Our Christmas Concert date is December 8, 2021!
We have a now confirmed date for our Christmas Concert, and it is on December 8 at 7:00 PM. It will only be available online, Live, and only once at music.ndcfinearts.ca/tv.
Students are reminded that all of our music courses are performance-based courses, and therefore these performances are mandatory.
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Grade 7 Musicians
Students have been working hard on their first sounds and on the theory needed to be able to read the music. At this point they have only a couple of deadlines arriving;
Grade 8-13 Musicians
Students have been assigned a number of tasks, including;
Christmas Concert Announcement
This is not the same as last year. We will not be doing pre-recordings. We will also be playing copyrighted music (all standard Concert Band and Stage Band music is copyrighted, and so cannot be made available publicly even in recording - Mr. Windsor's arrangements last year were copywritten, it's just that he gave the school permission to play). As such we must do something different this year.
Our Christmas Concert is confirmed scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, 2021. We will be streaming from the gymnasium Live, and families will be able to watch from home. Here's what this means for you this year;
- Families will be encouraged to send messages through the stream as comments, and students will be able to see the comments, likes and shares on the big screen in the gymnasium while we are playing.
- Students will likely be remaining after school for much of the day on Friday, December 10, 2021. This is not an optional activity, every student is expected to participate in the performance as a major component of the Band class mark.
- We cannot save the stream for legal reasons, nor make it available for consumption after the livestream is done. Therefore families need to plan to attend the concert that night and that night only.
STARTUP CLINICS FOR NEW MUSICIANS IS THIS WEEK!
Students MUST have working instruments for friday
Tuba players will have their at-school tubas available for use, so will only need to remember their tuba mouthpieces.
New Alto Saxophone Players should also have their saxophones there that day.
Grade 9-12 Students Are Our Mentors
- How to safely assemble, care for, and disassemble their instruments
- How to properly use every part of their instrument care kits
- Proper posture, holding technique, and proper breath control
- The fingerings/slide positions for the first six notes of the Concert B-flat Scale
- How to read music for their instrument
- The first theme of a brand new piece of music.
When Is This All Happening, and How Much Does It Cost?
Grade 7 (and 9) students will be missing all their other classes that day in addition to having their regularly scheduled band class. Grade 8 new musicians will be missing all their other classes that day.
In other words, it runs from 8:40 AM to 12:20 PM. By the end of the day, new students will be able to play a large portion of their first song, and will have created a relationship with an older musician who they can rely on for extra support throughout the year.
Students will need practice space at home
Students, don't forget to log your practice minutes in the Discord!
If you have any questions about any of these things, please feel free to open a #windyj-ticket in the Discord!
Instruments have arriveD!
Don't pack more than you can handle tomorrow
- A flute can go in a backpack.
- A clarinet might fit in a backpack, but only if there aren't lots of other books to take home. It's Friday, so it will likely be carried by hand. On busses, they can easily sit on someone's lap, but should never be opened on the bus (things will fly everywhere).
- A trumpet will be carried by hand, and sit in laps on busses (again, don't open them so you don't lose any pieces).
- A trombone will be carried by hand, and will fit in between a student's legs on the bus while their backpack is on their lap.
- Tubas have already been assigned their secondary tuba. Parents need to come to the school sometime soon to bring the secondary tuba home. Students should have a pocket of their backpack reserved for their tuba mouthpiece.
what if my instrument didn't arrive?
If your student doesn't get their instrument on Friday morning, please call Long & McQuade when your student gets home.
- Call 403-244-5555 and ask for the Band Department.
- Ask about the status of your instrument.
- If your order just needs to be sent to the school, ask them to set it aside for Mr. Windsor. Let them know I'm coming on Saturday.
- Send me a message (on the Discord is best) to let me know to look for it.
Now That you have your instruments, what about jazz?
We play rock, swing and latin music. Last year we played "Gimme Some Lovin'", "Everybody Have Fun Tonight", and "In the Mood" as examples. We'd love to have more Grade 7s join our group!
The Woodshedders, NDC's Jazz Band, rehearses on Wednesdays after school until 4:45 PM. If your students are also involved in after-school sports, we make arrangements so that they can keep both commitments.
If your student is interested in joining, please ask them to contact me on the Discord, or just bug me in class about it tomorrow!
When PowerSchool Fails, Discord Can Help
Earlier this week, PowerSchool had a province-wide outage. When it came back, my ability to email families was gone. It's back now (obviously), but I want better communication with my families than PowerSchool can do. That's why I'm asking parents to consider joining our Discord. This video explains how.
With Instruments come COncerts
Thank you For Your Support of Your StudentS!
You are receiving this message because you now have new fees attached to your SchoolCashOnline account based on orders you placed. This will include rentals for secondary instruments for Stage Band, NDC Music Jackets, Panorama T-Shirts, and/or 2020/2021 Concert Season DVDs.
Please arrange for payment of these orders as soon as possible. I can only release what you have purchased to you once payment has been submitted.
Thank you very much!
Joel Windsor, MME, RMT
Music Specialist, Notre Dame Collegiate
If You Couldn't Attend, or Need A Reminder of the content, Here Is The Info You Need!
- Go to rentals.long-mcquade.com.
- Select the instrument assigned to your student.
- I heavily recommend you also get the maintenance plan of $20 for the year, because it guarantees that your student always has a working instrument.
- Add a "care kit" for your instrument (we need it considering COVID), such as the one pictured above right.
- Clarinets and Bass Clarinets - also add a orange box Rico 2.5 set of reeds, like the one pictured above.
- Add your contact information. Make sure you select the Calgary Chinook store, and select Ship To School.
If you want to purchase an instrument, that is best done in person. If you already have access to an instrument (from a sibling, cousin, or friend), you obviously don't need to rent one!
But what about larger instruments?
- Go to the NDC Instrument Rental Form.
- Fill out the form as best as you can.
- Then got to https://www.long-mcquade.com.
- Please order a "care kit" for your instrument (we need it considering COVID), such as the one pictured above right.
- Bass Clarinets and Baritone Saxophones - also add a box of reeds (Grade 7s should get an orange box Rico 2.5 set of reeds like the one shown, other grades already know what they need).
NEW ANNOUNCEMENT - Students Begin Playing next week
If you have questions ...
Welcome all Music Families to the 2021-2022 Season!
Instrument Rentals - September 9, 2021
Students are expected to have their instruments in their possession by Monday, September 13, 2021. That will be the first day we are playing instruments.
If you don't know what instrument you will be playing yet, you might be in Grade 7, or you might be new to the school. Every new musician has had time with an instrument try-out kit, and now just needs to complete the instrument selection form. We use that information to help you decide what instrument is right for you.
Discord Music Community - The Main Resource for Music
Last year I began to use Discord, which is an invite-only online community that I customized to provide all the features I was looking for; the ability for students to engage in music by listening, playing, playing along with, and recording their development. In the end the Discord has grown into an extension of the close-knit NDC Music Community. We were even able to use Discord for the same features we got with ZOOM and Google Meets. It was a perfect pandemic solution.
This year we continue with this tool, and invite parents to join in.
Again, Discord is invite-only, meaning I have to send you an invitation to get in. I also moderate the system, so there are no distractions like Nigerian Princes or strange Snapchat Filters that get in the way. People who join have to follow a code of conduct, which is really easy to follow and ensures the safety of the online space.
For students, every musical resource we will be learning with is already there including theory resources, musical recordings, sheet music, and advancement opportunities. Students can send me "support tickets" to get a one-on-one question answered, and it can't get lost in a sea of emails, and it helps me make sure I meet your students' needs fully and completely.
For parents, you have access to all my announcements (including musical volunteer opportunities), can ask me individual questions whenever you think about it, can sign up for volunteer and chaperone duties, and can even hang out in a "voice channel" that operates exactly as ZOOM does. It is a far better communication tool than emails and Facebook (although I won't be giving those up so I still recommend bookmarking this page and liking the Facebook Page).
Still Breezin' Thru Theory
List A, B and C Pieces are Back, and Supported in Discord
A List A piece is usually an up-beat "classical" piece, helping students to develop their understanding of rhythm and style. A List B piece is usually a much more melodic, helping students develop their tone and musicality. A List C piece is usually a modern piece arranged by Mr. Windsor for the students, and can be pop, rock, musical theatre, or soundtrack music (as examples).
Students select 2 of these three options. Their music becomes available in the Discord, where they can record their practice logs and record themselves performing their music. These recordings become part of their Skills and Techniques mark.
Students can also opt to enter their solos in Festivals, like the Highwood Lions Music Festival. Doing so opens doors to scholarships and awards.
How to Support Your Students' Musical Learning
- Give them space to practice. They might not have a private room they can practice in, but your family should treat the space as "theirs" while they are playing their instruments. Students can grant you consent to come into that space, but they should feel safe to make that space theirs, and to make the mistakes one makes while learning to be a better musician.
- Give them time to practice. When they have practiced, encourage them to log their practice in the #practice-log channel in Discord, rewarding them for their hard work.
- Let them make mistakes. They are responsible for their own practicing. Part of their learning includes developing their own strategies to self-assess and improve. The only way that works is if they make mistakes. Only then will they be familiar with what mistakes sound like, and then work to improve it. So you may hear an odd sound from time to time - that is normal. What is also normal is for those odd sounds to become fewer and further between, and that is what you should encourage.
- Be an audience infrequently. Students are not performing for you every time they practice. That is in fact time they are purposefully not performing. You are welcome to listen from afar and in an inobtrusive way, but save your audienceship for concert times and the occasional “are you willing to play for me”.
- Come to concerts ready to listen. We are anticipating a return to in-person concerts, somehow, some way. You should make every effort to see not only what they've done by themselves, but how they fit their hard work into the fuller ensembles. Students will continue to develop their identity in music if you are there to witness it.
After School Music - Stage Band, Steel Pans, Strings
The Woodshedders are our Stage or Jazz Band, playing rock, swing, and latin music. Students often play "secondary" instruments in this group, making it a perfect opportunity to learn a second instrument including saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, bass guitar, or drumset. Participation in Concert Band is a prerequisite for this class. They meet on Wednesdays after school beginning September 15, 2021.
Panorama is our Steel Pan Ensemble, playing Caribbean, popular, and rock music. There is no prerequisite for this group, and they rehearse on Wednesday evenings beginning September 8, 2021.
St. Cecilia Strings is our string ensemble, giving students an opportunity to learn violin, viola or cello. There is also no prerequisite for this ensemble, and they rehearse on Tuesdays after school beginning September 14, 2021.
NDC Music Jackets and Panorama Shirts
DVDs of the 2020-2021 NDC Music Concert Season
Band Trips and What To Expect
Edmonton Cantando Festival - April 11 to 13, 2022
This band trip has been approved, and is moving forward. The current outline of this plan is a departure after noon on Sunday, April 11, an evening concert that night, hotel accommodations with breakfasts included, festival performances in the Winspear Theatre and the Yardbird Suite on Monday, April 12, workshops on Tuesday, April 13, and downtime at West Edmonton Mall. We will be looking for 6 to 8 chaperones for this trip. Final fees will be determine prior to November, however we are suggesting families budget a maximum of $200.00 per student until all fundraising contributions have been determined.
Airdrie Festival and Studio Bell - Dates TBA in March 2022
This is a perennial trip that has been approved and is moving forward. It introduces Grade 7 students to music festivals and school field trips. It is an overnight trip where students stay in the Super 8 Motel in Airdrie, enjoy downtime at the Genesis Place swimming pool, perform in the Airdrie Rotary Festival of the Performing Arts including a workshops with the adjudicator, and explore Studio Bell, all while arriving back at the school on the second day in time to catch the school busses. Anticipated cost of this trip, which also includes breakfast and accommodations, is $100.00 per student, however this fee cannot be confirmed until Airdrie's Festival sets their dates.
U of L Students For a Week - Dates TBA in April or May 2022
This band trip has been approved in concept, but there are many particulars that are not yet fully planned. The intention is to have students live 4 days and 3 nights as if they are studying music at the University of Lethbridge. This trip will not only introduce them to what being in the music faculty might be like, but what post-secondary life in general will feel like, thereby helping them to be better prepared for life after high school while also learning more about music. Details will be announced as soon as they have been solidified.
Strings and Solos At Festival - Dates and Locations TBA
This trip is contingent upon a number of factors, including what adjudicators each of the nearby festivals hire (Mr. Windsor is very particular about which adjudicators work with NDC music students). Once Highwood Lions Music Festival, Lethbridge & District Music and Speech Arts Festival, and Airdrie Rotary Festival of the Performing Arts announces their adjudicators and festival dates, we will be identifying further details about the trip these students will take to learn more about music.
Marching Band - At the Little Britches Parade in May 2022
The NDC Marching Band is one of High River's favourite parts of the Little Britches Parade, and we are excited to come back this season. Students in Grade 7 begin marching in March of 2022, and will be joined by dozens of other students who love marching band from other grades to participate in the parade. More details will come, but there is no cost to this activity, though it happens on the May Long Weekend.
Fundraising & the High River Catholic Fine Arts Parents
Thank You For Your Support of Music Education
I am so blessed to work with your students, and I can't wait for this incredible music year!
Joel Windsor, MME, RMT
Music Education Specialist, Notre Dame Collegiate
Welcome to Band, Grade 7 Families!
Getting Your Instruments - Rentals
Long & McQuade is our main partner for providing instruments to students, and our representative will be joining us for a ZOOM Instrument Rental Night Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM. If your student is renting a flute, clarinet, trumpet or trombone, you will find the best value at Long & McQuade. If your student is playing tuba, the best value is to rent from Notre Dame Collegiate, where your rental includes two tubas (one at school and one at home so transportation isn't an issue) at a very reduced cost. If your student is playing bass clarinet or baritone, both Long & McQuade and Notre Dame Collegiate are valid considerations.
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Fine Arts Parents Meeting - September 9, 2021 at 7:00 PM
The Fine Arts Parents have helped out with our band trips in the past, helping to make it affordable for everyone. If you want to join in that support, please join the HRCFAPA Meeting immediately after instrument rental night.
Watch your Email Tomorrow for a Full Run Down of the Entire Music Program Here at NDC! Thank you for Joining us in this wonderful music-making experience!
One Final Message ...
Mr. Windsor will provide you with some interesting hints, help, advice, and resources on this page.