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  • Let's Go Band!

    This page is a resource for students and families regarding the Band program at Greenleaf School and Woodland School.

    Getting Started:
    Students actually begin their Band experience in the spring of the fourth grade year, and then continue throughout fifth grade.  

    Mr. Sackreiter will help all interested fourth graders try-out and choose a Band instrument, assist parents in arranging for the rental of an instrument, and set-up a summer lesson schedule to provide beginning instruction.  Band students receive 7 lessons during the summer months (June & July), one lesson per week, and usually in a group of 5 to 7 students, all on the same instrument.

    Small-group Lessons:
    As fifth graders, students continue their instruction with small-group, weekly lessons.  Home practice to prepare for these lessons is essential.  Students should practice 20-25 minutes a day, at least four or five days each week.  A commitment to consistent, at-home practice is the best way to make individual improvement and achieve success!

    Big-Band Rehearsals:
    Starting in October, all band members meet for full-band rehearsals.  Rehearsals are held once a week for about an hour, before school, from 8:00-9:05 AM in the gymnasium.  Students refer to these rehearsals as ... "Big Band practice."

    * The Woodland Band rehearses on Tuesday mornings, beginning October 4th, 2016.

    * The Greenleaf Band rehearses on Wednesday mornings, beginning October 5th, 2016.

    Performances:
    The Fifth Grade Band presents two concerts during the year so parents, relatives, & friends have the opportunity to hear the students perform and observe their progress.  Concerts are free and open to the public - All are welcome!

    Music Education Philosophy in ISD 196:
    Students are treated as individual musicians and all are encouraged to progress according to their own ability and effort.  Participation in Band can provide a unique opportunity for building self-confidence, responsibility & self-discipline, plus teamwork & cooperation.  Most importantly, Band members learn a great deal about instrumental music and experience the joy of making music with others!

    (Latest update: April 2017)

    • Greenleaf School in Apple Valley:

      Concert Dates:
      Thursday, January 12, 2017.   7:00 PM @ Greenleaf.  (Students arrive @ 6:30 PM)
      Thursday, April 20, 2017.   7:00 PM @ Greenleaf.  (Students arrive @ 6:30 PM)

      Small-group Lessons:
      Mr. Sackreiter teaches at Greenleaf School on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

      Big-Band Rehearsals:
      Big-Band rehearsals are on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 until 9:05 AM, beginning October 5th, 2016.

      • Woodland School in Eagan:

        Concert Dates:
        Tuesday, January 10, 2017.   7:00 PM @ Woodland.  (Students arrive @ 6:30 PM)
        Tuesday, April 18, 2017.   7:00 PM @ Woodland.  (Students arrive @ 6:30 PM)

        Small-group Lessons:
        Mr. Sackreiter teaches Band lessons at Woodland School on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

        Big-Band Rehearsals:
        Big-Band rehearsals are on Tuesday mornings from 8:00 until 9:05 AM, beginning October 4th, 2016.

        • SmartMusic resources for at-home practice:

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