When are in-person instrumental music lessons?

Pequea students: Mrs. Hamer will tell you the schedule and teach your lessons.
Hambright string students: Mrs. Brubaker will tell you the schedule and teach your lessons.
Central Manor, Conestoga, Eshleman, Hambright band, Letort and Martic students: here is the rotation for Ms. Almoney
1/15 Central Manor
1/19 Conestoga
1/20 Eshleman
1/21 Hambright
1/25 Letort
1/26 Martic
1/27 Central Manor
1/28 Conestoga
1/29 Eshleman
2/1 Hambright
2/2 Letort
2/3 Martic
2/4 Central Manor
2/5 Conestoga
2/8 Eshleman
2/9 Hambright
2/10 Letort
2/11 Martic

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Preparing for in-person instrument lessons (by mid November)

Students and parents, there are very specific risks and mitigations for playing instruments together inside of our schools during the time of Covid-19. Please prepare for the following safety measures.

String players: wear a mask that fits properly and does not interfere with the chinrest for violin and viola.

Percussion players: wear a mask that fits properly.

Brass players: wear a mask that allows for the mouthpiece to get “through” to your lips, then covers your mouth when not playing. The instrument needs a bell cover – cut a circle with diameter 2-3” inches larger than the bell. Cut tiny holes near the edge and the whole way around. Thread a ribbon or shoelace in the fabric, place on instrument, cinch the edge of fabric and tie to keep in place. Play!

Woodwind players: Flute students will need a mask that allows the headjoint of the flute to be inside. I am prototyping the bandana type mask with two pieces of fabric hanging over the face about 10 inches. Photo is in Google Classroom. We may also need a “sleeve” over the keys to contain the remaining aerosols.

Clarinet students will need a mask that can be separated to put the mouthpiece into the mouth without breaking the reed. The instrument will need a “sleeve” to contain aerosols and allow the hands to be inside while playing. Photos are in the Google Classroom.

Saxophone students will need a mask that can be separated to put the mouthpiece into the mouth without breaking the reed. The instrument will need a “bag” to containe the aerosols while playing. I suggest a pillowcase with holes for the hands and a slit for the hook to the neck sptrap. Photos are in the Google Classroom.

These safety measures seem cumbersome, however, safety is paramount. The Colorado Study proved that there are aerosols present from sending air through the instrument. These measures are simply to allow our instrumental music curriculum to continue and students to have in-person instruction. Thank you for your help and cooperation!

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Virtual Band and String Lessons are scheduled!

All 5th and 6th grade band and string students should have received an email with a day of the week and time for a virtual lesson with Ms. Almoney. Please check your inbox on the day of the lesson to find the “Google Meet link” in your Google Classroom for Band Lessons or String Lessons. The music starts at 9:00 each day and continues through 3:30, so please send an email if communication is needed.

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Instrumental Music during hybrid learning

Penn Manor music teachers are diligently working to meet the musical needs of students while following health and safety precautions. 

Registration for playing a band or string instrument is being delayed this year. Future band or string students will be invited to register when it is deemed safe.

Instrument lessons for returning students in 5th and 6th grade will continue with a combination of in-person and virtual meetings. 5th and 6th grade instrumentalists will be receiving an email from a music teacher. Parents and students, please complete the Google Form together.

Due to Covid-19 and the requirement for small groups of students, there will not be band or chorus ensemble rehearsals this fall. Since students can be masked, distanced, and fully play their string instruments, small string ensembles will be considered before 2021.

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Video sharing!

Ms. Almoney is looking forward to hearing and seeing you play! Look in the new (2020-2021) google classroom for band or strings with these class codes: Band – 4pau2cp, Strings – bmcvynd

Under the “please submit” topic, there is a new opportunity to try flipgrid. I have asked for a 30 second video of you playing something you learned in June, July, or August. Please share!

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Only a few students are practicing…

Please keep practicing and submitting your minutes to our total… As of today, August 11, we are at 11963 minutes. We need everyone to make music and include their minutes!!!!

Here is the form, please fill it out regularly! PM Practice Record 2020
https://forms.gle/d6FDTRhNQYk9DUXj6

If you need assistance with tuning or solving a technical issue, please send an email to jill.almoney@pennmanor.net. I will be happy to Google Meet with you! Enjoy summer, stay safe!!!

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Fun Pieces to Learn or Explore

Here is a list of possible pieces for you to try or learn. If you succeed and needed to learn something new for your instrument, please let Ms. Almoney know. Also, several links were broken. If you find one that does not work, please notify Ms. Almoney. Make music and have fun!!!! Here is a link to a google doc: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sC8QkYhYCkrvVkNBb4V13qHl9JseZ2x4hhZCNrVw7pw

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PRACTICE, please!

Now is a great time to spend some hours with your instrument and making music.

Here are my best ideas for helping you move forward:
Play the old, easy, familiar pieces.
Tackle a new piece when you feel “brushed up” on technique.
Share your products with family members.
Play along with recordings of every type:
https://blogs.pennmanor.net/jalmoney/listening-examples/
Our text books have recordings/videos/online versions
https://www.alfred.com/sound-innovations/si-online/
https://www.halleonard.com/ee/interactive/
String Basics Books 1, 2, 3
Some digital versions are available for $1.99 – on screen music/attached audio. Maybe buy book 2 or 3?
String students can find some Vamoosh information in Google Classroom: String Info 2019-2020. Class code: vhxsrw2
Band students may find some links or other information in Google Classroom: Band Info 2019-2020. Class code: ulabh57
Vamoosh for Clarinet, Saxophone, and Trumpet has backing tracks on YouTube.
There are additional items on my Moodle page. You need to login with your PM google account in order to see many of the items. There are also some guitar, recorder, theory excercises on the Moodle page. Please feel free to explore!
If you have the freedom to try SmartMusic, it is free until June 30, 2020. Normally there is an annual subscription fee.
Making music is a great, safe, free way to express your feelings…DO IT!
MP3s are always welcome in my email or google classroom.

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Sound Innovations audio and video available!

Beginning musicians often enjoy playing along with an ensemble or accompaniment. If you are using Sound Innovations as your lesson book, then please try the Alfred Publishing site to hear your exercises. You simply need to type in your product number. https://sionline.alfred.com/activate

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SmartMusic is a great practice “friend!”

Read all about it!

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