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    I will be available to communicate using my CBSD e-mail (abranchf@cbsd.org)
    Mondays through Thursday during the times of 10:00 - 10:30am and 1:30 - 2:00pm

     

    Parents:

    Be aware that for the week of April 6th there will be no new material posted as specialists are involved in distance learning training sessions.  New content will be posted the following week on Seesaw.

     

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Mr. Branchfield's Music Schedule


  • For those students who have lost their concert Bb scale you can download it here:

  • Instrumental Music Lesson - Week Three

     

    Overview:  Students will continue practicing Journey to the Stars.  The goal for this week is to play along with the new recordings which were created with a faster tempo.

    Estimate time: 15 minutes per day. 

    Explanation:

    1. Download and print your part to Journey to the Stars.  If you haven’t already done so, please scroll down to Week 1 to find your part.
    2. Download the new recordings of Journey to the Stars.  In order to find these files, you may have to scroll down to the end of this lesson and click the link "view all parts".
    3. Practice the music in sections (number to number).
    4. Beginner percussion students can start practicing the bass drum part.  Scroll down to week one to find the percussion part.

    Things to know:

    • As with the assignment given in week one, some of the parts have blanks in the music.  This is because your instrument may not be playing during that section.  Listen to the full band recording if you would like to hear the other parts.
    • Don't forget to warm up!  Most of you have been taught the concert Bb scale.  For those who haven't, play the notes that you have been taught for as long as you comfortably can in one breath.  Beginner percussion students should practice 50/50's to work on their buzzing technique.  Intermediate percussion students should practice the RRLR pattern before working on Journey to the Stars.
    • Any notes that you are not sure of, look them up in the back of your book.
    • Review the practice tips on this website as it will give you some hints on how to work through your music.
    • You should be practicing about fifteen minutes a day.

    Tasks:

    • As with week one, practice the music in sections of four to eight measures.  If you are having difficulty playing a certain section at the new tempo, go back to the slower recording before attempting the faster version.
    • If you are feeling comfortable with your individual part, you can try playing along with the full band recording.
    • If you are finding Journey to the Stars to difficult right now, you can focus your practicing on Jurassic Park.

    Final thought:

    It’s been a while since I’ve heard you play.  If you’re up to it, email me a video of what you're practicing.  It doesn't have to something you’ve been assigned.  Ideas would include:

    • Try to figure out how to play Happy Birthday or your favorite pop tune.
    • Play a concert for your pet and send it to me.
    • Compose something original and record it.
    • If you have a sibling who is also in the band, play a duet of your music.
    • Play something from a previous concert.  If you don't have a copy, email me and I'll send it to you.

    Be creative!  It doesn't matter, I would just like to hear what you're doing. 

     

    -Mr. Branchfield


Week of March 23, 2020

  • Instrumental Music Lesson - Week Two

     

    Overview:  Students will practice various rhythm patterns with the concert Bb scale.

    Estimate time: 15 minutes per day. 

    Explanation:

    1. Download and print your part.
    2. In order to find these files you may have to scroll down or click the link "view all parts"

    Things to know:

    • Some of the parts have blanks in the music.  This is because your instrument may not be playing during that section.  Listen to the full band recording if you would like to hear the other parts.
    • Don't forget to warm up!  Most of you have been taught the concert Bb scale.  For those who haven't, play the notes that you have been taught as long as you comfortably can in one breath.  Percussion students should practice 50/50's to work on their buzzing technique.
    • Any notes that you are not sure of look them up in the back of your book.
    • Review the tips on this website as it will give you some hints on how to work through your music.
    • You should be practicing about fifteen minutes a day.

    Tasks:

    • There are seven different rhythm patterns on this scale sheet.  One for each day of the week.  Spend about fifteen minutes a day practicing each pattern.
    • For clarinet players, there are some notes that are doubled.  The beginner clarinets should practice only the lower notes while the intermediate students should practice both.
    • Continue to practice Jurassic Park and Journey to the Stars.
    • Beginner percussion students who have not been given concert music should continue working on the pages when sixteen notes where introduced.  Practice the sixteenth notes both as single hits and buzzed.  For this week you can practice paradiddles.  The sticking pattern is RLRR then LRLL.  Practice these as fast as you can evenly.

     

    To all of my students:

    Continue to practice and work to get a little better each time.  Remember, practice doesn't make perfect..... perfect practice makes perfect!  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.


Week of March 16, 2020

  • Instrumental Music Lesson

     

    Overview:  Students will learn the music to Journey to the Stars through listening to the recording of their parts posted on this website.

    Estimate time: 15 minutes per day. 

    Explanation:

    1. Download and print your part.  Make sure your part matches your class (beginner or intermediate)
    2. Download the recording of your part and the full band recording.
    3. Download the special instructions file and follow the instructions for your instrument.
    4. In order to find your these files you may have to scroll down or click the link (view all parts)

    Things to know:

    • Some of the parts have blanks in the music.  This is because your instrument may not be playing during that section.  Listen to the full band recording if you would like to hear the other parts.
    • Don't forget to warm up!  Most of you have been taught the concert Bb scale.  For those who haven't, play the notes that you have been taught as long as you comfortably can in one breath.  Percussion students should practice 50/50's to work on their buzzing technique.
    • Any notes that you are not sure of look them up in the back of your book.
    • Review the tips on this website as it will give you some hints on how to work through your music.
    • You should be practicing about fifteen minutes a day.

    Tasks:

    • Learn the music in small sections of about four to eight measures.  You should be practicing about fifteen minutes a day but that doesn't mean you have to learn the who song in that amount of time.  Focus on small pieces of the music them build them into larger ones.
    • Listen to the music and try to play along.  If the music is too fast, you can practice at a slower speed without the recording.
    • Continue to practice Jurassic Park.
    • Beginner percussion students who have not been given concert music should continue working on the pages when sixteen notes where introduced.  Practice the sixteenth notes both as single hits and buzzed. 

     

    To all of my students:

    We have worked hard all year long.  All of you deserve lots of credit for what you have accomplished and I'm proud of your achievements.  Do your best with the tasks given to you and know that I believe in every one of you.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.

     

    Your music teacher,

    Mr. Branchfield

     

Student Parts

Music Recordings

Special Instructions