I am So Grateful for you all!
This first month-and-a-half has certainly challenged the music department. Students have been very accommodating with the frustration of not playing music indoors. They have worked hard on written assignments, listening tasks, and theory. I'm very proud of them, and thankful for their determination.
But now everyone has instruments and bell covers for their instruments, so we can begin indoors playing! That also means we get back to work on playing those instruments at home. Parents should know what to expect. To that end, I give you a quick update for Thanksgiving. Students will have this weekend and the following week to make sure they are caught up on the performing aspects of band. I've also made a video of our new assessment tool, MusicFirst.
Stage Band / Jazz Band / The Woodshedders
This group meets for the first time on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, and meets every Wednesday immediately after school. Rehearsals go until 4:40 PM every time we meet. Parents will need to ensure their students are picked up exactly at 4:40 PM.
Many of your students have selected a secondary instrument for this class. This year and this year only, we are waving secondary instrument rentals of saxophones and trombones, however your students will still be responsible for maintenance of the instruments they receive. We have a full jazz group with Senior High and Junior High students, and should have a lot of fun this year!
CHARMS IS GONE, MUSICFIRST IS IN
We have replaced our old system of assessment with MusicFirst. In MusicFirst students will receive assignments that allow them to practice with accompaniments providing immediate feedback, develop sight-reading skills, access a music encyclopedia, and receive digital access to a monthly subscription to In-Tune magazine. This is a huge improvement over our previous systems, and students are likely to find the tool highly engaging.
Every student currently has at least one if not more assignments in MusicFirst. Please help your student access those assignments to complete them. If there is an issue with technology access, please contact Mr. Windsor.
As Always, but this year more than ever, thank you for your support! Have an amazing, rejuvenating, well-earned thanksgiving really-long weekend!
Mr. Windsor will provide you with some interesting hints, help, advice, and resources on this page.