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

No School on Thursday and Friday, March 7th & 8th. Also no school during Spring Break- March 11th-15th. School resumes on Monday, March 18th.

Band students are working hard on their sheet music! This sheet music won't take the place of working out of the Sound Innovations book, but will supplement the concepts we are learning in a fun and interesting way. This music will also be performed toward the end of the school year at the Northwest Area Concert on Tuesday, May 7th at Northwest HS. More information will be send home at a later date about the area concert, but for now each student needs to turn in their Sheet Music Permission Form- this form was sent home with band students on January 30th- CLICK HERE if you need to download another copy of this form. Please know that sheet music can NOT be given to students until the permission form is signed by a parent or guardian. Band students are currently learning Omicron, The Lost KingdomWhen the Band Goes Marching In and Academic Festival Overture

Band students should focus their practice on page 16 in their Sound Innovations book. This page enforces the concept of intervals, as well as introduce new musical vocabulary. Most students find the songs on this page more challenging but also fun to play! Student should begin each practice session with the Band Warm up, Version 2.0. This warm up page contains all of the skills they will use to play the music in the Sound Innovations book.  

With all of the above things to learn, band student should be practicing at home at least 15 minutes each day. The next practice check day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th. 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 during the school day. Band students should place their instruments on these shelves (smaller instrument on the top/larger instrument on the bottom) and NOT in their classrooms. Band students should also make sure to bring their book (Sound Innovations), a pencil, and their band folder every day. 

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 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.
2nd Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter outlines what we are doing in band and also gives some ideas to keep your band students excited about practicing!
3rd Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter gives you information about the sheet music we will be working on during 3rd quarter. Please sign the permission form and return it asap!
4th Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter will keep parents informed on their child's band experience. Dates for upcoming performances are included.

What to Practice at Home...

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27th

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 Version 2.0 - 2-4 minutes.
  4. REVIEW: Sound Innovations book, pg. 14 & 15 (use metronome)- 5-7 minutes.
  5. FOCUS: Sound Innovations book, pg. 16 (use metronome)- 5-7 minutes. Pay attention: what is an interval? How do you figure out the type of interval? Can you count and call all the rhythms on page 16?  Use your flash cards if you are struggling reading the notes!
  6. SHEET MUSIC: Omicron (beg-22), Band Goes Marching In (beg-41) and Academic Festival Overture (beg-17).
  7. RANK ADVANCEMENT: Where are you at for rank advancement? Find your chart and make sure to practice whatever song you need to move forward in rank. 2-4 minutes.
  8. WRITTEN ACTIVITIES: no written activities at this time.
  9. Clean instrument/put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute

          TOTAL PRACTICE TIME = 17-25 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) - 6 minutes.

  1. 4.    Snare Drum Stroke Practice on pad (see pg. 4-5 of packet- use metronome) -2 minutes.

    5.    Snare Drum Rudiment Practice on pad (Band Warm-up Version 2.0- use metronome) -4 minutes.

    6.    Bell Note Reading Practice: (Band Warm-up Version 2.0 for mallets)  4 minutes.

    7.    REVIEW: Sound Innovations book, pg. 14 & 15- (use metronome) for bells and percussion - 5 minutes.

    8.    FOCUS- Sound Innovations pg. 16 (use metronome) for bells and percussion -5 minutes. Pay attention: what is an interval? how do you find the type of interval? what is a flam accent? what is a paradiddle? Did you remember to dampen your sound during the rests on bells? Use your flashcards if you are struggling with reading the new notes on bells!

    9. SHEET MUSIC: Omicron (beg-22), Band Goes Marching In (beg-41) and Academic Festival Overture (beg-17).

    9. RANK ADVANCEMENT: Where are you at for rank advancement? Find your chart and make sure to practice whatever song you need to move forward in rank. 2-4 minutes.

    10. WRITTEN ACTIVITIES: no written activities at this time.

    11. Stretching (relaxation of muscles) - 1 minute.

    12. Put instrument safely away in case - 1 minute.

    FULL PRACTICE TIME FOR PERCUSSION = 25-35 minutes.