Winter Concerts

Our Oakwood Band students have been working diligently in class in preparation for our Winter Concerts! Please keep in mind the following information:

*Students should be in the band room ready to tune no later than 6:00 pm the night of their performance.  (For most students, this will mean that they will need to arrive by 5:50 in order to assemble their instruments and warm up.)

The Upper School Winter concert will be held on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30.  The Middle School Winter concert will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30.

*Concert attire is black dress pants (or long skirt for girls) and a white shirt. Shoes should be black (or as dark as possible.) Boys should wear a tie of their choice.

* Please make sure that your instrument is in good working order and that you have all necessary accessories such as sheet music, extra reeds, neck strap for saxes, valve oil, etc..

See you at the concert!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

All parents are invited to schedule a conference with their child’s teachers on October 27-28.  As of Thursday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m., sign-ups are locked on Volunteer Spot.  If you would like to schedule a conference, please contact Ms. Mossey directly.

 

Welcome to The Oakwood School Band!

Fall is always an exciting time of year. Beginning band students eagerly await learning to play an instrument for the first time, while returning students can look forward to learning new skills and refining techniques.

If your student is new to band this year, please wait until your student’s instrument choice is confirmed during the first week of class to rent your instrument. Your student should have a first AND a second choice of instrument in mind. If not, don’t worry! We will be discussing instrument selection on the first day of class. Many students learn about instruments they may not have considered previously, and they learn the importance of having a balanced blend of instrumentation throughout the band. I always try to honor each student’s first choice of instrument, but sometimes this is simply not possible. Certain instrument sections, such as saxophone and percussion, need to be smaller in order for all sections to be heard. Other instrument sections, such as flute, clarinet, and trumpet, can be larger. And we always need trombone and baritone players to play that all-important bass line!

It is not uncommon for students to express an interest in switching instruments. More often than not, this is due to a wonderful curiosity that is developed as young students learn and play with the variety of instruments found in any band! Another common reason is the frustration that inevitably arises when learning any instrument for the first time, and a student perceives another instrument to be “easier.” Of course, occasionally the instrument is simply not a good fit for the student. If your child expresses an interest in switching instruments, please consult with me so that we can work together to maximize his or her progress and enjoyment of music!

Of course, if your student has previous experience on an instrument, he or she should plan on continuing with that instrument unless other arrangements have been made. This will maximize your student’s progress.

Home practice is an absolutely essential component of any instrumental music program. All Oakwood band classes use SmartMusic, an interactive software program that can be installed onto any computer or iPad. Beginning this year, Oakwood will purchase students’ individual SmartMusic subscriptions. In class, students will receive a code that will enable them to log in to SmartMusic, set up their unique username and password, and “enroll” in their SmartMusic class. They will then be ready to receive and submit regular assignments using the program.

On the first day of class, students will receive a detailed syllabus stating class expectations, including grading policies and concert dates. Please read this over carefully with your student and mark concert dates on your calendar. Time flies by quickly, and our Winter Concert will be here before we know it!

I look forward to a fun and productive year with each student. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Alison Mossey
amossey@theoakwoodschool.org

Concert Dates – UPDATE!

Please mark your calendars for the following concert dates:

Upper School Spring concert: Thursday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. (Students must arrive no later than 6 p.m.)

Middle School Spring Concert: Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.. (Students must arrive no later than 6 p.m.)

6th/7th grade performance at King’s Dominion: Friday, May 13. Arrive at Oakwood by 7:45 a.m. to load bus. Bus returns to Oakwood at approximately 10:00 p.m..

Winter Concerts

Our Oakwood Band students have been working diligently in class in preparation for our Winter Concerts! Please keep in mind the following information:

*Students should be in the band room ready to tune no later than 6:00 pm the night of their performance

*Concert attire is black dress pants (or long skirt for girls) and a white shirt. Boys should wear a tie of their choice.

* Please make sure that your instrument is in good working order and that you have all necessary accessories such as sheet music, extra reeds, neck strap for saxes, valve oil, etc..

See you at the concert!

Parent – Teacher Conferences

All parents are invited to schedule a conference with their child’s teachers on November 12-13.  As of Tuesday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m., sign-ups are locked on Volunteer Spot.  If you would like to schedule a conference, please contact Ms. Mossey directly.

 

Welcome to Oakwood Band 2015-16!

Fall is always an exciting time of year. Beginning band students eagerly await learning to play an instrument for the first time, while returning students can look forward to learning new skills and refining techniques.

If your student is new to band this year, please wait until your student’s instrument choice is confirmed during the first week of class to rent your instrument. Your student should have a first AND a second choice of instrument in mind. If not, don’t worry! We will be discussing instrument selection on the first day of class. Many students learn about instruments they may not have considered previously, and they learn the importance of having a balanced blend of instrumentation throughout the band. I always try to honor each student’s first choice of instrument, but sometimes this is simply not possible. Certain instrument sections, such as saxophone and percussion, need to be smaller in order for all sections to be heard. Other instrument sections, such as flute, clarinet, and trumpet, can be larger. And we always need trombone and baritone players to play that all-important bass line!

It is not uncommon for students to express an interest in switching instruments. More often than not, this is due to a wonderful curiosity that is developed as young students learn and play with the variety of instruments found in any band! Another common reason is the frustration that inevitably arises when learning any instrument for the first time, and a student perceives another instrument to be “easier.” Of course, occasionally the instrument is simply not a good fit for the student. If your child expresses an interest in switching instruments, please consult with me so that we can work together to maximize his or her progress and enjoyment of music!

Of course, if your student has previous experience on an instrument, he or she should plan on continuing with that instrument unless other arrangements have been made. This will maximize your student’s progress.

Home practice is an absolutely essential component of any instrumental music program. All Oakwood band classes use SmartMusic, an interactive software program that can be installed onto any computer or iPad. In order to receive and submit all required assignments, a yearly subscription must be purchased. The cost is $40 for the calendar year, and gives students access to an enormous library of music as well as class assignments. Please log on to www.smartmusic.com to purchase the subscription. Students should have access to SmartMusic by Monday, August 27 in order to participate in a class lesson on how to use the program.

On the first day of class, students will receive a detailed syllabus stating class expectations, including grading policies and concert dates. Please read this over carefully with your student and mark concert dates on your calendar. Time flies by quickly, and our Winter Concert will be here before we know it!

I look forward to a fun and productive year with each student. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Alison Mossey
amossey@theoakwoodschool.org

Welcome to the busy month of May!

As this academic year comes to an end, our band students are busy preparing for our spring performances. The Middle School concert will be on Wednesday, May 13 and the Upper School concert is on Tuesday, May 19. Also, 6th and 7th graders will be performing at King’s Dominion on Friday, May 15. All students should be practicing daily and preparing for these concerts just as they would study for a final exam in other classes!
On concert night, all students should be in the band room with their instrument warmed up and ready to tune no later than 6:00 p.m. the night of the concert. Performance attire for both groups is a white shirt and black pants with dark shoes. Boys should wear a tie of their choice. Girls may choose to wear a skirt instead of pants, as long as the hem is below the knee when seated.

Make sure you are prepared with extra reeds, slide/valve oil, and all concert music. Our band students have shown remarkable progress over the course of this year, and are excited to perform their challenging but fun program for you!

Concert Week!

It hardly seems possible, but the time for our Winter Concerts has arrived! The Upper School band will perform on Wednesday, December 10, and our Middle School band will perform on Thursday, December 11.

All students should be in the band room and have their instrument warmed up and ready to tune no later than 6:00 p.m. the night of the concert. Performance attire for both groups is a white shirt and black pants with dark shoes. Boys should wear a tie of their choice. Girls may choose to wear a skirt instead of pants, as long as the hem is below the knee when seated.

Make sure you are prepared with extra reeds, slide/valve oil, and all concert music. Our band students have worked very hard this year, and are excited to perform fun, challenging music!