Band Update – 4/6/2020

Happy Monday!

Hope you all are doing well! If Ms. Edwards or I can help in any way – please let us know!

  • We have scheduled video chats with all band students throughout this week – we posted the schedule on Google Classroom. The chat this week is just to see their faces – check in, make sure they’re doing ok, and seeing if it works. Please encourage your student to log on (and feel free to join us as well 🙂 )
  • As we transition to the Remote Learning we will really be reaching out to students – last week I emailed 50 students that we have not heard from at all – no emails, texts, nothing turned in on Google Classroom, etc. So far I have not heard from 35 of them. If I don’t hear from them, I will be reaching out to parents just to make sure everything is okay! Part of the remote learning process is just interacting with students – we want to hear from them!
  • With the remote learning, we will be moving to Sight Reading Factory and SmartMusic. These subscriptions are free through this pandemic, so we really need all students to sign up. Instructions are below:
  • Activate your SmartMusic account by clicking the link that was sent to your email. Didn’t get an email? Contact Ms. Edwards!
    Your class in SmartMusic will be your respective band. You can access play along tracks, warm ups, sight reading, and different pieces of music. As you play along with this website, it will give you real-time feedback on note/rhythmic accuracy. 
    1. Your login is your Last name + Band + 2020
      1. No one else has the same last name: EdwardsBand2020
      2. Same last name: First letter of name +Last name + Band + 2020- AEdwardsBand2020

  • Marching 100 – We will be sending out all the information that would have be handed out at the meeting this Wednesday, 4/8. Ms. Edwards has created a GREAT video to reveal the 2020 show! You may have heard, but the VP Parade was cancelled late last week, so we are tweaking the calendar before we send anything out. Be on the lookout Wednesday!
  • We are also planning to get the student leadership process started next week – we will email out/post it on Google Classroom.
  • M100 Drumline – Ms. Edwards posted the drumline audition info. on the percussion Google Classroom on Monday, 3/23. It includes dates and music to start looking at. *Please know all dates are subject to change, but we’re going to try to keep everything moving! If you’d like help on the packet, just email Ms. Edwards!

Ms. Edwards and I are available from 8am-12noon each day for students throughout the break:

  • We will be checking email regularly
  • I’ve turned my Google phone number back on – students can call or text if they have questions or need help with anything. They can call or text it at 314-472-5538. It rings to my cell phone!
  • Students can reply to Remind texts
  • We are also working on video chat options – we’ve talked to several students and should be setting a time to communicate with classes soon.

That’s it. Stay safe and healthy!!!