Spring Band Letter

Dear TAOTS Band family members,
I would like to take a moment to share some news regarding the band.
Our band concert will take place during the Big Night, May 23rd at 6pm. Band students will report to the auditorium at 5:30 pm. Dress for the concert will be black bottoms and TAOTS band t-shirts purchased by the PTO.
The TAOTS band is going mobile!
5th grade band members will be performing for our TAOTS Relay For Life Activity Day during Spirit Week on May 30th. Short performances will take place from 9:00am – 9:15am and 12:15pm – 12:30 on the Seth Low field. This day is a school event, but parents are welcome to attend the performances.

4th grade parents, save the date!
The TAOTS band has been invited to perform in the Columbus Day Parade on 18th Avenue! The parade will take place on Saturday, October 6th and will be mandatory for all returning band members.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Mr. Dubin
jdubin@taots.org

Experienced Full Band schedule Fall 2017

All Experienced Band Rehearsals are Period 6:

Wednesday, October 25
Fiona Ademi 5-237-3 fl
Madelyn Carrera 5-237- cl
Marian Hernandez 5-237-fl
Nicole Piciri 5-237- fl
Michael Fridlin 5-239- cl
Mabel Le 5-239- fl
Emile Shishonok 5-239- cl

Wednesday, November 1
Oliver Claussell 5-235- tb
Gabriella Miti 5-237- tb
Denys Pryjmak 5-239- sax
Sebastian Garcia 5-239 tb
Kamil Malinowski 5-239 – sax

Wednesday, November 15
Eli Elkin 4-224 dr
Roman Dishmey 5-235- tpt
Benjamin Tse 5-235 tpt
Jordan Young 5-237- dr
Dante Massato 5-237- tpt
Ibrahim Lucas 5-237- tpt
Emilia Hom 5-237- tpt
Geoffrey Huang 5-239 tpt
Pearl Liu 5-239- dr
Jayda Rivera 5-239- tpt
Michael Rykov 5-239 – dr

Wednesday, November 29
All experienced band members

Wednesday, December 6
All experienced band members

Monday, December 18
HOLIDAY CONCERT at 10:00am

Welcome to music for the 2017-18 school year

Dear Parents,

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you and share some information about the music program here at TAOTS. I have already met many of your students and look forward to fostering their love of music and ensuring their musical success. I hope to meet all of you and encourage you to contact me at any point during the school year if you have any questions.

Our Kindergarten through second grade curriculum is centered on a special piano program called Music and the Brain. In addition to a traditional elementary music education that includes singing, movement, and performing on instruments, students will get class time on keyboards. Our music room has 14 keyboards. The extensive curriculum includes a repertoire of 132 songs, including examples of classical, folk, children’s music, and world music. Presented sequentially, the songs teach ear training (for rhythm and pitch), movements, analysis, geography, history, storytelling, games, singing, dancing, piano playing, improvisation and performance. Students learn pattern recognition, which helps with math skills and literacy. The Music and the Brain program stimulates kids to think, act on that thinking, and become inspired to produce their own sounds.

Our third through fifth grade curriculum is centered on the Orff method of music education. Carl Orff was a prominent German composer that developed a series of instruments with special modifications to accommodate the young student. At TAOTS, third through fifth graders will gain experience playing the recorder, xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel, djembe drum, conga drum, hand drums, and many other assorted percussion instruments. The approach begins with students’ innate abilities to engage in rudimentary forms of music, using basic rhythms and melodies. It builds upon these abilities to foster student self-discovery, and encourages improvisation.

Finally, all fourth and fifth graders will be allowed to sign up for the school band. Band students will miss one academic class per week for their band lesson. In addition, all experienced students (have prior experience on their instrument) will meet Wednesday, 6th period on a monthly basis. Beginning students will be expected to attend after-school beginning band which meets Wednesdays after school until 4:20pm. Instruments offered will be Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Snare Drum.

Sincerely,

Mr. Dubin

jdubin@taots.org