Beginning Band

Below you will find the course syllabus, calendar, and assignments.

Beginning Band Information  (welcome!!  you are going to learn an instrument – COOL!!  by the end of semester 1 you will learn how to read and write music, solfege, how to play a 1-octave major scale, a 1-octave minor scale, and a 1-octave chromatic scale!!  you will also learn various world music traditions and concepts.  for 2nd semester we will focus on 3-4 selections to perform at our concert in June)


Week 1 watch this video.  wynton marsalis is playing a type of trumpet.  

end of week 1 checklist (have a binder, print syllabus and contract, pay fees {$75.00 “Lane Tech Band Booster”} , prepare for dictation quiz, and maintain a stellar attitude) completion of all online forms.  

OK!!  The instruments we will be able to select: flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, french horn, baritone, tuba and percussion.  alto saxophone maybe!!

now, familiarize yourself with the brass family! there are 5 that we will learn about in class.  the only one that is missing is the baritone which is a smaller friend of the tuba.


 i will ask you to name the 4 instruments pictured, the one that is not, the performers name, what instrument he is performing with, how you would describe the sound of the trumpet (rich, crisp, glorious, impeccable, clean, sharp, warm, beautiful) AND to name the 5 instruments of the woodwind family.  

all you have to do is watch a brief portion of the videos below.  



Week 2 



Week 3


Listening Review For # 53

  • listening assignment due on Friday the 22nd (Hand written response is ok).  Answer these questions:
  1. How would you describe the tone? scratchy, weak, full, etc
  2. Do you want to listen to it again, yes or no?
  3. Why?  Support your answer. (2 Sentences)
  4. What is it like to listen to yourself (or in some cases someone else) play? (2 sentences)


Alternative Assignment

Please read this carefully:  if you missed meet the band rehearsal, meet the band concert, and/or know you cannot attend the concert – you need to complete some/part/or all of the following.  

Pick from the following (All Responses must be typed)

Andy Williams Christmas Special

watch this clip and answer the following

1) Over a period of how many years did he perform these specials?

2) Who is Andy Williams?  Give me a few sentences about him.

3) What do you think of the colors and outfits everyone is wearing?  Give me three sentences.  Would you wear something like that?

4) How about those special effects?  What are they simulating?

Bing Crosby and Special Guest

watch this clip and answer the following

1) Who is Bing Crosby? (birthdate, occupation… a little bit more)

2) Who is Michael Buble?

3) What did you think of the song?  (3 sentences)

White Christmas

watch this clip and answer the following

1) Give me 8 sentences about this song and Irving Berlin’s movie “White Christmas.”

Ray Charles

watch this clip and answer the following

1) Tell me about Ray Charles.

2) Tell me about Dionne Warwick.

3) What did you think of the song? (3 sentences)


Apartheid (the state of being apart)

racial segregation by the National Party (NP) in South Africa from 1948-1994.

Afrikaans – one of the _______________ ______________ of South Africa with a _________ origin.

History of the Region


music appreciation quiz 1:

  1. what instrument is this?clarinet-2
  2. how about this one?6_saxophone-9.jpg
  3. and now this? flute


4. c8cd780a32194609a1f3a067e27ac238--baron-trumpets

what is the large man playing?

5. What is the small man at the top playing?

6.  Gregorian Chant is _________________ in ____________________. (Language)

7.  Most of the Chants are taken from ________________________   ______________________.

8. Gregorian Chant is named after whom?

9.  what time period are we studying?

10. name one other thing that is happening during this time?


quiz 2

  1. J.S. Bach was ________________________ (nationality).
  2. His main instrument was __________________________________.
  3. Growing up he faced a rough life because both of his parents passed away before he turned the age of ________________________.
  4. what is the one time period directly after The Middle Ages?
  5. Please define cantus firmus?
  6. what is the significance of cantus firmus? (how did these help move things in the next direction? )
  7. Identify this:

8. Identify this:


quiz 3 

-fill in the blank when applicable

  1. what does “p”  mean to play? to play  ____________.
  2. what does  “mp” mean to play? to play __________  ____________.
  3. what does “f” mean to play? to play ________________.
  4. what does “mf” mean to play? to play ____________  ____________.
  5. what language are these in?
  6. the piano was first called the? (two-words slammed together) ____________________
  7. why was it called that?
  8. what advances led to the piano the way it is today? advances in ______________________.
  9. label this instrument


10. label this instrument and the man playing it


Theory Thursday Break Down:

Every thursday we will cover the following:

  1. First, answer this in your note book:  are you doing everything you can on a daily basis – within reason?  where can you/we improve?
  2. sing all of the elementary exercises until we are finished.  work on thirds.  then triads.
  3. rhythm trainer: at least 2 exercises on the board.  we will grade one of these and enter it in the book.
  4. choice of gahu songs or fundamentals of samba


  1. flutes: paige, jasmine, jakob, alexa, destiny clarinets: kate, shirley, irish, juan, iris sax: daisy french horn: giselle, elijah trumpet: cristian, felicia, sam, lili, ariana, t dunne, dana tuba: michael percussion: leo, joel

    Comment by turnthebeataround — September 9, 2016 @ 3:41 pm

  2. flute: vinayak, adella, quiana, omar clarinets: lourdes, michelle trumpets: renato, jordan, noelani, abril, jorge, justin trombone: arturo french horn: antonio, percussion: estefany, silvestre, brent, vanessa sax: joel, henry, leah

    Comment by turnthebeataround — September 9, 2016 @ 7:12 pm

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A Music Educator with a strong love for percussion. At Lane Tech we work on building confidence and proficiency in music. You can reach me at aflygt@cps.edu.







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