Totino-Grace Fine Arts Academy
Virtual Band Lessons
If you're like Mrs. Haut and need a slight motivational push (or just miss actual band lessons!), I'm happy to let you know I will now be offering virtual one-on-one band lessons. If you would like to sign up for an optional lesson(s), please this PDF on how to sign up.
Here are a few fast facts about lessons (see the PDF for more detailed info):
- Lessons are optional (but students will be given credit for one lesson on Educate). There is no cost for the lessons
- Lessons run Monday-Friday
- We will work on lesson books, solos, and group band music
- We will use Zoom for lessons (unless otherwise requested). When you sign up for a lesson, parents will receive a Zoom link via email.
See the PDF with sign up instructions and more detailed information.
Contact Mr. Saathoff for Orchestra Lessons
ONLINE BAND WEBSITE INSTRUCTIONS:
PRO TIP: This program works best on the Google Chrome Browser
Login - username should match the name indicated on the TGFAA registration you filled out in the fall:
Click on your student's class
Click on the assignment you would like to complete
For a book related assignment:
Click the link in the right corner that says "Open in PracticeFirst
Make sure your instrument is selected in the drop down menu in the right corner
Enable your microphone if prompted
When you're ready, click record. Don't worry about the red bar - just play and it will follow along
When you're happy with your playing, click submit and you're done
For a theory/scale assignment
Read the instructions for the scale listed and practice the scale. You can use your book, the internet or any other resources you can think of to help you
When you are ready click record and play what was indicated in the description
Submit when you are pleased with your recording
For a group band assignment
Click the hyperlink in the description to open in a new tab. Check the description of the assignment to see what parts of the song you are asked to play.
Get out your sheet music that matches the song
Go to the open window with the song track and hit play
Play along. When finished, go back to the recording and click done
Submit when you are happy with your recording.
PRO TIP: playing along with the track is sometimes easier to hear with headphones on
Download MusicFirst App from the app store
Open app and when prompted for the URL, enter "tgfaa"
Make sure to allow access to your microphone
Proceed with the regular online instructions above