Summer Practice Challenge!

Your instrument still works! Do you? Please don’t forget to show your instrument some love on a regular basis. We have 250,000 minutes of music to make before school starts in August. Please take the time to enter your information in the google form once a week or every time you practice. Updates on our progress will come every two-three weeks. Today, July 1, we are at 6213 minutes, but only 3 different students added all of the minutes for June. We need everyone!!!!

Here is the form, please fill it out regularly! PM Practice Record 2020

If you need assistance with tuning or solving a technical issue, please send an email to 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:

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Office Hours begin April 13

Please feel free to ask questions via email to! You are guaranteed an response between 11:00AM and 12:00 PM on weekdays. Thanks and miss you!

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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:
Our text books have recordings/videos/online versions
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.

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SmartMusic is a great practice “friend!”

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