Director Bryant Allard
August 18, 2020
We are dedicated to help continue your child’s music education and excitement for playing their instrument and being part of a group experience. See details below:
• Flexibility in choosing a schedule (see below)
• Students from outside the schools listed may participate
• Keep music alive with your child and keep them busy learning an instrument
• Small class size-lot’s of individual attention
Flexibility in Scheduling
If the current schedule at your school doesn’t work with your schedule under Covid-19, you may participate under ANY school. This is one of the advantages of being online. If you need assistance, please contact either Bryant or Teri at firstname.lastname@example.org Class schedules are subject to change.
Any Student may join the program
Classes are also available to students outside the schools we have listed on our site. If you need help knowing where you might fit in, email email@example.com. We can assist you. You can also browse the different schools for schedules and sort by region if you like.
Middle School Option
• We are also going to have a middle school class for students who graduated from their public elementary 4-5 and would still like to stay with M.U.S.E. Again, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We do know right now that Staff member Catarina New Martin will have a time slot open on Wednesdays from 5-6pm. If this doesn’t work for you, please contact me and we can see about expanding this offering and schedule.
All classes are starting the year off “live” online. We were very successful with our “live”online classes in the spring and summer band camp and we feel that both the students and the teachers learned a lot in a short amount of time. The students also LOVED seeing their friends and classmates. This is a great opportunity to keep your child busy and have fun playing their music.
As instructors, we had to learn how to adapt and be creative in our approach to online learning. Even with irregularities in broadband reception, we were able to be consistent and reach out to our students with our online library of interactive learning videos. These resources enhanced and targeted the students learning opportunities at home more than ever. We have been wanting to do this for years and now, out of necessity, we have over 120 interactive videos online for the students to utilize if you are a part of our program.
We have always told parents that learning an instrument is primarily done at home. Students must practice in order to be prepared for class. When students prepare to the best of their abilities, teachers are then able to work with the students in class to reinforce what they are doing well and to correct and help with the challenging aspects of the music at hand. We feel our “live”online classes will help and motivate students in their efforts to learn how to play, especially when they are doing all of this with their friends and classmates.
Beginning Band Students
In order to give beginning band students a strong foundation from the beginning, we are going to continue to offer our “Jump Start” program at the beginning of the year. This 5-6 week program (September thru mid October) is offered on the weekends and is in addition to their regular weekly classes. There will be a variety of class times and days to choose from. These one hour classes are organized by instrument so that, for example, flute students will be in a class of only flutes so the teacher can focus in on that particular instrument. In our regular classes, the instruments are mixed. For more information: Weekend Academy “Jump Start Program.”
The only missing piece is our “live” performances but these will come back. In the meantime, we are developing how to create and produce performances online. Students will have the opportunity to do projects as a team, their class, which will include the recording aspect of music. This is very exciting. Again, we all feel “live” with an audience is the best, but the recording element allows us to reach out to an even broader audience. Imagine over the holidays sending out a video montage to relatives and friends of your child performing with their classmates dressed up in the colors of the season.
Here are some examples of what kind of performance projects we can do with the students in our online environment.
(Students from local Portland High school)
For those parents who just had too much on their plate at the time of the shut down (working at home with usually more than one child) and trying to balance between work and their child’s online school work, we totally understood why it was too hard to continue another activity. We know you feel strongly that music is an important part of your child’s overall education and we want to help make this as easy as possible for you to participate.
Registering for Class
Please register as soon as possible in order to reserve a space for your child.
In addition, we wanted to mention to those parents who may have younger children now interested in our program that we will have some student demonstrations of the instruments available to help new students decide on what instrument they would like to play. Here are a few examples:
We look forward to the fall and another great year of music making. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Teri at email@example.com or me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to another year of great music making!!
Director of M.U.S.E
If you want to look at some of the examples of what we have done see below:
Examples of Online instruction
Online interactive videos can currently be found on the “Custom MUSE Instrumental Programs Youtube Channel” link or on this page below. For the Custom Youtube Channel, choose the Playlist menu to access the grouping of videos you need.
Here is an example of an interactive video explaining how to play what we call “Speed Drills” (a real brain teaser) Followed by a shorter video of how students would play along with me, the instructor. These videos are made for any instrument your child plays:
How to play Speed Drills
Actually Playing Speed Drills
Playlists on YouTube
To navigate in YouTube, once you are on the page select PLAYLISTS. Playlists are like folders with videos inside. This will take you to a list of videos that are grouped together. MUSE and teachers will be sending out suggested lesson plans. You can then choose from this list the videos you need. For instance, if you are a beginning band student and you want to start on Book 1 Lesson 12 you can select that grouping where there are 7 videos for that Lesson.
Here is a video on How to Navigate the YouTube page. Let us know if you have any questions.
The following Information below was used for the end of this last school year and is going to be modified. We are just keeping this up on site right now until we are ready to update for fall.
MUSE Youtube Channel “Playlists”
Here is how we have folders organized. We also have links below the will take you to “Playlists” on our Youtube channel. Once you click on folder the first video will play but on the right side of the screen you will see the whole list of videos related to that “Playlist”. We have also included on this page a list below of the current Playlists.
Beginning Band Student Instruction:
Creating a Routine: Practice Suggestions video (please watch first)
Warming Up Ideas– A Necessity
Book 1 video help:
Solo and Ensemble Festival Music
Snare Drum Technique Page
How to navigate to fun music accompaniment for songs in book 1
Accompaniment for songs in Book 1
For Intermediate/Advanced Band Student Instruction:
Songs in MUSE Book
Solo and Ensemble Festival Music
Snare Drum online instruction:
Rolls (review for Intermediate/Advanced students) If you dont have last years book music will show on the screen.
How to Play a “Swing Beat”
How to Play a “Rock Beat”
Solo and Ensemble Festival Music For Beginning Snare drum
Solo and Ensemble Festival Music for Inter/Adv Snare drum