Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – December 12 – December 16
HelloÂ LMS Band parents/students: â€¨Items to note this week, December 12 â€“ December 16:
Practice slips are due tomorrow, Monday, December 12, 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 the 7th/8th grade jazz band on an outstanding performance on Thursday for the Kiwanis luncheon at Gladish. Â Great job everyone and letâ€™s keep in mind what Zack and Sophia shared.
CONCERT WEEK! I am looking forward to Tuesday. I sent reminders with all of the information about the concert home last week. Here are the basics – â€¨Who – All LMS Bandsâ€¨What – Winter Band Concertâ€¨Where – LMS Gymnasiumâ€¨When – Concert starts at 7:30pm (students need to be at LMS no later than 7pm for warm-up and tuning)â€¨Wear – Black and White Concert Clothing
6th Grade Band â€¨Remember that the practice slip is required and is 30% of the grade (except tomorrow). There are a few students falling behind on this. Please make sure to have 100 minutes and a parent signature on your slip. â€¨The test this week will be #59 on page 16.â€¨Practice: Page 6 – 16, 17, 23. The recordings are on our website.â€¨Students should always use page 6, 7 for their warm up. 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€¨The test this will be over #2 on the Accent page I handed out last week. â€¨Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.â€¨Practice: Scales, Christmas Canon, Deck the Halls, Believe, Avenger, Oxford Overture, Two Selections.
8th Grade Bandâ€¨The test this will be over #2 on the Accent page I handed out last week.â€¨Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db major scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.â€¨Practice: Scales, Fantasy on an English Carol, Christmas Time is Here, Highlights from Frozen, American Frontier, Kronos, .
7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1â€¨Practice – Steam Shuffle, Killer Joe, Finding You Here, Marshmallow World, Baby Itâ€™s Cold Outside, Frosty
This is a link to our calendar of events 2016-2017
December 13 â€“Â Winter Concert featuring 6th grade concert band, 7th grade concert band, 8th grade concert band, 7th/8th grade Jazz band 1 – (7:30pm -Â LMS gymnasium) â€“Â Black and White Concert Attire
December 16-21 â€“Â MAPC – Music Analysis in Popular Cinema
Follow us! â€¨Keep up to date on whatâ€™s happening with theÂ LMS Bands â€“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 250 likes on Facebook. Please let people know about our page for information pertaining to the program and let’s try to get over 300 likes.â€¨Website -Â Facebook – Twitter
Thank you for all of your support of theÂ LMS Bands this year! â€¨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 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.