Welcome to NDC Music For the 2020/2021 School Year!
This year is going to be a great, unique musical adventure, and I'm looking forward to what we are able to produce together. I've had a chance to meet each of your students, and am now ready to give you a quick orientation to the music department. This message will not get to everyone's questions, but I'm hoping it helps you figure out how to find the answers.
I encourage you to view these videos, which I shared with students already in their Google Classrooms. Then you can read on.
Of course your student will require a working instrument with proper cleaning and maintenance gear. Instruments will be used every class, even in the pandemic. We may not be playing them every day, but they will be used. At-home playing is also expected every week, so your student will need their instrument at-home regularly.
Notre Dame Collegiate heavily encourages instruments be rented from Long & McQuade (https://rentals.long-mcquade.com) whenever possible, as their rates are better than what Notre Dame Collegiate can afford, and their insurance program is unbeatable. View the video above for an explanation of that process for students who are in Grades 8-12, or involved in the String Ensemble. For students who are in Grade 7 Concert Band, you will have a special instrument rental night made available to you after your student has selected their instrument.
Tubas, Baritone Saxophones, Bass Clarinets, Steel Pans, Percussion and Electronic Instruments are instead rented through Notre Dame Collegiate. Where possible, two instruments are made available to make transportation easier. Mr. Windsor will connect with students who will be renting this equipment directly.
An Instrument Maintenance Checklist has been given to your students to ensure they have all the tools they need to ensure we meet not only regularly maintenance protocols, but the extensive safety protocols due to COVID19. Please ensure your student has the tools their are responsible for, as this will count towards their Skills and Techniques mark. You can again order them through Long & McQuade.
We will be replacing Charms this year with a different tool for Performing and Skills & Techniques assessments. MusicFirst will be the place where your students record playing assignments and practice Sight Reading for their instrument. MusicFirst will be used in place of Charms. New walkthrough videos on how to use MusicFirst will be sent home soon.
All assignments, announcements and documents will appear here. As we will have weekly assignments sent home (short, easy assignments), you as parents may want to get updates. Within the next two days you will be receiving an invitation to get those email updates. If you don't receive that invitation, please contact Mr. Windsor, and he will send it again.
Headphones, Pencils, and Sheet Music
Students will be doing a great deal of listening to music, performing music along with accompaniments provided on the computers, or live streaming classes. For each of these circumstances, headphones will be required.
Research has shown earbuds to be the least healthy of the options, running the risk of ear infections and hearing damage more easily than any other kind of headphone. This is why Mr. Windsor expects students to have over-the-ear headphones, whether they are corded, bluetooth, or otherwise. Although noise-cancellation is preferred, it is an expensive option, so it is not required. Earbuds are not acceptable tools for a music classroom.
Students will also need pencils regularly (pens are not acceptable), and sheet music is lent, so must be cared for appropriately.
There are many resources available on the website at http://music.ndcfinearts.ca, including explanations of the general program, assessments, and more. In addition, any email sent home to parents from the NDC Music Department will also be posted on The Musicker Blog on the website. Finally, the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NDCFineArts is also our public face and announcement board, so you may see some activity there, particularly with regards to fundraising and performances.
Out of School Ensembles (Steel Pans, Strings, Stage Band)
Thank you for SUpporting Your Child's Development in Music ... Music education has an incredibly important role,
especially in the wake of a pandemic.
Mr. Windsor will provide you with some interesting hints, help, advice, and resources on this page.