pBones (plastic Trombones)
pBones are plastic trombones. They are lightweight, are easy to maintain, and have a good tone quality! Thanks to our wonderful PTA, and the funds raised through the 2016 move-a-thon, we were able to purchase a classroom set of these instruments!
Learn more about the pBone here!
Instrument Family Complete!
By teaching trombone in the general music classes, all students at Nottingham School will have the opportunity to play a brass instrument before graduating. This means they will cover all 4 instrument families: Woodwind, (recorder) Brasswind,(trombone) Percussion, (Djembe drums) and Strings, (Ukulele.) Out of all these instruments, this is the only one that uses the bass clef.
What will we do in trombone class??
Each day, we will watch a short video of a different trombone player to expose ourselves to a quality sound. We will warm up our lips by buzzing into the mouthpiece. We will do some call and response, where the teacher will play something and the class will play it back. We will learn how to play some songs by ear, and some songs through reading notation. We will have opportunities to improvise, arrange, and compose. We will play alone, and as an ensemble. I hope that some students will chose to continue in band, but I am thrilled that all students will all have the opportunity to play!
Meet our Trombones!
Each of our 24 trombones is named after an important trombone player! (Way more fun than numbering them, right?!) In addition to being exposed to the names of these players, I hope to give students the opportunity to learn about these musicians as well!