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Welcome to the 2020-21 school year in Gateway Bands! My name is Mr. Morgan, and I am new to Gateway Middle School this year. I previously taught band at Eisenhower Middle School. I am very excited to come to Gateway and continue the wonderful band legacy we have here. I graduated from Central Washington University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education. I recently graduated from the University of South Florida in Spring 2020 with a Master of Music Performance degree.
Band this year will not look like it has in the past! We will begin the year learning remotely. We will build musical reading and performance skills at home by practicing out of our method books, using SmartMusic, and exploring lots of famous melodies from throughout history all the way up to today. We will explore music history, watch concerts, and learn about different music cultures around the world and in the USA. When it is safe to do so, we will resume all those band activities you love in person.
Students do not need to have their instruments ready to go for the first week of school. We will discuss instrument rental and check-out during class sessions in the second week of classes. Beginning Band students do not need to have an instrument yet, nor do they need to know what instrument they want to play! We will explore the different instruments and find the right one for you during class.
Please look through the links on the left for detailed information about the band program. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns. I will respond as quickly as I am able. I am so excited to be here at Gateway, and I'm looking forward to working with this year's excellent music students!
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