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New Band Music is posted (posted 11/15/13)
Click on the "Bands" link above to gain access to the files. Contact Dr. Roberts if you have forgotten your username or password.
Second Quarter Playing Charts (posted 10/28/13)
Playing Charts for the second quarter are available at the link above. Students will begin recording playing time beginning with Monday, October 28th.
First Quarter Band Assessments (posted 10/10/13)
Individual Playing Assessments will be held during the sectional scheduled for the week of October 21-24. All band students must be ready to play the assessment at this time. Please check the "Band" link at the top to make sure that you have the correct materials prepared!
Contact Dr. Roberts if you have any questions.
New Music has been posted for Concert Band, period one. (posted 9/13/13)
To get access to the practice copies, go to the "Bands" link above, then click on the link for period one Concert Band practice copies. Use the username and password provided on the blue sheet that was given to all band members on the first day of school. If you have forgotten your username and password, email Dr. Roberts.
Our 2013-2014 calendar has been posted on the calendar link in the left panel. Sorry for the delay! (posted 9/10/13)
Band and Orchestra Assignments (posted 9/3/13)
Band students can find assignments for completion of your three daily practice sessions on the "Bands" link above. Assignments are listed for both Concert Band (period one) and Symphonic Band (period three). Please make sure that you "check in every day" with your instrument in order to maintain and improve your skill level.
Orchestra students can find assignments for completion of your three daily practice session on the "Orchestras" link above. Assignments are listed for Concert Orchestra (period five), Philharmonia Orchestra (period six), and Chamber Orchestra (period seven). Please make sure that you "check in every day" with your instrument in order to maintain and improve your skill level.
Playing Chart Posted (posted 8/26/13)
The playing chart for instrumental students is posted above. Recent brain research indicates that moments of "dedicated practice" work better for students if they are broken down into ten-minute groups and if they are consistent with a day-to-day program. The 2013-14 playing chart reflects this research. We are asking that students break down his/her practice into three parts: A- scales, B- Etudes or technical studies, and C- portions of music or other musical activities. By checking off each portion of the playing chart each day, the student indicates that they have worked on each of those particular activities for at least ten minutes each. This will help students to develop a more-consistent approach to the elements of music that will help them to be successful.
G/T Ensemble information (posted 8/18/13)
G/T ensembles are great opportunities to broaden experiences for the musician who just can't get enough. There are two middle school G/T orchestras (the orchestra and sinfonia), a G/T band, and G/T chorus. This is a very special year for the G/T orchestra program. The orchestra has been chosen to perform at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL in December. All students who make it into the orchestra (not the sinfonia) will get to go on this trip! Because of the amount of music needed to learn for this performance, the G/T orchestra auditions (for both groups) will be held the first week of school. Audition signups are open now and will be open until at least August 27th, maybe later. Click on the G/T Orchestra link in the left column for more information.
Aspen Family Portal (posted 8/18/13)
Aspen is the new grading/attendance/communication system used by all of the schools in Howard County this year. In addition to the live access to teacher's gradebooks, this system also has the capability to generate email communication between teachers and parents. Although I know that most parents filled out an email address on the emergency card at the beginning of the year, it will take some time to get all of those email addresses entered into the system. We found out on Wednesday that parents have the ability to add their email address to the Aspen database through the family portal. We would sincerely appreciate (as would the data entry clerk) if parents could log in and either make sure the listed email is correct or add the email address if it is missing. Thank you!
Welcome to Music at Ellicott Mills (posted 8/18/13)
If you are reading this, then you have successfully found the place to turn to for information and materials for your child's performing arts group at Ellicott Mills. You can click on the "Required Materials" link on the left to see what materials your child will need this year. The "Calendar" link, again on the left, has a list of concerts that have been scheduled for this year. Please make a note of those on your family calendar. We will be updating that page as we make decisions about which groups will be performing on which nights. By clicking on the "Teachers" link above, you have ready access to your child's teacher by using the email link there.
The Refresh Button (posted 8/29/11)
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