For the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, the JAMS Instrumental Music program will be practicing remote instruction and distance learning through "Virtual Rehearsals."
Just as our students would follow an agenda during our rehearsals at school, there will be a similar list of items to complete for each week of "Virtual Rehearsals" via SmartMusic and Google Classroom. Using the "virtual agenda," students are expected to regulate their daily practice over the course of the week - just as they would when school is in session.
Ms. Woo and Mr. Garnreiter will hold dedicated "office hours" every Monday through Friday between 12:00 - 2:00pm. During this time, we will be available for immediate support through emails, messages through Google Classroom, and video conferences via Zoom or Google Meet. Please note that during our two-week Spring Break (April 6 - 17), we will not be holding "office hours." However, we will be available for support, and will reply to questions or concerns within 24 hours of receiving emails or messages through Google Classroom.
We will be using a "flexible grading" system for all "Virtual Rehearsals." While we are not using our traditional 4-point performance rubric, we will be collecting and evaluating student work by checking-off in Illuminate (√) what is submitted through SmartMusic and Google Classroom. Most importantly, we are not looking for "perfect" work...only "best" work!
Santa Monica High School Auditions
Information regarding Samohi placement auditions has been emailed to all JAMS band and orchestra 8th graders (to smmk12.org accounts). Please review the materials SLOWLY and CAREFULLY to ensure full understanding of the process. All solos and scales must be uploaded to your instrument-specific Google Classroom no later than Tuesday, April 21st. The sight-reading portion will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd.
If you would like to schedule a "mock audition" (via Zoom or Google Meet) to receive feedback, please email (by clicking on our names) Ms. Woo, Mr. Garnreiter, or Mr. Reynolds to request an appointment.
The following resources (also found in Google Classroom) are intended to help our young musicians with their distance learning practice sessions.
VIDEO MESSAGES Topics include: navigating the SmartMusic sightreading feature, and how "Virtual Rehearsals" will be graded on Illuminate
"Virtual Rehearsals" Week 1
"Virtual Rehearsals" Week 2
"Virtual Rehearsals" Week 3
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
SPRING BREAK RESOURCES
Please click HERE to read the growing list of questions (and answers!) for all things related to our "Virtual Rehearsals."
We have gathered a few items that may be helpful, inspirational, and entertaining! Click HERE - and enjoy!