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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Mr. Cosby will be available for conference at Masters on Thursday evening, October 25th from 4:00-7:30 pm. If you are at Masters at this time please stop by the instrumental music portable to discuss your child's progress in band! If you are not at Masters during this time feel free to call or email to discuss your child's progress.

While it is still October, band students are already starting to prepare for their first performance on the Masters Winter Program! In order to be successful on this program band students must continue to learn concepts from the Sound Innovations book. We are focusing on several important concepts on page 8 and 9 right now... like using your tongue (not your air) to separate notes, creating a good sound all of the time and reading the notes on the staff are essential for success as the year progresses. In addition to regular practice, students should be using their flashcards at home to help them memorize the notes on the staff. These flashcards are green- students should cut them out and put them in a ziplock back so they don't lose them. Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found on the left of this page. 

With all of the above things to practice, band students should be practicing at home about 15-20 minutes each day. The next practice check is schedule for November 7th! 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.
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.
Overview of Band LessonsDownloadThis document describes the basic concepts that are taught in the elementary band program at Masters Elementary.
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!
The Principal's Own Band Achievement ProgramDownloadThis document explains the details about the Principal's Own Band Achievement Program.
The Principal's Own Rank Advancement ChartDownloadThis is the chart where band students will keep track of their progress toward becoming a Sergeant Major!
1st Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter was sent home with students on Monday, Oct. 15th and gives details about what we are doing now in band and what is coming up in the future.

What to Practice at Home...

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22nd 

WOODWINDS & BRASS

  1. Breathing/Sizzle Exercises (use metronome)- 1 minute..
  2. Assemble Instrument/quality sound on entire instrument (use metronome)- 1-2 minutes.
  3. WARM-UP - Band Warm-up, Line #1 and #2. -3 minutes.
  4. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 6, 7 & 8  all (use metronome)- 5-7 minutes.
  5. FOCUS- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 9, lines #23, 24, 26 & 27 (use metronome)- 5-8 minutes.
  6. Written Activities: Note Reading Lesson 4.1 will be assigned on Thurs, Oct. 18th; this will be due on Mon, Oct. 23rd.
  7. REMEMBER... to practice the appropriate music to move up in rank! Please look at your rank advancement chart to know what you should be practicing to prepare for rank advancement. 
  8. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.

FULL PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 17-24 minutes.

PERCUSSION

  1. Stretching (prepare to play)- 1 minute.
  2. Assemble Instrument- 1 minute.
  3. Basic Bell Practice (see pg. 12 in packet- use metronome)- 3 minutes.
  4. Snare Drum Stroke Practice on pad (see pg. 4-5 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  5. Snare Drum Reading Practice on pad (handout- use metronome)- 6 minutes.
  6. WARM-UP - Band Warmup, Line #1 and #2 on bells only -3 minutes.
  7. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book; pg. 6, 7 & 8 for both mallets and percussion- all (use metronome)- 5 minutes.
  8. FOCUS- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 9, lines #23, 24, 26 & 27 for both mallets (bells) and percussion (practice pad)- 5-8 minutes.
  9. Written Activities: Note Reading Lesson 4.1 will be assigned on Thurs, Oct. 18th; this will be due on Mon, Oct. 23rd.
  10. REMEMBER... to practice the appropriate music to move up in rank! Please look at your rank advancement chart to know what you should be practicing to prepare for rank advancement. 
  11. Stretching (relaxation of muscles)- 1 minute.
  12. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.

FULL PERCUSSION PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 28-32 minutes