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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands June 1 – June 5

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, June 1 – June 5: 

    This is the very last turn in for practice slips.  All band students should turn in their final practice slip on Monday, June 1! http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/practice-slip
    The last day for instruments was this Thursday, May 28.

    Also, this is a good time to take the instrument to the music store to have any adjustments that are needed taken care of.  Be sure to clean the instrument really well.  Here is a link to a page on our website with information on how to do this – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/bands/instrument-care/ 

    6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Bands
    June 1 & 2 will be the state CBPA.  June 3 – 8 will be the MAPC questions.
    Please bring a pencil or pen for all of this.

    Upcoming events:
    June 1 & 2 – CBPA (Classroom Based Performance Assessment) Testing – All Grades – Bring a pencil!

    June 3,4,5 & 8 – MAPC (Music Analysis in Popular Cinema) – All Grades – Bring a pencil!

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    Thank you for all of your support of the LMS Bands this year!
    Mr. Covill


    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 “can do” 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 — if cultivated — can lead to great understanding of one’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.