• a **MUST-SEE** from the United States Marine Band

    34 Marine Band Musicians, all social distancing, but bringing together one of the staples of concert band music! The Chaconne from Gustav Holst’s Suite No. 1 in E-flat, Opus 28, No. 1, edited by Frederick Fennell.

     

    Friday, May 1st, 2020

    Here is a fantastic resource listing tons of great live streams for musicians. There is a wide variety of things to see there including concerts from the US Army Field Band, performances by instrumentalists (even bass clarinets!), and some Q&A (question and answer) talks with musicians and teachers. Look through the offerings and check out any that appeal to you. Let me know what you learn and share what you enjoyed! 

    Band students: I am in the process of recording lessons for our weekly practice assignments. I hope they will be helpful for you! Look for them to appear in Google Classroom :)

    Music Classes: There are some new activities posted on your grade level page found in the left menu. Have fun! :)

     

    Friday, April 24th, 2020

    Music classes: check your class link in the menu to the left for new resources and materials! :)

    Band students: check out this playlist of all (almost) of the accompaniment tracks for your lesson book! Practice your instrument along with a band! :)

     Standard of Excellence Book 1

     

    **And everyone should check out this Ted-Ed talk! Then make sure you are practicing and if you aren't already learning an instrument (not just band, but of course that is my fave), why not?**

    How playing and instrument benefits your brain

     

     

     

    Friday, April 17th, 2020

    Ever wonder how clarinet (saxophone, too!) reeds are made?
    BSO clarinetist Tom Martin shows how in 2 minutes or less in this

    reed making video

     

    Check out the Boston Symphony Orchestra by visiting their website https://www.bso.org

    The BSO has so much to offer while we are all "at home" including online concerts, and an entire homeschool section with lessons, videos like the one above, and much more!! Explore and have fun :)

     

     

     

    Friday, April 10th, 2020

     

    MUSIC CLASSES: Have you joined your Music Google Classroom yet? Be sure to check in weekly for exciting lessons that will take us through the Four Seasons, on a trip around the wrold, and on a time-travel mission through music history. :)

    BAND STUDENTS: What is a multi-measure rest? Do you know what a metronome is? How about a tuner? Ever heard of 'virtual band' and want to try it? Be sure to check your Band Google Classroom each week as we explore these topics and more! :)

    I will be uploading some extra materials over the coming weeks in the class pages found in the menu on the left. Click on your class or band to access video lessons, worksheets, references, and even some fun coloring pages.

    This is a work in progress and there is not much time left to put in at the end of the day... (but I will get better at it. I am open to suggestions about what you would like to see on my page, so email me your great ideas or burning questions!)

     

     

     

    Friday, April 3, 2020

    I have created a Google Classroom for each music class and band. Please look for my invitation and be sure to join the class in your Google Classroom! Weekly assignments and bonus activities will all be there for you. As band students continue to practice on your own and all music students learn about, explore, and create music from home, I hope you are all discovering that music is life-long and personal. It is a significant part of every day life! 

    For your enjoyment here is a link to the Boston Symphony Orchestra's "HomeSchool" music page. There is so much to take in, including performances and virtual private lessons!  

     

     

     

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    I hope that everyone is settling into their new routines and that the lovely spring weather has you all in good spirits! I also hope that music, in any form, has become a part of your daily life! Here are some options for making and creating music this week.

    MUSIC CLASSES: The Chrome Music Lab is a fun way to experiment with music making in a digital world. Give it a try! https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/ Take it to the next level by using what you know about rhythm and notes (pitch, music alphabet) to write your own music. Don't forget to check the grade level choice boards on the GPS website for great learning opportunities. Have fun!

    BAND: I have linked scales sheets for each instrument below for your reference. 6th grade band students have learned concert Bb major, concert Eb major, and have just begun concert Ab major (the key signature for Pirates of the Caribbean). 5th grade band students have learned concert Bb major and concert Eb major. For now please stick with those scales. You may also refer to page 42 in your lesson book, if you have it home with you. In 4th grade band we have just begun to learn the concert Bb major scale, so you may reference this sheet, but just keep working on your 6-note scale and the full scale if you have already learned it. Drummers please practice the rudiments we have learned! A link to a rudiment chart can be found below. There are awesome tracks to practice rudiments with, and many other resources on the Percussive Arts Society: website https://www.pas.org 

    Just click on your instrument for the "Major Scales and Arpeggios" sheet for access. There is no need to feel pressured to add to your plate, but it is important to keep playing regularly if you can and if it will add joy to your day. Play your band music, 'google' your favorite song title with the name of your instrument and play that, write your own music... just keep those musical chops going and keep it fun :) If you need help finding music, just send me an email and I will see what I can do.

    Here is a nice reference on practicing at home: 5 Tips from Pros

    FLUTE 

    CLARINET/BASS CLARINET

    SAXOPHONES

    TRUMPETS

    TROMBONES

    PERCUSSION

     

    Hello from my home to yours!

    If you find yourself wondering what to practice or how to best use your practice time, check your folder for a sheet with the title "Practice Itinerary." Can't find that sheet? You can access it in the class lists on the left of this screen. Just look for your band and then your instrument! Check this page every Friday for updated weekly information and resources. For now, you should continue to use the practice recordings on your band page (listed on the left) to play along with the band music. Music classes should check their grade level choice boards on the district website for awesome music activities. I will try to keep pace with that information in the class pages here as well going forward.

    Wishing you all good health and happiness, and I can't wait to see you all as a band very soon!  ~ Mrs. Legault 

     

     

    2020 Spring Concerts     

    The MSES Spring Concert for grades 5 and 6 will take place on Wedensday, June 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Grafton High School Auditorium. The 4th grade concert will take place in May in the MSES Cafetorium! Recordings of our music selections are now posted on each band's page. Click the link to your grade on the left!!       

     

     

     

      MSES 5th and 6th Grade Band & Chorus              

     

    Worcester Railers Hockey Game

    get tickets here: https://www.railershc.com/graftonschools

     

    Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020

    Time: game time is 7:00 pm. All band and chorus students are asked to arrive at 6:00pm.

    Where: DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 

    Where do we go? 

    BAND: Enter through door 7, which is across from St. Vincent’s Hospital on Major Taylor Blvd (band and families only). You will bring your instruments to sections 221-224, leave your instrument in the upper level, and then go to your seats to enjoy the game. If you are in Band AND Chorus see below.

    BAND AND CHORUS: Follow the instructions above for BAND. Once you have dropped off your instrument please go immediately to the elevator behind section 119-120 to be escorted to the chorus.. Then, see below for Chorus directions.

    CHORUS: Enter the DCU Center through the main doors at the Harvard Pilgrim Pavillion and go to your seats. You will meet at the elevator on the mezzanine directly behind sections 119-120 at 6:20 pm, and will be escorted down to a warm-up room. Parents should go back to your seats once the students are brought down stairs please.. Following the performance, the students will be brought back to you at your seats. We ask that all parents remain seated until the students are returned to you.

    What do we wear? Grafton green! If you don’t have anything Grafton or green, do not worry. Just come as you are. Dress warm and comfortably! Jeans are OK!!

    What do we bring with us? If you are in BAND, please remember to bring your instrument, music, and lyre or stand. Also, each person attending must have their ticket with them to enter.. 

    When do we perform? The Chorus will perform The Star Spangled Banner prior to the start of the game on the ice. The Band will perform The Final Countdown during the first intermission from the seats in the upper level. Students will be escorted up to the playing level just prior to the end of the first period of the game. 

    What happens after we perform? Chorus members will be brought up to your seats, where you will rejoin your families and enjoy the game. Band students should pack up your instruments and leave them in the upper level. You will then return to your seats, where you will enjoy the rest of the game with your families.

    Additional notes:  

    BAND: **If you have a large group, you may want to have just one adult come with (dropped off with) the performing band student to Door 7. The remainder of the party may enter the DCU through the main doors and proceed to their seats.

    ** Don’t forget to take your instrument at the end of the hockey game!

    Please email one of us if you have any questions! Thank you for your enthusiasm and support! 

    legaultl@grafton.k12.ma.us                                                                       kellym@grafton.k12.ma.us 



     

     

    2018 MSES Winter Concert

    Thursday, December 20th

    6:30 pm

    Grafton High School Auditorium

    Dress Code: White top, black bottom (no jeans or shorts. no sneakers if possible)

    **All students should arrive at 6:00 pm and head to the band room. (go left once you are inside the school and turn left at the end of the hall. the band room is the last room on the left.)

     

     

    notes

     

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

    Please use the navigation list to the left to find your band or class. 

    I am excited to get the ball rolling into what I am sure will be a great year in music! Please find your group below and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. It is an honor to work with our young musicians!

    6th Grade Band will meet on Thursdays at 8:25am beginning September 6th. Lessons are offered on a rotating schedule on Wedensdays and Thursdays. Schedules will be distributed during the first rehearsal and are available in the 6th Grade Band tab to the left.

    5th Grade Band will meet on Mondays at 8:25am beginning September 10th. Lessons are offered on a rotating schedule on Mondays and Tuesdays. Schedules will be distributed during the first rehearsal and are available in the 5th Grade Band tab to the left.

    4th Graders will attend an instrument demonstration on Wednesday, September 5th. Information packets will be coming home with students with rental information and a registration form to sign up for band. Rental Night is Wednesday, September 19th at 6:30pm in the MSES cafeteria. You may find this information and the forms in the 4th Grade Band tab to the left.

    Class information sheets will be coming home as classes meet. You may also find them in the "forms" tab on the left of this screen. 

    I am looking forward to a fantastic year!

     

     

     

     

    MSES 5th and 6th Grade Band & Chorus

     

    Event: Worcester Railers Hockey Game

     

    Date: Friday, February 2, 2018

     

    Time: game time is 7:05 pm. All band and chorus students are asked to arrive at 6:00pm.

     

    Where: DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA

     

    Where do we go?

    BAND: Please enter the DCU Center at Door 4A.** We will meet there and be led to a warm-up room. We will leave our instruments here and will be escorted to our seats. If you are in Band AND Chorus see below.

    BAND AND CHORUS: Follow the instructions above for BAND. Once you have been escorted up to your seats, join the chorus waiting at the elevator. Then, see below for Chorus directions.

    CHORUS: Enter the DCU Center through the main doors and go to your seats. You will meet at the elevator on the mezzanine directly behind the seats at 6:10 pm, and will be escorted down to a warm-up room.

     

    What do we wear? Grafton green! If you don’t have anything Grafton or green, please wear gray. Dress warm and comfortably! Jeans are OK!!

     

    What do we bring with us? If you are in BAND, please remember to bring your instrument, music, and lyre or stand. Also, each person attending must have their ticket with them to enter at Door 4A.

     

    When do we perform? The Chorus will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the game on the ice. The Band will perform Eye of the Tiger during the first intermission

     

    Additional notes:  

    **If you have a large group, you may want to have just one adult come with the performing band student to Door 4A. The remainder of the party may enter the DCU through the main doors and proceed to their seats.

     

    BAND: Medium to large instruments will be kept in the warm-up room during the game. We will be escorted down to the room toward the end of the first period to warm-up and then return to our seats to perform. After we play, we will bring the instruments back down to the room to be stored until the end of the game. Students with smaller instruments may keep their instrument with them during the game, but still have the option of storing it in the warm-up room. Don’t forget to pick up your instrument at the end of the hockey game!

     

    Please email one of us if you have any questions! Thank you for your enthusiasm and support!

    kellym@grafton.k12.ma.us                                                                                                               legaultl@grafton.k12.ma.us

     

    GO RAILERS!!