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FINAL instrument pick up - TUESDAY APRIL 7th - 8:30 - 11:30 AM

OCS Band Families,

 

We will have our third and final instrument pick up on Tuesday, April 7th from 8:30-11:30am. The protocol will be slightly different this time.

 

Please drive down the bus ramp lane (cafeteria side of the building). Do NOT go to the front entrance of the school.

 

We will have a table set up for pick up. We will walk your instrument and place the instrument on the table and back away. You can then step out of the vehicle and pick it up. We are doing this to comply with maintaining safe distances per social distancing guidelines. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.

 

Thank you,
Paul Vogel, paul.vogel@sccpss.com

Band SmartMusic class codes - FREE subscription - Assignments posted for all band students

Band Parents,
 
All band students now have access to a FREE SmartMusic subscription. Every class has a playing assignment uploaded. Please see info below:
 
SmartMusic is an online based practice aid. We can do playing assignments and you can practice independently with this. It is like having a private teacher, it will tell you what you do right, what you do wrong, if there are notes you need to look you just click on the note on screen in the exercise and it will show you the fingering chart entry for that note. There are dozens of method books, band pieces, solos, and more on here. They have music for everyone from beginners to professional musicians! It is an amazing tool. The company who makes SmartMusic has given us free subscriptions for all our band students at OCS! We will be using this along with Google Classroom for online learning. These subscriptions are for students only, parents cannot register themselves into this program, however parents are encouraged to help monitor that students complete their work. Students, only register once, for your exact class. These codes are for OCS band students only! Our goal is to keep students playing during the time off. 

Use this link and the code below for your class: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
 
All specific SmartMusic class codes have been emailed and posted on each of the band Google Classrooms.  
 

Paul Vogel

Director of Bands

Oglethorpe Charter School

paul.vogel@sccpss.com

PS4 and Xbox to access Google Classroom

Parents and Students can access Google Classroom at home using a Playstation 4! Written instructions for both Playstation and Xbox included below!

Playstation Instructions:
Go to Library (should be the last icon on the right)
Search: Internet
Open Internet Browser (the WWW icon)
Go to google.classroom.com and sign in with your school account!

Also available on Xbox One!
Go to My Games and Apps
Go down to the Apps Menu
Select Microsoft Edge (may have to download, it's free)
Go to google.classroom.com and sign in with your school account!

 

 

Class Codes:

6A: 42yqvab

6B: c7r3iq7

7A: vzsmi7c

7B: jdrxok7

8A: 5skdhgg

8B: 52eqcx3

Band Instrument Pick Up - Thursday 3/19/2020 from 3-5PM

Band Instrument Pick Up - Thursday 3/19/2020 from 3-5PM

 

I am also working on getting us free student subscriptions to Smart Music. Please see Google Classrooms for updates / details.  

 

If you need Google Classroom codes for your student:

6A: 42yqvab

6B: c7r3iq7

7A: vzsmi7c

7B: jdrxok7

8A: 5skdhgg

8B: 52eqcx3

Google classroom - Just in case of any possible closures following Spring Break

In advance of any possible closures following Spring Break we have been asked to provide possible lessons in a online format. Assignments for Band in this event are already posted our band Google Classrooms, and are labelled [assignment name] - 4th Nine Weeks. Below are the codes for each class if you need them. 

6A: 42yqvab

6B: c7r3iq7

7A: vzsmi7c

7B: jdrxok7

8A: 5skdhgg

8B: 52eqcx3

Paperwork

  OCSbandhandbook2019-2020.pdf 

 Band Syllabus 2019- 2020.pdf (sign and return by August 16th)

 Band Shirt order form 2019-2020.pdf  (Due by September 16th)

Band Book order form 2019- 2020.pdf (Due by August 9th)***

 

Click on the above link to open the corresponding document.

Everyone needs to return a signed syllabus & shirt order form.

***Students in 6A, 7th grade, and 8th grade (not 6B beginning band) have the option to order their band book(s) through OCS. However to do so, orders must be submitted by Friday August 9th. No late book orders will be accepted.

 

 

Band supplies and how to get them!

WHAT DO I NEED AND HOW DO I GET IT?

 

  1. Instrument (If you already have an instrument, skip this step)
    1. The first option to getting an instrument is attending an instrument night July 30th or August 6th. The event is a drop in event from 4-6pm. We will have all the instruments set up for the students to try. There will be representatives there to help set up rentals for instruments. These instruments will be delivered straight to the school about a week later. These rental nights are specifically for 6th graders enrolled in the beginning band class. All other students will begin playing on their 2nd day of class.
    2. If you cannot attend the instrument night, you can go directly to Portman’s Music in Savannah. All you need to do is tell them that your student is a beginning band student at Oglethorpe Charter School and they can help you get everything you need.
    3. School instruments are very limited (the vast majority of students will be renting instruments not owned by the school). Should we go this route, there will be specific supplies and accessories students will need to get prior to being issued a school instrument (along with a yearly cleaning/rental fee). Should you have any questions / concerns please reach out directly to Mr. Vogel.
    4. All Band Students (except for 6B, beginning band students, will need to bring their instrument on the second day of class. Day one will be a paperwork / review day, the 2nd day of class we will begin playing.
  2. Accessories
    1. If you are renting an instrument from a music store, all accessories you need will be available from Portman’s. We stock and sell a limited number of these accessories at the school, however they are sold on a first come first serve basis and are not available year round from OCS.
    2. If you have a previously owned instrument, you will need to make sure you have all necessary accessories (reeds, cork grease, valve oil, mouthpieces, etc.). Please feel free to bring in what you have to the instrument night and we can help you get anything you may be missing. You can also contact Mr. Vogel at anytime to make sure you have everything you need.
  3. Book
    1. 6th Grade Beginning band members, if you rent your instrument at our instrument nights, the book will come with the instrument.
    2. All 6th beginning grade band members must own their own copy of “Standard of Excellence – Book 1”. These books are instrument specific and cost approximately $10. You can order one at the instrument nights (it will be delivered with the instruments that are ordered), or you can go to Portman’s Music directly to pick up a book.
    3. All 7th and 8th band members must own their own copy of "Standard of Excellence - Book 2&3", for their instrument. (6A Band Students only need book 2 for their instrument)
    4. Order forms for books for all students except beginning band students (6A, and all 7th and 8th Grade) will be passed out on the first day of class.
    5. You can also look online at various book vendors (Amazon) to order your own copy.
  4. A sturdy folder to hold sheet music and handouts.
  5. 2 Pencils dedicated to band (should be kept in instrument case or folder at all times).

 

 

**Please contact Mr. Vogel if you have any questions or concerns.**

Paul.Vogel@sccpss.com 

 

Instrument pick up at Wednesday April 1st, 8:30 - 10AM

OCS Band Family,
 
Another band instrument pickup has been scheduled for next Wednesday (April 1st) from 8:30-10am. If you still need your student's instrument, this may be our last opportunity for a while. If you need a reed, slide/valve oil, or cork grease, we will be able to help with those items while supplies last.
 
Please pull up on the bus ramp, stay in your vehicle, and someone will walk the instrument out to you.
 
Email Paul Vogel, Director of Bands, if you have any additional questions or need supplies. This will also be posted in Google Classrooms and on the school's website band page!