YHS BAND DISTANCE LEARNING SYLLABUS

The weekly HW assignment is posted on your student’s YHS Band Dashboard. Ms. Kluga posted this week’s assignment today. Students should set aside 20-30 minutes a day (M-F) to practice.

SIGHT READING FACTORY

Students receive daily sight-reading assignment (M-F), which is part of their daily 20-30 minutes of practice.  Info on how to sign up for your free SRF account is attached.

FLIP GRID

Students send their weekly video assignment through this app. Thank you all for working through the learning curve with Ms. Kluga! The take-aways from this week are: Before the program will allow you to post your video, the final step is taking a selfie. And, for Ms. Kluga, it does not run well using Google – other browsers seem to work better.

DISNEY

As Dr. Hattar pointed out in Friday’s virtual “Senior Town Hall” – Disney World is closed. We will be working with all companies involved to figure out a refund. Ms. Kluga am so very sorry for our students – she so wanted to share this experience with you!

SIX FLAGS

Dr. Hattar has not yet spoken about field trips for May. Ms. Kluga will update you as information becomes available.

MUSIC MONDAY

In keeping with our John William’s tangent – did you know that part of what makes his film music so effective is his use of leitmotifs? (pronounced “light-moteefs”). A leitmotif is a musical melody that a composer assigns to a character or place in a story, to reinforce the audience’s connection with that character or place. Think of the theme to Jaws (which John Williams also wrote), as soon as you hear that two-note leitmotif, you know danger is coming and that those innocent people should hurry up and get out of the water!!, even before the shark appears on screen.

This technique was originally used in opera, and perfected by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Wagner is best known for composing the Ring Cycle (an epic musical dramatic work containing 4 separate operas that takes 17 hours to perform…but that is a story for another time…. Oh, and it’s called the Ring Cycle because the story is about a magical ring stolen from the gods that possesses omnipotent power (sound familiar??), but that is also a story for another time…).

Now think of Luke’s theme (also called The Force theme). John Williams uses this leitmotif in a wistful and sad way when Luke watches the suns set and wonders about his destiny.  Then, Williams uses this leitmotif in a heroic, epic, and victorious way during the movie’s ending scene with Luke, Han and Chewie at  Princess Leia’s medal ceremony.

That’s the cool thing about leitmotifs, the composer uses the same assigned melody –  but by changing the style of how the melody is played, changes the tone and emotion of the scene, and the character.

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BANDAPALOOZA VII

On Monday, March 2nd, the YCSD Band Program will host our 7th Annual District Band Concert from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the YHS Gym.  All band students grades 5-12 will participate.  Our aim is to provide a positive and collaborative experience for all of our students – fostering relationships between all levels, and allowing our youngest band students and their parents to see the full progression of our band program.

INFO:

* YHS Band students, please arrive by 5:30pm.

* Please wear long black pants, black shoes, and your YHS Band polo. 

* Please, please, please bring a FOLDING MUSIC STAND if you own one!  Put your name on it so we can return it to you!

PURPOSE:

The purpose of the evening is to reach our younger band students and their parents.  We want to show them the full progression of our YCSD Band Program, and give them the experience of hearing what awaits their children if they stick with band.

As the eldest students in our program, and hosts of Bandapalooza, all eyes (and ears!) will be on YOU! Please help the younger students have a great experience, and ensure they leave the concert excited and enthusiastic about being a part of band!

PARENT HELP NEEDED!

To make the evening successful, we please need the help of 20 YHS Band parents.  Please refer to the coming e-mail from YHS Band parent organizers Karen Menduni, outlining how you can help.  We especially need help with the clean-up of this event (7:00-8:30pm).

STUDENT HELP NEEDED!

Many, many students are needed to help set up the 500+ chairs, racks of music stands, help mentor the younger students, and clean up after our concert.  Sign-up sheets are available in the band room (Student Help time-slots are from 1:30 – 4:30, and 7:00 – 9:00). As always, your student’s extra efforts are worth extra credit!

With your help, Bandapalooza VII will be an inspiring musical experience!  Thank you so much, as always, for your amazing support! We are very grateful for our parents and administration, and all the hard work involved to make this event (and all of our events) happen for our students!

2020 NYSSMA SOLO FESTIVAL FORMS DUE WEDNESDAY 3/4

The students and Ms. Kluga discussed NYSSMA, and reviewed the forms, this week in class. Information is below and forms are attached.

The NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) solo festival is a wonderful opportunity for your student to grow as a musician, gain confidence, earn the full 5 extra credit points for quarter 3, and possibly be selected to perform in an ensemble with the best band students in all of Westchester.  

To participate in the NYSSMA festival, students prepare scales, a solo and sight-reading.  At the festival, students will perform for a judge who will give them a score and comments.  This quarter, all band students will be learning a NYSSMA solo as part of their lesson homework (so if they are interested in participating in NYSSMA, or auditioning for Wind Ensemble (see below), they will have the necessary tools to do so).

HONORS CREDIT AVAILABLE

In addition to the musical opportunity NYSSMA provides, students are able to receive honors credit for Concert Band or Wind Ensemble by earning a score of 95 or above on a level 6 solo/ensemble, or a score of 97 or above on a level 5 solo/ensemble. 

WIND ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

Auditions for the 2020-2021 Wind Ensemble will take place 4/27 – 5/1 (Monday- Friday).  Students wishing to audition should review the audition information sheet (attached) with you.  If your student is interested in auditioning, Ms. Kluga strongly suggests that they also participate in NYSSMA.  The Wind Ensemble audition information sheet/permission slip is attached and is also available in the band room.  FORMS ARE DUE WEDNESDAY 3/4.

SWING DANCE GENERAL INFO

What: 12th Annual Valentine’s Swing Dance Concert

When: Saturday 2/8

Time: Dance Lesson 7-8pm / Music and Dancing 8-10:30pm

Where: YHS Gym

Cost: $10 for adults / $5 for students and seniors.  Tickets sold at the door.  YHS Band students are free.

WHEN STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE:

1.     Jazz Band – our sound check is at 5:45. Arrive at 5:30 so you can be ready to play at 5:45.

2.     Students interested in participating in the dance lesson – please arrive at 6:45pm. STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE DANCE LESSON WILL RECEIVE 2 POINTS OF EXTRA CREDIT (!).

3.     Students NOT interested in participating in the dance lesson– please arrive no later than 7:30pm.

Upon arrival ALL STUDENTS should place their instruments/cases/coats/etc. in their designated warm up rooms. A reminder to respect these spaces – do not touch items that are not yours, and clean up after yourself.

WIND ENSEMBLE WU ROOM: Faculty Lunch Room

CONCERT BAND WU ROOM: Room 138

After students put their personal items in the warm up room, THEY SHOULD REPORT TO THE TICKET TABLE AND HAVE THEIR HAND STAMPED FOR FREE ENTRANCE INTO THE DANCE.

SWING CONCERT DRESS FOR STUDENTS

In lieu of the usual concert black, Swing Era attire is encouraged!  Here are some ideas. Photos were reviewed in class and are attached for your reference.

Boys 

Usual Concert Attire: Black pants, long sleeved button-down black shirt, black shoes, black socks

AND/OR Swing Additions: fedora hats, suspenders, solid color or pin striped shirts, colorful ties, spats, jackets.

Girls

Usual Concert Attire: Black top (appropriate neck-line, no spaghetti straps or sleeveless tops), black skirt or dress (appropriately below the knee), or black pants.

AND/OR Swing Additions: Girls are welcome to wear any color 1940’s style dress as long as it has an appropriate neckline, sleeves, and falls below the knee.  Other ideas are: swing-y skirts, polka dots, pin-curls, a flower in their hair, seamed stockings, saddle shoes, 1940’s style hat and gloves.