as this will help open up your throat.
  • The trumpet is held with the left hand.  Fingers not used in the third valve slide ring should be wrapped around the valve casing.
  • The three middle fingers on the right hand operate the valves.
  • The right pinky does NOT rest behind the pinky ring.  Students need to use their air instead of pressure (which will happen if they use the pinky ring).
  • There are four slides on the trumpet.  We will not use them this year but they need to be kept lubricated or they will freeze up.  Students should grease them once a month with slide grease. 
  • The three trumpet valves should be oiled at least weekly with valve oil.
  • Listen to what's coming out of your trumpet.  Do you like the sound?  Aim for the bulls-eye!
  • Watch yourself in the mirror.  Make sure your cheeks aren't puffed out.  Blow out the candle (finger) and try to remember the muscles used.
  • When playing, sit up straight on the edge of your chair with your feet flat on the ground.
  • Never set your trumpet on the ground upright on its bell.  It will fall over!
  • Learn and memorize the three notes on page 6
  • Do long tones on your three notes to help build up your mouth muscles and to help with breathing.  If your lips or muscles around the lips starts to burn, take a break!
  • Practice your posture (sitting up straight on the edge of the chair) and holding the trumpet properly

VOCABULARY

  • Whole note
  • Whole rest
  • Time signature
  • Treble clef
  • Staff
  • Bar line
  • Measure
  • Half note
  • Half rest

LAUREL ELEMENTARY

Monday & Tuesday 2:10-2:50

PRACTICING

Students should be practicing their instrument a minimum of three days a week at home.  Students should be "practicing" and not "playing" during their practice sessions.  It is fine for students to play a fun song now and again, but if they only play things they already know how to play, they'll never improve.  If you hear your child playing the same fun song over and over, chances are they're playing and not practicing.

1/15 HOMEWORK

  • Page 11 #38 & 39
  • Page 43 #5-17
  • 6 note scale

CLARINETS

  • Practice putting the reed on the mouthpiece
  • Practice putting the two big pieces together carefully - no clumps of keys should ever meet when putting it together (that's how keys get bent).
  • Apply corkgrease to the corks if it's hard to put the pieces together
  • When playing, sit up straight on the edge of your chair with your feel flat on the ground.
  • The left hand goes on top.
  • The bottom lip covers the bottom teeth.  Your teeth should never be on the reed.  Bottom lip on reed (covering teeth) and top teeth bite down on the top of the mouthpiece.
  • Learn notes on page 6 (E, D, C)
  • Play long tones on your three notes to build up the muscles in your mouth.
  • Play in front of the mirror to make sure you're not puffing your cheeks.
  • Make pretty sounds on your instrument.  Do you like the sound that's coming out?
  • Never set your clarinet on the ground upright on its bell.  It will fall over!

ALTO SAXOPHONES

  • Practice assembling your instrument.
  • Hold your instrument properly.  Sit up straight and the saxophone comes to you.  Do not lean into the saxophone.  Adjust your neckstrap if necessary.
  • Your bottom lip covers your teeth.
  • Make sure your fingers are on the correct pearls.
  • Watch yourself in the mirror.  Make sure your cheeks aren't puffed out.  Blow out the candle (finger) and try to remember the muscles used.
  • Make pretty sounds on your instrument.  Do you like the sound that's coming out?
  • Work on memorizing the three notes on page 6 (B, A, G)
  • Do long tones on your three notes

FLUTES

  • Practice getting a clear sound on your headjoint.  Do it ten times in a row without missing.  Try to find the same spot on your lip each time.
  • Practice holding instrument and placing your fingers on the correct keys.  Your fingers always go on the same "home keys".
  • Watch yourself in the mirror.  Make sure your cheeks aren't puffed out.  Blow out the candle (finger) and try to remember the muscles used.
  • Work on memorizing the three notes from page 6 (D, C, Bb)
  • Play long tones on your three notes.

TRUMPETS

  • Mouthpiece should be somewhat centered on lips but does not need to be exact.  Find your "home" spot.
  • Breathe through corners of your mouth.  Do not breathe through your nose.
  • Say "KA" as you're breathing in as this will help open up your throat.
  • The trumpet is held with the left hand.  Fingers not used in the third valve slide ring should be wrapped around the valve casing.
  • The three middle fingers on the right hand operate the valves.
  • The right pinky does NOT rest behind the pinky ring.  Students need to use their air instead of pressure (which will happen if they use the pinky ring).
  • There are four slides on the trumpet.  We will not use them this year but they need to be kept lubricated or they will freeze up.  Students should grease them once a month with slide grease. 
  • The three trumpet valves should be oiled at least weekly with valve oil.
  • Listen to what's coming out of your trumpet.  Do you like the sound?  Aim for the bulls-eye!
  • Watch yourself in the mirror.  Make sure your cheeks aren't puffed out.  Blow out the candle (finger) and try to remember the muscles used.
  • When playing, sit up straight on the edge of your chair with your feet flat on the ground.
  • Never set your trumpet on the ground upright on its bell.  It will fall over!
  • Learn and memorize the three notes on page 6
  • Do long tones on your three notes to help build up your mouth muscles and to help with breathing.  If your lips or muscles around the lips starts to burn, take a break!
  • Practice your posture (sitting up straight on the edge of the chair) and holding the trumpet properly

VOCABULARY

  • Whole note
  • Whole rest
  • Time signature
  • Treble clef
  • Staff
  • Bar line
  • Measure
  • Half note
  • Half rest
  • Quarter note
  • Quarter rest
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