Items to note this week! November 18 â€“ November 22
Hello LMS Band parents/students:
Items to note this week, November 18 â€“ November 22:
â€¢ Practice slips are due November 18 for all bands! Here is the link to print the slip – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/practice-slip
Please encourage your child to be responsible for coming to you to get the slip signed, not the other way around! 100 minutes per week is required! Your child can always retrieve a practice slip from our website as well as in the band and choir rooms.
â€¢ I will be collecting the practice slip for November 18-22 on Friday November 22. Please be sure your child comes to class with their 100 minutes on Friday this week!! A little extra practice on the weekdays this week is a good thing, I promise.
Any practice that is completed over Thanksgiving break can be counted as extra credit if turned in on Monday, December 2 (I will not accept late slips).
â€¢ Extra Credit will be accepted for performances. Ask Mr. Covill if the performance you would like to see can be used for this. Here is a link to our page that explains how this works – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/extra-credit/
â€¢ Congratulations to Shyam Venkatasubramanian & Jacob Ward for being selected at the state level to represent Lincoln Middle School at this yearâ€™s Jr. All-State performance in Yakima! Great job to everyone who auditioned as well. There must be some great people at state this year because you all sounded teriffic.
â€¢ 6th grade bands. The test piece for this week is Scale in Thirds, on page 37 (choose your own articulation). The students should be practicing pages 6 â€“ 18, 37 top line, scale in thirds & 38 #7,8,10. We will also continue work on page 23 this week. Please read through this document with your child if you havenâ€™t done so already. It is good to set up a practice routine that allows the student practice every day – http://lmsmusic.org/practiceslip/How%20To%20Practice%20Properly.pdf
Also, here is a link to an instrument care page that I have set up on our website. http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/bands/instrument-care/
Please complete the quiz with your child so you are able to help with care of your childâ€™s instrument.
â€¢ The 7th and 8th grade bands. The bands should be practicing Skill Builder 5 (memorize 2 & 3), Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F, C & G scales. The test piece for this week is the G major scale no slower than half notes.
7th grade should practice the four winter concert pieces that have been handed out. Also, please work really hard on Acclamations!
8th grade should practice the six winter concert pieces that have been handed out. Also, please work really hard on Sedona!
â€¢ 7th and 8th grade Jazz band. These students should be practicing Jingle Bells, Angels We Have Heard On High, Frosty the Snowman, Hot Chocolate, Kansas City, Amazing Grace, Blues Machine & Front Burner Blues. December 7 = Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast.
â€¢ This is a link to our calendar of events 2013-2014
December 7 â€“ Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast featuring Jazz Band 1. (10:50am – LMS Commons) â€“ Black and White Concert Attire
December 11 â€“ Annual Winter Concert featuring the LMS 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Concert Bands and 7th/8th Jazz Band 1. (7:30pm – LMS gymnasium) â€“ Black and White Concert Attire
December 19 â€“ Performance for Kiwanis Luncheon, 7th/8th Jazz Band 1. (12:30pm – Gladish) â€“ Black and White Concert Attire
Follow us! Keep up to date on whatâ€™s happening with the LMS Bands â€“ Facebook and Twitter are mainly tools for parents to use to keep up with us while on the go! We’ve done it – we have over 200 likes on Facebook. Please let people know about our page for information pertaining to the program and let’s try to get to 300 likes.
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Thank you for all of your support of the LMS Bands this year!
Why Should I Practice?
Because when you have the courage to get your instrument, assemble it, and go, you are cultivating the emotional skills of the â€œcan doâ€ person.
Because when you learn to encounter each challenge you face in your music with a nonjudgmental, gentle willingness to try again, you learn how to strive in a positive way.
Because the awareness that you cultivate when playing your instrument keeps you connected to your body, emotions, and thought processes, which is an awareness that â€” if cultivated â€” can lead to great understanding of oneâ€™s self. This process can be painful. However, that pain does not compare to the pain of reaching the end of your life, only to realize that you never really understood yourself, that you never really lived authentically.
Because in music there is a great capacity to cultivate self-love and discipline, a powerful combination. Through our instrument we are teaching ourselves to love ourselves, and this is hard work, but worth it.
Because all that you learn when learning an instrument, if you are really paying attention, also teaches you how to be a better human being, how to appreciate and live life fully. So, even if you quit playing some day, you are still all the richer for your experience.
Because when you make yourself vulnerable enough to perform for other people, you expand your ability to feel the full range of human emotion, you learn what it really means to be alive as a human being.
Because when you share music with others, you remind them that there is something untouchable, ungraspable about being alive, that there are forces beyond our capacity to comprehend, and getting a glimpse of that mystery is a beautiful thing.
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