Hello ! Welcome to Wells, G!Name: Gerard Wells
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.orgSpring Musical 2021!
The Spring Musical is back! If you want to sing, dance or work with the creative crew, please attend the google meet on Monday, February 1st @ 2:35pm. We are so hopeful you will join us! https://meet.google.com/lookup/dolg4kmedr (meet link)Let me introduce myself, my name is Gerard Wells and I am teaching the General Music Classes for 6th, 7th and 8th grades as well as the Bands for 6th, 7th and 8th grades. I have been teaching in the MARSD going on 26 years now, but this year we are embarking into a very new way of teaching/learning unlike any time in history. We had a taste of it last spring but speaking for myself, I am looking to do it better so that you, the student, will have a greater learning benifit in this new way. With that said, I feel very strongly about music and it's impact on us as individuals and in society. As a kid from Cliffwood I know what an impact music has had on my life from when I started playing trumpet in 4th grade back in 1981/82 (if you do the math you'll figure out my age). This beautiful artform has taken me and many others from our area to places many dream about! I look forward to meeting you and working with you this year.Parents and students please feel free to email me with any question and concern, email@example.com.Music/Band Parents - please make sure your email address is up to date on the district parent portal. I will at times send out notifications to keep you informed of our classes.Below are the Google Classroom Codes for my classes, be sure you are in the correct class.Google Classroom General Music:The access codes will be mailed out a few days prior to the start of the new marking period.General Music Welcome Video:Google Classroom BandMAMS 6th Grade Band 2020/21code: 4vck7dlMAMS 7th Grade Band 2020/21code: 2i4pxmfMAMS 8th Grade Band 2020/21code: o2yey33Why We Teach MusicMusic is scientificIt is precise, specific, and demands accurate acoustics. A conductor's score is a complex chart that indicates frequency, intensity, volume, melody, and harmony, all at once.Music is mathematicalIt is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions that must be calculated, interpreted, and applied instantaneously.Music is foreign languageMost of the terms are in Italian, German, or French, and notation is a highly developed kind of shorthand based on symbols that represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language known.Music is historyIt reflects the environment and times of its creation, including the cultural and social values.Music is physical educationIt requires exceptional coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks, and facial muscles. It also takes extraordinary control of the diaphragm, which in turns uses the back, stomach, and chest muscles.Music is philosophyIt demands research and develops insight and perspective.Music is artIt allows a human being to take dry, boring, and often difficult techniques and use them to create emotion.Music is the human experienceMusic pieces are as complex and varied as life itself. Music inspires thought, reflection and emotion-- much like human relations do. Rhythm and tone simulate moods-- such as joy, sorrow or anger. Music relates to us the stories of human experience. We do not teach music because we expect you to major in music or become a professional musician. Nor do we teach music because we expect you to play or sing all your life (although you might).We teach music so you will recognize beauty.We teach music so you will have more compassion.We teach music so you can be fully human.Band ClassInstruments for Band - It is expected that students will come to Google class meets with the appropriate band instrument to be sucessful in the MAMS Bands. If you are needing to rent, please take care of your rental as soon as possible. One company I recommend is NEMC, NEMC.com. Several rental companies will take care of your rental needs on line. Due to policies for students/adults entering the building, rental companies may not be permitted to drop off rental instruments at the school building.
MAMS Band Concert Schedule 2020/2021
All Bands concerts and performances are TBD.
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