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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands May 26 – May 29

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, May 26 – May 29:

    Practice slips are due Monday, May 26, for all bands!  Here is the link to print the slip or they are always at the front of the room. – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/practice-slip

    Congratulations to the 7th grade Concert Band, 8th grade Concert Band, 7th/8th grade String Orchestra and LMS Full Orchestra on a beautiful concert last Thursday.  Everyone sounded very good!

    The last day for instruments is this Thursday, May 28.  Students should keep practicing at home as the last practice slip is due June 1.
    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 Grade Band
    The focus page for this week is page 44, chorals (#’s 1-4)!  This week’s test will be #7 on page 41.  Keep working on the rhythm pages I’ve handed out as well (lessons 1-6).
    Practice these pieces: Memorize – Parade America & Gitchi Gitchi Goo as well as March Onward & Sousa On Parade. Percussion should be working on the packet.
    Students should always use page 6, 7 and 8 and the scales on page 37 for their warm up.  (A typical practice session should consist of a warm-up, practice things the student hasn’t yet perfected, and end with something fun like Fajita (on our website) or Louie, Louie.)

    7th Grade Band
    Make sure you can play your major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.  Also, practice them in thirds.
    Practice: Witch and the Saint
    Memorize: Parade America and Gichi Gichi Goo
    The test this week will be over a rhythmic and melodic exercise that will focus on counting.

    8th Grade Band
    Make sure you can play your major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Witch and the Saint
    Memorize: Parade America and Gichi Gichi Goo
    The test this week will be over a rhythmic and melodic exercise that will focus on counting.

    This is a link to our calendar of events 2014-2015
    http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/lms-bands-dates-for-14-15.pdf

    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

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    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.