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Gryphon Music 2018-2019 Syllabus

“Music is a Fundamental Human Right.”

                                   – Gustavo Dudamel, LA Philharmonic Orchestra director

 

 

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From the Podium

“Sound is Everything!”

 

Hello Gryphon Music Family !!

 

Welcome to another year of music - we are very excited to get started! Chairs are set up, instruments are repaired, music picked out, concerts scheduled… now all we need is some MUSIC in these rooms!

 

The walls in a music room have no purpose until it becomes “our” space, shared by everyone who plays and hears the music. It unites us in common purpose. When musicians come together to create sound, amazing things happen: Energy builds, tensions release, acceptance is natural, responsibility is shared, and most of all, music is made. This is what we are working on every day! MUSIC! Sound is Everything!

 

We would like to take this moment to welcome our new families to the Gale Ranch Middle School Music Department. To all you returning families … welcome back! We hope your summer was relaxing and that you found the time to recharge for a new year.  

 

Our program is still expanding! When the school opened in 2008, we had 100 music students. This year we are at 450 and growing!!

 

We want to be sure you all register on Schoolloop. Students automatically have an account, but parents must register. This is my primary mode of communication! We frequently send out group emails detailing concert information, trips, Gryphon Music news, their accomplishments, honor bands, and other important announcements. While the school recommends one parent/guardian per child to register, we highly encourage all parents to register. Please visit the Administration office with your photo ID to register.

 

 

Books & Instruments

 

We will supply the Methods Books this year. 6th grade families, please resist the temptation to run out and buy an instrument! During the first 2 weeks of class, we will explore all the new possible instruments. Many students switch. This is a very important time for us to balance the ensemble (building our low-brass section and oboe/bassoons, and adding violas, cellos and basses,) as well as challenge advanced students with new opportunities.

 

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Music Staff strongly recommends that you rent, not purchase, an instrument for your child at the beginning stages of their training. Parents are encouraged to rent a quality instrument from a local music store (House of Woodwinds in San Ramon, Danville Music) that plays in tune and is serviceable by a local music store. Discount stores and Internet purchases often result in more problems! An instrument repair shop should check family instrument “hand-me-downs.” Instrument problems are not always visible and students easily become discouraged by instruments that appear fine, but do not play correctly. String instruments need to be sized to the student.

 

Smart Music

Each student will have online access to Smart Music! Online playing assignments will be completed here, for 40% of their grade. More information about login will be provided in class.

 

 

Suggested Tools

We highly encourage you to pick up some key tools to music education: A metronome and tuner to establish better pitch and rhythm. We also suggest a wire music stand for practice at home (wire for easy transportation/storage.) Reed instruments - please use size/number 2.5 or higher. String instruments should come prepared with a shoulder rest, rosin, spare set of strings, rockstop (cellos only). For fun music “desert,” pick up a book of movie tunes or pop tunes. It’s a great way to end a practice session!

 

Concert Attire

Boys: White long-sleeve button up shirt with dark tie tucked into black dress pants, black socks, and dark dress shoes. Please … no sneakers or jeans!!

 

Girls: Black/white are the colors to stick to. Dress or slacks/blouse is great. Skirts MUST be long (past the knees while seated.) Appropriate dress shoes. Please … no sneakers or jeans!!

 

Instrument Storage

Yes, we have storage space for all instruments! I’ll assign them in the first 2 weeks of class. Students are encouraged to come drop off their instruments before school, and then take them home after school for practice.

 

All-State/All-Northern Honor Band and Orchestra

Every year we have students that make it into the All-State and/or All-Northern Honor Bands! We are very proud of this! To keep the momentum going, band students, please visit www.CBDA.org and www.ncbaonline.org for information regarding audition music, procedures, cost, dates, etc. Orchestra students can visit www.codaorchestras.org. We will have copies of music for students to begin practicing (and practice, you must!) Students interested in auditioning are responsible for recording their own audition CDs. Please come see us if you have any questions.

 

T-Shirts/Hoodies

Gryphon Music T-Shirts/hoodies will be available for purchase this year! The cost will depend on the number of orders (the more orders, the cheaper the cost,) usually $15 for T-Shirts and $30 for hoodies. More info will come.

 

Chair Auditions

Chair auditions will most likely take place after school during conference week in October. Stay tuned for your instrument’s day to audition. This process places students on specific parts based on their skill as a musician. Music will be handed out in class.

 

Gryphon Bands

  • Cadet Band – 6th grade
  • Concert Band – 7th grade
  • Symphonic Band – 8th grade
  • 6th grade Orchestra
  • 7th grade Orchestra
  • 8th grade Orchestra 
  • Jazz Band/Jazz Combo  - 7/8th grade, by audition only (this club meets before school)

 

Tips for Parents

  1. Set up a practice space and time for your student, free from distractions like TV or computers
  2. Encourage your student to play for you !
  3. Do not allow “I don’t know” or “I did it already” to be an acceptable answer to “What did you learn today in band?” Have them show you what they learned.
  4. Open up their backpack and see how organized your student is. An organized backpack has a profound impact on academics.
  5. Seek out music to listen to with your student…. ANY music – classical, pop, country. Listening to music has a lasting effect on the development of the musical mind.

 

Concert Schedule

We are proud of the many opportunities for us to share our music with you! Please frequent the Gryphon Music Calendar for all dates. Please note: All performances are mandatory! If a student must miss a performance for any reason, 30% of the grade is lost unless a written or verbal conversation has been made between Mr. Sears or Mrs. Trenerry and the parent/guardian. Any attendance issues must be cleared at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

 

Cadet Band (6th grade)

Tuesday, December 18th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

???????  - San Francisco Symphony Concert for Kids, during school hours

Wednesday, May 22nd  – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

Concert Band (7th grade)

Tuesday, December 18th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Saturday, April 20th – CMEA Festival @ SRVHS. Time TBA (some time between 7:30am-3pm)

Thursday, May 23rd  – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

Symphonic Band (8th grade)

Wednesday, December 19th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Wednesday-Saturday, March 13-16 - DISNEYLAND!!! (Depart 7am, Return 9pm)

Thursday, March 21st - Area Band Festival @ DVHS - 5pm rehearsal, 7pm performance

Saturday, April 20th  – CMEA Festival @ SRVHS. Time TBA (some time between 7:30am-3pm)

Thursday, May 23rd – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

Gryphon Orchestra (6th grade)

Tuesday, December 18th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

???????  - San Francisco Symphony Concert for Kids, during school hours

Monday, April 22nd  – Area String Festival, 7pm @SRVHS

Wednesday, May 22nd  – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

7th grade Orchestra

Wednesday, December 19th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Saturday, April 20th  – CMEA Festival @ SRVHS. Time TBA (some time between 7:30am-3pm)

Monday, April 22nd  – Area String Festival, 7pm @SRVHS

Wednesday, May 22nd – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

8th grade Orchestra

Wednesday, December 19th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Wednesday-Saturday, March 13-16 - DISNEYLAND!!! (Depart 7am, Return 9pm)

Saturday, April 20th  – CMEA Festival @ SRVHS. Time TBA (some time between 7:30am-3pm)

Monday, April 22nd  – Area String Festival, 7pm @SRVHS

Thursday, May 23rd  – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

Jazz Band

Tuesday, December 18th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Saturday, April 13??? – CSU East Bay Jazz Festival, All day

Wednesday, May 22nd  – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

Jazz Combo

Wednesday, December 19th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Saturday, April 13??? – CSU East Bay Jazz Festival, All day

Thursday, May 23rd  – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

 

Email Mr. Sears or Mrs. Trennery with ANY questions or conflicts at least 2 weeks prior to event at BSears@srvusd.net or GTrennery@srvusd.net


 

Rules

One Rule … RESPECT! Respect for your classmates, for your instrument, for your instructor, and for your ensemble. 

Students are expected to follow these rules and procedures every day. Failure to do so will result in the following actions:

  1. In-class verbal warning

  2. Parent phone call

  3. Visit with admin

  4. Parent/teacher conference

 

Grading

40% Performance

40% Smart Music

20% In-class assessment (written assignments, music theory, composition etc.)

 

 

Contact Information

 

BSears@srvusd.net

GTrennery@srvusd.net

 

Email is the most preferred method of contact. On most days, you may also stop by the band/orchestra room between 3-4pm to chat. Appointments are also available. If you come by during the school day, be sure to check in with the office for a Visitor’s Pass. Phone messages are my least preferred method, but if you need to contact us by phone, you can reach us through the main office 925-479-1500.

 

 

What is:

CMEA

The California Music Educators Association is an organization that puts on a once-a-year festival taking place in schools all throughout the state! 7th and 8th grade band/orchestra ensembles will participate. Our performance location will most likely be at San Ramon Valley High School. This is a mandatory 3-hour SATURDAY event. Stay tuned for band-specific event times. We will all meet at the event location; Students are to find their own transportation to/from the event.  The purpose of this festival is to perform for, and get feedback from a panel of 3 judges (adjudicators.) We will be rated based on our performance, as well as a sight-reading session (playing music they have never seen before.) Equally important: This festival gives us an opportunity to watch other ensembles from our area perform. We have been rated as “Superior” or “Excellent” every year! This is a public performance, so the whole family is invited!

 

CSU East Bay Jazz Festival

This Jazz festival is an all-day Saturday event hosted by CSU East Bay. Jazz Band, and perhaps Jazz Workshop will take part in this event. The purpose of this festival is to perform for, and get feedback from a panel of 3 judges (adjudicators.) Equally important: This festival gives us an opportunity to watch other ensembles from our area perform. We have had great success every year! The band will meet at GRMS. We will need Parent Drivers to help us drive to/from the concert, as well as chaperone throughout the day (See Chaperones section.)This is a public performance, so the whole family is invited!

 

 

Area Band/String Festival

Once a year the Gryphon Music program combines with Windemere Ranch Middle School for one fantastic performance. As many already know, the concert takes you through grades 5-12 (band omits gr 6&7) and is a terrific 1-hour musical progression through all programs feeding Dougherty Valley HS. Every HS in the district hosts a concert featuring the students who will eventually feed that HS music program. There will be a rehearsal that takes place during the school day leading up to the performance. We will need Parent Drivers to help us here (See Chaperones section.)

 

Spring/Winter Concert

Our Main Events! Come and be a part of a fantastic performance! 2 nights will highlight different bands. Students arrive at 6:30, concert begins promptly at 7pm in the MPR. Early VIP admission is available to those interested in getting the best seats, while at the same time, supporting the music program. Concerts are $5 each, $15 for VIP early entry.

 

Disneyland

OOOohhhhhh yes!! The crowning event of GRMS music – the 8th grade trip to Disneyland! As a reward for all their hard work over the many years, all 8th grade musicians are invited on a Fantastic 3-night trip to Disneyland. “Disney’s Magic Music Days” highlights our musicians in a Soundtrack Session. In this session, students are guided by a master director, usually a top college director. They sight-read original music from Disney movies, then record them. That recording is then placed on top of the video, and we can watch Disney scenes with OUR MUSIC on it! Fabulous! More information will be given as we get closer to the event.

 

SF Symphony

Our 6th grade musicians will visit one of the world’s best orchestras … the San Francisco Symphony! It is impossible for us to ignore the fact that a world-class ensemble lives right next door. And so, we must GO there, yes?

 

Disney 2019 Information Packet

Music Events

Music Teachers
Brian Sears Music Teacher
Gail Trenerry Music Teacher

Performance Calendar

Concert Schedule

We are proud of the many opportunities for us to share our music with you! Please frequent the Gryphon Music Calendar for all dates. Please note: All performances are mandatory! If a student must miss a performance for any reason, 40% of the grade is lost unless a written or verbal conversation has been made between Mr. Sears or Mrs. Trenerry and the parent/guardian. Any attendance issues must be cleared at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

 

Cadet Band (6th grade)

Tuesday, December 18th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Wednesday, May 22nd  – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

Concert Band (7th grade)

Tuesday, December 18th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Saturday, April 20th – CMEA Festival @ SRVHS. Time TBA (some time between 7:30am-3pm)

Thursday, May 23rd  – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

Symphonic Band (8th grade)

Wednesday, December 19th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Wednesday-Saturday, March 13-16 - DISNEYLAND!!! (Depart 7am, Return 9pm)

Thursday, March 21st - Area Band Festival @ DVHS - 5pm rehearsal, 7pm performance

Saturday, April 20th  – CMEA Festival @ SRVHS. Time TBA (some time between 7:30am-3pm)

Thursday, May 23rd – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

Gryphon Orchestra (6th grade)

Tuesday, December 18th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Monday, April 22nd  – Area String Festival, 7pm @SRVHS

Wednesday, May 22nd  – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

7th grade Orchestra

Wednesday, December 19th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Saturday, April 20th  – CMEA Festival @ SRVHS. Time TBA (some time between 7:30am-3pm)

Monday, April 22nd  – Area String Festival, 7pm @SRVHS

Wednesday, May 22nd – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

8th grade Orchestra

Wednesday, December 19th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Wednesday-Saturday, March 13-16 - DISNEYLAND!!! (Depart 7am, Return 9pm)

Saturday, April 20th  – CMEA Festival @ SRVHS. Time TBA (some time between 7:30am-3pm)

Monday, April 22nd  – Area String Festival, 7pm @SRVHS

Thursday, May 23rd  – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

Jazz Band

Tuesday, December 18th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Saturday, April 13??? – CSU East Bay Jazz Festival, All day

Wednesday, May 22nd  – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

Jazz Combo

Wednesday, December 19th – Winter Concert, MPR 7pm

Saturday, April 13??? – CSU East Bay Jazz Festival, All day

Thursday, May 23rd  – Spring Concert, MPR 7pm

 

 

Email Mr. Sears or Mrs. Trennery with ANY questions or conflicts at least 2 weeks prior to event at BSears@srvusd.net or GTrennery@srvusd.net

Concert Attire

Boys
White long-sleeve button up shirt with dark tie tucked into black dress pants, black socks, and dark dress shoes. Please … no sneakers or jeans!!

 

Girls

Black/white are the colors to stick to. Dress or slacks/blouse is great. Skirts MUST be long (past the knees while seated.) Appropriate dress shoes. Please … no sneakers or jeans!!