Geneseo Middle School Beginning Band
Mr. Anthony Hernandez, band director
- 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
ATTITUDE / PHILOSOPHY
- 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.
THINGS YOU CAN REMIND YOUR CHILD ABOUT: HOW TO PRACTICE
- 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.
THINGS YOU CAN REMIND YOUR CHILD ABOUT: STRATEGIES WHEN LEARNING A NEW 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.
TROUBLESHOOTING: WRONG NOTES
- 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.
ALLOW THEM TO MAKE MISTAKES
- 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.