Music Tech Teacher, Green Acres Band

Green Acres Middle School Band

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Music Tech Lab at Green Acres

Students are practicing music on the keyboards with Noteflight in our lab.

Music Tech Lab at Green Acres

Students are practicing music on the keyboards in our lab at Green Acres.

Music Tech Lab at Green Acres

Students are practicing music on the keyboards in our lab at Green Acres.

Band students after the All City Evaluation.

Band students after the All City Evaluation.

Music Tech Students

Students are practicing music on the keyboards in our lab at Green Acres.

Music Tech Students

Students like to use their accounts and Synthesia to compose and play music.

Music Tech Students

Students are practicing music using our website.

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Green Acres Middle School Band 2017-2018

Green Acres Band on April 27, 2017

Thank you for visiting our website for the Green Acres Middle School Band! We are excited about the upcoming school year. Ms. Garrett is the band director and music technology teacher. She has taught instrumental music and music technology in the Birmingham City Schools System for 25 years. We were very fortunate to have student teachers from Miles College assisting with the band in 2016-2017 (Mr. Bell, Mr. Tejeda and Mr. Thompkins).

Recruiting and enrollment for band will begin the first week of school in August. Students are encouraged to purchase or rent an instrument on their own, but we also have a number of instruments available to use at the school. Students are responsible for purchasing a band book, folder for music, a Green Acres Band t-shirt and accessories such as reeds or drum sticks. We will wear the Green Acres Band shirt and black pants to the football games or pep rally performances.

All middle school band students in Birmingham are required to wear a white school shirt or dress shirt with a collar and black pants (no jeans) and black dress shoes (no tennis shoes) to concert band events. The school has red bowties and cummerbunds that we will wear with the concert uniform.

Students will be using the 'Tradition of Excellence Band Method Book 1' for their instrument. It is an updated, technology-rich book that will guide students in group study. The book includes computer software to help students in their music studies individually and their practice time at home.

Our busy schedule of performances in 2016-2017 included:

09-07-2016 - Football Game at Parker

09-20-2016 - Pep Rally / Assembly at Green Acres

09-20-2016 - Football Game at Parker

09-27-2016 - Football Game at Jackson-Olin

10-04-2016 - Football Game at Jackson-Olin

10-11-2016 - Football Game at Jackson-Olin

10-18-2016 - Football Game at Parker

10-19-2016 - Pink Power Walk / All City Honor Band Tryouts

11-18-2016 - American Education Week Program

11-02-2016 / 11-09-2016 / 11-16-2016  / 11-29-2016 / 12-01-2016 All City Band Rehearsals / Concert

12-14-2016 - Christmas Program 

02-16-2017 - Spoken Word Festival

02-23-2017 - Black History Program

04-10-2017 - ACT Aspire Pep Rally

04-27-2017 - All City Band Evaluation

05-03-2017 - Transition to Middle School Program (Central Park / Brown)

05-07-2017 - PTA Reflections Banquet at Lincoln

05-18-2017 - Spring Concert at Green Acres

05-24-2017 - 8th Grade Honors and Awards Day

We will have a similar schedule for 2017-2018. The first football game is scheduled for Aug. 29, 2017.

More info about the band will be posted on this page in the next few weeks.

Our Websites:

- Band Syllabus for 2017-2018

- Brochure - Why Learn to Play Music?
- Instrument Loan Agreement
- Birmingham Schools Medical Release
- Kjos Music Software (IPS)

Contact: Ms. Garrett / Band and Music Technology Director
Email: kgarrett(at)

School Address: Green Acres Middle School, 1220 67th Street, Ensley, Birmingham, AL 35228

Local: Bailey Brothers
Local: Art's Music Shop
Local: Music Alley
Cascio / Interstate Music
Woodwind and Brasswind
Musician's Friend

Kjos Publishing
Interactive Practice System
Tradition of Excellence Book 1

Alabama Music Educators Association
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Alfred Publishing
ArtsEdge - Kennedy Center
Audio State 55 Studio
Carnegie Hall
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
J.W. Pepper Music
Music First
National Association for Music Education
New York Philharmonic for Kids
Noteflight Online Notation
Pearl Drum Rudiments
Percussive Arts Society
Sam Ash Music
San Francisco Symphony Kids
School Band and Orchestra Magazine
University of Alabama at Birmingham Music Department
VH1 Save the Music
Vic Firth Practice Drum Rudiments
Yamaha Music Corporation



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