Welcome to the
Manchester Valley High School
Instrumental Music Department
Instrumental Music Director
***We are currently seeking a guard instructor for the 2018-2019 season! if you are interested, please contact Lisa Castellano for further details.
Band I Required Method Book: (available at all local music stores) * be sure to purchase the correct book for YOUR instrument
Foundations for Superior Performance Warm Ups and Techniques: Richard Williams and Jeff King
Orchestra I Required Method Book (available at all local music stores)
Superior Strings in Sixteen Weeks: Peggy Wheeler and Carrie Lane Gruselle
Instrumental Music Calendar
Mystery Music and Masterpieces October 25th TIME TBA
Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal December 20 5-7pm MVHS
Winter Concert December 21 7pm (Call: 545 winds/perc, 615 strings)
Festival (March 13-15) honors performance groups. details TBA
Spring Dress Rehearsal May 9 5-7pm
Spring Concert May 10th 7pm (Call: 545 winds/perc, 615 strings)
Graduation (Band I/Wind Ensemble) Saturday June 9th 7pm McDaniel College
We are currently seeking a guard instructor for the 2018-2019 season! if you are interested, please contact Lisa Castellano for further details.
Audition information will be posted in December. Rehearsals will be weekly after school starting in January.
see Mrs. Castellano for details about All County, All State and Solo and Ensemble!!
Many instructors are available at the local music stores and are accepting new students.
Please contact: Coffey Music (Westminster, MD) (410) 876-1045
Menchey Music (Hanover, PA) (410) 848-7585
Menchey Music (Westminster, MD) (410) 848-7585
Hess Music: (Manchester, MD) (410) 374-5447
Peabody Prep; 410.869.8008
McDaniel Lessons and Performance Opportunities: Contact Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick. She can be reached via email or phone (410) 857-2550
Encore Music: http://www.encoremusic.us/
Baltimore Youth Symphony: https://www.bsomusic.org/education-community/young-musicians/bsyo.aspx
Downloads / Tools
Smart Music is an Inovative way to practice and improve musicianship. Students never practice alone when they have SmartMusic at home. This interactive, computer-based practice system helps students get better faster, and makes practicing more fun. With amazing accompaniments for more than 30,000 titles, challenging exercises, and the ability to record personal CDs, SmartMusic is the future of music learning.
You can purchase smart music software and a 1 year subscription for only $25 with the following code. On the smart music website enter the the "code" : emsmusic
Free Music Writing Software -http://www.musescore.com/
Free Mixing software- http://www.audacity.com/
Free Real Player - Allows you play certain music files from the internet that can not be played using Windows media player. Many of the recordings on JW Pepper require this software
Brass Fingering & Slide Position Practice
How well do you know your fingerings or Slide Positions? Here is a great way to check and practice! I encourage students to use this free site frequently!
Click Here to test your skills and practice!
Note Name Practice
Do you know your notes?
Find out and Practice Here!
Keyboard Percussion Practice
Do you know your notes on the Keyboard Percussion? It's the same as the Piano.
Go to musictheory.net and emusictheory.com for more games and practice
Useful Web Links
J.W. Pepper - is a great place to look for solo and ensemble music, listen to band music we are working on, and other music related needs. (You may need to download real player to listen to some of the music. See below under "downloads")
United States Military Bands:
US Air Force
US Coast Guard