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Young scholars practice sight-reading skills in order to become more comfortable with them for future purposes. They review and drill on basic procedures for sight-reading for future competitions. Each student also analyzes advanced rhythms, intervals, nuances, keys, time-signatures and dynamics.
Understanding time signatures and rhythm counting are two very important parts of playing an instrument well. Here are three basic lessons rolled into one that prompt upper graders to play their instruments with care. They'll practice playing a music piece written in unison parts with a variety of rhythms. They'll practice tonguing and fingering techniques while mastering a specific system of counting.
High schoolers work as a class to compose an original four-measure rhythm. After a brief review of a sight reading Gordon rhythm patterns, students compose their own rhythm with each student selecting a part for the composition. All completed original compositions are performed the class.
Students explore the treble and bass staffs, naming the lines, spaces, and locating middle C. Individually, students complete a word game and then compare their answers with a partner. They sight-read the grand staff and explore ways they may improve their sight reading.
Playing in a concert band takes a lot of time and practice. Your dedicated young musicians consider the concept of theme found in film music. They practice the timing, melody, and rhythm found in the films, Jurassic Park, La Bamba, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Sheet music is not included.