Mrs. DeFrenza



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Mrs. DeFrenza

Welcome to instrumental music at Cecil H. Parker Elementary School! My name is Lisa DeFrenza and I am the band director. Students in grades four through six have the opportunity to play a band instrument beginning in fourth grade. That does not exclude students in the fifth and sixth grade however, each year scheduling, instrument availability, and interest will guide the sign up for band. If a child is selected or, signs up for band, they will be given a school owned instrument to borrow for the school year. The instrument on loan is to be returned at the conclusion of the school year in June. Students are expected to attend a weekly small group lesson and a weekly band rehearsal during the school day. In addition they should practice regularly to work towards performing in school concerts.

           The instruments offered at school are: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and percussion. It is the goal that the students continue to play the same instrument one year to the next. September is when the selection/sign up process begins! Welcome to the instrumental music department!



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Here are some strategies to making your practicing efficient and effective: 1. Aim to practice almost everyday.  Practicing 1 day for 2 hours and not at all the rest of the week is not as effective as spacing your practice time out over the whole week. 2. Try to practice in the same place at the same time every day to make it a habit. 3. First, try the whole example or piece of music you are working on. If you make mistakes, make a mental note of where the mistakes are. 4. Go to the spot you had trouble with and work on 1-2 measures at a time, very slowly. Try singing the note names while fingering it on your instrument. 5. Gradually get faster until you are at the tempo you want. If you can play it right twice in a row, go to the next section you had trouble with. 6. If there is time, try the whole piece again and see if the difficult parts got better. 7. If you are tired or frustrated, take a break and come back to it later.  Learning an instrument takes time and hard work. Be patient!