6th Grade Band Newsletter

6th Grade Band Newsletter

Quarter 3 2018

***The 6th grade band is having a wonderful year and is coming up on several exciting events!***


*Friday, February 9th: Begin-a-thon (all 6th grade band members):

This event is our annual GPAC supported Begin-a-thon at the middle school.  The begin-a-thon is scheduled for Friday, February 9th and is a REQUIRED EVENT.  The students will be working with hired in instrumental specialists and professional directors in a full band rehearsal, master-class, and for those playing solos at recital, help with those pieces.  They will also hear the hired professionals play a brief recital!  Students will be able to play basketball and other games between events.  Please have them bring $5.00 for pizza and pop to Mr. Hernandez in an envelope with their name on it by Tuesday, FEBRUARY 6TH if they wish to eat pizza.  They can also bring a sack dinner if they prefer.

Additionally, we are asking for any parents who would be able and willing to chaperone and/or monitor any fun activities (basketball, games, etc.) or the hallways.  Parents can work in shifts from 5-7 or 7-9, or for the whole event.   Please contact Mr. Hernandez at ahernandez@geneseoschools.org if you are able to help out with this wonderful event!  The event will last from 4:00-9:00.  Students should plan on staying at school after school the day of rehearse-a-thon.  Please be back to the middle school by 9:00 p.m. to pick up your child on the west side of the building.

*Saturday, February 17th, Recital (solos):

Recital is scheduled for Sat., February 17th at the high school. Students performing will include 6-12th graders. If your child is playing a solo, you won’t want to miss this event! Parents, family, and friends are encouraged to attend!  The students performing solos need to have met with their piano accompanist 3 times before the recital. The one time fee to be paid directly to the accompanist at their first practice is $20.


*Saturday, March 10th, IGSMA Full Band Contest:

This event will be held at Geneseo High School this year and is a rated contest for the full band.  This means that 3 judges will listen to the band play their concert pieces in the gym and give a rating.  Family and friends are encouraged to attend.  The exact schedule has not been set yet, but the students will need to be bused there Friday right after school.  We will be sure to send home these details with your child and over e-mail as soon as it is available.  The students will only need to be at IGSMA on Saturday, not Friday.

*Tuesday, March 13st, Concert (Music in our Schools):

On Tuesday, March 13st, at 7:00 p.m., the 6th grade band will be performing at the annual Music in our Schools concert in the HS Concert Hall.  It involves all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade musicians.  6th grade band members are asked to be at the HIGH SCHOOL band room by 6:00 ready to warm-up.  Dress for this concert is a collared white shirt or blouse, black slacks or skirt, back shoes, and black socks and/or pantyhose.

About Recital

Several classrooms at the high school will be set up for recitals. Each student has approximately 6-8 minutes to perform their solo for an adjudicator and small audience. Students need only stay for their performance(s), but are encouraged to listen to as many other solo and ensemble performances as they would like. Exact performance times and room locations to be announced around Feb 5th.  Students should plan to arrive at the high school to warm up in the gymnasium 40 minutes before their performance so they have time to find their room and warm up. They should report to their performance site 15 minutes before their scheduled time and either sit in and listen to the person before them or wait in the hallway. Dress is concert dress (black & white) or other nice clothes (no jeans or tennis shoes).


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6th Grade Band Premiere Concert!

September, 2017

Dear 6th grade parents and students,

The band is off to a great start this year and has a great work ethic. Keep encouraging and thank you for the opportunity to teach your children!

Our first concert is October 5th at 7:30 p.m. in the middle school gym.

Concert Dress for the students is white collared shirt or blouse, black belt, black pants or skirt, black socks and black shoes. No sneakers, tee shirts, or jeans please. The students will need to be at the middle school band room by 7:00 p.m. to warm up and receive instructions.

Feel free to e-mail with any questions,

Mr. Hernandez

Email: ahernandez@geneseoschools.org

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How To Help Support Your Child’s Practice At Home

Geneseo Middle School Beginning Band

Mr. Anthony Hernandez, band director

ahernandez@geneseoschools.org   https://www.gcsdstaff.org/hernandez/


  • Free iOS and Android app Metronome: Tempo Lite by Frozen Ape
  • Free iOS and Android app Bandmate Chromatic Tuner
  • All students will need a half inch or one inch 3 ring binder


  • Mistakes are necessary for growth. That‚Äôs how you learn new things. Expect to make mistakes every time you play.
  • This is muscle memory, not just memorization. Muscle memory comes from lots of repetition and daily practice.
  • Some students will practice whether reminded to or not. Some will need some reminders and encouragement.


  • Start with the warm¬≠ups or Fundamentals that we used in class that day.
  • Working on breathing from the bottom of the lungs. This can be done best in a lying down position.
  • Only try to learn one new thing at a time, or only try to fix one problem at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
  • Break it down into small pieces. Work on just a few notes at a time, before you attempt to play the whole song.


  • Before you play, say the letter names of the notes out loud while fingering the notes on your instrument.
  • Before you play, clap and count the rhythms.
  • Practice VERY SLOWLY! The best way to learn a song is to play it slowly enough that it is easy for you. Speed up later.


  • Use the smartphone / tablet app called Bandmate Chromatic Tuner (free) for apple, android, and kindle fire, so that you can see what note you are playing. Usually students simply are not sure if they are playing the correct note or not. This app shows them.
  • Check the fingering for the note at the tops of pages in the book or in the packets we have handed out
  • When you play a wrong note, stop and work on just that part. Go back and forth between that note and the one that came right before it. Do it 4 times in a row correctly before moving on.


  • Mistakes help them learn about themselves and their instruments.
  • Be patient in these early months, the sounds will get better.
  • Know when to help and when to let them hash it out on their own.


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Dear band parents,

We are pleased to report the healthy progress and steady growth of our music program and more importantly of the students who are dedicated to quality music making.

In our music program we provide an opportunity for artistic expression that a student could not experience on their own. But our program goes beyond the development of basic skills and artistic talent. We are dedicated to developing the following values:

*   Individual responsibility

*   Group and individual respect

*   Personal trust

*   Genuine caring

*   Commitment to our musical family

The implementation, reinforcement and integration of these disciplines serve as the foundation for our program.

Our mission is to develop a musical community. Before we can attain harmony, balance and blend within the music, we must establish it with one another. To build and strengthen our musical performances, we have to build and strengthen our personal relationships within the group. We must create a safe atmosphere that encourages risk, growth, failure, persistence and a focus on excellence. In our musical family everyone counts. Our winning combination is:

Parental Support + Student Desire + Teacher Guidance =


Success creates success. Success in music translates to success in life. Our students experience being a part of this successful musical community by:

*   CARING for other students who share a similar dream

*   RESPECTING self and fellow musicians

*   Demonstrating RESPONSIBILITY on and off the performance stage

*   Manifesting TRUST by being dependable and honest

*   Role modeling the standards of our musical FAMILY

We thank you for your support, and remind you that YOU are a key ingredient in our success recipe.

Mr. Hernandez

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Dear band parents and students,

Welcome to the New Year! We are excited about the full slate of opportunities ahead of us and we are eager to convey good news about the value of music education for your child.

Often a single concert or presentation measures the success of a music program. While it is true that a performance demonstrates the students’ mastery of skills, it is only one aspect of our comprehensive music curriculum. Music classes in our program are designed to prepare students to be responsible citizens in tomorrow’s society. What is it about music learning that offers young musicians a head start?

*   Music develops interpersonal skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication, negotiation and working with others; the basic personal attributes required for problem-solving in our modern day workplace.

*   Music stimulates the creative, curious, and imaginative mind Рthe mental building blocks for critical thinking and self-motivation.

*¬†¬† Since much of music is active learning, it links the creative thought process to reality. The following quote is an excerpt from The Value of the Arts, created by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities – 1993:

“Some skills taught only in the arts are as important to science as they are to art. Among these tools are playing, abstracting, building models and recognizing patterns. Non-verbal skills allow people to imagine and visualize new realities before they can be proven by logic or scientific experiment”.

When children are in the act of making decisions based on present moment choices, they replicate the same thought processes used in expressing music. This is a human quality that must be developed; it is the foundation for all problem-solving skills.

When we take a holistic view of music learning, we develop a new perspective and appreciation for music’s influence on children. Music is important in the life of children.

Mr. Hernandez

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