• Welcome to Mr. Lambert's Webpage
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    Name: Toby Lambert
    Email Address: tobias.lambert@matsuk12.us
    Phone number: (907) 761-1517
    To Parents/Students:
    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. There is lots of info on this site. Enjoy.
    -1st quarter grades are done on Oct. 14. 
    -Tri-M music honor society is meeting with the CHS Tri-M on Oct. 19 from 2:30-3:30 PM at CHS choir room.
    -Nov.  Music Parent Booster Meeting is Nov. 3 at 7PM.  Zoom will be sent out closer to that date.  We are brainstorming fundraiser idea and following up on older idea. 
    -I have been sending recordings of music from our classes to families.  Please enjoy the music.
    -Smart Music invitation went out.  We are using this as part of music classes.  Please create an account based on the invitation email.   Got questions, please contact Mr.           Lambert.
    -CMS play "Almost History" with a short play called "Why Cupid Came to Earl's Court" (performed by CMS/CHS Theater students going to Broadway) is being streamed on Nov. 13 and 14 at 7PM each night.  Tickets are on sale starting on Oct. 19.  Tickets are $6.00 each (includes service fee).  Got to www.colonyms.booktix.com to purchase a ticket.  

    Below is the schedule for music this year for at CMS classes (I have info for online students below).     We are having period 1-3 on the first week and period 4-6 on the second week (then repeat it).  Each class will be about 115 minutes periods.  Percussion, Orchestras and Choirs are 1st semester and Woodwinds, Brass along with a Guitar and Theater class will be 2nd semester.  Student will be graded only for that semester they are in class.


    So, if a students signed up for 7th grade choir and wanted PE, they should get PE and choir 1st semester.  Then they will have PE and a couple exploratory classes 2nd semester.  










    Semester 1

    6th-8th Grade Percussion

    6th -8th Grade Beg. Orchestra

    6th-8th Grade Adv Orchestra

    7th Grade Choir

    6th Grade Choir

    8th Grade Choir

    Semester 2

    6th-8th Grade Guitar-open for anyone

    6th Grade Woodwinds

    7th-8th Grade Adv Woodwinds

    7th-8th Grade Adv Brass

    6th Grade Brass

    6th-8th Grade Theater-this will be first for cast of Moana Jr.


    Here is my nice color coordinated schedule for both in class time/CMS online people and if we totally go Virtual schedule.  This includes my Optional Zoom lesson schedule and also the break down of the Zoom Classes for CMS Online students and also if normal classes have to go Virtual.   I hope this helps: Lambert's 2 week music rotation schedule for 2020-2021  (this was updated on 8/21)

    Reason for the divide is:

    1. Smaller classes for longer periods with a room that is being modified for class (open wall for more air, trying to get an air purifier for the class room as well).
    2. All classes are group (like my choirs are all one week and I can plan for just choir stuff not changing over as much).
    3. This will actually open up more opportunities for students to get another music class or theater.  Example: if a student is in 8th grade choir and 8th grade woodwind, they can now at PE or exploratory class or even orchestra, theater or guitar to their schedule if they want.  If a student want another class added, just email or call me and I will make the adjustment.


    For students taking music as an CMS online class.  Your classes will be every Friday as Zoom for the following times. 

                    7th-8th grade choir students: 8-8:30 AM

                    7th-8th grade Woodwind students: 8:30-9 AM

                    Adv. Orchestra: 9-9:30 AM

                    6th-8th grade Percussion: 9:30-10 AM


    There will be an open time after that as I might have to add more of them if more students move to CMS online learning.  We will be working on material classroom music, music book and Smart Music files.    For students that want Paper/pencil only assignments, there will be a zoom meeting on Friday in the early afternoon (I have not totally set the time as I am waiting for the schedules to settle out first).  Students will be graded for the whole year as this goes on the whole year.


    Example Question: What does my student do if they are Flute player and it is 1st semester?  Do they get music? 

    Answer: They will be able to access a 30 minute zoom lessons with me at least once every other week (this is optional).  I have 3 open times available to fit families schedule if they want.  One set is mid-afternoon, one set is early evening and one set is Saturday.  They will be geared to the students who choose to use it (they have to sign-up for it) and we will work on class material and small ensemble material.  It will also be tied to Smart Music for help.  I am trying to keep no more than 4-5 students on one zoom lesson at a time.  None of these are graded.   I am attaching the times to this email.


    Example Question: My student is in orchestra.  Will they have music during 2nd semester for strings? 

    Answer: Just like the example above, they can sign-up for 30 minute zoom lesson as well to keep playing till the end of the year.


    Example Question: What happens if CMS shuts down due to Covid-19 for a period of time to be clean?

    Answer: The in class students will still have their class during that normal class hour as a zoom lesson.  Student can choose from 1 of 4 times (Monday-Thursday) and will need to attend once a week.  An example will be we shut down school on a Monday and it is a Period 1-3 week.  Then during 1st period (7:45AM-9:30ish), students will be Percussion class for 30 minutes during that time period.  They will only need to attend 1,  30 minute zoom class  (they can attend more) to keep at their skills.  The times change a little in the week depending on family structure.  Students will sign-up for this set-up during in school CMS time.  I am attaching the time to this email.


    Example Question: My child is planning to be in Jazz band (or Jazz choir)?  Will they rehearse when they are on an “off” semester. 

    Answer: As long as we can do extra curriculum stuff, the answer is it will go all year. 


    Example Question: If my student does not have music till 2nd semester, do I have to pick-up material at the start of the year?

    Answer: Yes please.  I will need signature forms on the syllabus back as soon as possible as I will be needing for figure out who is doing what (I have to figure out every students requests). I will get the Brass and Woodwind players their stuff the first week of school. 


    Remember, a family can choose paper/pencil assignments instead of the zoom class if that is easier for their family.

      1. Coronavirus is an airborne disease and because of that singing/brass/woodwind instruments can spread it faster and over larger areas than just your normal sit down classroom.   All the research I have seen says you need plenty of space, good cross ventalation and high ceiling to even make the room usable for music groups to work together.  Masks can't be used for woodwinds and brass (they make a mask for this but I don't know how comfortable they are-link is down below).  We will be making instrument covers with plastic bags for them to use in class.    For singing, mask make it a little harder to breathe and to work on enouncations/pitch with it on (there is a resonator mask that is for choir which help-link is below).  With choir, we are going be outside when we can to sing and we will use handbells and small project stuff in the room when the weather is not good. 
       2. Percussion and strings are not as bad shape, but you still need space.   Percussion have to share instruments/mallets a lot and they will need to wash their hands coming in the room and after using the sticks.   Strings just need space at this time. As long as they keep their equipment clean and don't share music/music stands/rosin/etc.... they can wear masks and still play.  Of all my groups, this one would have the lowest concern factor for safety.
       3. Concerts and performances are up in the air.  I am giving out a calendar as if it is normal, but we may not be able to actually hold a concert (with families).  If that is the case and we are working on material, I will record the students and the "concert day" in class and send that out for people to listen to. 
    So, here is what I am calling the COVID-19 MUSIC SYLLABUS.  This is for Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Strings, Choir/Handbell groups.  This syllabus will be used for this year.  If you look at the other syllabus pages, they are for the normal situation.   All music student (at CMS and online students) (first and second semester) will get this at the start of the school year.  Here it is: 2020-2021 COVID-19 Music Syllabus  The signature part is due back to me by Aug. 31, 2020 PLEASE. 
    One more thing-if the school moves to a mid-level Covid set-up, I may end up teaching the students their instrument safely is to do it on zoom (this is for singers/brass and woodwind players mostly).  This in part of the school's plan for worst situation (but not to the point we are closing the school).  I have to remind myself constantly that you are letting me work with your child.  I cannot let them get hit or sick because of my personal feelings about how music should be taught.   As much as I love teaching and working with students in an ensemble setting, there is no safe way at this point in time with this situation.  Trust me when I say, I really am torn about this and I can understand students/families feeling the same way. 
    For more info here is some videos/documents to read and consider.  Anything with singing also is the same for woodwind and brass instruments.
    Kanas Voice Center document: Coronavirus 19-music document
    Guidelines for Music Education for Fall 2020 (NAfME and NFHS): Guideline for Music Fall 2020 opening
    Keeping instruments clean with Covid 19: https://nafme.org/covid-19-instrument-cleaning-guidelines/
    Youtube videos on music and coronavirus: 
     Trips for keeping brass (WW/Strings/Percussion as well) for staying safe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsW8zjOADfQ
    Seeing the big picture for ensembles: https://nafme.org/band-time-pandemic/
    Is it safe for band: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/it-safe-strike-band-time-coronavirus  (note: my opinion of            the article is that it shows some studies are done but there are still a lot of unknowns).
    Detail info for WW (including reed care/flute issues/cleaning), Brass (buzzing affect/cleaning) along with ties to Singing (it
    Covid-19 distance measurement for breathing/types of masks quality/ways to protect yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ4Epf8i1uk
    Simple video on Covid-19.  Refereance to singing but also notes on flute playing and other instruments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVMGIvVt9VY

    Very solid article over singing/winds/brass issues.  Contains lots of links to get more info: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/covid-wwksf/2020/07/what-we-know-transmission-risks-singing-wind-instruments.pdf?la=en

    Singing/Winds/brass issues covered. https://www.unibw.de/lrt7-en/making_music_during_the_sars-cov-2_pandemic.pdf

    Video showing paticle transmittion with and without a mask: https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMc2007800

    This has info on Marching Band recommendation (it does apply to concert band as well): https://www.nfhs.org/media/3812337/2020-nfhs-guidance-for-returning-to-high-school-marching-band-activities.pdf
    For WW and Brass this article show how wind works and the use of a "bell shield" and "WW bag" can help: https://www.nfhs.org/media/4029952/preliminary-testing-report-7-13-20.pdf
    I am trying to see if a garbage bag can be put over a brass bell or the body of a woodwind instrument (to catch particles).  My thought is that if we use a bag and even spray the inside of the bag with VIREX cleaner before starting, it will try to catch and kill Covid-19 particles.   After starting this, I got these 2 link to companies with the same idea.  You can buy this to help cover the instrument and they are machine washable.  
    Director's assistant company: https://www.directorsassistant.com/ppe (they sell brass bell covers, musician's blow masks (a face mask with a point to buzz or blow into an instrument) and flute shields as well).
    McCormicks supplies:  https://www.mccormicksnet.com/Instrument-Bell-Cover-p/3070015.htm (they have machine washable WW bag covers). 
    Singing COVID-19 Masks  These are designed for singing to allow singers to move their jaws better and easier to talk in, If parents want one, look it up.: https://www.mymusicfolders.com/product/resonance-singers-mask-with-disposable-biofilters/
    I have just put up (on CMS Music Newsletter page) and emailed a bunch of info about this year's start up.  Here are few hightlight from the email (or click here for the full write-up: CMS Music Start of the year write-up.  Thanks.
    NEED a NEW 2020-2021 music calendar (please note-changes will be very likely this year)- CMS 2020-2021 Concert Schedule
    Student Groups to get involved with: 
    Community Orchestra: www.matsuorchestra.org for info.  Kate Patterson is the director.  
    Youth Orchestra: Contact Kai West (Shaw Elementary music teacher) at kai.west@matsuk12.us
    Alaska Children's Choir: Contact Jessie Wetherell.  The website is:  https://alaskachildrenscho.wixsite.com/alaskachildrenschoir
     CMS with TMS 2020 Musical at CMS 
    This is now being moved to the Spring.  Audition look like we are doing them right around X-Mas break. 
    CMS start the year with last year's spring play:
    Almost history
    Cast is posted on the CMS Musical page.   Rehearsal start on Sept. 14 from 2:30-4PM.  
    Rehearsals are mostly on Monday and Wednesday (2:30-4PM) at CMS along with Friday (2:30-4PM) on a zoom rehearsal.  Dress rehearsals are on Nov. 2, 3 and 4.  More info on the musical page.
    Show Performances will be VOD Streamed on Nov. 13 (at 7PM) and Nov. 14 (at 7PM).  Tickets are $6.00 each (includes service fee).  You can buy tickets at www.colonyms.booktix.com starting on Oct. 19.  There is no in-person performance due to COVID-19. 
     Contact Mr. Lambert if you have questions.  
    Google Class code:
    Semester 1 classes:
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    Period 2:3v3vp4s
    Period 3: zbllphh
    Period 4:frjdxo5
    Period 5: 34cnyea
    Period 6: nenfuto
    Semester 2 classes:
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    Period 2: rmzc3x5
    Period 3: 5i3d6e3
    Period 4: 3szqugm
    Period 5: izjjc3o
    Period 6: vkpds7m
    CMS Music Online Students:
    Zero Hour class: 2typtpm





    Class(for normal year)-COVID SCHEDULE ABOVE THIS

    Before School

    Jazz Band-M&W: 6:45 AM-7:25 AM

    Jazz Choir-T&Th: 6:45 AM-7:25 AM


    6th Band (Intermediate Band)


    Orchestra (Small Ensemble)


    6th Choir


    7th-8th Choir (Advance Choir)


    7th-8th Band (Advance Band)






    Enrichment Class-Beginning Band/Guitar/Mythology/Musical Theater

    After school

    Lots of activities

    Lambert in Trinidad

    Changes to this page 10/16/20):
    1.Overview page updated.  
    2. Place this year's music class schedule up. Syllabus is now up as well.
    3. The 2020-2021 syllabus addition info was updated today.  Please look at the new info.
    4. Ticket/performance info for the CMS Fall Play.
    5. Materials people can buy to help with playing instruments with Covid-19
    6. Oct. Newsletter is posted.   
    7. Google class info added to Overview/Smart music info is in the newsletter.
    8. New Choir practice tracks
    My Grading Policy
    Grading is based on several items:
    Attendance/participation:100 pts per week (10pts per day for attendance and 10 pts for participation)
    Concerts: 250 pts per concert (includes-warm-up, performance, listening, dress, attendance)
    Practice Charts: 35 pts a week for 2 hours of practice (forms next to practice charts box)
    Extra Credit: 25 pts per item (go to a concert, art museum, play, or any "Arts" event)-turn in
    program/ticket into practice chart box with name.
    Auditions/Projects: Most of these items range from 50 pts to 100 pts. These are mostly in-class
    Need Practice Charts-Click Here:
    Need help with improving your practice-goto Tips for Practicing.
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