4th Grade Beginning Band

Welcome! I am thrilled that your student has chosen to be a part of The Oakwood School Band! I know that there are many questions about instruments choice, rentals, music, etc., and will try to answer as many questions as possible here.

New students were asked to select a “first-choice” and “second choice” instrument. I am pleased that every student will be able to begin on at least their second choice, if not their first choice of instrument. IMPORTANT! – Please contact me if you are unsure about your child’s instrument selection before renting. It is easy to exchange instruments, but you may save an extra trip to the music store by checking first!

Band Instrument Rental Information Q and A

Where can I find an instrument? McFadyen Music, located at 103 E. Arlington Blvd, Greenville (near the corner of Evans and Arlington)
Phone: 252-355-4000

What should I rent? Please rent your student’s selected instrument AFTER their choice is confirmed by Ms. Mossey. Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, and Trombone are the choices of wind instruments. Percussion students should rent the “Percussion Combo Kit,” which includes all of the necessary materials he or she will need for home practice.

Each student will also need a copy of the “Accent on Achievement” method book, level 1. Make sure the instrument type matches the instrument you are renting! (The employees at McFadyen will be happy to help you with this.)

When will students need instruments in class? We will begin using instruments in class on Wednesday, August 30. If for some reason you are unable to obtain an instrument prior to this date, don’t worry! Just email Ms. Mossey to let her know.

How much will my rental cost? Rental costs can vary according to instrument. Generally, flute, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone are the least expensive and start at approximately $25 per month. Saxophone and percussion instrument rental fees tend to be slightly higher.

Other questions? Contact Ms. Mossey at amossey@theoakwoodschool.org or contact McFayden Music at the phone number listed above.

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

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.