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Mr. Dodson's Office Hours: 9AM -1PM

Students of Instrumental Study (Band) should use the following learning management systems: 


Student Email
Google Classroom
SMARTMUSIC.COM


Please contact me at cw.dodson@bcsemail.org if you have any questions!

Problems with Smartmusic? 

1. Restart the browser window
2. If that doesn't work restart the computer 
3. If it says you have mic problems, be sure the volume is all the way up .... hit try again many times if necessary
4. If that doesn't work, email me
5. If that doesn't work call their customer service (866) 240-4041

***NOTE****Smartmusic is a web application... it works through any browser on any device connected to the internet... If your school computer stops working move on to another 
device in the house and contact the help desk...

No submit button after recording? \
Go to the home screen (little house icon beside the word smartmusic)
Find the assignment on the home screen and click the word "start" 
If you do not start the assignment this way you will not be able to "submit" after recording-


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Sample Student learning day for instrumental education: 

Open email check for announcements/ information from all teachers. 
Open G classroom and read the assignment for the day.
Assemble/ prepare your instrument and practice area to be free of distractions. 
Warm up and practice scales/ songs you know. 
Complete the assignment using google apps and Smartmusic.com
Try to have two 30 minute practice sessions per day. 
Here are practice tips: 

1. Get into a routine! You will feel better about life in general when you have a good daily routine. Be sure musical practice is a part of it. 
2. Be positive! - a little encouragement from parents goes a long way. (never use practice time as discipline) 
3. Have a dedicated spot where you can practice without annoying others in the house. -- Parents banish them to the outer edges of the yard or some dark corner of the basement where they won't want to be anyway. 
4. Students play for your parents-- give mini recitals at home! Ask your child to play songs for the family and guests from time to time. Even facetime grandparents and play for them!
5. If you don't practice it will produce anxiety because you are behind or you feel like you can't keep up with the class. 
6. Make it fun! If you hate practicing you are doing it wrong. There are so many resources for you on you tube, the internet etc....so many ways to have a good time. 
7. Good routines for 30 minute practice time: 
Brass players: 
  • 2 minutes  mouthpiece only  - low/high buzz, sirens, Song of the day
  • 2 minutes scale review- scales / notes you already know- lip slurs
  • 4 minutes scale practice- whatever we are working on in class
  • 5 minutes Essential Elements Book review- play the songs we played in class
  • 5 minutes Essential Elements Book look ahead - [pick a new song or 2 ahead of where the class is. 
  • 7 minutes Sheet music- Practice your part for the concert
  • 5 minutes learn a new song from you tube or go on https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/note
Woodwind players: 
  • 2 minutes Long tones in different registers- see how long you can hold the note...
  • 2 minutes scale review- scales / notes you already know
  • 4 minutes scale practice- whatever we are working on in class
  • 5 minutes Essential Elements Book review- play the songs we played in class
  • 5 minutes Essential Elements Book look ahead - [pick a new song or 2 ahead of where the class is. 
  • 7 minutes Sheet music- Practice your part for the concert
  • 5 minutes learn a new song from you tube or go on https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/note
Percussion players: 
  • 2 minutes  stretch/ warm up
  • 5 minutes rudiments on drum
  • 2 minutes scale practice- whatever we are working on in class
  • 5 minutes Essential Elements Book review- play the songs we played in class
  • 5 minutes Essential Elements Book look ahead - [pick a new song or 2 ahead of where the class is. 
  • 7 minutes Sheet music- Practice your part for the concert
  • 4 minutes learn a new song from you tube or go on https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/note