July/August - Student Page


100-day Challenge
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May/June Issue
- student page
July Teachers Guide
Kids' Corner
Past Issues


Composer of the Month

John Philip Sousa




Stars and Stripes Forever -watch for the piccolo players!



The Washington Post


Semper Fidelis


The Piccolo

The Wren Polka


Piccolo solo in Stars and Stripes Forever


 Flight of the Bumblebee on 4 piccolos



Music for Summer

"Summer" from The Four Seasons


Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral Symphony), 4th movement


Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee - on piano


Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream


Gershwin: "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess


Patriotic Music and Fireworks

Happy 4th of July!


Click on the links for each answer to see if you are correct.

1. John Philip Sousa is best known for writing ______________.

a. polkas
b. symphonies
c. marches
d. dances

2. The piccolo is a ________ instrument.

a. woodwind
b. brass
c. percussion
d. string

3. The piccolo is a very high instrument.

a. true
b. false

4. Sousa led the Army band for many years.

a. true
b. false

5. Sousa never wrote piano music.

a. true
b. false

6. Which is something you should NOT do before sightreading new music.

a. look through the music for anything unusual or difficult.
b. jump right in and play through it quickly
c. clap the rhythm
d. look at the key signature

7. Your wrist should usually be at about the same level as your hand and forearm.

a. true
b. false

8. The piccolo is only made of metal.

a. true
b. false

9. Piccolo music is written ______________.

a. in bass clef
b. an octave lower than it sounds
c. an octave higher than it sounds
d. only in D major

Puzzle from page 13 - some of the instructions were inadvertently omitted on this puzzle. We apologize for the confusion. Please do the following:

1. go to the measure of the clue and then change the notes as instructed by the directions.

2. Rewrite the notes in the measure directly underneath it.

3. Here are the directions without scrambling the measure order:

Measure 1: up a second, down a third, up a fourth

Measure 2: down a seventh, down a fourth, up a sixth

Measure 3: up a third, down a second, down a fifth

Measure 4: up a second, down a third, down a sixth

Measure 5: up a fifth, up a third, down a third.

Measure 6: down a seventh

So for the first measure, take the first note - B and move it up a second to C. Then take the second note, E, and move it down a third to C, and so forth.

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