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Tass Week Two – AMU – instrumental

Here’s what we did:

  • Warmup – scales , Bb, Eb, F, Ab – scale in fourths
  • Worked the scale in a row- timing, and accuracy – develop as a group
  • Balance builder #10
  • NEW: Articulation Studies #118 – look through silently 30 sec, play through 30 sec. then play as a group.
  • Isolate ONE bar, and play it over and over again.
  • 20 min Jazz sectional in the hall – went well

We acquired two co-op students in our class, one is learning a second instrument (trombone) and helping Karn.  The other is helping others and taking up conducting.

Learning goals for today:

  •  increase fluency on scales
  • pattern recognition in new pieces and sight reading
  • Introduction of playing piece
  • rehearse either jazz pieces or #118



Tass AMU instrumental Feb. 8th

So here’s what happened and some thoughts.

New student – name went down with attendance – hasn’t played since grade 10 – flute…

  • Flutes given opportunity to switch – some are worried about being behind learning a new instrument. (fears quenched?) Only one flute switch to Alto Sax.
  • Started with personal warm up – Some need to have a more concrete warm up routine – address tomorrow.
  • Paige working with Karn in Hall – I went out to help – lips not suited to flute – switched to trombone – found success.
  • Warm up as group – Bb concert, #1 in Symphonic Band Technique (SBT), Ab Concert, D minor – Harmonic and melodic – discussed differences and how to remember.
    • #3 in SBT – look at chords (are you the root) – talked about roots of chords.
  • Band Piece – “The Phantom of the Opera” arr. Jay Bocook
    • sight reading
    • trouble spots
    • 59 to the end (last five bars) – memorize notes to effectively assess rit.
  • Etude #89 – play through.

This class was a test of how individuals worked as I needed to spend some time with Karn transfering him to trombone.  Strategies for self directed practice were given and should be followed up on tomorrow.

Tass Instrumental post – Feb7th

Broadway in Harlem
Hope this helps some people.

Learning goals:

  • become more fluent in scales and chords in different Keys
  • increase ease and process for sight reading pieces
  • Introduce technical study


Personal warm up – focus on Eb , F, and Chromatic scales

Question to flutes: Who want’s to switch instruments – we need a more balanced band for Festivals.

Bb concert #39 in Symphonic – play quarter notes

Eb Concert  #40 Whole notes – focus on tuning

P. 2 #5 sight reading – listen to balance and tuning

Ab Concert Scale #42 – whole notes

F Concert Scale #41 – quarter notes


Sight reading – Yamaha book P. 7 #4 – give my regards to broadway

 – 30 sec. silence looking over – we went over what to look for, then 30 sec. playing

Perform, refelct, then listen to Mr. Kools play it.

60 sec. or correcting , then play as group again.

Listening example – Give my regards to broadway – Judy Garland

Listen for one piece of information about each of the seven elements of music.

Melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, form, and dynamics & articulations!/s/Give+My+Regards+To+Broadway/3rOBEo?src=5

Start looking at Etude #89 on P. 16

Listen, play and break it down.