How to Contact Mr. Cosby

Phone #: 402-659-2618

School #: 402-572-1027

Email: thomas.cosby@ops.org 

Band Lessons at Masters

Welcome to my webpage! I am excited you have chosen to visit and learn more about band lessons at Masters... please feel free to explore this webpage to find out more about band lessons. The overview of band lessons document at the bottom of the page explains in detail the concepts that are taught at Masters in elementary band lessons. The calendar to the right shows the days there are band lessons at Masters. Please refer back to it often as I typically update the calendar at the beginning of each month. 

If you have any questions, concerns or you are just curious about your child's musical experience in band lessons, feel free to contact me at any time! My contact information is in the box at the top of this page...

Mr. Cosby


Masters Band Announcements

There is no school on Friday, September 14th due to teacher curriculum day. There is also no school on Monday, September 17th due to a teacher work day. School resumes on Tuesday, September 18th. 

Band students have been learning quickly as they begin work in their Sound Innovations book! All students should be able to show you our breathing exercises, sizzle exercises, how to play their mouthpiece/headjoint with a good sound and appropriate pitch and how to properly and safely assemble their instrument to play their first 3 notes. Students should be focusing their practice all of page 5 in their Sound Innovations book as well as #6-8 on page 6. Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found on the right of this page. 

With all of the above things to practice, band students should be practicing at home about 15-20 minutes each day. This means the instrument needs to go home after band lesson days and come back to school again on the next band lesson day. Masters provides shelves in the main hallway for band instrument storage. Band students should place their instruments on these shelves (smaller instruments on the top shelves/larger instruments on the bottom shelves) and NOT in their classrooms. Band students should also make sure to bring their book (Sound Innovations, Book 1), a pencil and their band folder every day.  

Not sure what your child should be practicing at home on their instrument? Please ask your child- they would love to show you what they have learned so far in band! You can also look at the box on the bottom of this page to see an outline of what students should practice at home.   

Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you have about band lessons- my contact information is in the box on the left of this page.

Mr. Cosby

Masters Band Schedule

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Masters Band Documents

 Title Description
Band Registration FormDownloadPlease fill out and return this form to school if you would like your child to be in band this year at Masters.
Overview of Band LessonsDownloadThis document describes the basic concepts that are taught in the elementary band program at Masters Elementary.
Band Schedule/CalendarDownloadThis calendar will help students remember when to bring their instruments to school. Students also keep track of their practice time on this calendar.
REMIND InvitationDownloadThis letter explains how to receive text and/or email reminders to help you and your student remember when to bring their instrument to school. This is the best way to never forget your instrument at home!

What to Practice at Home...

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th

WOODWINDS & BRASS

  1. Breathing Exercises (use metronome)- 1 minute.
  2. Sizzle Exercises (use metronome)- 1 minute.
  3. Mouthpiece/Headjoint Practice (use metronome)- 2-5 minutes.
  4. Assemble Instrument/quality sound on entire instrument (use metronome)- 1-2 minutes.
  5. Note Practice (see "First Lesson," #5)- 3 minutes.
  6. Sound Innovations Book: pg. 5 & 6 (use metronome)- 5-8 minutes.
  7. Written Activities: Complete Note Reading Lesson 2 and turn in on Thursday, September 20th- 2 minutes. 
  8. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.

FULL PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 14-21 minutes.

PERCUSSION

  1. Stretching (prepare to play)- 1 minute.
  2. Assemble Instrument- 1 minute.
  3. Mallet stroke practice on notes of your choice (see pg. 11 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  4. Mallet Note Reading Review (see pg. 7-9 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  5. Basic Bell Practice (see pg. 12 in packet- use metronome)- 6 minutes.
  6. Snare Drum Stroke Practice on pad (see pg. 4-5 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  7. Snare Drum Reading Practice on pad (handout- use metronome)- 6 minutes.
  8. Sound Innovations Book: pg. 5 & 6 for both mallets (bells) and percussion (practice pad)- 5-8 minutes.
  9. Written Activities: Complete Note Reading Lesson 2 and turn in on Thursday, September 20th- 2 minutes.
  10. Stretching (relaxation of muscles)- 1 minute.
  11. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.

FULL PERCUSSION PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 28-32 minutes