Enjoy this performance piece compliments of Glacier Middle School's Wind Ensemble! These 7th- and 8th-grade students had fun collaborating during Distance Learning to produce this piece of music titled “Alien Invasion” by David Gorham. They are led by Band and Orchestra Director Stephanie Kuborssy.
"The aliens have invaded...." says a silly-sounding voice at the beginning of this musical production by the Glacier Wind Ensemble.
How did they do it? Students submitted individual recordings using Screencastify while listening to “click tracks.” Kuborssy recorded herself in her home studio then uploaded to Google classroom to help them practice.
“I record each instrument, trombone, clarinet, flute, percussion etc. so that they have something to hear in their ears to mimic the full band experience,” she says. “It's not the same, but it gets the job done!”
She taught them performance etiquette--faces showing, instruments showing, appropriate attire. Then the student submissions were edited into a final product using programs like DaVinci Resolve and Logic.
Instruments are available to borrow from school. Sheet music was funded through grants or Donorschoose. “We were a new school last year with no music library, and now we have a huge one!” she says.
Here’s a little information about Stephanie: “This is my third-year teaching, and my third year in Highline. I have wanted to be a music teacher for a very long time, since grade school, but what solidified my career path was when I was in middle school, my band director always had her room open. It was my safe space, where I could feel accepted, not bullied, and work on my musicianship.”
“From that point on, I always knew I wanted to provide the same kind of place for students. My music program is a place of acceptance, and that's what keeps me going every day. Giving my students something to look forward to, and a place where they feel accepted and a part of it.”