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  • Practice Slip Due:

    Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – December 18 – December 19

    Hello LMS Band parents/students:
    Items to note this week, December 18 – December 19:

    Practice slips are due tomorrow, Monday, December 18, 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 band students on an outstanding concert last Tuesday!! You all sounded terrific!

    All Bands
    No instruments Monday or Tuesday. All students will be participating in this year’s MAPC (Musical Analysis in Popular Cinema). We will be analyzing the music of “Toy Story”.

    7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band 1
    No rehearsal Tuesday morning this week. We will continue with regular rehearsals when we return from break.

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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.