Ms.  Henry-Johnson



Degrees and Certifications:

B.S Music Education k-12

Ms. Henry-Johnson


 My name is Hazel " Jane" Henry-Johnson. I originally hail from a little town called Scranton Kansas. I received my Bachelor of Science in Music Education- Vocal/Instrumental k-12 from Peru State College in December of 2011. Since then I have been  the band director at Bartlett H.S in Anchorage Alaska from 2013-2018. Middle School Band and Choir Director in Augusta Ga. 2018-2019. I am now your Band and Choir Director and I could not be more excited to be here. 

Music Classes this year in the age of Covid-19 are not going to resemble the music classes you are used to. However, there is still much to learn and ways to grow both as a musician and as a person. Thank you for letting me take you on this journey.


Go Hawks!


                                                                           How to CARE for your Instrument
    To help you maintain your instrument as the year goes on and to save money on repairs, here are some tips:
    Brass Instruments:
    Give your instrument a bath at least once every 2 months.  Here is how to do it:
         1. Make a bucket of warm, soapy water.
         2. Take out your valves first (make sure you don't mix up parts and you know
              which valve is which).
         3. Take out your slides.  Set them in the water to soak. 
         4. With a cleaning "snake", clean out the insides of each slide tube (lots of soapy
             water).  Use a cotton cloth to wash the outside of the slide.  Then rinse off
             with warm water and set it on a towel to dry.
         5. Clean out each valve at a time (cotton cloth on the outside, "snake" through
             the holes).
         6. Remember to clean your mouthpiece.
         7. After it is dry, put proper slide grease on the slides and then valve oil on the
    NOTE: Clean your mouthpiece out at least once a week.  Also check for cracks or bends in the tube or weld joints.
         1. Never put water on a woodwind.  It will damage the pads.
         2. You can wash out Clarinet mouthpieces and barrels or Sax mouthpiece 
             in soapy water.   
         3. Flute mouthpieces and connecting points can be wiped with rubbing alcohol. 
         4. You can not do much cleaning to an Oboe (alcohol can be used to clean reed).
         5. All Woodwinds should go to the shop for regulation every 6-8 months.  The
             store will simply adjust pads, rods, springs, and cork to make sure things
             are running correctly.  This is preventive maintains.  If you don't do this
             regularly, your instrument will eventually break down from wear.  The only
             thing that can be done at that point is a complete overhaul and that can be
             more expensive. 
         6. Once a month, you should tighten loose connector screws with a small
             screw driver.
          7. For all reeds, students should have 2-3 reeds in use all the time.  They should play
             reed 1 for a day,  then reed 2 for the next day, reed 3 for the third day, back to reed 1.
             This allows the student to have good working reeds and break in new reeds (takes 2
             weeks to break in a reed) as they need them.
         1. Protect your heads of the drums by storing the drum in a case.
         2. If you need to adjust the tension on a drum head, the lug nuts need to be
            tighten in a cross direction on the drum head (or you will split the head). 
            If you need help, contact your music store or me. 
         3. Don't set the bell on their side.  This bends connector pins and then the bell
            will not play properly.
         4. Clean your sticks off at least once a week.  Rubbing alcohol will work.
    General issues:
    1. Don't set your instrument on slides, keys, rods or pins.  Place them on an
        instrument stand or in the case if you need to set them down.
    2. Never pull on something that you don't know what it will do.
    3. If something breaks, take it to the shop or bring it to me.  Sometimes, it may
        look easy to fix, but if it is not fixed correctly or in a certain way, it can damage
        something else.
    4. Parents: Make sure you have the instrument serial number and make/model
        numbers for the instrument.  That should be give to your insurance company
        in case it is stolen or damaged in an event (like house fires).
    Basically, take care of what you own. It is an investment.  If you have questions, please contact your music store or me.  Thank you
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  •                                                                                      Tips for Practicing

    Tips for Practicing:  This page is to help you with your practicing.


    1. Don’t play through a piece.  Find 8-16 measures in a piece and work on it.
    2. Practice in groups can be more fun.
    3. Break your work down.  If the problem is:
      1. Rhythms: write out the counts (numbers), say it with a beat, play on one note, play it as written.
      2. Dynamics (loud, soft): on one note, that dynamics to hear it.
      3. Articulation (tonguing accents, slurs, etc…): practice slow (with beat)
      4. Fingerings: find fingerings, write them out, play them one note at a time, play them a couple notes at a time, play it slow in time (with beat), speed up.
      5. Pitch (finding a high or low note): check out the fingerings, play a scale up to the note, play the note a couple of times in a row (make sure you can hit it), play it in the measure, play it in the piece.
    4. Find a good time to practice (just like homework time) and keep it there.
    5. Use your resources to figure things out (finger charts, glossary in Red Book, exercises from Red and Blue Books, Simply strings, rhythm charts).
    6. Tools to help practicing:
      1. Metronome (beepy thing that keeps a beat): remember to tap your foot to the beat as well.
      2. Tuner to check note against to help stay in tune.
      3. Sit up and breathe with a big stomach.
      4. Mirror to look at your face, hands and instrument
      5. Your books to look up things you don’t know.
    7. Good exercises for each instrument to warm-up on are:
      1. Woodwinds: scales in different keys (check your fingerings), then a piece from Red or Blue book.
      2. Brass: long tones (green pages at the beginning of Red book), then scales, then pieces from the Red or Blue book.
      3. Percussion: Snare warm-up of rhythms in back of Red and Blue book, then scales for Snare Drum followed by a piece.   For Mallets: scales from Red and Blue book and then a piece.
      4. Choir: Mi, Me, Mah, Mo, Moo, and then solfedge exercises.  Then pieces (work on words) 

    Remember that practice is time for you to work on what you need to fix.  If you have something that you play correctly, then spend your time on material that you are having problems on.  NOTE: If you don’t understand something, ask me or someone else who does. 


    Always end your practice with singing or playing something that you enjoy