Remington band students work with university professor to prepare for contest
Remington band students work with university professor to prepare for contest
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Remington Traditional School band students honed their skills in preparation for a festival contest by learning from a university music professor. Students in band director Andrew Smith's class worked via Skype with Dr. Carylon Barber from the University of Nebraska.

"Dr. Barber worked with the band by giving them suggestions on how to make our pieces more musical before we play them at a festival next week," Smith said. "She also had the students play various games to help them focus on different aspects of playing an instrument in our ensemble."

Smith said one game the students really enjoyed was a mocking game in which they partnered with another student. One student said "A-B-C-D-E" and their partner had to mimic the pitch, volume and length of letters using his or her instrument.

The additional support paid off. The seventh- and eighth-graders who competed at the recent middle school band festival earned excellent ratings.

Barber is the Ron and Carol Cope professor of music and director of bands in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music.

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