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Reflective Journal

 Week One

March 15-19, 2004

 

Week One, Day One, Monday, March 15, 2004
Rotation Day Three

Today’s classes were:

  • Homeroom. 
    Congratulations to a music student selected to the All Star Chorus.  
    Dorney Park money is due March 24, 2004.
  • Concert Band
  • Trumpet, Bass Guitar, and Oboe Sectional Rehearsals

 

Reflection

Concert Band.

The band rehearsal consisted of a run through of three music selections.  Mr. Long spent time during the sectional rehearsal/lesson to address areas of music that require work (wood shedding).  During the rehearsal of “Raging Thunder,” I noticed the students were not playing the accents and articulation in the music.  This was a good observation, because later during sectional rehearsal, Mr. Long addressed the accents and articulation that should be played in the music.  He then asked the students to rehearse the music and to play the accents and articulation.  As part of a warm-up, I would have an exercise with various accents and articulations for the students to play.

 

Mr. Long performed the following activities during rehearsal:

  • Announcements.  Congratulations to a music student selected to the All Star Chorus.  Dorney Park money is due March 24, 2004.
  • Band warm-ups:  Concert Bb scale, whole notes and quarter notes.  Also, “Symphonic Warm-Ups for Band” by Claude T. Smith.
  • Band music:  Run through of the following music selections.
    Raging Thunder
    Incantation
    Fanfare and Hymn of Celebration

 

Concert Band Sectional Rehearsal (all instruments exc. non-pitched percussion)

Mr. Long uses a lesson plan on an assignment sheet in a checklist format.  The checklist contains major and minor scales, and space for writing in additional assignments.  A student is given a new sheet each week with updated assignments to complete for the next sectional rehearsal.

 

Mr. Long asked the students to rehearse the music and to play the accents and articulation.  He suggested using air support to play accented notes. 

Week One, Day Two, Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Rotation Day Four

Mr. Long asked me not to report to the school because he had a doctor’s appointment scheduled today.

Week One, Day Three, Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Rotation Day Five

I took a sick day today due to hazardous road conditions from a snow storm the night before.

Week One, Day Four, Thursday, March 18, 2004
Rotation Day Six

Today’s classes were:

  • Homeroom. 
  • Jazz Lab Band
  • Rhythm section, jazz trombone, jazz make-up lessons, and concert band make-ups.

 

Reflection

Jazz Lab Band.

Mr. Long performed the following activities during rehearsal:

  • Announcement.  Mr. Long informed the students he will begin lessons on improvising at upcoming jazz band sectional rehearsals.
  • Band music:  Run through of the following music selections.
    The Swingin’ Shepherd Blues
    Blues for Clyde
    In the Storm
    From a Distance
    Caliente! Caliente!
     

During the rehearsal of “The Swingin’ Shepherd Blues,” I could not hear the trumpet section though there were ten trumpet players in the section.  After the band played the music, Mr. Long informed the trumpets he could not hear them due to the fact they had their trumpet bells facing into the music stands which muted the sound from their trumpets.  I would have advised the trumpet students of the same. 

 

I also noticed the articulation and accents in the music was lacking.  Mr. Long informed me that this is a common problem with band students.

 

Saxophone soli sections were weak.

 

Jazz Band Sectional Rehearsal

Mr. Long uses a lesson plan on an assignment sheet in a checklist format.  The checklist contains major and minor scales, and space for writing in additional assignments.  A student is given a new sheet each week with updated assignments to complete for the next sectional rehearsal.

 

Mr. Long performed the following during the sectional rehearsal.

  • Ad lib solos – asked the students to think about the characteristics that make a solo interesting.
  • Rhythm –
  • Genre - what characteristics make latin music different from other jazz genres.  Rhythm, tonality (minor vs major key), altered pitches, chord structure.
  • Provided playing technique in playing the cow bell.
  • Model rhythm by clapping the passages for the students to hear.
  • Sings the rhythm while the students play.

Week One, Day Five, Friday, March 19, 2004

School closed due to snow.