Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – May 23 – May 27
HelloÂ LMS Band parents/students: â€¨Items to note this week, May 23 – May 27:
Practice slips are due tomorrow, Monday, May 23, for all bands!Â Please help your child take responsibility and turn these in. A lot of students earned a lower grade than expected due to not turning these practice charts in. 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
6th Grade Band â€¨Practice:
Page 6 – 33 and 34-35. Page 34-35 are our focus page this week.â€¨The test this Thursday will be #8 on page 38.â€¨The students have received two new pieces last week, â€œParade Americaâ€ and â€œUp Tightâ€ both of which will be used as our marching pieces this summer at the National Lentil Parade. More information to be given of that soon.â€¨Students should always use page 6, 7, 8 and all of 37 for their warm up. These pages should probably be memorized by now. Low and Slow! (A typical practice session should consist of a warm-up, practice things the student hasnâ€™t yet perfected, and end with something fun like this – http://dev-lms-band.audibleim.com/bands/theme-song-packets.
7th Grade Bandâ€¨:
Our concert is this Thursday! Be in the band room at 7pm for warm-up.â€¨Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F, C major, natural minor, and harmonic minor scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.â€¨Practice: Scales, Chorales, Great Frontier, Wizard, As the Robin to the Meadow, and Harry Potter
8th Grade Band:
Our concert is this Thursday! Be in the choir room at 7pm for warm-up.â€¨Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F, C major, natural minor, and harmonic minor scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.â€¨Practice: The Legend of Danny Boy, The Witch and the Saint, and both full orchestra pieces.
Please plan for two extra rehearsals to combine with the 7th/8th Orchestra. These are the two days: Tuesday, 5/24 and Wednesday, 5/25. Both rehearsals will go from 3pm-3:30pm.
This is a link to our calendar of events 2015-2016â€¨
May 26 â€“Â LMS Spring Concert, 7th/8th grade Concert Band and 7th/8th grade Full Orchestra- (7:30pm LMS Gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire
June 3 â€“Â Last day for instruments.
June 6-7 â€“Â CBPA – Washington State Required Classroom Based Performance Assessment (pen or pencil)
June 8-10 â€“Â MAPC – Musical Analysis in Popular Cinema (pen or pencil)
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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 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.