Topic outline

  • General

    Band with Mr. Claussen

    Welcome JPEGThe Falcon Ridge Middle School Instrumental Music Program is a year-long performance course. Our band curriculum provides large group (band rehearsal) and small group (lessons) instruction. Students perform two concerts each year and have the opportunity to participate in small ensembles. I teach both of the 8th grade bands and the 7 Blue band that meets 2nd period on Gold days. Additionally, your child will have me or one of the other band instructors for their small group lessons.

    I encourage you to sign up to receive the weekly FRMS Band email. To enroll, please click HERE. Follow the easy directions and you will receive an email from the FRMS Band department most Fridays. It is a great way to stay informed of lesson cycle days, audition tips, band activities, concert information and much more. Please take a few minutes to read through the FRMS Band Handbook (attached below as a PDF file) to review band policies and procedures. A paper copy of the handbook will be sent home with 7th and 8th grade band students who are new to Falcon Ridge.



  • Topic 1

    Saxophone clipartLessons

    Lessons are the core of the FRMS band program. Eighty percent of each student's trimester grade for band comes from lesson attendance and the quality of their preparation. Daily home practice is the best strategy for achieving high-quality musical experiences at school. We encourage students to practice 25-30 minutes a day, focusing primarily on their lesson book or other assigned materials.

    Students are excused from class for an 18-minute lesson six times per trimester. A practice calendar with lesson dates will be distributed at the beginning of each trimester. Please put these lesson dates in your student planner and on the family calendar at home.

    PDF copies of the trimester two lesson calendars, as well as other important information, are available for download below.


    • Topic 2

      Large Group Band

      Every band student participates in a large group band during the school year. Students are enrolled in a specific group based on their grade level and house assignment. These groups have performances scheduled in mid January and late May. Twenty percent of a student's trimester band grade comes from their participation in band rehearsal every other school day.

      Trombone clipart


      • Topic 3

        Upcoming FRMS Band Concert Dates

        Spring Band Concerts

        Tuesday, May 24, 2016

        6:00 p.m.

        6th Grade Percussion Ensemble

        6 Gold Band (Mr. Bents)

        7:45 p.m.

        8th Grade White Band (Mr. Claussen)

        8th Grade Green Band (Mr. Claussen)

        Thursday, May 26, 2016

        6:00 p.m.

        6 White Band (Mr. Bents)

        7 Blue Band (Mr. Claussen)

        7:45 p.m.

        6 Silver Band (Miss Meyers)

        7 Red Band (Mr. Bents)

        • Topic 4

          7th Grade Blue Band (1st Hour on Gold Days)

           Our final concert of the year will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 in the FRMS cafeteria. Students should arrive at school by 5:30 p.m. for warm up and tuning. We will perform the following pieces on our concert:

          Rhythms and Riffs

          Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

          • Topic 5

            8th Grade Green Band (2nd Hour on Gold Days)

            Our final concert of the year will be at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 in the FRMS cafeteria. Students should arrive at school by 7:15 p.m. for warm up and tuning. We will perform the following pieces on our concert:

            Variants

            Into The Joy of Spring

            March of the Belgian Paratroopers

            The Best of Journey

            • Topic 6

              8th Grade White Band (1st Hour on White Days)

              Our final concert of the year will be at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 in the FRMS cafeteria. Students should arrive at school by 7:15 p.m. for warm up and tuning. We will perform the following pieces on our concert:

              Haunted Carnival

              Unraveling

              Selections from Into The Woods

              America from West Side Story

              • Topic 7

                Online Resources for My Lesson Students

                Below are some links to Web pages for each of the instruments in my lesson studio. I will periodically add new sites throughout the school year.

                Links for all students:
                Free online metronome
                Note Name Practice
                Print Free Blank Staff Paper

                Clarinetists:
                (information
                coming soon)

                Saxophonists:
                Saxophone Fingering Chart

                The Saxophone Journal
                the online version of a very informative print magazine including interviews with saxophone artists and articles on topics of interest to all saxophonists.

                Sax On The Web
                an e-zine with great articles and advice forums for all saxophonists.

                Oboists:
                Oboe Fingering Chart

                Bassoonists:
                International Double Reed Society
                professional organization for oboists and bassoonists. Especially informative for the advanced student.

                Bassoon Fingering Chart