• Clarinet to Saxophone Transition (this takes place in JUNE before the end of the school year for 5th graders).

    Anyone who has played clarinet in 5th grade has 3 choices for 6th gr. Band:
          1  Stay on clarinet (I need lots of good clarinet players!)
          2  Tell Mrs. Spies you are interested in Bass Clarinet. I will select up to 4 players for Bass Clarinet in the          6th 
    grade bands.

          3  Play Alto Saxophone in 6th grade band.
     
    Once you have told me what you are interested in, I will set up a time for you to come to me and TRY the instrument. If you are interested in going to Sax, I ask you to think CAREFULLY about your choices. Before making your decision, here are some things to consider:

    You must be willing to work extra hard over the summer!  Remember, you will be "catching up" to the 6th graders a whole year ahead of you. Some private lessons are HIGHLY recommended. Even a few will be very helpful to you. Perhaps a good HS sax student can coach you. Your goal is to learn up to page 25 in the lesson book (half way) and play 2 scales.

    The alto sax is much heavier and will hang around your neck. You will have to transport it back and forth to school on Band and Lesson Days.

    Be aware that the cost of renting a sax is more  than the clarinet.

     

    Once you have decided to commit to this switch, you need to:

     

    1.  Play your 4thmarking period assessment test for your lesson teacher ON CLARINET.

    2.  Talk this over with your parents Then bring in your Alto Sax permission slip, signed by both you and your parent/guardian.

    3.  THEN go to the store and make the exchange from clarinet to sax. You will acquire:

                      ALTO SAXOPHONE
                        1/2 REEDS (at least 6)
                       Essential Elements Lesson Book

    4.  See Mrs.Spies WITH your sax and lesson book for your first lesson in May or June. This will take place during your clarinet lesson or another arranged time in May or June. I will explain what you need to learn for September and give you scales to learn. (I am available during HR and Expressions if you have questions.) I will also give you a list of private teachers in the area.

    5.  Remember we invidually schedule hundreds of students in September. Please be sure of your commitment.

     
    See me SOON with any questions, concerns, playing your assessment, etc. DON'T WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE!!! 
    I am available before school or during homeroom. Remember, I ALWAYS need good clarinet players! Staying on clarinet is going to help the band sound very good and balanced!
     
    Mrs. Spies
    aspies@frsd.k12.nj.us

     

     
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