Welcome to Mrs. Chesnovitz's Music Class

 


WELCOME TO MUSIC

This year (2016-2017), I will be teaching Mrs. Wasserman's, Ms. Jablonski, Mrs. Costa's, all the third, fourth, and fifth grade general music classes. In addition, I will be responsible for  both the Beginner and Advanced Band programs. General music classes will be 35 minutes and occur throughout the school day. Band students are assigned a 30 minute pull out group lesson that meets weekly and will also attend a longer full group weekly ensemble rehearsal that is held partially during recess/lunch and partially during instructional time. Our chorus will follow the same procedure as our instrumental performing ensembles without having pull-out lessons.




Band Students


Whichever area of music your child is involved in, they must complete their homework to be successful. Homework for band members includes practicing at home. ALL band members are required to maintain a practice record of 60 minutes each week. Playing an instrument requires building muscles similar to training for any other physical activity or sport. Additionally, instrumental students must develop fine motor skills that are necessary for fingering and playing their instruments adequately. Please help your child develop a practice schedule and help them to complete their required practicing weekly.


Both Music and Art Center and City Music Center will service most instruments rented from them at Greenbrook School. Accessories are also available and will be delivered directly to the school. Accessory forms are available in the music room and online at Musicarts.com. All reed players should have at least three good reeds available to use in their cases at all times. Trumpet and Baritone Horn players should have a bottle of valve oil available and Trombone students should have slide oil. Once you child begins to play, please encourage them to care for their instruments properly and clean them often.



Advanced Band


Our Advanced Band is in the process of adjusting to learning and performing more difficult music. As students continue to develop their skills in lessons and band, they are encouraged to listen to the links provided to assist them with practicing their parts within an ensemble setting at home. Most of our students are very diligent about pracitcing and remembering their equipment, but occasionally need reminders.  Let's get the motivation going as we prepare to launch our Jazz Band in the near future.


Links to their music for practicing can be accessed through the links below.


Links to Advanced Band Music


Armed Forces March -  http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2476696


Macarena - http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10453318





* you might need to click on the button with the arrow to play the piece *

Beginner Band
Our beginning band is just starting to learn their first notes on their instruments. They have the same practicing requirements as the Advanced Band, but are expected to divide their 60 minute practice time into 6 blocks of 10 minutes. That means 10 minutes every day except one. This seems to be the ultimate way to develop the muscles they will be using to play their instruments. Without muscle development, success will not occur. Shortly, the exercises they start with will develop into recognizable songs. Please encourage you band students to play for you often as you are often their most important audience.


It is IMPORTANT for the students to remember to continue to practice regularly and to bring their instruments to lessons and band for successful musical experiences! Links to their music for practicing can be accessed through the links below.


Links to Beginner Band Music


Aspire, Achieve -   http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10453111


Armada -   http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10570598


Squonk Blues -   http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10626097





Jazz Band – will meet Friday at 8:00 a.m.

Students who have completed one year of playing may be considered for Jazz Band. Jazz Band begins around the middle of November and continues to  meet on Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. Membership in this organization is based upon the ability of the student to play the level of music, their ability to work independently on their music on their own, and their work study habits. As a reminder, the contract states that Jazz Band students must  have their practice record up to date to remain in good standing in the Jazz Band. Contact regarding cancelations wil occur through the use of e-mail.



Links to Jazz Band Music


Happy -  http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10460829


Ants In the Pants - http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2478102


Guantanamera -  http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10027019


Chili Pepper Rock - not available


Blues Machine -  http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2267052


 


Wellness, South Brunswick, and Instrumental Music


***  One of our district goals for the 2016-17 school year  continues to be wellness. It is important that we address this issue in every area, including the performing arts. Please encourage your child to maintain a clean instrument as a method of staying well. Below are some links that provide instruction on how to maintain a proper working and sanitary instrument. In addition, please encourage your child to follow the suggested methods for practicing, stay hydrated while performing, and to maintain proper posture when practicing at home. All of these small suggestions can make a huge difference in the overall wellness of the entire group.



Check out these Web-sites specifically related to your child's instrument.


http://youtu.be/ww9KnbWamRs  - How to blow a trumpet for the first time


http://youtu.be/7amjgygKefc  - Trumpet Assembly, Disassembly and Daily Maintenance


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Llrt9ICnkg&feature=share&list=PL99C6AE5CD4E44B23  - Clarinet - Assembly, Disassembly and Daily Maintenance


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2pJhhJ1F6I  - Flute - Assembly, Disassembly and Daily Maintenance


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhNOofAaOsc&list=PL99C6AE5CD4E44B23   -  Saxophone - Assembly, Disassembly and Daily Maintenance


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MskwEWVxTj8&feature=youtu.be    -  Trombone - Assembly, Disassembly and Daily Maintenance


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sKPvuPeA_A&feature=youtu.be  - Trombone Instructional DVD


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxUkwz6PwDs&list=PL99C6AE5CD4E4    - Baritone Horn - Assembly, Disassembly and Daily Maintenance


http://youtu.be/jKuyBIZZR7g        - Concert Snare 5: Setup & Playing Position


 


 


General Music Classes


Our general music classes are chocked full of learning opportunities for our students. Some units may have homework included within. Homework can simply be for you child to sing the song they learnedin music class for you, their parent. Please help your chlld complete any assignment and remind them to turn it in. Since classes only meet once a week, papers often get lost. If you wish, you can always scan the homework into the computer and email it directly to me. I am also going to try to post some of the homework assignments on line to make completion easier for some.


You can view the grade level general music content that will be taught be accessing the music curriculum at the South Brunswick website.



Fun interactive music sites for children:


http://www.classicsforkids.com/composers/ 


     Classical music's great composers come to life through music and stories. Play music games, listen to different kinds of music, find out what this week's show is all about,


     and learn about the instruments of the orchestra.


dsokids.com/   provided by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra


     Listen and learn, take a tour of the concert hall, meet the musician of the month, play some music games, and join the club.


http://www.sfskids.org/


      Provided by the San Francisco Symphony - Fun and Games through music for children


*  Please feel free to access them with your children and learn something new in music.





If you need to contact me, please email me at Teresa.Chesnovtiz@sbschools.org or call me at 732.297.2480.










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Coming soon.
We will be learning about several composers, types and forms of music , and composing and performing our own compositions this year in general music. We will be focusing on literacy through music and there very well might be some homework required. Ask your child about possible interactive music projects you can do with them this year.

Contact Information


Email: Teresa.Chesnovitz@sbschools.org

Phone: 732.297.2480 x2539