Music at Ramsey

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  • Music at Ramsey

    A message from Mr. Tison to students:

    Hello and welcome! I'm excited to meet you all (virtually) and to get to know you and your families as we take these next steps into learning online. I wish that I could see you in-person and see how you grew as a learner inside the halls of Ramsey Middle School, but we can still be a community no matter where we are and where life takes us! Be proud of yourself and your hard work this year, stand up for justice and the marginalized, and make great choices as we pursue new ideas and creations in this school year!

    Remember: school can be hard - make your voice and frustrations heard and you will get through it. Don't just survive, but thrive. Us teachers will be here to help you on that journey to achieve your dreams and change the future.

    Please read everything you can. I know it's a lot, but it's important stuff. Don't miss out on the Open House, and always feel free to email me at grey.tison@stpaul.k12.mn.us if you need anything or just need to vent about life! You're important and you're appreciated here. 

    Thank you, and here's to learning online!

    - Mr. Tison

     

    Music at Ramsey is run by Mr. Grey Tison. This program includes:

    • Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Band
    • Beginning and Advanced Orchestra
    • Music Exploration (General Music)
    • [Jazz Band is currently unavailable this semester]

    Important Links:

    1. Student Instrument Loan Agreement 2020
    2. MDH Covid and Instruments in School
    3. Instrumental Repair Policy 2020-2021


    Concerning Instruments, Instrument Pick-up/Drop-off

    1. Students must bring home any SPPS instruments they have in their possession for mandatory cleaning and repair, as well as to check-in to the system.

    2. In the coming weeks, students involved in beginning band or orchestra will be surveyed to determine what instrument is best for them. They will be updated through Schoology and families will be called and emailed to ensure the student has access to their instrument.

    3. To ensure the instrument has a long life and is working properly, repairs will be taken, for the time being, through the music teacher. Please let Mr. Tison know through email if and when he can come to repair an instrument. Do not attempt any repair or cleaning with at-home items or cleaners. This could permanently damage or destroy and instrument in even the smallest ways. See this document below for the many places that will repair an instrument: Instrumental Repair Policy 2020-2021.

    4. All students should have a working instrument in their place of residence by October 1st. Students are responsible for the care and simple maintenance of their instrument. Please help them take care of their instrument and learning by giving them an adequate space to play and a safe location to store their instrument. Only the student renting the instrument may play it.

    5. More information will circulate regarding the best process to take for these matters. Please be aware that this information may change, and contact Mr. Tison at grey.tison@spps.org for any current questions or discrepancies. 

     

    Rental Agreement

    1. Students may rent an instrument from SPPS for free. There is an online format to give/donate to the program. It is encouraged but, by law, no one is required to pay. This allows us to pay for repairs, reeds, oils, and coverings for safe and regular use of instruments. Repairs funds will be doubly needed as Mr. Tison will not be able to monitor student use at all times due to distance learning. Please help!

    2. A rental agreement must be filled out and returned, signed by a guardian, before a student can receive an instrument. This may impede their class grade if given too late. A guardian's promptness is appreciated in all school matters - thank you. See attached: Student Instrument Loan Agreement 2020

     

    Instrumental Playing during COVID-19

    I hope you are all healthy! Please - always - think about your health and the health of those around you. Personally, myself and family have underlying conditions that could make COVID deadly. I care for your learning, yet your life and safety are certainly more vital to me.

    Physical contact with instruments and the blowing into an instrument could cause a spread of the coronavirus. Please see the link below for the risks in school and the precautions we would take during distance learning and in the plausible hybrid model for music classes. Extra sanitation processes will be taken for each instrument, including an alcohol wipe down, use of medical gloves, and a face shield while Mr. Tison is repairing. Please refrain from letting others touch or play a personal instrument, and avoid playing in public spaces.

    [Mr. Tison is not a medical professional, and the above statement comes from personal research and precautions.]

     MN Dept. of Health: Music Activities and Performances During COVID-19

     

    Course Overviews (Please read regarding the course you/your scholar is attending)

    Music Exploration:

    • There are several class periods of Music Exploration. In this class, students do not rent an instrument. Students instead will use Garageband, iMovie, and Quaver Music to explore what music is, how to perform and create it, how it effects us sociologically and social-emotionally, and how it was used in our world and will be in our future. 
    • Students are encouraged to take this course if they prefer not playing an instrument regularly, play piano or guitar, but want to grow their music knowledge for whatever career path they choose.

    Orchestra:

    • Beginning: Beginning Orchestra is the entry-level course for the students who have played very little to no string instruments and have yet to start lessons. Students may choose between violin, viola, cello, and contrabass. Students should expect to regularly play their instruments, read music, and perform with others for family and the community.
    • Advanced: Advanced Orchestra is for the more experienced orchestra player. The preference in this course is for students who have played for more than two years in private lessons. Students should expect to expand their range of technical, social-emotional, and performative playing and creating, and should expect to regularly play their instuments, read music, and perform with others for family and the community.
    • Sectionals/SmartMusic: Students will make a SmartMusic account in the first weeks. There are options to submit assignments online. We will also plan to meet as instrument sections to rehearse together. What we need most is that students are ready and have a space to play at these times. Please help them be successful!

    Band:

    • Beginning: Beginning Band is the entry-level course for the students who have played very little to no wind/brass instruments and have yet to start any lessons. Students may choose between flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone, or percussion. For percussionists, there is a preference for students who have taken piano lessons as well. Students should expect to regularly play their instruments, read music, and perform with others for family and the community.
    • Intermediate: Intermediate Band is the course for those who passed Beginning Band or have taken two years of lessons privately before taking band. Students may expand their instruments to oboe, bassoon, alto or tenor saxophone, French horn, euphonium, or tuba, or continue with the one they chose the year before. Students should expect to expand their range of technical, social-emotional, and performative playing and creating, and should expect to regularly play their instruments, read music, and perform with others for family and the community.
    • Advanced: Advanced Band is for the more experienced band player. The preference in this course is those who have more than three years of lessons on their instrument, passed intermediate band, and have a drive to perform well. Students may expand their instruments to oboe, bassoon, alto or tenor saxophone, French horn, euphonium, or tuba, or continue with the one they chose the year before. Students should expect to expand their range of technical, social-emotional, and performative playing and creating, and should expect to regularly play their instruments, read music, and perform with others for family and the community.
    • Sectionals/SmartMusic: Students will make a SmartMusic account in the first weeks. There are options to submit assignments online. We will also plan to meet as instrument sections to rehearse together. What we need most is that students are ready and have a space to play at these times. Please help them be successful!

     

     

     

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