Instrumental Music

Daniel Green

My name is Mr. Green and I have been teaching music in West Hartford since 1984! Currently I teach at Webster Hill and Aiken but have also taught at King Philip, Sedgwick, Hall, Morley, Braeburn and Charter Oak. Outside of school I play professionally on tuba, recorder and trombone with several groups including Classic Brass, Hartford Pops Band, and an early music ensemble called Alta that performs music from the 1500's on instruments from that time period.

On Stage at Webster Hill

Rehearsals

Before School Rehearsals starts at 7:45 am

Monday: 4th Grade Orchestra
Tuesday: 4th Grade Choir
Wednesday: 4th Grade Band and 5th Grade Choir
Thursday: 5th Grade Orchestra
Friday: 5th Grade  Band

instruments

The instrumental music program provides intensive instruction to develop music skills and is a natural extension of the classroom music curriculum. Students in grades four and five have the opportunity to study a band or orchestra instrument. Small group lessons occur during the school day. Large ensembles rehearse weekly before school.

Student Progress Report:

Performs with correct position and posture.
Correct playing position and posture is the foundation for all successful instrumentalists.

Demonstrates good technique.
Technique is dexterity and facility on an instrument.

Plays with correct breath, bow or stick control.
Control of breath (winds), bow (strings), and sticks (percussion), is essential to produce a characteristic sound.

Applies proper bowing/tonguing/slurring technique.
Articulation of notes with the tongue (winds) and bow (strings) is important to develop good technique.

Performs with characteristic tone, on pitch.
Playing on pitch with characteristic tone is the product of proper breath control and embouchure (winds), bow control, finger placement and finger pressure (strings).

Reads rhythmic/melodic notation.
Students are taught to read music notation.

Is developing ensemble skills.
Ensemble skills in band and orchestra include responding to conducting gestures, playing music in two or more parts, and performing with proper blend and balance.

Work Habits

Shows evidence of consistent practice and high quality preparation. 
Students are expected to practice daily, demonstrating careful preparation of assigned music, with emphasis on repetition and self-evaluation. 

Focuses attentively during the lessons and rehearsals.

Brings necessary equipment to lessons and rehearsals.