Horace W. Porter

Middle School Music: Concert Band

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Photo from Timothy Edwards Middle School, May 2019
Fantastic Festivals Music Adjudication

Middle School Concert Band:

Check out our weekly notes page for parents and students.

Summer Band Packet for incoming 5th grade students! Click here to access.

Save the date! 2019-20 concert dates
Winter: Tuesday Dec 10, 2019
Spring: Tuesday May 19, 2020
dates were posted to this website on June 10, 2019.

Welcome Letter and Band Supply List for 2019-2020.

Sign up for REMIND

We are in the process of working on student schedules for the 2019-2020 school year.  If your child would like to participate in the middle school band program again next year, you will need to complete the Band Enrollment Form by clicking the link below. This must be completed by 6/12/19.  All students who would like to participate must complete the form, this includes students who are currently in the Band Program.Please note, students are not allowed to switch band instruments until a conversation takes place with parents and Ms. Stolarun. It is suggested that students who wish to make an instrument switch look into taking summer music lessons. I am happy to provide a list of lesson locations upon request. Band Enrollment Form 2019-2020 School Year (click here)

There are specific times of year that your child can add or drop concert band. The next drop date is by the last day of school 6/12/19, for schedule changes to go in effect the following fall.

Any student who wishes to no longer be enrolled in band must complete the add/drop form below with parent signature, prior to the last day of school, and the student must schedule a time to meet with Ms. Stolarun to have a discussion. I am available to meet with students before school, after school, as well as during the school day. I then schedule a time to speak with parents in order to approve the drop request.

Please click on the link below to view a letter from Ms. Stolarun as well as the official add/drop form. Once the add/drop form is completed, this form should be brought to Ms. Stolarun. click here to view letter and form

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SeeSaw Accounts

Please click here for instructions on setting up your child's SEESAW account online.  Thank you! All students will be asked to set up their accounts by November 9th.  What is SeeSaw? Check out this 2 minutes video click here

Practice Logs
Students will be asked to complete a weekly practice log at home each week, and submit their practice log for a homework grade each week on Friday's at full band rehearsal. At that time they can also pick up a new log in the music room. The practice logs will also be posted here each week for download. Thank you!

Here is a great link with videos tutorials explaining different ways to practice at home to make practice time more effective.

A List of tips and suggestions as to what students should be practicing to count as practice log time at home. 

music lessons

Mini Lesson Schedule  - Check this folder to see when your next mini lesson is scheduled for.  This folder will be updated each week on Fridays, and had paper copies of the schedule will be given out to students each Friday at full band rehearsal.

Band Mini-Lessons, please turn in the second half of this notice for your child to begin receiving extra music lessons during the school day. 

For Parents: Helping your child practice suggestions

Resources for practice below:

Download free fun songs for all band instruments here

Video Tutorial for all instruments - How to make your practice time at home more effective! 

Band Fingering Charts

Concert Bb Major Scale

Watch this video to listen to the Bb scale patten on snare drum

Watch this video to listen the Bb scale on all other instrument

***Add/drop policy and timelines for concert band***

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