Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – May 30 – June 2.
HelloÂ LMS Band parents/students: â€¨Items to note this week, May 30 â€“ June 2:
Practice slips are due Monday, May 30, 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 and 8th Grade Concert Bands and LMS Strings and Full Orchestra on a SUPERB concert last Thursday. That was a fantastic way to bring the concert season to a close!!
6th Grade Band â€¨Remember that the practice slip is required and is 30% of the grade. There were many students falling behind on this. This quarter will be different. Please make sure to have 100 minutes and a parent signature on your slip. â€¨The test this week is on Thursday and is over the next melody line of the solo on pages 34 and 35. Practice: Page 6 – 33, 36, 37, Memorize Parade America and Soul Bossa Nova.â€¨Students should always use page 37 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 week is on Thursday and is over the last section of Parade America, memorized.â€¨Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db major, natural and harmonic minor scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.â€¨Practice: Memorize Parade America and Soul Bossa Nova.
8th Grade Bandâ€¨The test this week is on Thursday and is over the last section of Parade America, memorized.â€¨Make sure you can play your Bb, Eb, Ab, Db major and all forms of minor scales with eighth notes at quarter note = 120.â€¨Practice: Memorize Parade America and Soul Bossa Nova.
This is a link to our calendar of events 2016-2017
May 30-31 â€“Â Classroom Based Performance Assessment – 8th grade, no instruments
June 5-6 â€“Â Classroom Based Performance Assessment – All grades except 8th, no instruments
June 12-14 â€“Â Musical Analysis in Popular Cinema – All grades, no instruments
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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.