Essential Elements for Band
Important Dates 2019/2020
August 24 Beginning Band Camp at CDO High School auditorium 11:30-3:00 (optional)
August 26 Band & Orchestra Begin
December 4 Band/Orchestra rehearsal in the Fun House 2:30-3:30
December 5 Band/Orchestra Concert 1:00pm and 6:30pm (arrive at 6pm to warm up and tune)
January 28 Band field trip to CDO
February 11 CDO Band Feeder Festival at CDO Auditorium 6pm-7:30pm
May 6 Band/Orchestra rehearsal in the Fun House 2:30-3:30
May 7 Band/Orchestra concert 1:00pm & 6:30pm (arrive at 6pm to warm up and tune)
May 13 Band/Orchestra party in the Fun House & Last Day of Band 2:30-3:30
For a more complete list including days band will be cancelled click here: Band Schedule
My name is Kristy Brower and I teach Music and Band at the best school in Tucson - Harelson Elementary!
I chose Harelson Elementary because of the time honored tradition of excellence which is largely maintained by a very involved and supportive community of parents.
I believe I am on a mission! I want my students to be musically literate. I want them to be able to read and perform music. My goal, in every performance that the students do, is to create a culture of excellence. I do not ever want them to settle for mediocrity. Their personal best is what I am focused on. When they are performing I want them to feel confident, happy and very proud!
I believe very deeply that music education is a fundamentally crucial part of the full development of a child and to the culture of our nation. A high quality music education is essential for brain development, character, social and emotional development. This has been scientifically proven.
I have 22 years of experience teaching band in the following districts:
Amphitheater School District, Tucson Unified School District, Nogales School District, Sunnyside Unified School District
I have ensemble experience on all of the following instruments: flute, saxophone, melophone, tuba and choir. I received 1st place in the state of Arizona for alto saxophone and 3rd place for flute performance. Performing in the musical styles of both classical and jazz, I received 2 soloist awards in the area of Jazz and Jazz improvisation. I was awarded college scholarships from the Young Sounds of Arizona for alto saxophone and from the University of Arizona for flute.
As a band and orchestra teacher, my ensembles have performed on TV twice, for governor Hull, Mayor Walkup, in the OMA (Opening Minds Through the Arts) showcase, and was featured in an OMA production video that is distributed throughout the United States. I was also chosen by the OMA program to help create lessons for a music curriculum which will be sold to other schools and school districts across the United States. In 2018 the Harelson advanced band was chosen to play at the Amphi Gala and the Tucson Roadrunners game.
My current focus of growth within my career is integrating technology in to my band program utilizing the Essential Elements Interactive website and flipgrid. These programs can be used at home for the students to practice with and to take their playing tests at home.
Defining Moment in Education
How and when did I decide to become a music teacher? My senior year of high school in marching band we didn't have any melophone players except me. So, the band director went to every student that had expressed a desire to quit band and convinced them to change their instrument to melophone and give it one more year before they quit. In this newly formed section, I taught them a brand new instrument from the basics on up. They became one of the best sections in the band and even earned a feature in the marching show that year! When marching band was over they all gave me a gift and a card and told me, with tears, that I made them in to awesome musicians and they loved band again. It was that moment that I decided I had a gift for teaching and I would become a music teacher.
Rules & Consequences
Raise Your Hand
Make Music Not Noise
Respect One Another
Always Do Your Best
Always Be Prepared
Behavior is a part of the band contract. Students may be permanently removed from band do to poor behavior or poor practice habbits. Please review the Band Information & Registrationfor more information.
- Drinks and bathroom before band starts (not during band)
- Be in the band room no later than 2:10
- Backpack by your chair
- Take out your music – If there is a rehearsal agenda on the board, have that music out and ready
- Take out a pencil
- Be ready to start by 2:20
- Put away your music and all other materials – take your music home!
- Put away your chair and stand
- Play what I previously assigned.
- Students may play in groups of 3
- If a student doesn't want to to play in front of people, he/she can do the test after band or email the test using the EEInteractive website.
- Students get three chances to pass the test - except if it is being emailed useing EEInteractive. Then there are unlimited chances.
- If the student doesn't pass a test, he/she is NOT in trouble! All I care about is effort and commitment.
If a student does not pass a playing test
- The student will get a practice log that the parents sign which proves they are practicing 1 hour per week.
- The student will keep doing a weekly practice log until they pass the test.
- As long as the student can prove that they are practicing, there is no consequence.
- If the student doesn't turn in the practice log on time he/she will get a strike against their behavior.