Update 6/8/20
This week's lesson is on musical inspirations.
Using the document below, you can check out some of 
the music that inspired me when I was in
middle and high school.  Then, you can share some
of the music that has inspired you with me.
Musical Inspirations Assignment

Virtual Office Hours are on Thursdays.
Starting on 5/21/20, band office hours will
be by email only, unless the student requests
to set up an individual Zoom session.
12:00-1:30 - available by email.



Update 6/1/20
This week's lesson is to help choose potential
sheet music for concerts next year!
8th Grade Sheet Music Assignment
7th Grade Sheet Music Assignment
6th Grade Sheet Music Assignment



Update 5/18/20
This week's lesson reviews note reading with nearpod.
Select the clef that matches your instrument to complete the lesson for this week.

Treble Clef Nearpod Lesson
Or Visit Nearpod Code: XTQYL
(Violin, Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone/Euphonium (T.C.), Mallets)

Bass Clef Nearpod Lesson
Or Visit Nearpod Code: KDGBW
(Cello, Bass, Bassoon, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium (B.C.), Tuba, Timpani)




Update 5/11/20
Click Here to view the Band Lesson for this week.
The lesson reviews rhythm and clapping and counting using nearpod.

Update 5/4/20
Happy Star Wars Day!  May the Force be with you!
Cantina Band Clarinet Quartet, performed by Mr. Ballas.
Star Wars Theme Song Maker: Have some fun playing
around with 
the melody and creating your own variation.
8th Grade Lesson
7th Grade Lesson
6th Grade Lesson
The written document that goes with these lessons
can be found in the "-Work from Home" folder 
on my "Files and Documents" page.

Update 4/27/20
8th Grade Lesson
7th Grade Lesson
6th Grade Lesson
The written document that goes with these lessons
can be found in the "-Work from Home" folder 
on my "Files and Documents" page.


Update 4/20/20
8th Grade Lesson

7th Grade Lesson
6th Grade Lesson

The written document that goes with these lessons
can be found in the "-Work from Home" folder
on my "Files and Documents" page.

Virtual Office Hours will be on Thursdays starting on 4/16/20
12:00-12:30 – available by email
12:30-12:45 - 8th Grade Live
12:50-1:05 - 7th Grade Live
1:10-1:25 - 6th Grade Live
Zoom links will be send by email prior to meeting times

Update 3/23/20
ATTENTION PARENTS/STUDENTS:

Looking for review and enrichment opportunities while at home?
Visit the "Files and Documents" link on the menu on the left
and click on the folder for "-Work from Home"
The standards/objectives the students have worked on this year
are posted in the "-Work from Home" folder and as an attachment
on each classes' calendar page on the event posted on 3/23/20.
Please feel free to email me any make up work for assignments 
that were due on or before March 12, 2020

Original webpage from September 2019:

Steven Ballas
Director of Bands
Gainesville Middle School
BallasSL@pwcs.edu

Please download the "Band Handbook" from the "Files and Documents" section on the menu to the left.  The Band Handbook contains information on expectations, grading, events and many other important topics.

On the GVMS homepage, please go to "Teacher Team Pages" and then click "Classes SLMS Log In" at the top of the list to view your band period's news feed.  That is were information on assignments, events and other announcements will be posted.

Class Schedule:

8:10-9:01         Period 1         8th Grade Band, Brass
9:03-9:54         Period 2         8th Grade Band, Woodwinds/Percussion

11:08-11:58     Period 4A       7th Grade Band, Mixed Instruments
12:00-12:50     Period 5A       7th Grade Band, Brass
12:00-12:50     Period 5B       7th Grade Band, Woodwinds/Percussion

1:10-1:58        Period 6B       6th Grade Band
2:01-2:50         Period 7A       6th Grade Band
2:01-2:50         Period 7B       6th Grade Band