Welcome to Fourth Grade Band
with Ms. Marino!
Hello everyone! Please join my Google Classroom. The code is: vvcpk3m
Greetings! It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I welcome you to the Lancaster Central School District's Band Program! I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with students for 22 years now. This year will be my 20th year teaching students in the Lancaster Central School District.
I am the director of two (of William Street School's three) fourth grade bands. Being a music teacher is something I thoroughly enjoy, it has been a passion of mine since the early age of six. I am happy to be of service to my students and I am looking forward to getting to know each child individually and introducing them to the love of playing a musical instrument!
There are eight music teachers at WSS. The best way to contact me is to contact me directly through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will hear from me within 2 school days, however I always try to respond the same day. Throughout the year, if your child has a question or is in need of something, please have them stop by to see me. First thing in the morning is the best time. However, students are welcome to see me any day and time throughout the week. Students do not need to wait until their weekly lesson to see me or to ask questions. I am always happy to see my students and to help them with whatever they may need.
I welcome you to visit the pages on my website as there is a wealth of important information for you and there are also answers for many common questions .
I'm looking forward to working with your child. It's going to be a wonderful year!
March 21, 2020 Update: Hello Parents! There is a wonderful webpage where your child can access free sheet music at various levels. If there are sibling musicians at home you can even download duets for different instruments to play together. There are arrangements for various percussion instruments as well. Your child could divide up the percussion parts among your family members and teach the family how to play all the different parts then perform them all at the same time. You don't need different percussion instruments at home, you can divide the parts up on different home items: different size pots and pans with spoons, etc. It's a fun way to be creative with your family while still learning! I recommend starting with a .5 level. You can access the link by clicking here: https://www.osfabb.com/ Wishing everyone good health!
March 17, 2020 Update: Hello Parents and boys and girls! I'd like to begin by saying that I miss seeing you and working with you! I know how hard you work for me in lessons and in band rehearsals and I truly miss working with you! I appreciate very much how you always try to improve your playing skills. Until we are able to be together again please continue practicing 5 days each week for 20 minutes for a total of 100 minutes each week or longer. Please keep filling in your minutes in your practice journal and asking for parent initials each week. By continuing to practice regularly, you will keep up all the skills you worked hard to develop this year and also keep your lip and cheek muscles strong, giving you a nice controlled tone (sound). Remember you can pull up your band pieces online by going to Google, typing in the name of the piece and the composer/arranger name on the top right side of your paper. Playing along with the recording is a great way to continue improving your skills as it won't allow you to slow down or speed up. Remember playing faster isn't better. To be successful playing in a band, all members need to lock in to one steady beat together and maintain a steady tempo without rushing. Practicing with a metronome is also a great idea. A fun idea: you could create a concert program for your family then perform a mini concert for them! Take one piece of paper and fold it in half. On the front cover write your name, your instrument, draw a picture of you with your instrument (be creative) and write the date. Inside the program you list the name of the pieces you play (band music or songs from your book) then you write the composer or arranger's name next to each piece. Once we are together again you can bring in your concert program and hand it in to me. I would love to see what you performed for your family! Brass students: remember you can wash your mouthpiece with warm water and dish soap. Rinse it well. Reed players: if you are sick and played on a reed you might want to throw it out and use a new reed. I will look forward to when we can have fun making music together again! Keep practicing. Be the best you can be!