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Welcome to the Cardinal Heights 8th Grade Symphonic Band Page.
Distance Learning Guide - Updated 3.16.2020
Distance Learning - a new experience
I hope this will answer all of your questions and be a "one stop" source of information on our new distance learning experience. This is a new experience for me and you, so please keep me in the loop about how you feel it is working for you. I want to also remind you that while viruses are contagious things like kind words, helping others at home, and problem solving in our new distance learning experience are also contagious. Let's fill up our days with kind words, helping others, problem solving, creativity, and music together. As is always the case, our strength is in our sense of ensemble and how we work together and support each other. Let us know how he can help and I will do my best to support you. Kindly borrowed from Mr. Mesner
What will I need?
1. Instrument (percussion we can check out drum pads and may be able to get a keyboard to you if needed - let me know)
2. Folder/Music (warm-up & all concert music)
4. Reeds, valve oil, mallets etc.
5. Google Classroom:
How will we communicate?
Our distance learning will be coordinated through Google Classroom. Each week, we will post some assignments for your band class. It is easiest of you click on “Classwork” and you’ll see activities and assignments grouped by week. Mr. Melrose will listen/look/grade assignments daily and you will receive observations and feedback from him.
If you have questions you can reach Mr. Melrose in the following ways:
1. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
2. My digital office hours will (tentatively) be each day 9:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. The school district recommends using Zoom as a way to video conference if needed. A Zoom tutorial is available here
Should I develop a schedule and routine for school/class days?
I encourage you to keep a schedule and routine for school and class days. I recommend that you set your alarm (you might want to get up a little later than other school days) rather than getting into the habit of sleeping late. Get to bed at a normal school day type bed time rather than staying up late. Start your day the way you normally would and log-in for your distance learning for the day.
What will most of these lessons look like?
In general we are going to keep doing the things that musicians do:
1. Develop our skills (warm-ups and scales)
2. Practice our music (Smartmusic, recordings, and good old fashioned practicing on our own)
3. Think and engage in music as a listening and communicative art (listening, questioning,
thinking and sharing)
4. Problem solving and working creatively
All of our assignments will be designed to help us engage in music in these ways. If you have a question - check with Mr. Melrose.
Share your ideas - let's create music opportunities together!
I need music supplies - can I still order from Ward Brodt?
Yes, if you use the Ward Brodt website https://www.wardbrodt.com/ you can order any music supplies you need and click the button "send this to me at Cardinal Heights" when you check out. Ward Brodt will deliver supplies to Mr. Melrose and he will get them to your house.
I'm bored spending so much time at home - do you have any musical suggestions for how I spend my time?
Shared w/ permission by Mr. Mesner
Boy, do I!
Music for March Concert & Guest Conductor
Music for December Concert
What coming up in 8th Grade Band?
Welcome to the new school year!
Welcome to the start of this school year. Here's some things to think about to help get the year started off great!
Music for Upcoming Concerts