Welcome to Music!
Welcome! My name is Dan Darnley and I am very excited to work with your son or daughter this year. Important updates and announcements will be posted here, so check back frequently. This site is a work in progress, and is being designed on a daily basis so thank you for your patience. Please feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Distance Learning Inititatives:
I was informed that not everyone could see the updated assignment posted. I am re-posting this today, 5/1, if you have completed this that is fine.
Antonio Vivaldi "Spring"
This assignment will be a listening log. You will listen to "Spring" by Antonio Vivaldi and record a reflection, 3-4 complete sentences. Please focus on the music, just as we have done in class with these listening logs in the beginning of the school year. Consider answering these questions in your response. What instruments do you hear? What do you think the composer was trying to show in this music? Did Vivaldi do a good job of portraying these ideas? Consider the dynamics, tempo, and other music terms to help your response.
Please note: All assignments will be due and assigned at Midnight on the day of the assignment. So if the day is Thursday, it will technically not be until 11:59 Thursday night (the last possible minute of that day) when assignments are released and due.
Note Naming Quiz Sheets are the rhythm Math Level I and Note Identification Speed Test. These are due on Monday (Technically anytime before 12:01am on Tuesday) in a google doc or microsoft word format. Simply write the number, followed by your answer (Ex: 1.E 2.B). If you do not want to use Google Docs, feel free to Email me with a Microsoft Word Document. firstname.lastname@example.org
I understand the tremendous responsibility of music teaching through this time. I am aiming to continue instruction in the manner that we have been learning, focusing on Music Literacy, Music History, Music Reflection, and Analysis. Just as each student has music one time per week, I will be assigning coursework through this medium to keep them engaged in the content.
Students in Grades 3-8:
Music Literacy Continuation. Use these resources to review Music Literacy for 1 hour this week (making up for your two music classes per week. On Thursday I will post an assignment that will be turned in digitally on note-reading (naming notes on the staff), Rhythm Durations (Quarter Notes, Half Notes etc.)
Note Naming Review Packet
Rhythm Duration Review Sheet
Note Naming Review Games
Staff Wars (Please click on the Treble Clef Symbol on the Far Left)
Distance Learning Inititatives Technology
Grades 1, 5,6,8:
I am asking that you spend at least one hour this week on Typing Club with the following expectations:
1st Grade: Advance from level 5 through level ten. Focus on the Home Row Keys (parents could be watching their fingers and advising them through this)
5,6,8: Email me (email@example.com) your beginning level. I will double check this through the system, and I expect you to progress 20 levels further than your current level by midnight on Saturday (3/21)
I have created a lesson schedule and arranged for time in which the full ensemble will practice. Each student will need his or her own instrument to participate in playing. Instruments can be rented or purchased, perhaps most easily through a local store such as Hamburg Music Center or Al Hemer Music. These stores are very reputable and trustworthy to give you the best instruments for your child. I always advise parents to avoid instrument deals that seem "Too good to be true" as there are cheap re-creations of instruments that will easily break or have a flaw or defect to their sound.
Below is a copy of the lesson schedule for all instrumental students.
Concert Attendance Policy: Attendance and participation at the concert is considered the Mid-Term and Final Exam for music. ALL EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED ABSENCES WILL REQUIRE THIS GRADE TO BE MADE UP. A project will be assigned to students that do not show up to the concert or are removed for behavior issues.
Band students should remember to bring music and instrument!
2019: Instrumental Lessons are under way, schedule is posted on the door of the instrumental music room. Please feel free to email me with any questions regarding the schedule.
Attending lessons is a RESPONSIBILITY of playing an instrument, and therefore a responsibility of the student. This teaches the student proper planning and organization. Therefore, any potential conflicts (tests, labs, quizzes, etc...) should be planned for accordingly. I am happy to make arrangements to reschedule a lesson as a result of a conflict, however, the student must bring the conflict to my attention before it occurs (No "Oh, by the way I missed my lesson because I had a test will be accepted after the fact").
If your son/daughter would like to play an instrument for 2019 please fill this form out and send it in ASAP. Thank You.