Mr. James Hamalainen

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. James Hamalainen

Martin Luther King, Jr. Junior High School BAND

James Hamalainen, music director

jhamalainen@pittsburg.k12.ca.us

hamalainen.music@gmail.com 

We are meeting on Zoom. 

Meeting ID and password will be sent out via Remind.

Sign up for Remind:

...for WIND ENSEMBLE by texting @mlkwind to 81010 or online:  remind.com/join/mlkwind

...for CONCERT BAND by texting @mlkconcert to 81010 or online:  remind.com/join/mlkconcert

...for BEGINNING BAND PERIOD 4 by texting @mlkbb4 to 81010 or online:  remind.com/join/mlkbb4

...for BEGINNING BAND PERIOD 5 by texting @mlkbb5 to 81010 or online:  remind.com/join/mlkbb5

...for STUDY SKILLS PERIOD 6 by texting @hamstudy to 81010 or online:  remind.com/join/hamstudy

 

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Essential Elements Interactive (EEi)

https://www.essentialelementsinteractive.com/

EEI 1 Click on STUDENTS

EEI 2 Click CREATE AN ACCOUNT

EEI 3 Enter School Code: MartinLuthBand43

EEI 4 Click "I don't have an EEI student ID"

EEI 5 Check the 2 boxes and enter the ACTIVATION CODE from your lesson book

EEI 6  Can't find your ACTIVATION CODE?  Open your lesson book, first page, looks like this:

EEI 7 Can't find your BOOK?!?!?  Contact me for a new code!  

 After you have made an account, go into the 'music studio' (microphone icon),

click 'view songlist'

choose a song and practice it several times

press the red button, and record it

click 'save take'

go into 'saved recordings' and click 'submit'

5 songs due per week.  Easy & Fun :)

 

 

 

Remember:

Oil your valves!   Grease your slide!   Grease your corks!   Store your reeds in their holder!

Brass: buzz your mouthpiece & buzz loooooong tones; buzz your scales

FL, CL, SAX, TPT, Low Brass: play looooong tones.  Can you hold a note for 20 seconds? 30?  (Flutes, don't pass out)

Concert Bb tuning note (put an ear bud in one ear & play).  Are you in tune? Or sharp or flat???

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7X4So9Ywpw

Can you play your chromatic scale?  Look at the fingering chart in the back of the book.

Percussion students:  let’s master our rudiments:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xK2seFUuyA&t=131s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjpGoOq-0gc&list=PLpKMeH_MXcaTq2BANT-uVFi9RHTKZhBaR

Start on Bronze tempo, work your way up to DIAMOND tempo!

https://vicfirth.zildjian.com/education/norm-weinberg-webrhythms.html?sort=newest

 

Excellent, SIMPLE, easy to use metronome:

https://www.flutetunes.com/metronome/

 

More advanced, COOL features metronome:

https://www.sessiontown.com/en/music-games-apps/free-online-metronome-app

 

Can you count and play these rhythms?  We've done this in class!  Try changing the ‘note options’ for an extra challenge:

http://www.rhythmrandomizer.com/

 

Want to explore some nerdy science music experiments?  Caution: it’s really fun. Excellent visualization of how overtones/harmonics function:

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

 

What is music theory?  Simply put, it explains how music works.  Plenty of FREE lessons here:

https://www.musictheory.net/lessons

 

Browser-based music GAMES.  Warning: learning might happen:

https://experiments.withgoogle.com/ai/drum-machine/view/

https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-johann-sebastian-bach

https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-ludwig-van-beethovens-245th-year

https://www.google.com/doodles/44th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-hip-hop

https://www.google.com/doodles/clara-rockmores-105th-birthday