This Wednesday we are being visited by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Hall! They are world class fiddle and cello duo playing traditional Scottish music. While there are no lessons on Wednesdays, all band groups will have a chance to meet so bring your instruments!
Great rehearsals this week! But its just gonna get better.
Next week I will be introducing a new HARD piece thats going to require everyones focus and practice! This groups has a TON of talent and has lots of potential. Lets do something great.
Please make sure you have Normal learned as well as you can so we are prepared to rehearse it in class. We can’t afford to waste time as a class on individual work.
A recording of Normal can be found on this page:
Lessons have been shifting around for many students. We are trying out different solutions to scheduling problems that have arose. 4th grade lessons will not change. 5-8 lessons will rotate between two times each week to avoid missing the same class each week. Please let me know if you have any concerns.
Hope everyone is having a great start to the school year!
In the next few weeks I will begin posting lesson schedules on this site. Right now they are still moving around quite a bit due to schedule conflicts. For now, students can find weekly lesson schedules posted in their classrooms. The daily schedule for lessons is posted on a whiteboard outside of my room. I also send an email the day before the lesson.
Students please take responsibility for knowing your lesson time! Lessons are mandatory.
Jazz Band will be meeting at 7:15 am on Wednesday mornings. Hoping to have a full band this week so we can start reading some charts!
Jazz band is open to any student, however the music will be around the 7-8th grade level. It could be a great challenge for an advanced 5th or 6th student, but will require lots of practice outside of rehearsal outside of class.
For students looking for a further challenge, or more exposure to Jazz, Jazz Combo will be after school on Mondays 3:10-4:10. We will be working on small group playing, improvisation, theory, transcription and history in that group.
Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Gene Gill, I am the new band teacher this year at Conners Emerson. A little about me, I grew up on Kodiak Island in Alaska and am a recent graduate of Arizona State University. I completed my student teaching last fall with Heather Graves (MDES) and Michael Remy (MDIHS). My primary instrument is saxophone, but I have been working on a lot of trumpet recently. I am excited to start up band and lessons with all the students!
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Feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns.