|Jan Newman, Dept. Chair & Bandfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bill Baber, Chorus and General Musicemail@example.com|
|Jen Galang, Guitar and Bandfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Michael Gerdes, Orchestraemail@example.com|
Guitar Level 2 materials
Ensemble Book: Jerry Snyder’s Guitar School Ensemble Book 1 (ISBN# 0-7390-1282-7)
We will continue to use our footstools and tuners. If you cannot find yours, you will need to replace it before the start of school.
We will be discussing the use of picks and capons next year. Students will need to provide their own pick, however, I will have a classroom set of capons for students to use.
Guitar Level 1 materials
Welcome to guitar! I am looking forward to a terrific year of plucking, strumming and general music making! Below is a list of the materials you will need in order to have a successful first year in guitar class.
1. standard size classical guitar with nylon strings (in a case)
2. guitar footstool
3. guitar tuner (battery operated)
4. battery for the guitar tuner (it’s good to have an extra battery)
5. an extra set of nylon guitar strings
6. music stand (for home practice)
7. a luggage style name tag (attach to the handle of the guitar case)
8. guitar books for class
**The guitar book for class is Jerry Snyder's Method Book 1. Books will need to be purchased at the music store. You might want to call ahead and see if the store has the book in stock before you make a trip.
Take this list with you to the music store to be sure you purchase all of the supplies your child needs. Local music stores who carry these things are Shamrock Music Shoppe in Purcellville, Melodee Music in Leesburg and Sterling; Music and Arts in Sterling. Electric guitars and steel string guitars are not appropriate for use in class.
If you child already has a guitar, be sure it is in proper playing condition before school begins. By the second class, students should bring their guitar, tuner, and footstool to school each day their guitar class meets. *Please be sure that everything is labeled with your child’s first and last name. We will be using a classroom set of guitars to start.
8th Grade Band
Students will not need to purchase a method book for class.
The supply list for 8th grade is the same as that for 7th grade. See below.
7th Grade Band
Method books for all students
Essential Elements, Book two
Rhythm and Technique book (from this year)
Percussionists need the following:
1pr. Vic Firth wood tip snare sticks size 2B
1pr. Timpani mallets
1 Stick bag
Students playing oboe, clarinet and saxophone need to have 3 working reeds at all times. (Mitchell Lurie for clar. & Van Doren for saxophones)
Brass players will need valve oil and slide grease.
6th Grade Band
Essential Elements 2000, book 1.
Percussionists will also need a snare drum kit, including the bell set.
BRASS players who will be renting an instrument through the school will need the following mouthpieces:
Tuba: size 24 AW
Baritone: size 6 ½ AL
French Horn: size Bach 11
All other brass instruments rented from the music store will come with mouthpieces. All brass players will need to provide their own valve oil and slide grease.
Clarinet players will need size 2 reeds.
Saxophone players will need size 2½ reeds.
Oboe players will need soft strength reeds.
All reed players always need to have at least 3 well-working reeds at all times.
PERCUSSIONISTS will need to have 1 pair of Vic Firth wood tip sticks size 2B. This is not optional. The proper sticks are required for class. They will also need a pair of mallets for the bells.
We are really looking forward to an awesome year!!
Mr. Michael Gerdes is the Orchestra Director at Blue Ridge Middle School. He will mail a letter home to each student signed up to take Strings next year. The letter will provide information on which books and supplies are necessary.