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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – December 14 – December 18

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, December 14 – December 18: 

    Practice slips are due Monday, December 14, for all bands!  Here is the link to print the slip or the students can always pick one up at the front of the room. – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/practice-slip

    Congratulations to all of the LMS Bands on a really wonderful concert last Thursday!  I had a ton of fun and hope you did too!!

    Jazz Band 1 will perform for the Kiwanis luncheon this Thursday at 12:30pm at Gladish in the boardroom.  Here are links to the assumption of responsibility form and itinerary for the day.
    assumption form – here
    itinerary – here
    Please print the form and send it with your child tomorrow or at the latest Tuesday morning for Jazz Band rehearsal.  We will have rehearsals both Tuesday and Thursday this week.

    6th Grade Band
    The test this week is on Tuesday and will be over #5 on page 40.  Tuesday will be the last day for instruments as we will be working through our Music Analysis in Popular Cinema unit from Wednesday through Friday.
    Practice:  Page 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,12, 13, 15, 16, 18 and19.  Page 19 is our focus page this week.  We will also continue using the class tuner.
    Students should always use page 6, 7, and 8 for their warm up. Low and Slow!  (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).

    7th Grade Band
    The test this week is on Tuesday and will be over Chorale 4, beginning to 5.  Tuesday will be the last day for instruments as we will be working through our Music Analysis in Popular Cinema unit from Wednesday through Friday.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F major and harmonic minor scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Chorales, and Solstice Dance.  It is my hope that I will have another piece for you to work on over the break!

    8th Grade Band
    The test this week is on Tuesday and will be over Chorale 4, beginning to 5.  Tuesday will be the last day for instruments as we will be working through our Music Analysis in Popular Cinema unit from Wednesday through Friday.
    Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F major and harmonic minor scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.
    Practice: Scales, Chorales, and The Witch and The Saint.  It is my hope that I will have another piece for you to work on over the break!

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    Make sure you are set up and ready to go at 7:30am in the band room.
    Practice – Room 806 (memorized), Soul Bossa Nova, Moondance, Phat Kat, Angels We Have Heard On High, Wonderland Swings, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bell Rock and Moonglow.

    This is a link to our calendar of events 2015-2016
    http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/lms-bands-dates-for-15-16.pdf 

    Upcoming events:
    December 17 – Kiwanis meeting/lunch featuring the 7th/8th grade Jazz Band 1. (School Day – noon - Gladish) – Black and White Concert Attire

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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.