I decided to choose the Nazareth Academy band class because I feel that it’s an underrated class that many students overlook. The band director Michael Sliwinski does a great job of making the classes fun and enjoyable. Each photo highlights some of the activities done throughout the class and some parts of the classroom.
The class begins with breathing exercises that Mr. Sliwinski helps guide the students through. Then the class does some warm-up ‘long tones’ which help students begin to feel their pitch and sound. Once the warm-ups have concluded, Mr. Sliwinski begins to lead the students in playing music pieces. The current rotation of songs that the students are going through are Celtic Air and Dance and Kentucky 1800. Then once the students finish with their practice, they head back into the band room and get ready to leave for their next class. In mosts classes, Mr. Sliwinski will end class by showing a video or pictures to his students that he found funny or interesting. Just like the video of Mr. Sliwinski umpiring a college baseball game and a player arguing with him about a call is one of the many different types of ways Mr. Sliwinski entertains his students. Then the last photos are some of the things that can be found in the band classroom.
The Nazareth Academy band class is a fun and great opportunity that students should take. It can become a great place to meet new people and to have a break from the struggles of homework or other class work.