You heard it here. Actually you have it on your BAND SCHEDULE!
All-Band will meet for an important double- period rehearsal this Friday- TOMORROW- Nov. 18th- per 7 & 8. Be there or be square!
A recent Google web search for "Computer Problems" generated
"About 59,200,000 results." Clearly Kershaw School is not unique! Computer equipment problems are always an issue! So we have had a few "growing pains" with the new laptops. The students have learned a lot from the process of working it through and have been a big help to the fix.
What is unique is how PATIENT our students have been and how dedicated Mrs. Sweeny and her IT support team have been! Thanks to Mrs. S for all the help! We are moving along now and getting beyond the configuration stage and into the regular use.
One thing we have learned- computers are great when they are running! Luckily they are REALLY GREAT when they are running or we would probably do this:
After careful thought and deliberation with other directors involved, Mrs. Manion will be sending out invitations to selected 5th & 6th grade students to join the Winter Festival Honors Band. This is for students beyond the beginning level who are able to handle the music in a select band of students who combine from several area schools. Congratulations to the students who are invited to join. If you were not selected this year, hopefully you have a chance next year or to join up with other special opportunities we present. Here is a link to the page on our site that talks about Honors Band! HERE
Awwww....don't be so sad! Songwriting- especially writing the "blues" is fun!
8th graders will be exploring all about the blues and writing their own lyrics. Follow our project about "Good Morning Blues."
I happened to visit a live radio broadcast in Marlton the other day. Talk Radio WPHT 1210 was broadcasting the Chris Stigall Show. Here is the massive wire monster that the sound engineer was using to send the live audio out to the world! He is pointing at a unit that connects the sound to Internet cable. Amazing! The show's producer was Michael Cerio- a graduate of Kershaw School and former band member! Shout out to Mike!
The 7th grade World Music Drummers are hard at work understanding the use of African Drums and putting together ensemble playing in 4 parts. This requires practice, cooperation and teamwork from the whole class. As we gather in our drum circles, we begin with "Call To Drum." The teacher plays a now- familiar pattern that "speaks" to the class. The class "answers" with a rehearsed rhythm. This sets the tone to work on the ensembles. You can listen to "Call To Drum" as performed and recorded by class 7B. I have edited it into a file that can be downloaded for a cell phone ring tone! Check it out! More recordings will be added as we go along. Keep up the good work, drummers! LINK TO--> 7th GRADE GM DRUMMING PROJECTS
Congratulations to all the Band kids for their first "All-Band" rehearsal yesterday! We spent time learning some rehearsal routine basics and everyone did a great job! Thanks to the teachers who let the students out of classes for this "pull-out" rehearsal. Our group is a mixture of beginners and experienced students and everyone is pulling together to make it work. Many students have never played under the baton of a conductor before. It is a new experience! We learned how to set-up, where to sit in a rehearsal, rest position, ready position, playing position, posture how to follow a down beat, how a conductor cues and cuts-off. We began a warm-up routine and started work on the first half of "Christmas Processional." This piece has entrances for various sections, not just "all in" kind of playing. So students are learning to count rest and make correct entrances. There is a lot to learn! We're doing it! GREAT JOB! Now go home and practice every day! Next "All-Band" will be on Wednesday, Nov. 9th! Be there! Concert is Dec 15th so keep up the good work!
Did you pickup your sheet music to Jingle Bell Rock yet? Find it on the Pop Rock Ensemble Page--> HERE
Hi Everyone! A lot of the kids have asked me about living in the woods. Today I took a break from grading and planning and looked out my front door. Here is a picture of what I saw. You see BOTH deer, don't you? That's right, there are two. One is standing to the right. The other is near the large tree trunk laying down and blending in with the leaves. If you download this image to your computer you can zoom in. Tech kids! You will see the pixels that created this digital image of real deer in my yard! :)
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