Hoping you had as great a summer as you could. We are excited to connect with students and families again and catch up. We have missed you!
We are sad to say farewell and wish Mrs. Ayers goodbye and good luck on her maternity leave. At the same time we would like to welcome Ms. Ylioja to join the team this year!
Under current provincial and division guidelines, at this time, there is a pause on elementary band and the use of wind and brass instruments in the school setting. The Music Ed Team is also unable to visit schools.
We will be providing supplemental material/projects for interested students to keep playing and interacting with the rest of the band. These will appear next week on the blogsite which will take students to a google classroom to find activities. As with the spring, we will also continue some drop in times over the lunch hour for each age group. The online drop in will take place from 12pm-1pm to avoid students having to be pulled from their in person classes. (see below)
We hope that the formal in person classes will start later in the school year. We are currently planning 7 weeks ahead but as with everything else, the plans are liable to change.
More information about the google classroom/activities and drop in chats will be posted here on the blogsite next week. In the meantime please feel free to connect with us with any questions or thoughts.
Lunch time connects
Tuesday:Drop in for Students in 9-12
Wednesday:Drop in for Students in grade 6
Thursday:Drop in for Students in grade 7/8
Fridays: Munch – Social hangout, group games and chat for all ages
Hello, hope you are enjoying the summer! With those of you missing summer band camps or looking for some amazing music to listen to or talks to inspire you, check out Prairie Music Residency this week. Some of the worlds best brass, percussion and woodwind artists are putting on sessions for advancing players, musicians and community members. See the information below and be well!
August 6 – 9, 2020 Online Delivery featuring: Amazing Clinicians covering: Brass, Percussion & Woodwind Timely Band Topics Incredibly Low Cost 4 Days … Over 35 Presenters … Networking & MORE The Saskatoon Brass Band, in association with the SBA, is blasting its highly-rated Prairie Music Residency into Cyberspace for four days of performances, masterclasses, interactive discussions, daily hang outs with national and international level clinicians.
PMR Online is open to musicians and music lovers of all ages, abilities with sessions on brass/woodwind/percussion and as well as special overall band topics! Each day includes Artist Spotlight Sessions featuring Brass, Woodwind and Percussion faculty; Centre Stage Sessions for topics of broad interest and additional content including daily hang out chats.
Cost (includes post-event access to session recordings until August 30 for all registrants): $25 for SBA Members $35 for non-membersRegister NOW Artist Spotlight Sessions
Artist Spotlight Sessions are instrument specific sessions, featuring some of the world’s finest Brass, Woodwind and Percussion performers and educators.
The spotlight sessions include performances, masterclasses and live interactive Q and A sessions.
Check out the national and international clinicians:
The SBA is pleased to support PMR each year. For this year, we are also proud to welcome of the Woodwind Faculty below as a special feature for PMR2020:Centre Stage Sessions – SpecialPresentationTopics
Community Music and Mental Health – Tabby Kerwin Join published writer, performance coach, mental health advocate and trainer Tabby Kerwin for a session on her research, importance of putting good support measures into and open discussion on Mental Health in music. Improve your Intonation – Dr. Shelley JagowA session to help improve you and your bands intonation with acclaimed educator, Professor of Music at Wright State University School of Music and author of Tuning for Wind Instruments: A Roadmap to Successful Intonation Dr. Shelley Jagow. Beyond the Notes, a journey in Musicianship – Joseph ParisiProfessor at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and Director of Fountain City Brass Band takes you on an inspiring journey to become a greater musician.
Panel Discussion: Diversity in MusicHosted by President of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Joanna Ross Hersey. The first of a two part discussion (Part two in the fall) on diversity in music. An All Star, all female panel will discuss their backgrounds, challenges and experiences in music. Staying Engaged – Dean McNeillDean presents a session to help all band musicians stay engaged both mentally and physically, during times that we can’t play as an ensemble or maybe get motivated to play by ourselves at home. History of Brass– Tom DavorenCharting the start of the brass banding movement and phenomenon, Tom Davoren takes us through the history of Brass Banding from the industrial revolution through the 20th Century. Improvisation – Allan MolnarAn interactive session on improvisation for all levels and experience in improvisation. Bring your instruments and play along as Allan Molnar gives you an introduction and building blocks to further your improvisation skills. Grooversity: Samba Rhythm 101 – Marcus SantosBring a practice pad/snare drum and sticks or hand drum (djembe/conga) and headphones, or just join in with body percussion, or your pots and pans to learn as many of the parts and rhythms all together, in a virtual samba drum and percussion ensemble! There will be something for everyone to learn to play and explore to improve your rhythmic skills or learn something new! For all ages, all levels, no experience necessary. “From a Distance”… Band Music Technology DiscussionAn open discussion with special guests on music technology that has worked and hasn’t. Hints, tips and links to software and resources that will help enhance your playing, practice or social distancing within ensembles. Open to all and no experience necessary! Building and Sustaining Community in our Ensembles Dr. Peter Meechan & Jeff W. BallJeff W. Ball and host Dr. Peter Meechan will guide an interactive discussion on building community within ensembles, taking a look at the huge success of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony and its subsequent ensembles. Discussion will also cover where our community ensembles might go under the current world climate and what we can do to sustain community band music.
To view the entire PMR Schedule at a Glance visit:
DON’T MISS OUT … An amazing, accessible and affordable opportunity!
All of the Centre Stage and Spotlight Sessions PLUS opportunities to connect and hang out with other band musicians. Not available all 4 days? Not a problem – remember registrants have access to ALL sessions until August 30!
Reminder: SBA Members must log in to access the member discounted pricing… 4 days of sessions, only $25 for SBA Members!
We are in our final week of supplemental learning. If you have anything to submit to your teachers please do so by the end of the week.
This Friday we will be hosting a year end Celebration and Jamming session on microsoft teams. Please feel free to join us, bring and instrument or just hang out.
June 19th Jamming Friday and Year End Celebration 10-11:30am – Come join us for a celebration of our musical year, some optional jamming, hanging out and year end awards for supplemental learning. All welcome!
If you need help getting into microsoft teams just contact your teacher.
Reflecting back on an amazing past two weeks. If you attended Resonate please send in the sessions you attended, your thoughts and take aways from each!
This weeks activities are found below. Including two interactive live sessions with the Music Team on Microsoft Teams this Thursday and Friday. These events are open to any students of any ability to interact with other musicians/students and staff. Links will be emailed out and posted here on Thursday/Friday.
Thursday Concept Sessions:
Road to Jamming(Transposing) 10-11am – Join the PSSD Music team for an intro, hints and tips for how to transpose on sight when Jamming. Then join us on Friday to Jam.
Pick your poison– 11-12am – Is there is a burning topic you want to talk about or something you would like to learn? pick the music teams brains.
Jamming Friday:10-11:30am Bring an instrument, your voice, a box of dried pasta or some old pots n’ pans and join us for Jamming Friday. All ages and abilities welcome.
Hope you had a fantastic weekend and enjoyed the amazing weather. We are into our second week and final two days of Resonate:Online this Wednesday June 3rd and Thursday June 4th. There is still time for students to sign up and take part. Please spread the word and help connect students together and with these great artists. There is no cost.
Any student in grade 7-12 can attend whether they are currently studying music or not
Students can attend as much or as little as they are able over the two days
Sessions Artist’s include Tania Miller,Brian Balmages, Jeffery Straker, Peter Meechan, Megan Nash, Crock & Brooks(Rowloff Percussion), Andrew Littleford, Joel Jeschke, Brendan Friesen and Saskatoon Jazz Jams live.
WOW! What an incredible first day of sessions and performances. Thank you to our amazing day one artists Elly & Eric, Matt Abraham, Paul Suchan, Todd “Lil Duece Duece” Bryanton, Big Dog Rob Bryanton, Cathy Sproule and the inspiring Spotlight artists Bombargo for their performances. Thank you to all the students from across Canada that tuned in and took part!
Tomorrows line up:
Karen Donnelly– Brass Masterclass with the Principal Trumpet of the NAC Orchestra
Matt Abraham – Conducting 101 first thing!
Jennifer Lang – Vocals
Lil Duece Duece – Composing music to picture
Big Dog Rob Bryanton– Repairing Editing and mixing sound for web, tv and film
Grammy Nominated artistJacob Faithful (Young Spirit Singers)
Eric & Elly– Songwriters Tool box and bridging the highway between singers and musicians
Lunch time performance from Gerard Weber (Tenor Sax)and Brett Graham(Vibraphone)
It is not too late to take part. Sign up HEREor contact Mr. Martin email@example.com for more info.
It is not too late to sign up for tomorrows sessions for Resonate:Online. There are some AMAZING free sessions tomorrow from Matt Abraham’s Band sessions to Rob Bryanton’s Digital editing, Elly and Eric’s songwriting classes, Paul Suchan’s Woodwind session Lil Duece Duece, a fiddle session with Cathy Sproule and BOMBARGO
This is an exciting week for music in PSSD. Resonate Student Music Conference is going online and begins on Wednesday. If you haven’t already please sign up if you are in grade 7-12 (or even if you want to and you are in grade 6). We have some INCREDIBLE artists coming to work with and do sessions with students all free of charge. With this in mind there will be no activities for grades 7-12 this week and next week. The activity is to attend some Resonate sessions and report back which ones you attended. PLEASE SIGN UP!
Artist for this week and next include:
Brian Balmages (Composer)
Tania Miller (Symphony Conductor – Victoria Symphony)
Karen Donnelly (Principal Trumpet of the National Arts Centre Orchestra)
Allan Gilliland (Composer)
Megan Nash (Juno Nominated Singer/Songwriter)
Bombargo (NME Featured Saskatoon Band)
Jacob Faithful (Grammy Nominated First Nations artist)