Important Information about OPS-owned Instruments and Other Band Materials:
There have been recent changes to the
OPS-owned instrument return policy. If you have an
OPS-owned band instrument at home and WILL be attending any OPS school
next fall (even if it is not Edison), you will keep that instrument at
home with you all summer. Mr. Cosby will be in touch with
you next fall to arrange a way for you to return that instrument. If
you have an OPS-owned band instrument at home and you will NOT be
attending an OPS school next fall (maybe moving out of state or
attending another Omaha area school district) please contact Mr. Cosby as soon as possible to arrange a time to return that instrument. The
same policy will be followed with other band materials like Sound
Innovations books, sheet music, and any other band materials you may
have at home that belong to OPS or Edison.
This decision was made by our district
leaders in an overabundance of caution to ensure that everyone stays
safe during our current pandemic situation. Thank you for your patience
as I work to follow OPS protocol and ensure everyone's safety.
Congratulations Edison Band Students!
YOU MADE IT... all the way through
your 5th grade year at Edison and your 1st year in band! THANK YOU for
allowing me to be a part of your musical journey at Edison- I have enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you!
If this were a normal ending to the
school year, we would have an end-of-the-year band celebration where I
would give out certificate and awards... but this is anything but a
normal year! So I have created a "virtual" Edison 5th/6th Grade Band Awards Program for you: CLICK HERE to watch the "virtual" awards program.
Have a great summer!
Older Postings about At-Home Band Activities
At Home Band Activity for Week of May 11-15- from 5/11/2020- Welcome to the last week of the
2019-2020 school year! It has been a crazy year for sure, especially
these past couple of months... congratulations on completing your 1st
year in band! I have enjoyed getting to know you all. Best of luck to
you as you move on to a new school next year- you are all such talented
people and I know you
will totally rock middle school! THANK YOU for allowing me to be a part
of your musical journey at Edison.
to watch my video that explains about the at-home band activity for May
11-15. This video also contains information about turning in/not
turning in OPS instruments and when to expect participation and other
special recognition awards for band.
At Home Band Activity for Week of May 4-10- from 5/3/2020- All band students were
focusing on learning the sheet music for our Spring Concert
before spring break. While this spring concert was cancelled due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, band students have worked hard on this music and
should get to perform it. So this week's band activity is to give a
mini-performance for your family. The music you play is up to you... you
could play the sheet music we were preparing for the concert. Or you
could play something shorter out of our book (page 17 or 18). The choice is up to you. Once you are
done with your mini-performance, upload a recording of your performance
to Flipgrid. If you did not record your performance then just submit a
Flipgrid telling me what you performed, where you performed, how you
think it went and your family's reaction to your performance. There are
only 2 rules for this mini-performance that you must follow:
- Rule #1 = you
must introduce yourself, what school you go to and what music you will
play as well as the composer of that music. Watch the video below for
more details on this.
- Rule #2 = you
must bow to after your performance is complete. This is just the
appropriate thing to to due acknowledge the applause from your audience
(in this case, the applause from your family). Watch the video below for
more details on this.
CLICK HERE to view Mr. Cosby's videocast about how to complete the band activity for the week of May 4-10.
At Home Band Activity for Week of April 27-May 3rd- from 4/27/2020- The weather is getting nicer outside
and we have all been stuck at home for a good six or seven weeks at this
point... I think it is time for us to take a little break and have a
FUN BAND CHALLENGE this week!! So here it is: I challenge you to
record yourself playing any song you choose from page 17 in your Sound
Innovations book in the most interesting and unique place you can think
of! Maybe this would you playing your
instrument outside in your yard. Maybe this would be you playing your
instrument in your mother's car with the seat belt on. Maybe this would
be you playing your instrument while sitting on the washing machine or
dryer. Or maybe this would be you playing your instrument while upside
down on your couch in your living room- it doesn't matter where, just
find a unique and interesting place to play your instrument this week,
record yourself doing it and submit it to me using Flipgrid! There are
only 2 rules for this challenge:
- Rule #1 = be safe at all times.
Don't climb the tree in your yard to play your instrument and fall out
of it hurting yourself! Have your parents approve your interesting place
before attempting to actually play in this place!
- Rule #2 = practice social
distancing at all time. Don't go to the park and play your instrument
with 20 other kids standing right next to you! Again, have your parents
approve your interesting place before moving forward with actually
playing in that place.
CLICK HERE to view Mr. Cosby's videocast about how to complete the band activity for the week of April 27-May 3rd.
Feel free to send me an email (email@example.com) if you have any questions about the band activity for the week of April 20-24. ~Mr. Cosby
At Home Band Activity for Week of April 20-24- updated 4/20/2020- There are two parts to this week's band activity:
- Part 1 = Focus your practice on page
18 in your Sound Innovations book. Submit a recording of at least one song off page 18 using Flipgrid once you
have practiced and can play all the notes and rhythms.
- Part 2 = Listen to the two recordings below. As you listen be thinking to yourself "would I want to play this song?" After listening to all two songs, go to Flipgrid and "vote" for the song you would like to play.
We will begin working next week on the song that gets the most votes so
make sure you listen and vote on Flipgrid- the choice is up to you!
Click below to listen to the two recordings:
5th Grade Recordings- listen to both of them, then vote for your favorite on Flipgrid: CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE 2 RECORDINGS
CLICK HERE to view Mr. Cosby's videocast about how to complete the 5th Grade Band activity for the week of April 20-24.
5th Grade Band At Home Activity for Week of April 13-17- updated 4/13/2020- All band students had been working on two pieces of concert music before spring break- Conquest and Rock This Band!
Your band activity for the week of April 13-17 is to choose one of
these pieces of sheet music to focus on in your practice. Then, after
practicing it for a few days, send me a recording using Flipgrid of you
playing the song you chose all the way through to the end. Are you not
sure how to do any of this? No problem- CLICK HERE to watch the video Mr. Cosby made that explains exactly how to do this at home band activity.
is no secret that practicing just your part to these band songs at home
by yourself is kind of boring... so below is a link to recordings that
you can play with to make it a little more fun:
CLICK HERE for recordings of Conquest and Rock This Band!
Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions about the band activity for the week of April 13-17. ~Mr. Cosby
Edison Band At Home Activity for Week of April 6-10- from 4/6/2020- There is a new band activity for the week of April 6-10. CLICK HERE
to learn the details about the At Home Band Activity #2. This activity
is all about intervals and how to identify them. There is even an
"online challenge" to try at the end to test your interval-identifying
skills! Feel free to send me an email to let me know how your interval
challenge is going: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't forget about the At Home Band Activity #1 from last week- it is
still active. If you would like to send me a recording of you practicing
something at home that would be awesome- I will send you some feedback
after I listen to your recording.
Happy practicing and learning about intervals! ~Mr. Cosby
A Message for Edison 5th Grade Band Students- from 3/30/2020- Even
though we are away from school for the foreseeable future, I want you
all to know that I miss seeing you for band class twice a week! I am at
home practicing my "social distancing" skills with my family just like
you. However, I have plenty of extra time these days- I would love to
help you continue getting better on your instruments! An ideal way to do
this while we are away from school would be for you to record yourself
at home and send it to me so I can offer you feedback to guide your
practice moving forward. I think using Flipgrid will be the easiest way
to accomplish this. 5th Grade Band Students- please CLICK HERE for step-by-step instruction on how to record yourself playing at home using Flipgrid. Once
you record something I will view it and provide you with feedback,
either through email or by recording a video of my own on Flipgrid. This
will not be a "perfect" system as I am sure there will be something I
did not explain well or is confusing for you. But don't worry- we will
figure it out together! Feel free to email me if you have questions. Or,
we can set up a time to meet virtually using TEAMS as well.
you work with your parents to structure your time at home, I suggest
setting aside 20 minutes each day to focus on playing your instrument
for 5th grade band students. Below is an
outline on how to break down your 20 minute practice sessions at home:
5th Grade Practice Outline
REMINDER: Always use a metronome when practicing! Use one for free by clicking on the link in the 'Mr. Cosby's Favorite Websites' tab above.
- DAILY MAINTENANCE: Breathing Exercises, Sizzle Exercises, Mouthpiece/Headjoint Practice (see First Lessons handout) -2 minutes.
- WARM UP: Band Warm up Version 2.0- all 4 minutes.
- REVIEW: Sound
Innovations, pg. 13 & 14. Listen to your sound... are you matching
pitch? Are you counting all the rhythms as you play? 4 minutes.
- FOCUS: Sound
Innovations, pg. 15 & 16-all. These songs are more difficult- if
you are struggling with your notes, use your flash cards to help you!
Step #1 when practicing is always POINT & TELL. Step #2 is SHOW
& TELL. Step #3 is PLAY & THINK. -5 minutes.
- SHEET MUSIC: Conquest & Rock this Band (pg. 14 in the book). -5 minutes.
- CHALLENGE: Where are you at for rank advancements? Find your chart and start practicing for your next rank! -4 minutes.
- WRITTEN WORK: no written work while at home at this time...
- Clean instrument and put instrument SAFELY away. -1 minute.
TOTAL 5TH GRADE BAND PRACTICE TIME = 20-25 minutes
If you have any questions about practicing your instrument at home please contact me via email at any time: