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We’ve got rhythm

We continue our beginner Brass Bits journey with a little bit of rhythm. Attached are a few fun home projects to reinforce knowledge of the note values and the rhythms that we use. There is a set of flashcards with our friendly animals used phonetically to sound a rhythm. In addition to this, a fun set of colour by rhythm exercises. Feel free to share these tasks. They are for everyone to use! Both tasks are in English and German.

Memory game

This week we have the very popular memory game! The kids loved this game in class, and I think it is a fun learning activity for them to do at home while we are all stay in lockdown. I have made them in bass clef and treble clef as well in English and German. Downloads below.

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Flashcards for beginner students

Let’s learn together! #brassbits

One of my goals is to start offering usable materials for communities that might not have adequate resources. As part of this goal, I am starting 2021 with a set of fun games/activities for beginner students who are still learning their note names. There will be one post every week in January focusing on note names and note values. So, starting this off, I have attached a set of flashcards that young beginner students can colour in (a favourite activity here in Germany), and can be used by teachers or parents to help the children remember their note names. We start our students with the Krämer beginner book, and as I have been doing this with my beginner students in their online lessons, the notes are according to this method. There are Treble clef and Bass Clef versions – both are in English and German. Click on the clef and language you prefer. It should download immediately.

Christmas projects

Hello everyone! As we end this year, I thought it would be nice to share a few projects with you.

Germany entered a strict lockdown period during December so we were not allowed to have rehearsals. The various ensembles I am involved in (as conductor or euphonist or trombonist) were super creative and produced some really great online videos. Here they are:

Mini kids – the beginner ensemble at the Orchesterschule Klangvelt. The youngest player is six and the oldest, eleven years of age.

The Jugend Brass Band Blechklang – I am not a firm member of this ensemble, but help out on the various instruments they might need as an ad-hoc performer. It was wonderful seeing how my students rock out in this video!

The Brass Band Band Blechklang – A tradition in Jena, Germany, is carolling from the Town Hall. Unfortunately, this could not happen this year so we went digital.

Have a wonderful festive season!