Objectives of the Instrumental Music Program (Alberta Education)

The music program is to help students become more competent in the following areas:

Playing – To discover, develop and evaluate their talents and abilities to play a musical instrument, and to establish and reinforce correct technique and skills.
Listening – To develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments based on critical listening and analysis of music.
Reading – To interpret rhythm, melody, harmony, form and expression as they appear in musical notation.
Creating – To develop an additional avenue of self- expression by composing, improvising and interpreting music.
Valuing – To make students aware of the implications of music in our society with respect to music careers, its vocational and leisure uses and, as consumers, to grow in the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of music as a source of personal fulfillment

Welcome to Music!!

Welcome to a wonderful year of music making at Woodman School. I have been the band teacher at Woodman School for the past three years, and I am looking forward to a great year of music.

My name is Ms. Scott – and I can’t wait to start making music will all of the students (new and returning) at Woodman School. I completed both a Bachelor of Music in Secondary Music Education and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Calgary.
My hope for this year in band is to evoke a sense of passion for learning through the arts, and for every student to share in the possibilities that lie there. Mastery of skills and performance will be a focus, along with developing the vocabulary and ability to critically evaluate music (evaluative thinking). Students will engage in performance, listening, and theoretical activities on a daily basis.

During the first weeks of school, students will be reviewing the Woodman School Band Handbook with me during class. This booklet contains important information such as, what it means to be in band, class expectations, practice routines, information about performances, assessment information – and the first assignment of the year! Please take time to read over this with your child, and be sure you sign your child’s first assignment after reading through this information. I thank you in advance for doing this!

Important dates, announcements, homework reminders and documents will be shared as they become available. It is important that you and your child log in to D2L and sign-up to receive notifications for their band class. D2L and the calendar on our school website is how they will know what they need to do for assignments, when extra rehearsals are happening and anything else that they need to be informed of.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have – I am committed to ensuring this is a fantastic year of band for both you and your child!

Yours in music,

Ms. Victoria Scott
Music Director
Woodman School
403-777-7490 (ext. 2263)
viscott@cbe.ab.ca

Course Descriptions

Grade 7 Band

Grade 7 Band is open to all students interested in learning to play a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument. Everyone is welcome, and no previous musical experience is necessary! Students will learn to read notes and rhythms, how to perform together in a concert band, how music works (music theory), and all about many different kinds of music. There are high expectations of band students at Woodman. Home practice and attendance at rehearsals outside of the school day is required. The grade 7 band rehearses one morning a week before school. Grade 7 band students perform at a minimum of two evening concerts and one festival (typically a day time performance) throughout the school year. In years past the grade 7 students have travelled to the AIBF (Alberta International Band Festival) in Calgary. Last year the grade 7 students travelled to the ABA (Alberta Band Association) Festival of Bands in Red Deer. There is also one overnight trip that the grade 7 band students take to band camp where students get an opportunity to work with clinicians on their individual instruments, play under the direction of a guest conductor, and take part in other team-building activities. This year we will be travelling to Camp Caroline for band camp. There are costs associated with these extra-curricular activities. These costs are subsidized by the Woodman Music Parents’ Association (WMPA). The level to which we can subsidize these activities is dependent on the amount of volunteer participation and fundraising done by students and families in the band program. Owning an instrument is not required for you to be part of the band. An instrument can be rented from the school for a cost of $100.00 for the school year. Instruments can also be rented from the local music stores (St. John’s Music or Long & McQuade) if required. The band program builds from year to year on skills learned in the previous grade. For this reason it is imperative that students take band in grade 7 in order to continue on throughout junior and senior high school. Exceptions can be made in extenuating circumstances, but catching up is the responsibility of the student. If music is of interest, it is worth trying in grade 7 as there is no obligation to continue throughout the rest of junior high. Grade 7 band is a FULL YEAR course, students can change their minds about being in band at the end of the year.

Grade 8 Band

Grade 8 band builds on the skills you learned in band during Grade 7. Through playing an instrument, you will work as part of a team in developing skills in listening, critical analysis and performance. Please note that students considering continuing on with Band or Jazz Band in high school require junior high band as a prerequisite. Band 7 or permission from the instructor is required to take band in grade 8. There are high expectations of band students at Woodman. Home practice and attendance at rehearsals outside of the school day is required. The grade 8 band rehearses one morning a week before school. Grade 8 band students perform at a minimum of two evening concerts and one festival (typically a day time performance) throughout the school year. In years past the grade 8 students have travelled to the AIBF (Alberta International Band Festival) in Calgary. Last year the grade 8 students travelled to the ABA (Alberta Band Association) Festival of Bands in Red Deer. There is also one overnight trip that the grade 8 band students take to band camp where students get an opportunity to work with clinicians on their individual instruments, play under the direction of a guest conductor, and take part in other team-building activities. This year we will be travelling to Camp Caroline for band camp. There are costs associated with these extra-curricular activities. These costs are subsidized by the Woodman Music Parents’ Association (WMPA). The level to which we can subsidize these activities is dependent on the amount of volunteer participation and fundraising done by students and families in the band program. Owning an instrument is not required for you to be part of the band. An instrument can be rented from the school for a cost of $100.00 for the school year. Instruments can also be rented from the local music stores (St. John’s Music or Long & McQuade) if required.

Grade 9 Band

Grade 9 band builds on the skills you learned in band during grade 7 and 8. Through playing an instrument, you will work as part of a team in developing skills in listening, critical analysis and performance. Please note that students considering continuing on with Band or Jazz Band in high school require junior high band as a prerequisite. Band 7 and 8 or permission from the instructor is required to take band in grade 9. There are high expectations of band students at Woodman. Home practice and attendance at rehearsals outside of the school day is required. The grade 9 band rehearses one morning a week before school. Grade 8 band students perform at a minimum of two evening concerts and one festival (typically a day time performance) throughout the school year. In years past the grade 9 students have travelled to the AIBF (Alberta International Band Festival) in Calgary. Last year the grade 9 students travelled to the ABA (Alberta Band Association) Festival of Bands in Red Deer. There is also one overnight trip that the grade 9 band students take to band camp where students get an opportunity to work with clinicians on their individual instruments, play under the direction of a guest conductor, and take part in other team-building activities. This year we will be travelling to Camp Caroline for band camp. There are costs associated with these extra-curricular activities. These costs are subsidized by the Woodman Music Parents’ Association (WMPA). The level to which we can subsidize these activities is dependent on the amount of volunteer participation and fundraising done by students and families in the band program. Owning an instrument is not required for you to be part of the band. An instrument can be rented from the school for a cost of $100.00 for the school year. Instruments can also be rented from the local music stores (St. John’s Music or Long & McQuade) if required.

Want to succeed in band…?? Follow these expectations!

The Art of Band

1. Come prepared to class.

  • Bring your instrument to every class in working order.
  • Your instrument case must be labeled with tape and marker (ID tags get ripped off and lost).
  • Bring your music to every class in a Folder provided by the school. (Stationery folders are too small.)
  • Bring a pencil (and preferably an eraser) to every class. Pens (or any other writing utensil) are not allowed in music folders.
  • Bring your listening journal (provided by Ms. Scott) to every class. Bring all SUPPLIES (reeds, valve oil, mallets, etc) and cleaning materials. When class is done, pack up music and instrument and store them in appropriate places.
  • When class is done, pack up chair and stand and store them in appropriate places. Please bring a PARENTAL NOTE if you are to be excused from playing or singing that day!

2. No food, drink or gum.

  • The items above destroy instruments and make for a filthy and messy room. They are not permitted in the band room (apart from water.)

3. If you don't play percussion...you don't play percussion.

  • Percussionists are the only qualified people to play percussion. They have signed a Rental Agreement to have this privilege. Therefore, only students who have been assigned the role of a percussionist are authorized to be in the percussion area of the music room. Students playing any other instrument are not to be in the percussion area or using any percussion instruments without permission from Ms. Scott. We want to keep our nice percussion equipment in perfect condition. Thank you for your understanding.

4. Set up and warm up presto

  • Students are given time at the beginning of every class to get ready. Use this time wisely to set-up, warm-up, and prepare for class. Repair issues and equipment problems should be brought to Ms. Scott’s attention at this time. Bathroom breaks and water refueling trips should be made during break and lunch time, not during class time if it can be helped.

5. This is a positive attitude room!

  • Remember that ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ will get you what you want a lot faster...and they make for a happy music teacher . Everyone will be treated with the utmost respect and courtesy at all times. Students will be citizens of the Woodman community at all times and will exhibit so through their behaviour. Disrespectful behaviour will not be tolerated at any time.

6. Only make music when invited

  • Band should be about making music, not wasting too much time repeating instructions! Attentive listening is required at all times!

7. Play and sing with beautiful sound

  • Even though we are learning and growing as musicians, we always strive to play & sing with the most beautiful sound possible…Unnecessary loud sounds can damage the hearing of those around you.

8. Posture matters

  • Students will not achieve a beautiful sound or good tone unless good posture is attended to and becomes a habit.

9. Show up to all events

  • Band includes a few mandatory events that take place outside of school hours. Attendance at events is taken into consideration when completing report cards for the course. Due notice is given with regards to the dates reserved for these events. Please mark your calendars to avoid any last minute conflicts.
  • Rehearsals will happen before school one day a week for Junior and Senior Band students. These rehearsals are an expectation of being in the band at Woodman. They are expected to begin in late September or early October and will begin at 8:00 AM. Students are expected to arrive in time to set up and get ready to play. Days of the week for Junior and Senior Band will be decided by Ms. Scott and the band students and communicated with parents.
  • These events include all festivals and concerts.
  • Because we rehearse with and depend on every student, those who miss a concert or festival trip, for any reason, will be expected to make up the time they have missed. As concerts cannot be re-scheduled or re-performed, a music assignment is the best way to make-up an absence.
  • Permission forms (with payment, if required for that event) must be returned by the due date. To facilitate the best performance, please bring any concerns to Ms. Scott prior to the concert date. (with due notice)

10. Practice on your Band instrument is of the utmost importance

Practice a few times a week in small amounts rather than just once a week. Find a location and time with minimal distractions; i.e. not in front of the TV. Minimum Practice Expected: 60 minutes per week. Practice minutes are included on each report card. Students are required to fill out a practice chart for each month during the year. Practice charts will be available in class. It is very important that these practice charts get handed in at the end of each month. Practice charts are due the first week of the following month.

General Information

Extra Help – is available from Ms. Scott ALL YEAR LONG. Students may seek help or they may be asked to come in to work on specified skills. This time is even scheduled in to our timetable at Woodman during Woflpack!

Repairs – all repairs should be brought to Ms. Scott’s attention as soon as possible. Please do not attempt to fix your own instrument as it is made of special materials. Do not take an extra instrument off the shelf without permission if yours is being repaired.
Music Folders – should be used at all times to transport your music, books and pencils to and from school. Lost music/books and or folders may be subject to a replacement fee.

Private Rentals - are the responsibility of band members and their families. The stores listed below are excellent places to find rental instruments!

  • St. John’s Music: 403-265-6300 Located at: 105-58th Ave, SE, Calgary
  • Long & McQuade Music: 403-244-5555 Located at: 105-58th Ave, SW Calgary

School Rentals - will not be released to students until the CBE Rental Form is returned. Payment is collected with the school fees either online or by your chosen method of payment. Instruments cost $100.00 to rent for the year. This amount should be paid at the same time as your other school fees.

Insurance - is recommended for all instruments not owned by the school. The school cannot be held responsible for damage or theft of private instruments.

Fundraising - more information will be coming from the Woodman Music Parents’ Association (WMPA). We run a number of fundraisers during the school year. All families are encouraged to participate in fundraising as it benefits the band program as a whole and individual students. Fundraising money helps to support the band program by allowing us to hire clinicians and guest conductors, go on trips, and help students in our band with financial need be able to participate in these activities. Traditionally the WMPA has organized the following fundraising events as well as others:

  • Bottle Drives
  • Poinsettias/Christmas Wreathes/Chocolates
  • Cookie Dough
  • Spring Planters

Woodman Music Parents’ Association – the parent group that helps coordinate fundraising efforts and supports the band program. We will be looking for new people to join our executive team for the 2017/2018 school year. Please email viscott@cbe.ab.ca for more information or to get involved.

Instrument Accessories – items such as reeds and valve oil can be purchased from Ms. Scott. Students can purchase these items before and after school, and at lunch time. Students are not permitted to purchase items during class time as it takes up valuable learning time. Students are musicians in the band room, and therefore must be prepared for rehearsals – just like the pros! A price list is posted in the band room. Students must have cash at time of purchase.

Assessment Note

Assessments (Playing Quizzes) will be done in one of two ways: “live in class” or “privately” BEFORE the quiz date. Having no instrument or being unable to play on the quiz date (with no valid parental note or excuse), will result in an incomplete assignment that will need to be made up. Students must be accountable for assessment completion.

Music Performance & Rehearsal Attendance

The success of an ensemble of any kind is dependent on its members. For this reason, it is absolutely imperative and mandatory that all students attend band events, rehearsals, festivals, and concerts. This is part of enrolling in the band program. Students work very hard throughout the year to build and polish their skills. Our opportunity to display these skills comes in the form of a performance. Months of hard work and dedication culminate with a concert, or festival performance, which in essence can be compared to a ‘test’-like situation in many other disciplines. Just as a test is mandatory to write, a performance is mandatory to perform in. Bands cannot accurately demonstrate the level of success they have achieved without all of their members present for the performance. Should students choose to take part in high school music programs later on, the same expectations will be in place.

Since a performance is a one-time event, in that we cannot re-create a performance setting at a moment’s notice, students who miss a performance will be required to make up the time by way of a musical assignment and/or other performance opportunity if available.

Students who give sufficient notice to Ms. Scott (2 weeks ahead of time) of their absence from a concert, festival performance etc., with an acceptable reason, will be excused and will not be required to make up the time as indicated above. Parental notice is needed by way of phone or email in all cases. Students who are ill, must also have their parents notify Ms. Scott of their absence.

An overview of the dates for music events this year will be sent home when these dates become available. Please put these dates on your family calendar to avoid as many conflicts as possible. As dates firm up they will be shared with you.

  • Senior Band Early Morning Rehearsals Start: Early in October on Tuesdays at 8:00 AM
  • Junior Band Early Morning Rehearsals Start: Start in early October on Wednesdays at 8:00 AM
  • Remembrance Day Ceremony: November
  • Senior Band Camp (Grade 8/9): October 30 – November 1, 2017 (cost TBA)
  • Winter Concert: First two weeks in December
  • Jazz on Canterbury (with E.P. Scarlett): Tentative February 2018
  • Winds from the South at Jack Singer (grade 8/9): Late February/Early March (tickets $15.00/each)
  • Junior Band Camp (Grade 7): April 16 – 18, 2018
  • Junior Band Festival (ABA in Red Deer): May 2018
  • Senior Band Festival (ABA in Red Deer): May 2018

I ask in advance that students and parents take into consideration the learning, and dedication that all other students have put in to make the performances we have happen.

Thank you!

Please note: the same applies for all rehearsals occurring outside the regularly scheduled school day.

**Please like our Facebook page to stay up to date with important info: @WoodmanMusicParentAssociation https://www.facebook.com/WoodmanMPA/

What It Costs To Be In Band

There are lots of opportunities for students in the Woodman Band. Some of these activities come with and associated costs. The following is a rough breakdown of what it costs to be in band for the year at Woodman.

Instrument Rental $100.00
Instrument supplies (reeds/oil/etc.) price chart attached TBA
Woodman Band Supplemental fee $30.00 (approx.)
Band Camp (once per year) $300.00 (approx.)
Senior Band Tour to Banff (once every 2 years, next trip: Spring 2019) $400.00 (approx. with no fundraising)
Festival trip (once per year) $20.00 - $50.00
Uniforms TBA

Woodman Music Program Instrument Supply List

Cash Only
Valve Oil $3.00
Rotary Valve Oil (French horns only) $5.00
Cork Grease $3.25
Slide Cream $3.75

Reeds
Clarinet $3.00
Bass Clarinet $4.50
Alto Saxophone $3.50
Tenor Saxophone $4.50
Baritone Saxophone $5.25
Oboe/Bassoon $13.00

Suggested Supplies
Flute Cleaning cloth: $7.00
Clarinet / Bass Clarinet / Saxophones:
 Cork grease
 Minimum of 2 working reeds
 Cleaning swab $4.50 (clarinet)
$5.50(saxophone)
$4.50 (bass clarinet)
Trumpet / Euphonium / Tuba/Trombone:
 Valve oil
 Slide cream
 Cleaning snake $5.00 (trumpet)
$7.00 (euphonium/trombone)

We Need More Cowbell

Percussion equipment is property of Woodman School and the Calgary Board of Education. Brass and woodwind players who do not have their own instrument are required to pay a rental fee, and percussionists must also pay a rental fee. Percussionists are required to take care of equipment they use, and are responsible for any damages incurred through negligence.

All percussionists are responsible to care for their own mallet kit. Percussionists at Woodman also benefit from learning a wind instrument. Keep this in mind, as Ms. Scott will be asking you what you would like to play as well as percussion.

Please note that as a percussionist, you are required to perform on all percussion instruments, including mallets. Assessments in band will be on mallets and snare – therefore technique must be practiced on both instruments. Being a percussionist is a big job.

Practice Makes Perfect! Some helpful tips…

  • Practice at least 4 days each week. Remember that 60 minutes per week is the minimum for your monthly practice charts to be complete.
  • Plan to practice at the same time each day.
  • Practice in an area of your home that is away from distractions such as the TV.
  • Use a music stand, and always play with good posture!
  • Sit in a chair without arms, or stand, so you are holding your instrument correctly.
  • Each time you play a new exercise or piece, check for the key signature, time signature, measures with unusual rhythms or complicated note patterns, and special markings such as dynamics, tempo changes, sticking patterns (percussion) and articulations.
  • Practice a piece slowly before playing it at a faster tempo. Use a metronome to help you play at a steady tempo. (Don’t have a metronome?? Talk to Miss Scott about getting one!)
  • Stop and work out measures that are difficult. Practice them over and over until you can play them correctly, and then play the song or passage straight through.
  • Take time each day to play a favourite song.
  • When fingers, hands, or arms get tired, shake or wiggle them to relax the muscles.
  • Complete your practice chart at the end of each practice session. Store your instrument and accessories when you finish.
  • Taken from Wendy Barden’s Practice and Reflection in Band and Orchestra. 2010. Kjos Music Press.

Course Evaluation

Subject to change

Concert Band (Grades 7-9)

Skill Assessment* (including regularly scheduled playing tests)

  • This component will include individual testing designed to measure the competencies in tone production/intonation, technical facility and rhythmic understanding. This component will include testing on the current repertoire being studied (this will include note and rhythmic accuracy, musicality, and the ability to interpret and perform musical markings within a piece of music). This component will also include preparation and competency during group performances throughout the year. The minimum acceptable score on Skill and Theory Assessment is a 3. Students who do not earn a 3 should schedule a time to come to Wolfpack to practice and then redo quizzes.

Daily Attitude and Effort (see the Art of Band #1-8) This is included in the Alberta Program of Studies for Band!!

  • This component will be an assessment of how you present yourself during class. More specifically: this assessment will reflect your behavior; your punctuality; your musical preparedness; your willingness to take and implement direction; your having necessary materials for class including your instrument, music, listening journal, and pencils; your support and encouragement of your classmates, and your individual growth as a musician.

Theory Assessments and Written Assignments* (Fundamentals of Music Theory)

  • This component will include various theory exercises and exams as well as the listening journal and other written activities.
  • The minimum acceptable score on Skill and Theory Assessment is a 2. Students who do not earn 2 should schedule a time to come to Wolfpack to re-do the assignment.

Concerts & Events (See the Art of Band #9)

  • This component will include attendance at performances. Students will be assessed on their general tone production/intonation, their musical sensitivity, and their overall level of musicianship including rhythmic ability and musical interpretation.

Special Projects*

  • This component will include assessment of enrichment activities such as chamber and solo performances, student conducting, arranging, composing, research projects, etc.

Practice Minutes

  • (60 min./week: See the Art of Band #10)

*All assignments and assessment for band 7/8/9 will follow the guidelines set by the CBE and will be based on the following outcomes:

  1. I can demonstrate musical techniques by performing alone and in groups.
  2. I can analyze, evaluate and respond critically to a variety of musical genres.
  3. I can demonstrate understanding of music theory in improvised or written for

Music Parents Association

Objectives of the Instrumental Music Program (Alberta Education)

The music program is to help students become more competent in the following areas:

Playing – To discover, develop and evaluate their talents and abilities to play a musical instrument, and to establish and reinforce correct technique and skills.
Listening – To develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments based on critical listening and analysis of music.
Reading – To interpret rhythm, melody, harmony, form and expression as they appear in musical notation.
Creating – To develop an additional avenue of self- expression by composing, improvising and interpreting music.
Valuing – To make students aware of the implications of music in our society with respect to music careers, its vocational and leisure uses and, as consumers, to grow in the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of music as a source of personal fulfillment

Welcome to Music!!

Welcome to a wonderful year of music making at Woodman School. I have been the band teacher at Woodman School for the past three years, and I am looking forward to a great year of music.

My name is Ms. Scott – and I can’t wait to start making music will all of the students (new and returning) at Woodman School. I completed both a Bachelor of Music in Secondary Music Education and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Calgary.
My hope for this year in band is to evoke a sense of passion for learning through the arts, and for every student to share in the possibilities that lie there. Mastery of skills and performance will be a focus, along with developing the vocabulary and ability to critically evaluate music (evaluative thinking). Students will engage in performance, listening, and theoretical activities on a daily basis.

During the first weeks of school, students will be reviewing the Woodman School Band Handbook with me during class. This booklet contains important information such as, what it means to be in band, class expectations, practice routines, information about performances, assessment information – and the first assignment of the year! Please take time to read over this with your child, and be sure you sign your child’s first assignment after reading through this information. I thank you in advance for doing this!

Important dates, announcements, homework reminders and documents will be shared as they become available. It is important that you and your child log in to D2L and sign-up to receive notifications for their band class. D2L and the calendar on our school website is how they will know what they need to do for assignments, when extra rehearsals are happening and anything else that they need to be informed of.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have – I am committed to ensuring this is a fantastic year of band for both you and your child!

Yours in music,

Ms. Victoria Scott
Music Director
Woodman School
403-777-7490 (ext. 2263)
viscott@cbe.ab.ca

Course Descriptions

Grade 7 Band

Grade 7 Band is open to all students interested in learning to play a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument. Everyone is welcome, and no previous musical experience is necessary! Students will learn to read notes and rhythms, how to perform together in a concert band, how music works (music theory), and all about many different kinds of music. There are high expectations of band students at Woodman. Home practice and attendance at rehearsals outside of the school day is required. The grade 7 band rehearses one morning a week before school. Grade 7 band students perform at a minimum of two evening concerts and one festival (typically a day time performance) throughout the school year. In years past the grade 7 students have travelled to the AIBF (Alberta International Band Festival) in Calgary. Last year the grade 7 students travelled to the ABA (Alberta Band Association) Festival of Bands in Red Deer. There is also one overnight trip that the grade 7 band students take to band camp where students get an opportunity to work with clinicians on their individual instruments, play under the direction of a guest conductor, and take part in other team-building activities. This year we will be travelling to Camp Caroline for band camp. There are costs associated with these extra-curricular activities. These costs are subsidized by the Woodman Music Parents’ Association (WMPA). The level to which we can subsidize these activities is dependent on the amount of volunteer participation and fundraising done by students and families in the band program. Owning an instrument is not required for you to be part of the band. An instrument can be rented from the school for a cost of $100.00 for the school year. Instruments can also be rented from the local music stores (St. John’s Music or Long & McQuade) if required. The band program builds from year to year on skills learned in the previous grade. For this reason it is imperative that students take band in grade 7 in order to continue on throughout junior and senior high school. Exceptions can be made in extenuating circumstances, but catching up is the responsibility of the student. If music is of interest, it is worth trying in grade 7 as there is no obligation to continue throughout the rest of junior high. Grade 7 band is a FULL YEAR course, students can change their minds about being in band at the end of the year.

Grade 8 Band

Grade 8 band builds on the skills you learned in band during Grade 7. Through playing an instrument, you will work as part of a team in developing skills in listening, critical analysis and performance. Please note that students considering continuing on with Band or Jazz Band in high school require junior high band as a prerequisite. Band 7 or permission from the instructor is required to take band in grade 8. There are high expectations of band students at Woodman. Home practice and attendance at rehearsals outside of the school day is required. The grade 8 band rehearses one morning a week before school. Grade 8 band students perform at a minimum of two evening concerts and one festival (typically a day time performance) throughout the school year. In years past the grade 8 students have travelled to the AIBF (Alberta International Band Festival) in Calgary. Last year the grade 8 students travelled to the ABA (Alberta Band Association) Festival of Bands in Red Deer. There is also one overnight trip that the grade 8 band students take to band camp where students get an opportunity to work with clinicians on their individual instruments, play under the direction of a guest conductor, and take part in other team-building activities. This year we will be travelling to Camp Caroline for band camp. There are costs associated with these extra-curricular activities. These costs are subsidized by the Woodman Music Parents’ Association (WMPA). The level to which we can subsidize these activities is dependent on the amount of volunteer participation and fundraising done by students and families in the band program. Owning an instrument is not required for you to be part of the band. An instrument can be rented from the school for a cost of $100.00 for the school year. Instruments can also be rented from the local music stores (St. John’s Music or Long & McQuade) if required.

Grade 9 Band

Grade 9 band builds on the skills you learned in band during grade 7 and 8. Through playing an instrument, you will work as part of a team in developing skills in listening, critical analysis and performance. Please note that students considering continuing on with Band or Jazz Band in high school require junior high band as a prerequisite. Band 7 and 8 or permission from the instructor is required to take band in grade 9. There are high expectations of band students at Woodman. Home practice and attendance at rehearsals outside of the school day is required. The grade 9 band rehearses one morning a week before school. Grade 8 band students perform at a minimum of two evening concerts and one festival (typically a day time performance) throughout the school year. In years past the grade 9 students have travelled to the AIBF (Alberta International Band Festival) in Calgary. Last year the grade 9 students travelled to the ABA (Alberta Band Association) Festival of Bands in Red Deer. There is also one overnight trip that the grade 9 band students take to band camp where students get an opportunity to work with clinicians on their individual instruments, play under the direction of a guest conductor, and take part in other team-building activities. This year we will be travelling to Camp Caroline for band camp. There are costs associated with these extra-curricular activities. These costs are subsidized by the Woodman Music Parents’ Association (WMPA). The level to which we can subsidize these activities is dependent on the amount of volunteer participation and fundraising done by students and families in the band program. Owning an instrument is not required for you to be part of the band. An instrument can be rented from the school for a cost of $100.00 for the school year. Instruments can also be rented from the local music stores (St. John’s Music or Long & McQuade) if required.

Want to succeed in band…?? Follow these expectations!

The Art of Band

1. Come prepared to class.

  • Bring your instrument to every class in working order.
  • Your instrument case must be labeled with tape and marker (ID tags get ripped off and lost).
  • Bring your music to every class in a Folder provided by the school. (Stationery folders are too small.)
  • Bring a pencil (and preferably an eraser) to every class. Pens (or any other writing utensil) are not allowed in music folders.
  • Bring your listening journal (provided by Ms. Scott) to every class. Bring all SUPPLIES (reeds, valve oil, mallets, etc) and cleaning materials. When class is done, pack up music and instrument and store them in appropriate places.
  • When class is done, pack up chair and stand and store them in appropriate places. Please bring a PARENTAL NOTE if you are to be excused from playing or singing that day!

2. No food, drink or gum.

  • The items above destroy instruments and make for a filthy and messy room. They are not permitted in the band room (apart from water.)

3. If you don't play percussion...you don't play percussion.

  • Percussionists are the only qualified people to play percussion. They have signed a Rental Agreement to have this privilege. Therefore, only students who have been assigned the role of a percussionist are authorized to be in the percussion area of the music room. Students playing any other instrument are not to be in the percussion area or using any percussion instruments without permission from Ms. Scott. We want to keep our nice percussion equipment in perfect condition. Thank you for your understanding.

4. Set up and warm up presto

  • Students are given time at the beginning of every class to get ready. Use this time wisely to set-up, warm-up, and prepare for class. Repair issues and equipment problems should be brought to Ms. Scott’s attention at this time. Bathroom breaks and water refueling trips should be made during break and lunch time, not during class time if it can be helped.

5. This is a positive attitude room!

  • Remember that ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ will get you what you want a lot faster...and they make for a happy music teacher . Everyone will be treated with the utmost respect and courtesy at all times. Students will be citizens of the Woodman community at all times and will exhibit so through their behaviour. Disrespectful behaviour will not be tolerated at any time.

6. Only make music when invited

  • Band should be about making music, not wasting too much time repeating instructions! Attentive listening is required at all times!

7. Play and sing with beautiful sound

  • Even though we are learning and growing as musicians, we always strive to play & sing with the most beautiful sound possible…Unnecessary loud sounds can damage the hearing of those around you.

8. Posture matters

  • Students will not achieve a beautiful sound or good tone unless good posture is attended to and becomes a habit.

9. Show up to all events

  • Band includes a few mandatory events that take place outside of school hours. Attendance at events is taken into consideration when completing report cards for the course. Due notice is given with regards to the dates reserved for these events. Please mark your calendars to avoid any last minute conflicts.
  • Rehearsals will happen before school one day a week for Junior and Senior Band students. These rehearsals are an expectation of being in the band at Woodman. They are expected to begin in late September or early October and will begin at 8:00 AM. Students are expected to arrive in time to set up and get ready to play. Days of the week for Junior and Senior Band will be decided by Ms. Scott and the band students and communicated with parents.
  • These events include all festivals and concerts.
  • Because we rehearse with and depend on every student, those who miss a concert or festival trip, for any reason, will be expected to make up the time they have missed. As concerts cannot be re-scheduled or re-performed, a music assignment is the best way to make-up an absence.
  • Permission forms (with payment, if required for that event) must be returned by the due date. To facilitate the best performance, please bring any concerns to Ms. Scott prior to the concert date. (with due notice)

10. Practice on your Band instrument is of the utmost importance

Practice a few times a week in small amounts rather than just once a week. Find a location and time with minimal distractions; i.e. not in front of the TV. Minimum Practice Expected: 60 minutes per week. Practice minutes are included on each report card. Students are required to fill out a practice chart for each month during the year. Practice charts will be available in class. It is very important that these practice charts get handed in at the end of each month. Practice charts are due the first week of the following month.

General Information

Extra Help – is available from Ms. Scott ALL YEAR LONG. Students may seek help or they may be asked to come in to work on specified skills. This time is even scheduled in to our timetable at Woodman during Woflpack!

Repairs – all repairs should be brought to Ms. Scott’s attention as soon as possible. Please do not attempt to fix your own instrument as it is made of special materials. Do not take an extra instrument off the shelf without permission if yours is being repaired.
Music Folders – should be used at all times to transport your music, books and pencils to and from school. Lost music/books and or folders may be subject to a replacement fee.

Private Rentals - are the responsibility of band members and their families. The stores listed below are excellent places to find rental instruments!

  • St. John’s Music: 403-265-6300 Located at: 105-58th Ave, SE, Calgary
  • Long & McQuade Music: 403-244-5555 Located at: 105-58th Ave, SW Calgary

School Rentals - will not be released to students until the CBE Rental Form is returned. Payment is collected with the school fees either online or by your chosen method of payment. Instruments cost $100.00 to rent for the year. This amount should be paid at the same time as your other school fees.

Insurance - is recommended for all instruments not owned by the school. The school cannot be held responsible for damage or theft of private instruments.

Fundraising - more information will be coming from the Woodman Music Parents’ Association (WMPA). We run a number of fundraisers during the school year. All families are encouraged to participate in fundraising as it benefits the band program as a whole and individual students. Fundraising money helps to support the band program by allowing us to hire clinicians and guest conductors, go on trips, and help students in our band with financial need be able to participate in these activities. Traditionally the WMPA has organized the following fundraising events as well as others:

  • Bottle Drives
  • Poinsettias/Christmas Wreathes/Chocolates
  • Cookie Dough
  • Spring Planters

Woodman Music Parents’ Association – the parent group that helps coordinate fundraising efforts and supports the band program. We will be looking for new people to join our executive team for the 2017/2018 school year. Please email viscott@cbe.ab.ca for more information or to get involved.

Instrument Accessories – items such as reeds and valve oil can be purchased from Ms. Scott. Students can purchase these items before and after school, and at lunch time. Students are not permitted to purchase items during class time as it takes up valuable learning time. Students are musicians in the band room, and therefore must be prepared for rehearsals – just like the pros! A price list is posted in the band room. Students must have cash at time of purchase.

Assessment Note

Assessments (Playing Quizzes) will be done in one of two ways: “live in class” or “privately” BEFORE the quiz date. Having no instrument or being unable to play on the quiz date (with no valid parental note or excuse), will result in an incomplete assignment that will need to be made up. Students must be accountable for assessment completion.

Music Performance & Rehearsal Attendance

The success of an ensemble of any kind is dependent on its members. For this reason, it is absolutely imperative and mandatory that all students attend band events, rehearsals, festivals, and concerts. This is part of enrolling in the band program. Students work very hard throughout the year to build and polish their skills. Our opportunity to display these skills comes in the form of a performance. Months of hard work and dedication culminate with a concert, or festival performance, which in essence can be compared to a ‘test’-like situation in many other disciplines. Just as a test is mandatory to write, a performance is mandatory to perform in. Bands cannot accurately demonstrate the level of success they have achieved without all of their members present for the performance. Should students choose to take part in high school music programs later on, the same expectations will be in place.

Since a performance is a one-time event, in that we cannot re-create a performance setting at a moment’s notice, students who miss a performance will be required to make up the time by way of a musical assignment and/or other performance opportunity if available.

Students who give sufficient notice to Ms. Scott (2 weeks ahead of time) of their absence from a concert, festival performance etc., with an acceptable reason, will be excused and will not be required to make up the time as indicated above. Parental notice is needed by way of phone or email in all cases. Students who are ill, must also have their parents notify Ms. Scott of their absence.

An overview of the dates for music events this year will be sent home when these dates become available. Please put these dates on your family calendar to avoid as many conflicts as possible. As dates firm up they will be shared with you.

  • Senior Band Early Morning Rehearsals Start: Early in October on Tuesdays at 8:00 AM
  • Junior Band Early Morning Rehearsals Start: Start in early October on Wednesdays at 8:00 AM
  • Remembrance Day Ceremony: November
  • Senior Band Camp (Grade 8/9): October 30 – November 1, 2017 (cost TBA)
  • Winter Concert: First two weeks in December
  • Jazz on Canterbury (with E.P. Scarlett): Tentative February 2018
  • Winds from the South at Jack Singer (grade 8/9): Late February/Early March (tickets $15.00/each)
  • Junior Band Camp (Grade 7): April 16 – 18, 2018
  • Junior Band Festival (ABA in Red Deer): May 2018
  • Senior Band Festival (ABA in Red Deer): May 2018

I ask in advance that students and parents take into consideration the learning, and dedication that all other students have put in to make the performances we have happen.

Thank you!

Please note: the same applies for all rehearsals occurring outside the regularly scheduled school day.

**Please like our Facebook page to stay up to date with important info: @WoodmanMusicParentAssociation https://www.facebook.com/WoodmanMPA/

What It Costs To Be In Band

There are lots of opportunities for students in the Woodman Band. Some of these activities come with and associated costs. The following is a rough breakdown of what it costs to be in band for the year at Woodman.

Instrument Rental $100.00
Instrument supplies (reeds/oil/etc.) price chart attached TBA
Woodman Band Supplemental fee $30.00 (approx.)
Band Camp (once per year) $300.00 (approx.)
Senior Band Tour to Banff (once every 2 years, next trip: Spring 2019) $400.00 (approx. with no fundraising)
Festival trip (once per year) $20.00 - $50.00
Uniforms TBA

Woodman Music Program Instrument Supply List

Cash Only
Valve Oil $3.00
Rotary Valve Oil (French horns only) $5.00
Cork Grease $3.25
Slide Cream $3.75

Reeds
Clarinet $3.00
Bass Clarinet $4.50
Alto Saxophone $3.50
Tenor Saxophone $4.50
Baritone Saxophone $5.25
Oboe/Bassoon $13.00

Suggested Supplies
Flute Cleaning cloth: $7.00
Clarinet / Bass Clarinet / Saxophones:
 Cork grease
 Minimum of 2 working reeds
 Cleaning swab $4.50 (clarinet)
$5.50(saxophone)
$4.50 (bass clarinet)
Trumpet / Euphonium / Tuba/Trombone:
 Valve oil
 Slide cream
 Cleaning snake $5.00 (trumpet)
$7.00 (euphonium/trombone)

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Percussion equipment is property of Woodman School and the Calgary Board of Education. Brass and woodwind players who do not have their own instrument are required to pay a rental fee, and percussionists must also pay a rental fee. Percussionists are required to take care of equipment they use, and are responsible for any damages incurred through negligence.

All percussionists are responsible to care for their own mallet kit. Percussionists at Woodman also benefit from learning a wind instrument. Keep this in mind, as Ms. Scott will be asking you what you would like to play as well as percussion.

Please note that as a percussionist, you are required to perform on all percussion instruments, including mallets. Assessments in band will be on mallets and snare – therefore technique must be practiced on both instruments. Being a percussionist is a big job.

Practice Makes Perfect! Some helpful tips…

  • Practice at least 4 days each week. Remember that 60 minutes per week is the minimum for your monthly practice charts to be complete.
  • Plan to practice at the same time each day.
  • Practice in an area of your home that is away from distractions such as the TV.
  • Use a music stand, and always play with good posture!
  • Sit in a chair without arms, or stand, so you are holding your instrument correctly.
  • Each time you play a new exercise or piece, check for the key signature, time signature, measures with unusual rhythms or complicated note patterns, and special markings such as dynamics, tempo changes, sticking patterns (percussion) and articulations.
  • Practice a piece slowly before playing it at a faster tempo. Use a metronome to help you play at a steady tempo. (Don’t have a metronome?? Talk to Miss Scott about getting one!)
  • Stop and work out measures that are difficult. Practice them over and over until you can play them correctly, and then play the song or passage straight through.
  • Take time each day to play a favourite song.
  • When fingers, hands, or arms get tired, shake or wiggle them to relax the muscles.
  • Complete your practice chart at the end of each practice session. Store your instrument and accessories when you finish.
  • Taken from Wendy Barden’s Practice and Reflection in Band and Orchestra. 2010. Kjos Music Press.

Course Evaluation

Subject to change

Concert Band (Grades 7-9)

Skill Assessment* (including regularly scheduled playing tests)

  • This component will include individual testing designed to measure the competencies in tone production/intonation, technical facility and rhythmic understanding. This component will include testing on the current repertoire being studied (this will include note and rhythmic accuracy, musicality, and the ability to interpret and perform musical markings within a piece of music). This component will also include preparation and competency during group performances throughout the year. The minimum acceptable score on Skill and Theory Assessment is a 3. Students who do not earn a 3 should schedule a time to come to Wolfpack to practice and then redo quizzes.

Daily Attitude and Effort (see the Art of Band #1-8) This is included in the Alberta Program of Studies for Band!!

  • This component will be an assessment of how you present yourself during class. More specifically: this assessment will reflect your behavior; your punctuality; your musical preparedness; your willingness to take and implement direction; your having necessary materials for class including your instrument, music, listening journal, and pencils; your support and encouragement of your classmates, and your individual growth as a musician.

Theory Assessments and Written Assignments* (Fundamentals of Music Theory)

  • This component will include various theory exercises and exams as well as the listening journal and other written activities.
  • The minimum acceptable score on Skill and Theory Assessment is a 2. Students who do not earn 2 should schedule a time to come to Wolfpack to re-do the assignment.

Concerts & Events (See the Art of Band #9)

  • This component will include attendance at performances. Students will be assessed on their general tone production/intonation, their musical sensitivity, and their overall level of musicianship including rhythmic ability and musical interpretation.

Special Projects*

  • This component will include assessment of enrichment activities such as chamber and solo performances, student conducting, arranging, composing, research projects, etc.

Practice Minutes

  • (60 min./week: See the Art of Band #10)

*All assignments and assessment for band 7/8/9 will follow the guidelines set by the CBE and will be based on the following outcomes:

  1. I can demonstrate musical techniques by performing alone and in groups.
  2. I can analyze, evaluate and respond critically to a variety of musical genres.
  3. I can demonstrate understanding of music theory in improvised or written for
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