Mr. Crameri is the Director for the Grade 6, Grade 8 and Symphonic Bands as well as teacher of applied instrumental lessons, for each of the aforementioned ensembles, at Har-Bur Middle School in Burlington, CT.
Please feel free to contact me at any time! My phone is (860) 673-6163 x17517 and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some of the reasons why we teach music to our children:
The 2014/2015 Instrumental Music Information PACKET (Grade 6, Grade 8 & Symphonic Band) is NOW COMPLETE!!!!
Should you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact me, at school, any time.
Important Ensemble Packet Downloads:
-----------> All instrumental students are required to adhere to the terms of this ensemble contract. This form need only
be returned should there be a question and/or concern regarding the terms of the agreement.
My lesson program will begin on Monday, September 29, 2014
Mr. "C's" lesson schedules:
Mr. Riccio and Ms. Cleveland will be administering lessons to all Grade 8 students not in Symphonic Band. These lessons will begin on Monday, October 6, 2014. The following is the schedule for those students:
Grade 8 non-Symphonic lesson schedule :
As an added convenience, to both students and parents, I have included the enclosed link of fingering charts for all of the band instruments. FINGERING CHARTS
*A Reminder to all Symphonic Band Members*
Please have upgraded mouthpieces (as well - mutes for trumpet players) by October 1, 2014. Should you need another copy of the information sent to you in June please see me at any time.
*Information concerning the "Switchers" Program*
The following link provides a detailed description and explanation of the program. After-school meetings/rehearsals will begin in early October.
This year poses a difficult challenge with regard to our present inventory. Due to the success of the program in prior years (including current use by those students) the number of available instruments is extremely limited. The following is a list of those instruments in-stock along with the rate of availability:
Plentiful: BASS CLARINET, TENOR SAXOPHONE, and TROMBONE
Scarce: (2-3 in stock): OBOE and EUPHONIUM
Temporarily not available: TUBA
Should a student wish to work on one of the "Switcher" instruments that is not listed above please contact me for more information with regard to possible alternatives.
ATTENTION GRADE 6 BAND STUDENTS AND PARENTS
This announcement is a follow-up on an email recently sent, through the Region 10 Music Department database, to all Grade 6 Band parents.
There is a Grade 6 Band Quiz scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
Specific areas that will be included are:
- Basic Knowledge of the Musical "Big 6"
- Definition for "Time Signature" (knowledge of the top and bottom numbers)
- Specific recognition and explanation of given time signature examples
- Definition for "Key Signature" (understanding of 1/2 step concept utilizing the piano keyboard - natural, sharp, flat symbols and their uses
- Definition for "Enharmonic" to include specific examples (i.e. D# = Eb, etc..)
- Specific performance practices reinforced from the beginning of the year
- Extra credit opportunities
The format of the assessment will include primarily short answer and fill-in-the-blank questions. Within rehearsals, during the weeks of October 14 and 20, I will conduct test reviews in the form of games and question/answer forums.
Should you have further questions regarding the upcoming assessment please do not hesitate to contact me, at school, any time.
*AN ADDENDUM TO THE PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT*
I will be holding a post-test review/extra help session on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Any student that received a grade below 80, on the assessment held last Wednesday, is encouraged to attend this session although any/all students are welcome to join us. Students that are dissatisfied with their present grade, on the prior assessment, will have the opportunity to gain up to 10- 15 additional, extra credit points. The meeting will take place in the HB Band Room, beginning at 3:00 PM and ending at approximately 4:00 PM. The opportunity for late bus transportation will be available that afternoon.
Should you have further questions concerning this meeting please feel free to contact me at any time.
ANOTHER IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL PARENTS OF GRADE 6 BAND STUDENTS:
INDIVIDUAL PLAYING PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS TO BEGIN IN JANUARY !!
The attached link is a copy of an open announcement recently communicated to parents, via email, using the Region 10 "Charms" Music Database. Should you have questions regarding this annual performance measure please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank You!
HAR-BUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2014
The following is a copy of the entire newsletter that was recently sent, to all grade 5-8 band parents.
THIS NOTIFICATION INCLUDES VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE WINTER CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014
NORTHERN REGION MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015
The following are links to important documents for those students preparing to audition for this year's regional festival. These forms are presently being distributed, to students, during the after-school rehearsals. Please be aware of details with regard to specific dates:
This year's audition fee is $10.00 per audition, per student. This fee is due, to me, NO LATER than Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
All permission slips/health forms are to be fully completed and returned, to me, NO LATER than Friday, December 19, 2014.
Should you have further questions please contact me at any time.
AMERICAN SCHOOL BAND DIRECTOR'S ASSOCIATION
GRADE 8 BAND DAY
DATE: Tuesday - February 3, 2015
Field Trip Information:
Over Sixty of Har-Bur Middle School's Grade 8 instrumental students have been invited to participate in this one-day event. All students that signed up, in the fall, have been accepted. The following are copies of important paperwork that is presently being distributed to you son/daughter (Late November). Please note that the permission slip/health form is due back to Mr. Riccio/Mr. "C" no later than: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015.
*IMPORTANT SPRING TRIP INFORMATION*
To all Parents of Grade 7, Grade 8 and Symphonic Band members:
I am presently in the process (1/7/15) of distributing hard copies of this information to your son/daughter during class time. The following links are for your convenience should you wish to view the forms and/or print copies.
Please adhere to the Wednesday, March 4, 2015 deadline for submission of paperwork and payment. Thank you!
GRADE 5/6 WINTER CONCERT REMINDER
The following notice has recently been sent via email (Charms server - 1/5/15) and paper copies distributed, to students within rehearsals, during the week of January 5-9. Should you have further questions regarding the concert program on Thursday, January 15, 2015 please feel free to contact me at any time.
ASBDA GRADE 8 HONOR BAND DAY RESCHEDULED TO 2/25/15
The ASBDA Festival originally scheduled for 2/3/15 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 25, 2015. All original arrangements and details regarding this trip are exactly the same with exception of a snow date. Should there be a delayed opening or school cancellation on the 25th this event will be cancelled for this year. Should you have further questions please drop me a line or call any time.
BAND ADJUDICATION TRIP - FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015
*IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT/CHANGE - STUDENT HANDBOOK
On Friday, May 15 the Grade 7, Grade 8 and Symphonic Bands will be taking part in the annual C.A.W.S Music Adjudication Festival. One very important change to the original itinerary is the location of the actual music performance. Originally the Har-Bur ensembles were scheduled to perform at Springfield Central High School but recently the school announced that their auditorium will not be available for use. The new venue for that day will be the CLARION HOTEL in East Windsor, CT (exit 45 off of Interstate 91). The following links are electronic copies of the trip's Student Handbook recently distributed to your child during rehearsal times. Should you have questions regarding the upcoming trip please feel free to contact either myself or Mr. Riccio at any time.
June 22, 2015
The following links
contain the names of the students selected to the Har-Bur Symphonic Band for
the 2015/16 school year. Please note
that every instrumental student is already assigned and will perform in his/her
grade specific ensemble (i.e. Grade 7 Band/Grade 8 Band). Students that selected Choir or Music
Experience, on course selection forms, and/or expressed that he/she would not
be attending Har-Bur MS in the fall were not considered for this ensemble so as
to not take away positions from those that are continuing.
Statement regarding the
We wish for everyone to
understand that the selection process is an extremely detailed procedure; one
that carefully considers each and every student. This year there were close to 220 students
interested in being considered for only 95+ spots in the ensemble. Please know that Mr. Riccio and I take this
process very seriously and it is never our intent to hurt, nor discourage, any
student. We need to make difficult
decisions that are in the best interest of both next year’s ensemble as well as each
individual student in question.
To those selected to
the Symphonic Band, you will soon be receiving a letter, in the mail, detailing
instructions regarding the pick up of folders in the Har-Bur main office. Please note the dates for pick up and once
the folder is attained make sure to follow the enclosed directions and prepare
accordingly. Best wishes, to everyone,
for a healthy and restful summer break!