Band

Welcome to Mr. Robinson's Band Room

Getting started online with Mr. Robinson

This information is also available on the band website: https://www.stambaughband.com/

There are a few methods we will be using during this time for instruction. We going to make the best of these circumstances and push through it like the capable students I know you are! But remember, unusual circumstances does not mean lower expectations. You have a responsibility as a musician to uphold the highest standard for yourself at all times. See the information for your class below to know for specific details.

Office Hours and Contact Information

As always, if you have any questions or want some help with anything, reach out to me via phone call, text, or email. I will be available Mon-Fri, 10:00 -11:00 and 2:00 -4:00.

Phone: (863) 968-6349

Email: jeffrey.robinson@polk-fl.net

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Band

We will be using SmartMusic for performance assignments and Google Classroom for written assignments. Band is unlike any other subject. If you put everything off until its due date, you can't look up the answers or formulas. Imagine going to the World Series after only touching a baseball once a week! Make sure you spend at least 30 minutes every day working to improve yourself. That's the same amount you would have played in class.

Google Classroom

To use this tool, you will need to log in with your Polk County Schools student email. You should have been given information on how to access that. Use this email to access Google Classroom. You should already have access to your class when you log in with your student email. If not, you can add a class and enter your classroom code to join your class.

Beginning Band: vh7xyub

Symphonic Band: cixoye3

There will be new written assignments each week. Assignments will be given on Wednesday and due the next Wednesday. Do not wait until the due date to start.

Each week we will also focus on a different page in our method books. Each weeks "Project Page" will be posted in Google Classroom. Practice every piece on that page every day. Don't settle for less than perfect! There are very detailed instructions on for each piece. Be sure to read them carefully and follow them exactly in order to be most successful.

SmartMusic

We will use SmartMusic for practice and playing tests. To use SmartMusic you must be using Google Chrome on a laptop or desktop with a microphone. Go to https://admin.smartmusic.com/join and enter your class code to join your class.

Beginning Band: YUMHU-GEZPU

Symphonic Band: 4ERAM-JT4T7

When you instructed to do so in Google Classroom assignments, open SmartMusic and click on the assigned number in your SmartMusic assignments. SmartMusic will record your playing and automatically give you a grade based on your performance. For every number on your page leading up to the test number, you will be able to play along with a metronome and your part for assistance. You practice grade will be the average score for these songs. You can retake these assessments as many times as you like. I will take the average of your last three attempts (which means you have to do each one at least three times). Each week you will also have a playing test. This is the "Test" number at the bottom of the page. You may only take this assessment once, so make sure your are absolutely ready.

In addition to assessments, SmartMusic also has a catalog of thousands of songs and method books to check out, so go play anything you want and have some fun!

Guitar

We will be using Google Classroom and MusicTheory.net for this class. Many of our students use the school-owned guitars which are not permitted to be brought home, so we will not be playing during this time. Sorry... Instead, we will be shifting our focus to music theory until we are able to go back to the band room. If you have your own guitar and book at home, please continue to call in with your pass-offs to keep yourself playing! Just keep in mind that I will not be grading pass-offs during this time, and you will also need to complete the assignments in Google Classroom.

Google Classroom

To use this tool, you will need to log in with your Polk County Schools student email. You should have been given information on how to access that. Use this email to access Google Classroom. You should already have access to your class when you log in with your student email. If not, you can add a class and enter your classroom code to join your class.

Guitar 1: uesogxd

Guitar 2/3: gf6cp2f

There will be new written assignments each week. Assignments will be given on Wednesday and due on by the next Wednesay. Do not wait until the due date to start.

MusicTheory.net

https://www.musictheory.net/ has many exercises and games to improve your music theory skills. When this site is used, there will be detailed instructions in Google Classroom on exactly what to do.