Band Announcements

The Prairie Wind Winter Program is this week! It is scheduled for next Friday, December 14th- please note that band students will perform at the 9:30 am program only!  Students were given an outline of the winter program so they can know what to focus their practice on in the weeks leading up to the performance- click here to download a copy of this outline. Winter Program invitations were also sent home with students- click here to download another copy of the invitation. Students will be performing with backing tracks for the Winter Program. Students can practice with these backing tracks any time they want- they can be found in the Band Documents box at the bottom of this page.

In addition to the Winter Program music, students are continuing to learn new notes and play more complex songs on page 10 and 11 in the Sound Innovations book. Students should be using their green flashcards at home to help them memorize the notes on the staff  Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found at the left of this page. Not sure what your child should be practicing? You can always look at the box at the bottom right of this page to see a step-by-step example of what each practice session should look and sound like.

With all of the above things to practice, band students should be practicing at home at least 15-20 minutes each day. The next practice check will be on Thursday, December 20th. This means the instrument needs to go home after band lesson days and come back to school again on the next band lesson day. Students should ask their classroom teacher where to keep their band instrument when they bring it to school- each classroom has a procedure for this that is slightly different depending on the size and shape of the classroom. Band students should also make sure to bring their book (Sound Innovations, Book 1), a pencil and their band folder every day.    

Feel free to contact Mr. Cosby at any time with any questions you have about band lessons- his contact information is in the box on the left of this page.

-Mr. Cosby

Prairie Wind Band Schedule

Band Lessons Today- pm
Start Date/Time:
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
End Date/Time:
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Recurring Event:
Recurring Event Every 1 week(s) on Wednesday until 4/11/2018 (total 4 events)
Importance:
Normal Priority
Description:
Owned by Tom Cosby On Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Prairie Wind Band Documents

 Title Description
Band Registration FormDownloadThis is the form all students must complete if they want to be in band this year. Please return the form to Mr. Cosby as soon as possible.
Overview of Band LessonsDownloadThis document describes the basic concepts that are taught in the elementary band lesson at Prairie Wind.
Band Schedule/CalendarDownloadThis calendar will help band students remember when to bring their instruments to school. Students also keep track of their practice time on this calendar.
REMIND InvitationDownloadThis letter explains how to receive text and/or email reminders to help you and your student remember when to bring their instrument to school. This is the best way to never forget your instrument at home!
Winter Program OutlineDownloadThis document outlines the exact songs that students will perform on the winter program.
Backing Track- Hot Cross Buns/French Folk SongDownload 
Backing Track- Ode to JoyDownload 
Backing Track- Merrily We Roll AlongDownload 
Backing Track- Jingle BellsDownload 
1st Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter gives details about everything we have been doing in band during the 1st quarter as well as details about upcoming events. Parents/guardians should sign the 2nd page and return with their student asap!

How to Contact Mr. Cosby

Phone #: 402-659-2618

School #: 402-491-0859

Email: thomas.cosby@ops.org  

Band Lessons at Prairie Wind

Welcome to the Prairie Wind Band webpage! I am excited you have chosen to visit and learn more about band lessons at Prairie Wind... please feel free to explore this webpage to find out more about band lessons. The overview of band lessons document at the bottom of the page explains in detail the concepts that are taught at Prairie Wind in elementary band lessons. The calendar to the left shows the days there are band lessons. Please refer back to it often as I typically update the calendar at the beginning of each month. 

If you have any questions, concerns or you are just curious about your child's musical experience in band lessons, feel free to contact me at any time! My contact information is just above this box...

Happy Practicing!

Mr. Cosby

What to Practice at Home

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11th 

WOODWINDS & BRASS

  1. Breathing/Sizzle Exercises (use metronome)- 1 minute.
  2. Assemble Instrument/quality sound on entire instrument (use metronome)- 1-2 minutes.
  3. WARM-UP- Band Warm-up sheet, all  -2-4 minutes
  4. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 9 & 10- all (use metronome)- 5-7 minutes.
  5. SOUND INNOVATIONS- pg. 10 & 11- all (use metronome)  6-9 minutes. Pay attention: go at least 4 counts (8 would be better) before taking a breath! Use your flashcards if you are struggling with reading the new notes!
  6. FOCUS- Winter Concert Music- see Winter Program Outline for exact songs to practice.   -6-9 minutes.
  7. Written Activities: complete the Thanksgiving Week Homework Assignment- due on Tuesday, 11-27. Please turn this in if you have not already done so!
  8. REMEMBER- our Winter Program performance is this week- please practice at home!
  9. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.

FULL PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 20-25 minutes.

PERCUSSION

  1. Stretching (prepare to play)- 1 minute.
  2. Assemble Instrument- 1 minute.
  3. Basic Bell Practice (see pg. 12 in packet- use metronome)- 3 minutes.
  4. Snare Drum Stroke Practice on pad (see pg. 4-5 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  5. Snare Drum Reading Practice on pad (handout- use metronome)- 6 minutes.
  6. WARM-UP - Band Warmup, all on bells only -3 minutes.
  7. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book; pg. 9 & 10 for both mallets and percussion- all (use metronome)- 5 minutes.
  8. SOUND INNOVATIONS: pg. 10 & 11- all for both bells and percussion (use metronome)  6-9 minutes. Pay attention: What is a flam? What is a flam paradiddle? Did you remember to dampen your sound during the rests on bells? Use your flashcards if you are struggling with new notes.
  9. FOCUS- Winter Concert Music- see Winter Program Outline for exact songs to practice.   -6-9 minutes.
  10. Written Activities: complete the Thanksgiving Week Homework Assignment- due on Tuesday, 11-27. Please turn this in if you have not already done so!
  11. REMEMBER- our Winter Program performance is this week- please practice at home!
  12. Stretching (relaxation of muscles)- 1 minute.
  13. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.

FULL PERCUSSION PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 28-32 minutes